THE Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on Federal and State Governments to commit to a national action plan to manage carbon, starting with the identification of commercially viable storage sites for carbon dioxide.
Speaking at the opening of the Queensland Resources Expo (QREX) in Rockhampton, QRC chief executive Michael Roche said that a national action plan was essential to support and complement the coal industry’s financial commitment to the development and deployment of near zero-emission electricity generation technologies.
“Development and deployment of these breakthrough technologies is primarily a national and global challenge,” Roche said.
“We need a nationally coordinated approach to the management of carbon.”
“Elements to a nationally coordinated carbon management plan should include a nationwide search for commercially viable storage sites, a national regulatory and legislative framework, and planning for a national common user pipeline network,” according to Roche.