Brisbane 2032 will be a climate positive Olympic and Paralympic Games. This means it will go beyond net zero carbon emissions— it will be carbon negative, not just neutralising but removing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.
This bold commitment will accelerate the State Government’s progress towards its target of zero net emissions by 2050. Queenslanders will need to harness our abundant renewable resources in new and innovative ways to generate the carbon savings needed to deliver a climate positive Games.
This means doing more than growing our solar and wind generation. It includes using versatile renewable gases to generate the green electricity we need to power the Games operations and to transport people and goods across the Sunshine State.
Like green hydrogen, renewable natural gas (RNG or biomethane) can help meet this challenge. RNG is a zero-emissions gas produced from the organic component of waste and agricultural feedstocks such as sugar cane leftovers. It can be used as an industrial feedstock as well to make clean power, heat, transport biofuels and green hydrogen.
Queensland can produce up to 84 PetaJoules (PJ) of RNG a year, around 30% of the State’s gas demand. An RNG industry would help reduce Queensland’s emissions and make beneficial use of waste. It would also promote regional investment and jobs by powering eco-manufacturing hubs supplied by on-site and local waste feedstocks. RNG is a ready-to-go product that can give us
a strong start towards net zero while hydrogen produced via electrolysis begins the multi-year journey towards commercialisation.
The best way to grow the RNG industry is to introduce a certificate scheme—setting an industry-wide target with conventional natural gas producers or retailers required to meet their share by submitting RNG certificates to a regulator. They would obtain certificates by producing RNG themselves or by buying the certificates from other sources.
As a global energy producer, EDL has seen RNG Certificate Schemes work well in other jurisdictions such as the US, UK and EU. The US scheme alone has delivered over 120 RNG facilities to date with another 120 facilities in development. And Queensland has a precedent for this—in 2005, the Beattie Government implemented a Gas to Electricity Certificate (GEC) Scheme that underpinned the current coal seam gas industry. RNG is a valuable part of our climate change and economic pathway forward towards 2032.