Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirms boost in Queensland's renewable energy target

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Activists wearing masks depicting (L to R) Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbot, U.S. President Barack Obama, China's President Xi Jinping, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe perform at a demonstration demanding cuts in global emissions during the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP 20 in Lima December 12, 2014. The two-week long United Nations climate summit opened on December 1 in Lima, with experts and analysts from around the world gathering to discuss melting glaciers and extreme weather patterns. Protesters also urged international leaders to reach an agreement at the Paris Conference 2015, a deal to drive climate action beyond 2020. Reuters/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that Queensland will attempt to lift its renewable energy target in accordance with the Paris agreement on climate change.

Over the weekend, 195 nations have agreed on the transition of fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in order to slow down the pace of global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Palaszczuk said that the government is focusing on solar farms and wind and maintaining a commitment to coal.

"We will always be reliant on coal. Coal is a backbone of our economy, but we are diversifying," Palaszczuk said during an interview with ABC.

"We've got a really firm focus on renewables, so expect some more announcements next year in relation to that field," she added.

Australia has a target of 26 to 28 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. It remains unchanged, but the Paris agreement urges the government to do more.

"It does raise a series of questions about whether Australia and businesses really want to commit to that scale of investment into fossil fuel, given all the signals that are pushing in the other direction," University of Queensland's Matt McDonald, reader of international relations who attended the negotiations said during his interview with ABC Brisbane.

He mentioned the discussion about mining and how "there's a lot of concern about a future of that type of mining program."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been pressed to act upon the issue regarding emissions and to phase out fossil fuels after he committed to the said agreement. The federal government assurd that it will do no harm to the economy to meet the said commitment.

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