The Queensland government is backing a key climate change target ahead of the world gathering on the issue.

The Queensland government is backing a key climate change target ahead of pf the COP26 climate conference.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the state is formally backing net zero emissions by 2050 ahead of the meeting in Glasgow, which involves world leaders, high-level officials, activists and industry groups

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is yet to commit to that target, something the UK, US, European Union and every state and territory in Australia — acting individually — have done.

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The federal government insists it will “meet and beat” its goal of a 26 to 28 per cent cut by 2030, based on 2005 levels.

That’s just slightly more than half of what the US is pledging and well below the UK and the European Union.

The Morrison government has said it will release a new plan on climate ahead of COP26, but its focus has been on “technology not taxes”.

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Queensland has previously said it plans to power the state with 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and reducing emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

This week Prince Charles warned Mr Morrison and leaders of other countries thinking about skipping a critical climate conference that it’s the world’s last chance to act.

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In a BBC interview published on Monday, the Prince of Wales was asked specifically about Australia and Mr Morrison as he discussed climate change and the COP26 conference, which begins in Glasgow at the end of the month.

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When asked what he would say to a government such as Australia’s that appears hesitant to make emissions reduction commitments needed to stave off devastating climate change, Charles replies: “You gently try to suggest there may be other ways of doing things, in my case.

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