Stanwell, Arnott’s Group join hands for Qld clean energy goals

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A new long-term renewable energy agreement between publicly owned Stanwell Corporation and biscuit maker The Arnott’s Group would provide 68GWh of renewable energy while preventing the emission of more than 44,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide in Arnott’s 40,000 square metre manufacturing site in Brisbane.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the eight-year clean energy deal from the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan’s pipeline of renewable projects for the biscuit factory in Virginia.

“This eight-year deal for over 68GWh of renewable energy means Arnott’s are avoiding over 44,500 tonnes of CO2-e, the equivalent of taking 15,000 cars off the road,” the premier noted.

Palaszczuk added that as Queensland transitions to a net zero economy, this agreement, which will make Arnott’s 100% renewable by 2029, will help safeguard their business and the jobs of their employees.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade Cameron Dick pointed out that for Queensland businesses to stay competitive and grow, the state must satisfy the demand for low-emission goods.

“Through the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan and our publicly-owned energy companies, we can power the world’s economy and create local jobs by decarbonising our industries and exports,” Dick noted.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, according to Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni, would protect and increase manufacturing jobs in Queensland while reducing residential and commercial power emissions by 96 per cent by 2040.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan mean that we will meet and beat the State’s renewable energy targets with 10 times more renewables by 2040 and 100,000 more jobs for locals,” the minister said.