PENTAGON: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has met senior US Navy officials at the Pentagon in Washington DC today to discuss the US Navy’s renewable energy policy and its potential for supporting a biofuels industry in Queensland.

“The US Navy has set a goal of meeting half its energy needs from alternative sources by 2020, which opens up opportunities for biofuels suppliers at ports around the world,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Queensland has the potential to play a big role in meeting those needs.

“My discussions today with the US Navy were very constructive, and follow on from the constant dialogue we have had on this issue with US Ambassador to Australia and his Consul-General.

“This is yet another ‘next-generation’ initiative that I want Queensland to be a part of.”

The Navy has a range of current and planned activities to trial the use of biofuels and identify global sources of biofuels as part of its “Great Green Fleet Initiative”.

This includes a Pacific tour of the Great Green Fleet in 2016, potentially including Queensland.

“If we can lock down this partnership, we can unlock the opportunities to Queensland this will bring,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“My Government is keen to work with industry and research organisations to maximise Queensland’s potential when it comes to biofuels and bio-manufacturing industries,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“A joint Deloitte Access Economics/QUT study predicts bio-refining in all its forms could contribute $1.8 billion in gross state product to Queensland over 20 years and support more than 6,600 jobs over the next 20 years.

“That’s why we have just released a discussion paper outlining plans for an ethanol mandate in Queensland.

“And that’s why I was at the Pentagon today discussing the Navy’s biofuels plans and to stress our commitment to a sustainable biofuels industry in Queensland.”

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