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Queensland (QLD) Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced $2 (US$1.5) billion will be spent on energy projects as part of the new Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund. The investment is expanding a previous $500 million Queensland Renewable Energy Fund and will go towards emissions reduction projects—part of a plan to generate 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and achieve net-zero by 2050. “I truly believe that there is no other place in the world as well positioned as Queensland to lead on hydrogen, critical energy minerals and renewables manufacturing,” Palaszczuk said in a statement. Palaszczuk said the investment would include the development of QLD’s hydrogen infrastructure to reduce emissions in the transport sector—as well as export the state’s energy by producing hydrogen via renewable energy, which can then be shipped globally. The QLD Government had announced this week that it had secured the site for …