QEM in Julia Creek

Our Commitment to ESG

Today, we lay the foundations for a long-term development program that will ensure QEM’s Julia Creek Project and future production activities place the company at the forefront of being environmentally and socially responsible in the mining and energy industry.

Our mission is to operate in the safest and cleanest way possible while providing strong and sustained value to our shareholders.

QEM recognises that mining and metals are critically important to the North West Queensland Minerals Province (NWMP) – from supporting the promotion of sustainable economic growth and the building of a resilient and inclusive community in Julia Creek and across North Queensland, to enabling the innovations needed to address the urgency of climate change – but they must be produced responsibly.

QEM believes that integrating positive environmental, social, and governance qualities with rigorous, fundamental financial diligence is key to delivering long-term risk adjusted performance. It is fundamental to our mission and fiduciary responsibility to proactively seek opportunities for positive change in matters of ESG concern, which we believe will in turn enhance shareholder value.

Our associated green hydrogen strategy will enhance QEM’s dual commodity vanadium and oil shale Julia Creek Project. The Australian Energy Market Operator states that the corridor between Townsville and the NWMP contains Eastern Australia’s best co-located wind and solar resources and gave both an ‘A’ rating, the only region in Australia to achieve this. In 2021, DNV Australia undertook preliminary mapping and modelling of solar and wind resources, which indicated that both are conceptually suitable sources of power generation at the Julia Creek Project. Further solar and wind farm optimisation studies commenced in late 2021 by GHD who completed a renewables PFS to determine the most suitable solution for the proposed power generation development.

An 163m tall Meteorological Mast was commissioned in Julia Creek in July 2022 to accurately record wind speeds and wind conditions for the area. The data captured by the meteorological mast will provide QEM with enough recorded data to complete the bankable/definitive feasibility study for the renewables project. QEM intends to share the data gained from the Met Mast, and Sodar and Solar Monitoring station (installed onsite mid-May 2022) with the Bureau of Meteorology, McKinlay Shire Council and the Julia Creek Aerodrome. To date, the recorded data reveals higher than expected results in the region.

With sustainable mining always at the forefront of our strategy, QEM is excited about developing a green-fuelled vanadium industry in Queensland.

Our Sustainability Priorities

QEM is focused on continual assessment and strengthening of its environmental and community engagement strategies. We commit to operating not only within Queensland and Australia’s reputable environmental and safety frameworks, but also following the Queensland Government’s clear legislative framework to work in partnership with Traditional Owners to preserve and protect cultural heritage.

We have respect for all stakeholders and conduct business honestly and transparently with a professional approach to all areas of our business. We thoroughly believe that we have an important part to play in making a positive difference in our community. Furthermore, QEM’s innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions are important to Queensland’s energy and minerals future and to unlock long-term career opportunities in North-West Queensland.

QEM is particularly encouraged by the Queensland Government’s initiatives in developing a local, sustainable vanadium industry to support Queensland’s new energy economy. QEM’s Julia Creek project sits on one of the world’s largest vanadium deposits and could support long-term job growth in regional Queensland as we see the industry rapidly relying on this strategic metal as a key input into the steel and renewable energy storage markets through the use of vanadium re-dox flow batteries (VRB), the preferred solution for large grid scale storage.


  • Low carbon footprint goal
  • Proposed renewable energy sources
  • Target products such as V2O5, fuel and hydrogen to support emission reduction targets


  • Dedicated to corporate transparency
  • Ethically sourced Critical Minerals- traceability and provenance
  • Indigenous Engagement Strategy
  • Management aligned with shareholders
  • Socialsuite ESG Go reporting software used to capture all ESG data

ESG Quarterly Reporting

At the end of the March quarter 2022, QEM engaged Socialsuite to assist in streamlining, monitoring, and disclosing the Company’s ESG progress and initiatives. QEM’s first baseline ESG report was released to the market on 31 March 2022 and at the end of Q4 FY2022 (ASX announcement dated 26 July 2022), QEM released its next quarterly ESG report, with disclosures on the 21 core metrics set by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in its standardised and globally recognised Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics ESG framework.

Via quarterly ESG reporting, QEM aims to increase the transparency of its overall reporting to keep its ESG goals on track, and to be able to communicate the Company’s progress to internal and external stakeholders, including potential investors. QEM understands the importance of maintaining transparency in the way it operates so stakeholders and investors understand the Company goals and the progress it is making on them.

Corporate Governance

The QEM Limited Board of Directors has established a corporate governance framework, policies and charters, to support its commitment to the highest standards of corporate governance.