Australia one step closer to leading a low emissions future

September 22 2020

The Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) welcomes the Australian Government’s National Technology Roadmap as a first step for Australia to become a world-leader in low and zero-emission technology.

ATSE CEO Kylie Walker said the release of Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap and the $18 billion investment in low-emissions technology over the next decade is an important commitment from the Australian Government to a low emission future and a global leadership role for Australia.

“The focus on research, development and investment in low-carbon technology is essential to ensure Australia’s prosperity and resilience in the face of climate change,” Ms Walker said.

ATSE is particularly pleased to see:

  • continued support for ARENA, including the investment of $1.6 billion over the next decade.
  • the roadmap’s focus on hydrogen, and the investment of $70.2 million to support the growth of a hydrogen industry in Australia.

 

“We welcome the announcement that the Ministerial Reference Panel chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel FTSE will become the Technology Investment Advisory Council, and that Dr Finkel will also be joined by Drew Clarke FTSE on that panel.

 

“ATSE sees enormous potential for Australia to be a global leader in using technology to solve complex problems, such as climate change adaptation and mitigation.

 

“A great example is the commercialisation of green steel, in which Australia was first in the world, and ATSE is pleased to see this technology being supported to scale in this roadmap, along with hydrogen exports and energy storage.

 

“While renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar are now cheaper and more reliable than ever, ATSE urges the government to continue to support their deployment through investments in energy system stability and reliability.”

 

Read our response to the discussion paper for the technology investment roadmap.

 

Media contact: communications@atse.org.au or 0411 233 246