CSIRO on a mission to chart Australia’s low-emission future
CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, today launched a new research mission to help Australia’s hard-to-reduce regions and industries transform and accelerate towards a low-emissions economy.
An initial amount of $90 million will be invested in CSIRO Towards net zero Mission, a large-scale, collaborative, science-based research initiative bringing together research, industry, government and communities to help Australia’s hardest-to-cut sectors – including steel and agriculture – to halve their emissions by 2035.
Announcing the mission today, CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall said transitioning these industries is not just about using new technologies to solve a global problem, but about deliberately transforming that problem into a new one. economic growth by building national capacity and reimagining the way we live and work.
“Our hard-to-cut industries like resources and agriculture are core Australian advantages and are deeply woven into the fabric of our regions – regions our country is built on,” said Dr Marshall.
“Thus, our mission must be co-developed not only with those in hard-to-reduce industries, but also in partnership with their communities to understand the impacts and opportunities arising from new technologies and science-based ways of doing business.
“Transforming these hard-to-shrink industries and regions is critical to our country’s future prosperity, and Australian science will ensure that no one is left behind in this huge transition.” Every Australian is part of the journey to net zero.
The Towards Net Zero mission will help Australia address the multiple challenges facing our regions as we strive to achieve our net zero ambitions and:
- Support a profitable and sustainable agricultural industry in a low-emissions world;
- Identify what is needed to develop new low-emission steel and iron ore processes;
- Identify what is needed to develop sustainable aviation fuel to support our aviation sector;
- Help regions navigate the transition to net zero through new collaborations, analysis and assistance; and
- Develop Australia’s carbon offset capacity by using and developing negative emissions technologies such as carbon sequestration.
Towards Net Zero Mission Leader Dr Michael Battaglia said: “The transition to net zero is underway and accelerating across Australia. We see the industry beginning to transform, setting goals and testing technology. »
“We know that the transition to net zero involves more than just low-emission technology. If these technologies are to be widely adopted, we must create pathways for them that support prosperity and generate other environmental and societal benefits.
The Towards Net Zero mission brings together CSIRO with government partners and collaborators Climate Change Authority; Department of Climate Change, Energy; environment and water; Ministry of Industry, Science and Resources; Cereals Research and Development Corporation (GRDC); Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; with industrial partners and BHP employees; Boeing; Coalition of Climate Leaders (CLC); Climate-Kic; ClimateWorks; Incitec Swivel; KPMG Australia; Meat and Livestock Australia; Qantas; and a number of universities and research organizations, including the Center for Cooperative Research on the Low-Carbon Transition of Heavy Industry.
Feedback from mission partners
Quotation from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries:
“Agriculture and its supply chains will play a vital role in decarbonising Queensland. CSIRO has provided independent analysis to guide our vision and policy response for the sector, as evidenced by the draft roadmap for low-emission agriculture released for public consultation in June. The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries looks forward to continuing to work with the Towards Net Zero Mission and other key research programs to ensure the agribusiness sector capitalizes on low-emissions economic opportunities.
Mr. Salvo Vitelli, Director General, Agriculture Policy, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Quote from the Climate Change Authority:
“We are delighted to collaborate with the Towards Net Zero Mission on an upcoming report to better understand Australia’s carbon sequestration potential. This will help inform choices on our pathways to net zero emissions, ensuring that those choices are backed by rigorous scientific evidence.
Mr. Brad Archer, Chief Executive of the Climate Change Authority
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