Green light for decarbonisation hub

The electric car charging station at Tuggerah Super Centre

The University of Newcastle is part of a consortium creating a NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub to develop and commercialise low-emissions technology.

NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy, Matt Kean, said the Hub, being fast-tracked with a $15M State Government investment, was a key part of the Government’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

“As action on climate change grows internationally, there will be significant demand for new decarbonisation technologies with huge investment opportunities,” he said.

“This will help us create new jobs and high-tech businesses, while developing expertise in emission reduction technology.”

Minister for Environment, James Griffin, said the Hub would bring together researchers, industry and government to accelerate new technologies to decarbonise NSW.

“This $15M funding is being delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust and, as the Chair of that Trust, I’m proud to see an investment that will foster new partnerships that support major progress in our environment,” he said.

“A consortium of impressive partners will lead the Hub, including University of Newcastle, UNSW Sydney, University of Wollongong, Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney, Charles Sturt University, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Climate-KIC.” 

The Hub is part of the NSW Government’s Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program. It will be based at UNSW Sydney, but activities will occur across the State with each of the partners.

Industry and community members will also collaborate on initiatives. 

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer will oversee the Hub’s work, with its hosts and partners including some of the finest researchers in decarbonisation technologies across a number of sectors.

Primary source: Media release, May 7, 2022, NSW Government

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