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King Review: Implications for Australia’s heavy industry

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Today the Federal Government released the King Review which looks at ways Australia can lower its emissions while supporting the economy, businesses and households.

The review makes 26 recommendations including the need to unlock the transformative low emissions technologies that businesses need in the ‘hard to abate’ sectors like heavy industry, manufacturing and transport.

The University of Adelaide has a long-standing suite of capabilities and it collaborates widely with industry and other research institutions to develop emerging technologies and deployment pathways for heavy industry towards net-zero-carbon dioxide emissions.

The University has identified the clear and tangible benefits to heavy industry and to the national interest in working collaboratively with industry, governments and other researchers. Accordingly it is leading a proposal to establish a Heavy Industry Low Emissions Transition (HILT) CRC in partnership with many Australian companies in the heavy industry sector and with other research institutions.

The HILT CRC will:

·  Provide a faster and cheaper route for companies to adopt low emissions technology rather than going it alone,

·  Increase Australia’s production and export of green products including green steel, aluminium and cement which have a premium in the global markets,

·  Enable the advancement of Australia’s sovereignty across its mineral, processed mineral and energy sectors, and

·  Upskill workers and increase jobs in the mining and energy sector.

Reducing carbon emissions from heavy industry, which is responsible for 20 percent of global CO2 emissions, is more challenging than other sectors such as electricity and transport, owing to the lack of commercially-available technology.

Experts from the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology and the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources are available for comment particularly on how energy-intensive heavy industry, which is a vital part of the national and global economies, must change in order to compete successfully in the supply of low carbon products.

The review also makes recommendations concerning carbon capture and storage (CCS), an area which the University of Adelaide also has expertise.

Media contacts:

On implications for heavy industry
Professor Michael Goodsite, 
Interim Director, Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources, The University of Adelaide.
Mobile: +61 (0)466 923 654, Email: michael.goodsite@adelaide.edu.au

On carbon capture and storage
Dr Kathryn Amos, Head of School, Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources, The University of Adelaide.
Mobile: +61 (0)408171133, Email: kathryn.amos@adelaide.edu.au

Crispin Savage, Senior Communications and Media Officer, The University of Adelaide,
Mobile: +61 (0)481 912 465 Email: crispin.savage@adelaide.edu.au