$15 million green light for net zero NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub

Research, development and commercialisation for decarbonisation technology in NSW is being fast tracked, with a $15 million investment in the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub

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The University of Newcastle has been selected as academic lead – alongside UNSW, who will host the headquarters for the $15 million NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub.

The Hub is a key part of the NSW government’s Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program and will bring together government, industry, and researchers to fast-track technologies to decarbonise NSW.

The project is funded by a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust, with significant industry and university partner co-contributions.

NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean said the Hub is a key part of the NSW Government’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

“NSW is taking the lead by coordinating efforts across our research, development and commercialisation sectors. This will help us create new jobs and high-tech businesses, while developing expertise in emission reduction technology,” Mr Kean said.

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

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

While the Hub will be based at UNSW Sydney, its activities will occur across the State with partners operating under three networks: 

  1. Electrification and Energy Systems
  2. Land and Primary Industries  
  3. Power Fuels including Hydrogen

Additionally, the Hub will include many industry and community members who will contribute time and funds to collaborate on initiatives.

Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Alister Henskens said collaboration will underpin the project, which will help turn innovative ideas into new industries, jobs and prosperous outcomes.

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

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