Australia and US form partnership to accelerate net zero technology

Today, the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen and United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm signed the Australia –United States Net Zero Technology Acceleration Partnership, at the Sydney Energy Forum

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Australian Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen and United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm sign the partnership

This formal partnership aims to accelerate the development and deployment of zero emissions technology, and cooperation on critical minerals supply chains to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while supercharging economic growth.

Reducing emissions while growing our economies and jobs is a challenge and opportunity that requires global effort. The current threats to global energy markets and energy security make international cooperation even more important.

The Partnership is the first step in delivering on the Australian Government’s commitment to make climate change a centrepiece of the US alliance. It reinforces a shared commitment to urgent action to deliver on ambitious 2030 targets and reach net zero by 2050. The Partnership will build on long-standing cooperation between Australia and the US, which share many of the same challenges in decarbonising our economies.

Cooperation will be practical, inclusive of industry, research and private sector to drive investment, trade, and development of commercial opportunities between Australia and the US in low and zero emissions technologies and critical material that will drive them. Initial areas for cooperation under the partnership include the development of long duration energy storage technology, digital electricity grids and technology to support the integration of variable renewable energy, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide removal, including direct air capture.

The Partnership recognises the crucial role more diversified sources of critical minerals will play in the energy transition, extending cooperation to building supply chains integral to the deployment of clean energy technologies.

The Partnership is signed on the same day as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Commonwealth Scientific, Research, and Industry Organisation (CSIRO) and the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at the Sydney Energy Forum. The MoU is an example of the increasing cooperation between Australia and the United States to develop clean energy technologies.

"This partnership is a huge milestone in ramping up the US and Australia’s shared commitment to ambitious climate action and energy security," said Minister Chris Bowen.

"It prioritises not just development but deployment of the critical technologies that will underpin economic opportunity in the energy transformation of our two countries.”

Read more about the Sydney Energy Forum here.

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