Prof Garnaut Lecture Series: Decarbonising Transport and Industry
More than a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions stem from transport and industrial processes, and the decarbonisation of electricity is the centrepiece of transport and industry decarbonisation, including through the increasing use of batteries and hydrogen. Decarbonising the electricity sector creates a path that supports an almost complete decarbonisation of the transport sector and a partial decarbonisation of industry.

This lecture considers Australia’s comparative advantage in energy-intensive processes through the conversion of its own minerals into higher value, for example, through the use of biomass as an alternative to fossil hydrocarbons as a base for plastics and industrial materials. Further, the lecture discusses how Australia’s advantage in renewable energy and biomass production can extend to advantage the industry and transport sectors.

May 1, 2019 6:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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