Recommendations for achieving emissions targets through technology

The Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper considers the combination of technologies that will help Australia reach its emissions targets. The University of Melbourne has responded by making 12 key recommendations.

The Government’s Roadmap positions Australia to meet the climate change targets outlined in the Paris Agreement. It also ensures that a strong economy remains a priority.

The Government’s discussion paper considers the technology challenges and opportunities facing Australia. It outlines the priorities for technology investment to ensure a low-emissions future. The Government released the discussion paper for public consultation.

In its response, the University makes 12 key recommendations. These include:

  • The University recommends stronger consideration of building social acceptability and testing feasibility of new technologies in future stages of Australia’s low emissions technologies planning.
  • The Technology Investment Roadmap should recognise economic and workforce planning and industry development for communities impacted by technology transition.
  • The Roadmap should include greater clarity on the timeframe and nature of Australia’s hydrogen target to drive investment.

The University concurs that Australia needs to use a strategic combination of technologies. And these must be supported by the right skills, knowledge and materials.

Read the University's response.

First published on 15 February 2022.

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