New Report Leads NSW to a Low Carbon Future

7 November 2023

The NSW Government today released its vision for the development of innovative decarbonisation technologies to help the State meet its net zero targets.

The Decarbonisation Innovation 2023 Study was launched at UNSW Sydney by the Hon Penny Sharpe MLC, Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Energy, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage.

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Hugh Durrant-Whyte said the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation 2023 Study was a critical component of the NSW Government’s commitment to address climate change through becoming a leader in technologies which reduce our emissions footprint.

“NSW already possesses several competitive advantages in decarbonisation innovation, including a strong foundation in climate technology research, development and commercialisation. The challenge now is to ensure we meet our environmental responsibilities, while maximising the economic potential to become a global leader in these technologies.

“This Study shows there are opportunities for decarbonisation technologies to have significant environmental impact across sectors including energy, transport, the built environment, industry, and land and agriculture,” Professor Durrant-Whyte said.

The 2023 Study builds on the opportunities identified in the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation 2020 Study.

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer consulted with over 100 stakeholders in industry, research and government in compiling the 2023 Study.

“We asked industry to tell us what technology was required in its quest to decarbonise and the research sector how it could accelerate the development of this technology. Clearly, government has a key role to play in ensuring that this collaboration is efficiently and effectively supported,” Professor Durrant-Whyte said.

CEO of the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub, Professor Deo Prasad said that the State’s commitment to decarbonisation was already evident through the swift establishment of the Hub, which was itself a recommendation of the 2020 Study.

“We look forward to working with both the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and the Office of Energy and Climate Change to ensure the realisation of the many opportunities presented in the 2023 Study,” Professor Prasad said.

The NSW Decarbonisation Innovation 2023 Study can be found on the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer decarbonisation webpage.


Read the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation 2023 Study