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Decarbonisation Innovation Hub

In September 2019, the Minister for Energy and Environment, the Hon. Matt Kean MP, requested that the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer undertake a Decarbonisation Innovation Study into the challenges and opportunities for meeting emissions targets and adapting to climate change, while generating economic development, prosperity and jobs growth in NSW.

In order to accelerate the research and development, commercialisation and uptake of clean technologies that this Study highlighted in NSW, while driving emissions reduction and economic prosperity, the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (OCSE) is establishing a Decarbonisation Innovation Hub under the NSW Government Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program. The Decarbonisation Innovation Hub will support researchers, industry and government stakeholders in critical sectors to collaborate, and increase the uptake of new technologies in decarbonising NSW.

The Hub will coordinate work in three focus areas of Electrification & Energy Systems, Land & Primary Industries, and Power Fuels including Hydrogen.

The Hub will establish partnerships and enhance engagement through informal and formal events and meetings, connect industry contacts to research expertise, assist with project plans and bids including with bringing together NSW consortia to pursue national and international funding opportunities, and assist NSW industry and researchers to identify commercialisation pathways, cost-effective use cases and market opportunities for decarbonisation technologies and services.

Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Information Paper

The Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Information Paper provides essential information for stakeholder interested in the Decarbonisation Innovation Hub.

The Information Paper sets out:

  • Background about where the Decarbonisation Innovation Hub sits within the NSW Government Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program
  • The innovation and research Network model and process to establish the Hub
  • The Hub’s vision, guiding principles and objectives
  • The Hub’s funding, structure, governance, operation and business plan considerations.

Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Information Paper

Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Supporting Paper

To better understand the Hub, stakeholders are requested to read the Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Supporting Paper. The Supporting Paper provides context about how the three focus areas were identified and validated through the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Study 2020 Final Report, Industry Opportunities Report and Hub workshops hosted in early 2021.

Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Supporting Paper

Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Information Session

An information session for the Decarbonisation Innovation Hub was held with potential stakeholders via Teams at 11am on Monday 2 August 2021.

Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Information Session Presentation

Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Information Session Q&A

Expression of Interest Stage (closed)

The Expression of Interest stage inviting stakeholders to submit their interest in hosting the Hub, leading Network/s or being part of the Interest Group has now closed. Over 100 EOIs have been received and we will be in touch soon with those organisations who have submitted applications.

If you would like to provide additional information to a submitted application, please email to


Process Timeline and Important Dates

2 August 2021EOIs open
9 August 2021EOI responses published
20 August 2021EOI closes
30 August - 8 October 2021Request for Proposal opens
November 2021Lead proposal asked to develop Business Plan
Early 2022Hub established

Dates are indicative and subject to change.


Questions regarding the Decarbonisation Innovation Hub can be submitted using the email address below.

Please review the Decarbonisation Innovation Hub Information Paper, Supporting Paper, Information Session Presentation and Q&A (to be published shortly) before contacting us. Further questions can be submitted to: