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 is establishing a Decarbonisation Innovation Hub under the 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 and Energy Systems, Land and 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.
Expression of Interest (coming soon)
A formal Expression of Interest process is under development for those interested in leading the implementation of the Decarbonisation Innovation Hub, to be released here shortly.