In an historic alliance, industry, union and environment
organisations today called on the Federal Government to establish a
National Carbon Capture and Storage Taskforce to combat climate change.
new taskforce, proposed by the Australian Coal Association (ACA),
CFMEU, The Climate Institute (CI), and WWF, would be charged with
developing and implementing a nationally coordinated plan to oversee
rapid demonstration and commercialisation of 10,000 GWh of carbon
capture and storage (CCS) electricity per year by 2020.*
Executive Director Mr. Ralph Hillman said: “The proposed CCS taskforce
will play a vital role in ensuring that Australia is CO2 storage-ready
“The black coal industry is now funding a number of
demonstration projects through its billion dollar Coal21 Fund with the
aim of deploying commercial scale low emission coal technology in the
power sector by 2020.”
CFMEU National President Mr. Tony Maher
said: “Rapid demonstration of CCS in Australia is essential to securing
employment prospects in regional Australia – jobs in coal mining and
jobs in new high-tech CCS power plants.
“Mineworkers know that
their industry and their jobs only have a future if coal use – and gas
use - becomes a low emission industry here and overseas. And with coal
being Australia’s largest export industry, we need to lead the way in
the development of that technology.”
The Climate Institute CEO Mr.
John Connor said: “Australia has a choice - it can be a technology
maker or a technology taker. Ensuring all new electricity load is met by
clean energy sources will position Australia at the forefront of the
global boom in these technologies – and cut the long term cost of
“Australia’s leadership in the development of
CCS can also contribute to emissions reduction in emerging economies
such as China and India.”
WWF CEO Greg Bourne said: “Rapid
deployment of low and zero emission technologies, including CCS, is
needed if we are to avoid dangerous climate change.
market forces and emissions trading alone will be insufficient to
overcome barriers to commercial scale deployment of CCS.
to build demonstration plants now if we expect commercialisation before
2020. The only way we can ensure this will happen is through a
coordinated effort by Commonwealth and State Governments and by
*The equivalent of three 500 MW Power Stations.