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On 11 May 2021 the Treasurer of the Commonwealth, the Honourable Josh Frydenberg, handed down the 2021/2022 Federal Budget. Pursuant to the Paris Agreement, the Government has committed to reducing 2005 emission levels by 26 to 28 percent by the year 2030. In order to fulfil that commitment, the Government is investing $1.6 billion in clean energy technologies.
A $1.2 billion Co-investment Facility is to be established to invest in project-based international partnerships and priority technologies. This includes $539.2 million for hydrogen and carbon capture, use, and storage projects (CCS/CCUS), broken down as follows:
The remaining $565.8 million has been allocated to establish international partnerships on practical low emission projects.
The Government has also committed an additional $316.7 million to help industry and business reduce their emissions through voluntary action and adopting low emissions technology.
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The Energy Security Board (ESB) was established by COAG to develop required changes to the National Electricity Rules to meet the changing needs of the Australian electricity market.
On 18 March 2021, the Commonwealth Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, announced the opening of the $50 million Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program.
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