The WA Energy Transition Summit, on 17 November 2023, will steer Western Australia towards becoming a key global player in renewable energy and unlock opportunities in clean energy industries.
Co-hosted with the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), the summit will bring together government, industry, peak bodies, unions and other key stakeholders to examine a range of key issues for the transition, including energy infrastructure, jobs, social license, regulation, finance, and the important role of gas.
The energy transition in WA focuses on diversifying the economy and delivering a cleaner, affordable and reliable energy future for Western Australians.
As part of the transition, many climate action initiatives are being rolled out, including:
- Investment Attraction Fund: to drive investment into new energy projects in battery and critical minerals processing, renewable hydrogen, advanced manufacturing in wind and solar componentry, along with carbon capture use and storage projects.
- Clean Energy Future Fund: to support innovative projects that reduce the State's emissions and create local jobs.
- PoweringWA: to drive the delivery of new electricity infrastructure and renewable energy transmission to deliver a reliable and low emissions electricity supply for all users.
- Strategic Industrial Area Incentive Scheme: providing incentives to attract large-scale clean energy projects to six Strategic Industrial Areas across WA.
- Kimberley Communities Solar Saver program: to install rooftop solar across five remote communities to deliver cheaper, cleaner energy to around 400 families helping save around $450 per year on power bills.
- Sunshine Saver Program: to help a further 1,600 regional households access cheaper, cleaner energy from centralised solar farms with funding boost.
- Electric Vehicle Strategy: to support electric vehicle (EV) uptake, almost 70 dual-bay EV chargers will be installed at new METRONET stations. The EV target in the State Government car fleet has also been lifted to 50 per cent.
- Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) hubs: to develop technologies around capturing and storing carbon dioxide to reduce emissions from industrial-scale processes and projects
- Green Energy Approvals Unit: to fast-track approvals for major job-creating clean energy projects.
The WA Government is developing Sectoral Emissions Reduction Strategies (SERS) in consultation with all sectors to lay the foundation for transitioning to net zero by 2050.
Through collaborative efforts, industry and Government can position WA to create benefits and economic opportunities for all Western Australians and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy transition.
To find out more about climate action initiatives happening in WA and how you can play a part, visit www.climateaction.wa.gov.au