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Renewable liquid fuel industry affirmed by Australian Government

A mobile crane powered by diesel works on a construction site.

The Australian Government has affirmed its commitment to developing the national renewable liquid fuel industry as part of its Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Roadmap and Action Plan (Roadmap).

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Speaking at BioEnergy Australia’s Renewable Fuels Week in Canberra, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, gave a speech about the Government’s plan to decarbonise Australia’s “hard to abate sectors”, during which she stated that Australia was “well placed” to lean into a low carbon liquid fuel industry.

“Liquid fuels – including petrol, diesel, jet fuel and biofuels – make up 52 per cent of Australia’s final energy consumption,” she said. “If we are to achieve our goals, we have no choice but to decarbonise this consumption and these sectors – and that means more renewable liquid fuels.”

Additionally, Minister King provided an update on the status of the Roadmap currently being designed to reduce transport emissions, saying her department will conduct a final consultation on a draft, and taking time to discuss the different technologies available for heavy road vehicles.

“When it comes to heavy road vehicles, there have been some advances in battery electric and hydrogen technologies,” she said. “Nevertheless, I know that there will still be a role for Low Carbon Liquid Fuels for many years – particularly in sectors like long-haul road freight.

“Low Carbon Liquid Fuels, such as renewable diesel and biofuels, have the advantage that they can be used in conventional internal combustion engines, to varying degrees,” she continued. “As such, they will play a key role in our clean energy future.”

Minister King’s speech comes on renewable liquid fuel comes after the Australian Constructors Association released a report yesterday calling for a clearly defined national policy supporting the development of the renewable liquid fuel industry to help reduce emissions until electrification and hydrogen technology becomes widely available.

Renewable Fuels Week is running until March 22, aiming to demonstrate the importance of sustainable and renewable liquid fuels in Australia’s Net Zero efforts.


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