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Victoria’s Renewable Gas Consultation Paper
We are in favour of electrification and energy efficiency as an approach to achieving emissions reductions this decade. BZE is supportive of the Victorian government's recent ban on gas connections to new homes and the focus on electrification and energy efficiency across households and commercial buildings. We note the importance of this approach in existing residential and commercial buildings too, our Deploy and Million Job Plan reports both discuss pathways for this.
Gas combustion is currently the predominant source of heat for industrial processes, followed closely by coal. These fossil fuels are used for the manufacturing of alumina, certain other nonferrous metals, bricks and ceramics, and glass and glass products. However, a comprehensive suite of renewable energy alternatives can fulfil all industrial heat requirements, offering diverse energy options. These options include geothermal energy, renewable electricity, renewable hydrogen, and solar thermal energy. Our Electrifying Industry report discusses how and where green hydrogen can be used to decarbonize existing industries.
BZE advocates for the establishment of Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts (REIPs) as the most efficient way to decarbonize existing industrial centres. REIPs are clusters of energy-intensive manufacturing facilities powered by 100% renewable energy. They are located in existing regional manufacturing areas and take advantage of the highly skilled workforce and existing infrastructures. BZE has identified three REIP locations in Victoria: the Latrobe Valley, Geelong, and Portland.
These place-based clean industrial hubs decarbonise our existing industries, while also paving the way for the emergence of new cleantech industries and businesses. BZE's recent report, Safeguarding our Future, demonstrates the additional benefits and emissions reduction that can be achieved by coordinating investment into these precincts, notably the delivery of economies of scale for common-use infrastructure such as green hydrogen pipelines to power these precincts.
Expansion of Capacity Investment Scheme a welcome step forward but more needs to be done
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Australia can capture niche battery markets
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Further resources for Australia’s decarbonisation pathway
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