Net zero expert to drive down emissions

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An expert with 30 years of experience in climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency will lead a new national net zero unit.

The unit has been established within the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts and will be led by Ian Porter.

The team will work with industry to improve transportation networks and supply chains increasingly challenged by extreme weather events.

The ministry is already working with emissions-intensive industries to change the use of transport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by 2030 in order to reach net zero by 2050.

“Meeting our government’s emissions reduction targets on a path to net zero by 2050 will require concerted action to reduce emissions across the transportation sector,” said the Minister of Infrastructure. and Transport, Catherine King.

This includes increasing the adoption of electric vehicles, addressing fuel efficiency standards, increasing consumer education, promoting alternative aviation fuels and reducing ship emissions, he said. she declared.

The unit will also work with the Prime Minister’s wider net zero task force to ensure regions don’t miss out on the push to become a renewable energy superpower.

Mr Porter joins the department of independent organization Climateworks where he led a program working on reducing emissions in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific

The former chief of staff to the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change served as lead adviser to the Bushfire Investigations Task Force.

He was also CEO of alternative technology association Renew for three years and chairman of carbon offset provider Greenfleet for seven years.

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