Australia’s coal mining operators can now access support to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by developing coal abatement technologies through the $70 million Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package.
Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today officially launched the package in Newcastle.
“This support package is about accelerating the development of abatement technologies and processes to maintain the future viability and international competitiveness of the Australian coal mining industry,” Minister Ferguson said.
“Coal exports make a significant economic contribution to Australia, accounting for about 17 per cent of our merchandise trade and employing over 50,000 people.
“Coal mining is central to the local economy of many regional areas, we therefore need to take steps to ensure the industry has a sustainable future as we move to a carbon-constrained economy.
“It is a matter of doing things differently, improving on the past and continuing to innovate.
Australia is a world leader in researching ways to measure and abate coal mining emissions, with over 10 years of industry experience.
“The Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package will support such innovation through research and development of leading-edge coal abatement technologies designed to safely reduce emissions from coal mining.”
The $70 million package has three key areas of focus:
Supporting research, development and demonstration of abatement technologies and processes;
Funding measures that address safety and regulatory issues associated with the development and deployment of these technologies; and
Support to small and medium-sized mines to prepare carbon emissions abatement strategies.
The first round of funding for the Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package is currently open.
Additional information and application forms are available on the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism website http://www.ret.gov.au/energy/clean/ctap/cmatsp/.
20 July 2012