CME open to consider all decarbonisation pathways on the road to net zero

“WA’s energy transition needs to be executed in a way that supports a competitive and decarbonised electricity network for the benefit of the community, business and industry”

CME Chief Executive, Rebecca Tomkinson

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA (CME) looks forward to reviewing the Federal Opposition’s energy plan, stressing that all options should be on the table to ensure the transition to net zero is achieved.

CME Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Tomkinson, said it was important to consider all options in order to supply the volume of low-emissions, cost-effective and reliable energy needed by the industry to sustain the push towards decarbonisation and achieve Australia’s legislated climate targets.

“WA’s energy transition needs to be executed in a way that supports a competitive and decarbonised electricity network for the benefit of the community, business and industry, so CME will consider all proposals that seek to achieve that,” Ms Tomkinson said.

“CME supports the diversification of WA’s resource commodities and energy mix, and our proven standards of ESG responsibility and cutting-edge mining technology open up possibilities for processing a greater range of materials to support the decarbonisation of our trading partners.

“There are short-term and long-term discussions here. In the short-term, we need significant and sustained effort from government to fast-track new energy project approvals and invest in new generation and transmission infrastructure – that’s the activity that needs to happen now or the energy transition opportunities pass us by.

“While it’s critical we have a longer-term strategy and certainty on the broader transition road map, we also need to maintain focus on the shorter-term delivery of low-emissions energy generation and storage, alongside upgrades and expansions to electricity transmission infrastructure.

“In order to achieve this, CME’s message is clear: our industry needs an efficient regulatory regime, turn-key industrial land, incentives to attract investment and stimulate project development, and a reliable, low-cost, clean energy system.”

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