State government announces new UNSW-headquartered decarbonisation tech hub

The NSW government has announced $15 million in funding for a new NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub, which will be based at the University of NSW.

State energy minister and treasurer Matt Keen said that the move to decarbonise economies would create significant commercial demand for new technologies.

“NSW is taking the lead by coordinating efforts across our research, development and commercialisation sectors,” said Keen on Tuesday. 

“This will help us create new jobs and high-tech businesses, while developing expertise in emission reduction technology.”

The hub is part of the NSW government’s Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program, and would link researchers, industry and government to speed up delivery of new technologies, according to the statement.

Though headquartered at UNSW and with the university as its academic lead, the agency would operate across the state.

“The new Hub will showcase UNSW’s world-class capabilities in decarbonisation and serve as a centrepiece for our work in this area,” said UNSW Scientia Professor Deo Prasad, who will be CEO of the hub.

“Not only will it meet key metrics in decarbonisation, but there is also enormous potential in the job creation and capacity building we can achieve.”

It will be overseen by the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and its $15 million in funding delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust, chaired by state environment minister James Griffin.

“A consortium of impressive partners will lead the Hub, including UNSW Sydney, University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong, Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney, Charles Sturt University, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Climate-KIC,” said Griffin.

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