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Aurecon joins initiative to set Australian industry up for success in decarbonised global economy

Aurecon joins initiative to set Australian industry up for success in decarbonised global economy

To transition to a net zero emissions model, we need to challenge our energy, process, material and mobility decisions across every industry,” says Aurecon's Paul Gleeson.

23 November 2020 – Aurecon joins some of Australian industry’s biggest companies in support of the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative (Australian Industry ETI) to accelerate the impact of emissions reductions across hard-to-abate sectors.

Independent, not-for-profit bodies ClimateWorks Australia and Climate-KIC Australia are conveners of the Australian Industry ETI, in collaboration with the Energy Transitions Commission. The Australian Industry ETI focuses on five critical industries: iron and steel, aluminium, LNG, selected metals and chemicals, such as fertilisers.

Aurecon’s Managing Director Energy, Resources and Water Paul Gleeson knows decarbonising economies and industry to combat the negative impacts of climate change is a complex journey.

“To transition to a net zero emissions model, we need to challenge our energy, process, material and mobility decisions across every industry. At some point in the future the world will achieve 100 per cent net zero emissions, however right up until that point in the transition, everyone will continue to have an equally valuable role.

“We are successfully working with hard-to-abate industry clients to help them navigate the technical as well as strategic challenges, developing scenarios, setting targets, identifying the right investments and technologies and implementing the right projects and pathways. Industry has a significant impact to make collectively and we want to help them achieve this,” Mr Gleeson said.

Collaboration, innovation and technology will drive decarbonisation

As the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Company for 2020, Aurecon Chief Executive Officer William Cox believes it is the company’s innovation mindset of working and thinking differently that will help industry imagine what’s possible in a decarbonised global economy.

“The technologies and innovations are within reach to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors by 2050. We need to work together to explore and pilot all the options to better understand the pathways to achieving net zero emissions as the choices and transition will be different for every organisation,” Mr Cox said.

Aurecon is the first professional services company to join the initiative alongside new members Fortescue Metals Group and Cbus Super.

Orica, BP Australia, NAB, Woodside, BlueScope Steel, Schneider Electric, APA Group, BHP, AustralianSuper, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers signed onto the initiative ahead of its launch in July 2020.

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