New thinking on national energy future


Australia's Energy Futures Forum has begun work identifying plausible future energy and transport scenarios.

In the first meeting of its kind, industry, environmental, government, scientific and community groups have now met. The Forum's agreed aim is to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to explore potential pathways for future energy and transport needs.

The Forum has been jointly developed by ABARE and CSIRO's Energy Transformed National Research Flagship with the support of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. The invited participants currently include:

Alcoa World Alumina Australia
Australian Automobile Association
Australian Conservation Foundation
Australian Council of Social Service
BHP Billiton
Department of Industry Tourism and Resources
Hydro Tasmania
Loy Yang Power
NSW electricity generators*
Origin Energy
Pacific Hydro
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Rio Tinto
Stanwell Corporation
Westpac Banking Corporation
WWF Australia
Woodside Energy
Xstrata Coal

"This is an important opportunity to promote constructive dialogue between the diverse stakeholders and to focus on key issues that will be faced by the industry as well as the community," Dr John Wright, Director of CSIRO's 'Energy Transformed' Flagship, said.

"Ultimately, the Forum aims to provide information for different organisations to use to meet their individual planning needs. For example, for Government to inform energy and environment policy and development, businesses as a tool for investment strategies and for CSIRO to use in the development of future research programs."

"To do this the Forum will use improved, purpose-built integrated models featuring a linkage of economic technology development and implementation, social attitudes and environment modelling," Dr Wright said.

The Forum is a two year program and information generated from the collaborative process will be made public at appropriate times.

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