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New net zero industry plan in development

The Australian Government is developing a Net Zero Plan to roadmap how Australian industries, including food and beverage manufacturing, will transition to a net zero economy by 2050.

The Net Zero Plan will set out government priorities, policies and measures to drive down emissions and will support investment in low emissions and renewable activities.

The industrial sector plan is focused on subsectors that represent the greatest opportunity for decarbonisation and that will be most impacted by the transition to net zero.

The plan will cover:

  • food and beverages;
  • manufacturing;
  • alumina and aluminium;
  • waste and resource recovery;
  • chemicals and plastics;
  • iron and steel;
  • cement and concrete;
  • pulp and paper;
  • metals refining and smelting; and;
  • synthetic greenhouse gases.

The Minister for Industry and Science is responsible for developing the plan with the Minister for Climate Change and Energy in consultation with the Minister for Environment and Water.

The sector plans will consider any cross-cutting and sector-specific issues including valuing emissions reduction and removing blockers to action.

The sectoral plans will also consider key enabling technologies to support emissions reductions or removals.

The Australian government be consulting throughout 2024 to support the plan’s development.

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