Release type: Transcript

Date:

Press Conference, Canberra

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for Education and Training

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

Topics: Opening of CTLab

Simon Birmingham: … the ANU playing a leading role, collaborating with other research institutions, working with industry, and developing, ultimately, solutions to problems that don’t just confront Australia, but are global problems when it comes to management of carbon emissions. So what we see here is innovative research being undertaken by world-class researchers, working hand in hand with business to come up with solutions, hopefully, that can give Australia a leading-edge advantage in helping the rest of the world deal with emissions challenges.

Question: With this storage, what will it do for Australia’s future?

Simon Birmingham: Carbon storage, CO2 storage, is one part of a potential mix of solutions to our emissions challenges. It sits alongside efficiency programs, initiatives that can substitute to cleaner energies. But it’s really critical to energy production, cement and steel industries, a range of sectors that are essential not just for Australia, but especially for developing economies who have so much growth potential still in their economy, so much demand for energy, and therefore need solutions as well as to how it is that they can manage their emissions profiles most effectively.

Question: And lastly, you’ve seen some of the technologies. 
What do you think?

Simon Birmingham: Wonderful to see here that the ANU has maintained the critical capacity to build their own equipment, which gives us a real, and the ANU a real leading-edge advantage in terms of the design of research infrastructure, and the capabilities that then come with that to attract the world’s best researchers, and to be at the leading edge in solutions to big, big problems.

Question: Thank you.