Thursday, May 30, 2024

Melbourne fires up ‘engine room’ plan for zero-carbon economy

Melbourne will become the ‘engine room’ of Australia’s zero-carbon economy under a City of Melbourne Council plan to facilitate a network of start-ups, businesses and universities in the clean energy sector, the Council said today.

At Tuesday’s Future Melbourne Committee meeting, councillors endorsed the establishment of a Zero-Carbon Industry Cluster to create jobs, support innovation and deliver a range of social and environmental benefits. 

Council says the Cluster will be the first of its kind in Australia, with a focus on sharing ideas and creating practical projects to build capacity in the sector and strengthen its global competitiveness. 

“Melbourne is a zero-carbon powerhouse. We’re proud to be putting the Cluster on our agenda, and to be leading the way for clean energy and climate adaption in Australia,” said Acting Lord Mayor, Nicholas Reece.

“We’re drawing on examples of best-practice from across the globe like Copenhagen’s State of Green to build our ambition for the future of Australia’s zero-carbon economy.  

“Having seen their initiatives in action firsthand, I know that we can mirror its success and in doing so, create enormous opportunities for Australians and the world around us.” 

He said Council will host a Zero-Carbon Jobs Summit in November to set the agenda for the Cluster, ahead of its establishment in 2023. 

“It’s great to be starting a conversation with key players in the clean industry sector about new ways we can work together to lead change, create jobs, support innovation and boost the local economy,” said Finance, Governance and Risk portfolio lead Councillor, Philip Le Liu.

“The Summit will take us another step towards to building an economy of the future – not just for Melbourne, but across Australia.” 

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