Government terminates funding for Australian-German Energy Transition Hub

The Federal Government has terminated its funding for an Australian-German collaboration looking at the technical, economic and social transition to new energy systems and a low emissions economy.

The Australian-German Energy Transition Hub, was announced in 2017 by then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Chaired by Ross Garnaut, it was allocated $4 million over four years through the the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with longer term funding expected to reach $20 million by 2022. However managers of the Hub have been informed that funding will end in June this year.

Partners include the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Münster University’s Centre of Applied Economic Research, and the Mercator Research Institute of Global Commons and Climate Change. Researchers from Murdoch University, RMIT, Monash University, the German Aerospace Centre DLR, DIW and the Hertie School of Governance have also been involved.

It aims to maximise economic and geopolitical opportunities for Australia and for Germany through research and academic-public sector-industry collaboration with research focii including reform to energy markets; regulation and policy to support low-carbon energy investment; technical aspects of the transition to a renewables-intensive electricity supply; roadmaps to effective and sustainable deployment of negative emissions technologies; and creating new industry trade and export opportunities.

According to an article in The Guardian, an email was distributed by managing director Rebecca Burdon and co-directors, Malte Meinshausen and Frank Jotzo to staff late last week informing them of the decision.

Image: Energy Transition Hub

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