Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Australian Renewable Energy Agency
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) the Morrison Government told the United Nations in Madrid that technology improvements are central to their plan to reduce Australia's emissions, and praised the work of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA),
(ii) ARENA has driven the acceleration and uptake of home-grown emissions reductions technologies with $1 billion funding 478 projects, leveraging $2 of private investment for each dollar committed to generate a total $5 billion in projects, and
(iii) the evidence provided by ARENA during Senate estimates hearings indicate that they expect to run out of money by the middle of this year; ARENA has 60 expressions of interest and 94 full applications still before them; and
(b) calls on the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Mr Taylor, who has issued 32 media releases promoting the work of ARENA, to ensure that the Agency will receive more legislated funding in the 2020-21 budget and continue their important work in the fields of hydrogen, bioenergy and clean technologies that are central to our future prosperity and driving new employment in Australia's regions.