Australia’s prime minister has proposed spending an extra 539 million Australian dollars ($417 million) on hydrogen and carbon sequestration projects, seeking to burnish his government’s green credentials ahead of a climate summit to be hosted by President Biden.
The money to be spent on building new hydrogen-producing hubs and carbon capture technologies would create more than 2,500 jobs while reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday.
“It is essential we position Australia to succeed by investing now in the technologies that will support our industries into the future, with lower-emissions energy that can support Australian jobs,” Morrison said.
“We cannot pretend the world is not changing. If we do, we run the risk of stranding jobs in this country, especially in regional areas,” he added.
The funding will be detailed in the government’s economic blueprint for the next fiscal year, which will be made public on May 11. The spending requires Parliament’s approval.