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01 Apr 2019

CarbonNet set to capture community interest

Locals with a passion for Gippsland’s future and a desire to contribute to action on emissions reductions are encouraged to put their hand up for CarbonNet’s Community Reference Group.

CarbonNet, a Commonwealth and Victorian government funded project, is investigating the possibility of a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) network in Gippsland, potentially reducing industrial emissions while creating new industries, investment and local jobs.

The newly-formed reference group will play an important role in forming a conversation with Gippsland communities and advising CarbonNet about local issues.

CarbonNet supports emissions reduction by potentially connecting carbon dioxide (CO2) capture projects across the Latrobe Valley and storing the collected CO2 under Bass Strait. Rock layers trap the CO2 – similar to the way gas has been stored naturally for millions of years.

CCS is a proven process, safely operating for 45 years, with 23 commercial scale projects underway globally. Through using CCS a number of international facilities, including power generators, ethanol and fertiliser producers, and hydrogen and natural gas processing plants are contributing to emissions reductions.

Since 2008, a CCS demonstration project has been running successfully in Victoria’s Otways.

Locals interested in contributing to Gippsland’s outlook by participating in the reference group do not need previous experience. However, commitment, drive and the ability to participate in meetings are essential.

Further information, including Nomination Form and Terms of Reference, is available at: earthresources.vic.gov.au/carbonnet.

Expressions of interest close on Friday 26 April 2019.

The project can be contacted directly on 5160 9037 or carbonnet.info@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to CarbonNet Project Director Ian Filby

“Capturing CO2 and storing it below ground is an important part of climate change action, complementing energy efficiency and increased use of renewables.”

“The Community Reference Group is a great opportunity for locals to help shape Gippsland’s future while contributing to emissions reduction, the development of jobs and the local economy.”


Media contact: Mark Farrugia
Phone: (03) 8392 6913