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Curtin University set to lead WA’s new GreenTech Hub

Thursday 06 June 2024 | By 294101E
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Curtin University has been named the operator of Western Australia’s new multi-million dollar GreenTech Hub, an initiative designed to accelerate green technologies and services across the state.

The GreenTech Hub is a key component of the Cook Government’s $40 million partnership with the Chevron-operated Gorgon Joint Venture, aimed at funding green technology and lowering carbon emissions.

Innovation and the Digital Economy and Science Minister, the Honourable Stephen Dawson said $4 million has been allocated over four years to drive innovative projects which support the decarbonisation of the economy.

“The Cook Government is committed to net zero carbon emissions for our State by 2050 and this exciting initiative will see Curtin University take a leading role in delivering solutions to support a clean energy future,” Mr Dawson said.

“This hub will further grow critical technologies and new industries as we all work together towards net zero emissions in the face of the unavoidable impact of climate change.

“The establishment of WA’s very own GreenTech Hub will foster collaboration between researchers, industry and government to address decarbonisation and sustainability challenges not just facing our State, but the world.”

Curtin Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Professor Melinda Fitzgerald said she was delighted Curtin had been selected to support the State Government in positioning Western Australia as a leader in the adoption and development of technologies that will enable a net-zero economy.

“The GreenTech Hub will serve as a dynamic hub for innovators and entrepreneurs dedicated to shaping a greener future,” Professor Fitzgerald said.

“The driving force behind the initiative is our commitment to cultivating a robust consortium of partners, recognising that collaboration with industry leaders is crucial to realising the hub’s objectives.

“Curtin will partner with organisations from across the innovation ecosystem and from each stage of the value chain associated with the development, delivery and implementation of GreenTech.”

Curtin’s inaugural consortium comprises 25 organisations, including major energy and resources companies, emerging businesses, startups, venture capital investors and research and training organisations. In partnership with the State Government, the consortium also includes the Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which advocates for First Nations businesses.

The GreenTech Hub will be modelled on existing WA Government co-founded innovation hubs and an official opening is being planned for later in the year.