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CEF in the media  |  May 16, 2024

VIDEO | 2024-25 Federal Budget: A future made in Australia

Sky News

Tim Buckley reviews Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ Future Made in Australia Budget handed down this week, breaking down the key takeouts and what it means for Australia’s pathway to decarbonisation as the the energy transition accelerates globally. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

Utility Magazine | Budget 2024–25: pathway to a clean energy future

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The Federal Government has released its Budget 2024–25, which focuses on developing renewable energy and easing cost-of-living pressures. Climate Energy Finance (CEF) said the Future Made in Australia package would make it simpler to invest in Australia, and attract more global and domestic capital. CEF Founder and Director, Tim Buckley, said, “CEF has been calling for $100 billion of capital and Budget support over the coming decade to accelerate and turbocharge the development of zero-emissions industries of the future here in Australia. In the Budget we saw an excellent $21 billion down-payment. It is great to see that this is additional funding, not the usual political trick of rehashing previous press releases. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

Budget 2024: A win for clean energy, not environment

FS Sustainability

Tim Buckley, founder and director of Climate Energy Finance said the Budget was an “excellent down-payment” that will give Australia enduring comparative advantage and resilient supply chains. It’s a “new front door for investors” with transformational proposals that will attract both global and domestic capital. “This is Australia’s biggest investment, employment, and export opportunity in a century.” Buckley called the critical minerals and hydrogen tax credits a “strong step forward” but highlighted the importance of additional future funding for electrification to attract private capital and urged Australia to front-load investment in this decade. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

Industry cheers hydrogen, critical minerals tax breaks

Capital Brief

Clean energy investors and policy experts have broadly welcomed the government’s multi-billion dollar funding package for green hydrogen and critical minerals but warn rigorous frameworks must be in place to ensure public money is not wasted. Also likely are a range of conditions to ensure only the projects with the strongest environmental, social and governance criteria were selected, according to Climate Energy Finance director Tim Buckley. This might include provisions to ensure local First Nations employment and requirements for the processing facilities to power themselves with renewable energy. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

Turning point: Biggest spend on clean energy, but households need more than budget sugar hit

Renew Economy

Climate Energy Finance director Tim Buckley, who wants to see $100 billion of capital and budget support for net-zero industries over the coming decade, says the 2024-25 budget is a promising downpayment on this. “We clearly needed this budget to respond strategically, proportionally and fast, which it has done. “It shows a government that understands both this imperative to act to transition Australia to its future as a clean, green superpower and the opportunity cost and risks of not moving to secure Australia’s place in the emerging net zero world,” Buckley says – adding that, after “the travesty” of the Future Gas Strategy, “it was a relief to see zero new funding for fossil gas.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

A future made in Australia: Budget wrap

ABC Radio

Tim Buckley on all the highlights of the 2024-25 Budget, which finally builds real momentum toward transitioning Australia to its future as a zero-emissions trade and investment leader. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

Startup Daily | Budget 2024: Tech sector reactions

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Tim Buckley, Founder of Climate Energy Finance said the development of the production tax credit (PTC) model for critical minerals and green hydrogen to incentivise onshore value-adding is a very strong step forward, a clear acknowledgement that Australia can’t simply leave it to free markets when other countries have made such significant public interest interventions, undermining global trade. This will leverage Energy Minister Bowen’s 82% Renewables by 2030 initiative, turbocharged by the 32GW Capacity Investment Scheme which is driving the rollout of utility scale firmed renewables by underpinning and catalysing private investment, meaning Australia can power our refineries with renewable energy so as to export embodied decarbonisation. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

Ecogeneration | Into a renewable future: Australia’s Federal Budget 2024/25

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In an exclusive interview with ecogeneration, Tim Buckley, director of Climate Energy Finance, provided insights into the Australian government’s latest federal budget and its implications for the renewable energy sector under the “Future Made in Australia” plan. “This (Federal Budget) significantly contributes to framing the ‘Future Made in Australia’ plan. It robustly allocates resources to the enabling institutions that the federal government aims to establish, fostering a clear strategy to articulate ambitious goals and expedite the development of high-quality renewable energy,” Buckley said. A key aspect of the budget is the $13.7 billion in production tax credits, with half allocated to value-adding in the critical mineral sector. According to Buckley, this is “a very necessary subsidy, in light of the ongoing massive interventions in other countries.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

INTERVIEW | Show me the (green) money!

AusBiz

Tim Buckley, director of the Climate Energy Finance, talks extensively about the need for more extensive capital support in future budgets to help speed up the move towards renewable energy. He notes the recent budget’s significant strides towards decarbonisation and investment, particularly its $21 billion of new budget support, a $7.2 billion increase to the arena for grant funding for battery initiatives, and decarbonisation initiatives. However, Tim holds a desire to see a price on carbon both in Australia and in international trade, highlighting the significance of public strategic investment to propel Australia’s economy forward, while maintaining a green future. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

Manufacturers’ Monthly | 2024/25 Budget reveals new investment under Future Made In Australia Act

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Five industries are targeted by the budget including renewable hydrogen, critical minerals processing, green metals, low carbon liquid fuels and clean energy manufacturing, including battery and solar panel supply chains. Director of Climate Energy Finance Tim Buckley said it was excellent to see the $21 billion down payment. “Tonight’s budget shows a government that understands both this imperative to act to transition Australia to its future as a clean, green superpower and the opportunity cost and risks of not acting to secure Australia’s place in the new net zero world economy, said Buckley. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

OP ED | After a decade of chaos, Labor finally pivots Australia away from dig-and-ship petrostate to post carbon world

Renew Economy

Finally, after a devastating decade of climate and energy transition chaos, inaction and underinvestment under the LNP luddites, we appear to have a government that appreciates Australia’s comparative advantages. Superabundant renewables, world-leading reserves of critical minerals and strategic metals, an advanced industrial base and strong human capital – are key to locking in our economic prosperity for decades to come. On Tuesday night, the federal government announced $21.0 billion of new funding initiatives under the Future Made in Australia Act strategic framework in Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ 2024-2025 Federal Budget. Read more
CEF in the media  |  May 15, 2024

Japan Today | Australia unveils budget aimed at becoming ‘renewable superpower’

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Australia touted plans to become a “renewable energy superpower” in an annual budget Tuesday, but the government’s books also laid bare the depth of the economy’s dependence on mining and fossil fuels. Energy analyst Tim Buckley said the push for local manufacturing could also limit Australia’s exposure to external economic shocks. “We can accept that China has cornered the market in an area like solar panels, and resolve to just buy from them forever,” he said. “Or we can build some domestic capacity as a kind of energy security policy.” Read more
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