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Critical minerals

CEF in the media  |  Oct 26, 2023

PM Albanese’s state visit to the US – report card.

Sky News

Tim Buckley wraps PM Albanese’s state visit to the US and the need for a more ambitious strategic public capital commitment to leverage the opportunities of the US IRA, noting the $2bn additional commitment to critical minerals announced is insufficient relative to our massive opportunity as the world’s #1 exporter of lithium and does not adequately respond to the scale and pace of global decarbonisation. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Oct 25, 2023

Tim Buckley on ABC News: Australia joins the critical minerals race

ABC Radio National Drive

Tim Buckley told ABC News that the $2bn announcement by the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese into the sector through low-interest loans for miners and processors is a token response. The US has put US$1,000bn on the table to drive investment in the decarbonisation. Australian government needs to place $100bn public capital support to crowd in the decarbonisation sector, as we need to respond at the speed and scale to the size of the opportunity. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Oct 25, 2023

Tim Buckley on ABC News: The race to Australian made battery technology

ABC TV The Business

Tim Buckley told ABC news that tens of billions of dollars would be needed to set up an onshore renewable battery industry in Australia, to develop the entire supply chain in Australia from critical minerals, to processing and batter assembly, and ideally EV assembly in Australia as well. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Oct 25, 2023

Extra $2b to finance critical minerals ‘lacks ambition’


Tim Buckley, director of independent public interest think tank Climate Energy Finance, said $2 billion was “a mere token response” to the Biden administration’s $US1 trillion ($A1.6 trillion) industrial and energy stimulus – the biggest in US history. “It isn’t even a down payment, it is so lacking in courage, conviction and ambition,” Mr Buckley told AAP. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Oct 3, 2023

Five reasons why the government mustn’t cool its heels on an “Australian IRA”


As Elizabeth Thurbon et al write in The Lowy Interpreter, the Australian Renewable Industry Package is a $100 billion, ten-year green energy transition package proposed by a coalition of groups including Climate Energy Finance, the Smart Energy Council, and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. This was no knee-jerk or panicked effort, but a considered view on a proportionate Australian response to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – a $520 billion bipartisan bid to secure US dominance in the high-wage, high-tech green industries of the future. The IRA is now sucking a good deal of green energy investment away from Australia, requiring a policy response from Canberra commensurate with Australia’s generational opportunity. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 11, 2023

Canberra Times: Climate Energy Finance think tank wants fuel tax credit scheme limited

Canberra Times

The federal government could save $14 billion by capping the fuel tax credit for large mining companies and use the funds to drive the electrification of the sector, think tank Climate Energy Finance says. The fuel tax credit scheme, which allows businesses to claim for tax paid on fuel used to power machinery and heavy vehicles, will cost taxpayers $37 billion by 2030 unless the government sets a limit on how much they can claim, a report by the think tank says. Report co-author Tim Buckley said the tax credit scheme was the nation’s largest fossil fuel subsidy and one of the biggest in the world. Read more
Media Releases  |  Sep 11, 2023

MEDIA RELEASE | A new $100bn Australian Renewables Industry Package is critical for our future security and prosperity


CEF joined The call for a ten-year $100 billion Australian Renewables Industry Package to respond to the US IRA, endorsed by partners including the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Council of Trade Unions, Climate Action Network Australia, First Nations Clean Energy Network, New Energy Nexus, Rewiring Australia and the Smart Energy Council. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 11, 2023

Govt pressed to invest $100bn in renewable energy

ABC Radio National AM

Tim Buckley speaking on ABC Radio AM as part of the coalition of industry, business, union and community groups calling on the Albanese Government to invest $100bn over the next decade to compete in the global race to develop renewable energy industries. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 11, 2023

Investors and unions press Labor to invest $100bn to compete in global green economy

The Guardian

At the Australian Renewables Industry summit in Canberra on Monday unions, the renewable energy sector, community and investor groups will call for the package to respond to massive investment overseas including the US’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Climate Energy Finance’s founder, Tim Buckley, said, “we need a far more integrated and ‘big picture’ approach to encourage greater investment, commensurate with the scale of this massive renewables and critical minerals and metals embodied decarbonisation export opportunity for Australia”. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 11, 2023

Labor pushed to create $100b ‘Australian inflation reduction act’

The Australian Financial Review

Climate Energy Finance director Tim Buckley told The Australian Financial Review an integrated approach to investment was needed, to benefit local communities, Indigenous Australians and future workers. “To leave it to the free market is just, in my view, to be deluded,” he said. “The IRA has stimulated a massive, massive manufacturing boom. The amount of money going into manufacturing in America in the last 12 months is four times the highest level of any previous year in American history.” He said the strict rules of funding attached to programs meant a rethink was needed in Australia. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 11, 2023

OP ED | How Australia’s largest fossil fuel subsidy could decarbonise mining

Renew Economy

Fossil fuel subsidies in Australia reached $11 billion in 2022-23, extending decades of direct capital transfers and tax concessions to some of Australia’s most polluting industries and making Australia one of the G20’s largest providers of subsidies for fossil fuels. The scale of the impact to our economy is enormous. The FTCS is the largest fossil fuel subsidy in Australia and is the 18th largest government expense program in 2023-24. The federal government estimates the FTCS will cost over $9.5 billion in tax concessions in 2023-24 alone, with the credits largely going to Australia’s bulk commodity and fossil fuel mining firms. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 11, 2023

Tim Buckley on capping the fuel tax credit scheme to remove headwind against decarbonisation

ABC TV News Channel

Tim Buckley says we have a ‘once-in-a-generation’ chance to pivot our economy towards industries of the future. Australia imports 29 billion litres of high emissions, inflationary diesel each year, heavily subsidised by the Federal Government, critically undermining Australia’s climate and green manufacturing ambitions. A cap to the fuel rebate scheme would create a tailwind for electrifying Australia’s mining fleet, deploying the best technology to become a world leader in embedded decarbonisation. Read more

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