Indo-Pacific Ministers and business leaders were in Sydney last week for a two-day forum that will help secure clean energy supply chains in the region and support the global energy transformation.
Hosted by the Australian Government, the Sydney Energy Forum with the International Energy Agency brought together Governments and the private sector to identify practical opportunities to transition to clean energy.
In a joint statement issued indicated that Ministers from the United States, Japan, India, Indonesia, and the Pacific Island nation of Samoa attended the forum along with leaders of major companies that are committed to low emissions technologies.
Samoa was represented by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Toesulusulu Cedric Schuster, CEO Frances Debra Brown-Reupena along with CEO of MWTI Fui Tupai Mau Simanu, and government officials at the forum.
The aim of the forum is to foster connections between investors, business and government with a focus on innovations in key clean energy technologies such as solar, hydrogen, critical minerals and batteries.
“The outstanding response to the Sydney Energy Forum is further evidence Australia is now back in the global pack for climate ambition.
“The Albanese Government is encouraged by the warm reception from our allies and trading partners on the updated national pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
This certainty provides the solid ground for shared economic collaboration, which we will continue to embark on during the Sydney Energy Forum.”
Australia is demonstrating that it can transition to a net zero economy while at the same time providing clean, affordable, and secure energy to countries in our region for their own transitions.
Reducing emissions while growing economies and adding jobs is a challenge that requires regional and global cooperation.
The current global energy crisis has further emphasised the need for collaboration and to position energy security at the centre of the renewable energy transformation.
The Indo-Pacific region accounts for about half of the world’s energy consumption and emissions but is also a key source of the raw materials, products and technologies vital to reducing emissions.
Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the outstanding list of international attendees for the Sydney Energy Forum is a global vote of confidence in Australia and our commitment to a clean energy future.
“I am proud to be leading a Government that is co-hosting the Sydney Energy Forum which will showcase Australia as a world leader in low emissions technology.”
“This forum is an example of Australia leading the way in the Indo-Pacific and the world on an achievable path to emissions reduction targets,” said the Prime Minister.
Chris Bowen, Miniter of Climate Change and Energy said the world’s climate emergency is Australia’s job opportunity and wanted to ensure we seize this with both hands.”
“Australia has an opportunity to be a renewable energy superpower by tapping into our solar, wind and skilled energy workforces to drive clean manufacturing and energy exports in the region.
“The Sydney Energy Forum will bring together government ministers, business leaders and investors to point the way forward on the transition to prosperous net zero economies.”