• April 13, 2022
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Government Invests in Manufacturing & Transport Sectors to Reach Net Zero Target

Government Invests in Manufacturing & Transport Sectors to Reach Net Zero Target

Climate action has long been an issue across the globe with many leaders non-committal to a target for lowering emissions in the past. However, as of June 2021 this changed with 31 countries and the European Union setting targets to reach net zero by 2050.

As the globe starts to prioritise climate action, Australia is set to follow suit with a long-term emissions reduction plan announced in October 2021. This plan includes strategies that will impact a range of industries including the manufacturing and transport sectors.

But first, what exactly is net zero?

What is “Net Zero”?

“Net Zero” refers to achieving an overall balance of greenhouse gas emissions produced and greenhouse gas emissions taken out of the atmosphere. Ideally, we want to balance the scale so that we aren’t adding more to the atmosphere than we are taking out.

In order to achieve net zero emissions the world is moving towards renewable energy, like solar and electrification, and reducing the use of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas). As Australian industries rely heavily on fossil fuels, the government has devised a plan to preserve jobs while generating new opportunities to deliver net zero by 2050.

Government Investment in Manufacturing & Transport Sector

As part of Australia’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan there are two main strategies impacting the capital equipment industry.

Modern Manufacturing Strategy

The Modern Manufacturing Strategy is an investment of $2 billion to scale-up the Australian manufacturing industry to create jobs now and in the future. This investment is broken down into three main initiatives including:

  • $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative
  • $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative
  • $52.8 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund – Round Two

All three initiatives aim to strengthen Australia’s manufacturing industry and focus on building a strong and sustainable economy. 

Future Fuels & Vehicles Strategy

The Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy is a technology-led approach to reducing emissions in the transport sector. 

As demand for low emissions vehicles increase across the globe, the Australian Government has made $2.1 billion available for low emission vehicles and future fuel technologies. This investment includes enabling battery charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and moving toward electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicles in the Capital Equipment Industry

Electric forklift
Electric forklift. Source: Machines4U.

The use of electric vehicles in the capital equipment industry is not a new concept, and is one that has been gaining in popularity over the years. Electric forklifts are some of the most popular electric machines for their efficient design and functionality.

Equipment manufacturers like Caterpillar are also developing electric powered vehicles for mine and construction sites. Cat released an electric drive dozer in March 2019, and more recently announced their first electric underground load haul dump truck. 

Tesla has also announced a new electric semi-truck, although at this stage the truck won’t be released to the Australian market. Overall, the push for sustainability and net zero emissions is on the rise and its expected change to the capital equipment industry is imminent. 

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