Western Australia is a globally significant resources hub with a wealth of mineral resources and some of the most advanced mining industries in the world.
The state is also endowed with the world’s best and most accessible renewable energy resources which have the potential to deliver the worlds cleanest and cheapest energy.
Pairing these natural advantages together has the potential to underpin a transformative growth phase for our minerals and mining sector, capturing significantly increased value, jobs and economic opportunity.
This transformation involves:
- Decarbonising existing mining and minerals industries to position them for strategic advantage in global markets.
- Transitioning from the exporting of raw materials to the development of advanced clean minerals processing and manufacturing industries that capture a far greater portion of the value chain here in Western Australia.
Green minerals and metals have been described by prominent economists as our next wave of prosperity’. WA could become a world leader in zero-carbon metals production with the right policy settings, incentives, innovation systems and investment.
This proposal provides an opportunity to address WA’s largest pollution sources and at the same time, produce significant employment growth.
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Green metals can become a reality in WA if we start planning and building towards this now. Clean state advocates the adoption of a Green Metals Strategy for WA that will:
- Establish a green metals and renewable mining research, innovation and industry development hub and seek Commonwealth Government
co-investment as a Cooperative Research Centre or CRC.
- Establish a low carbon jobs Industry Advisory Council reporting to the Premier.
- Establish incentives and agreements (as part of government approvals and State Agreements) to support and accelerate the uptake of renewable energy in mining and minerals processing.
- Support the proposal for a quick-start green aluminium smelter in Collie.
- Invest or partner in the building of a Hydrogen powered steel making plant.
- Underwrite the renewable energy projects that will be required to power a green metals industry.
- Negotiate with likely steel producers to locate to WA, with an incentive package that includes low cost renewable energy and a guaranteed customer base.
- Guarantee procurement of green steel, which could be used in WA infrastructure projects, rail and bus fleets, buildings and wind turbine towers.
- Boost investment and ambition in the WA Green Hydrogen Strategy.
- Support the establishment of the Asia Renewable Energy Hub in the Pilbara to provide a large-scale renewable energy source for hydrogen production.