WSP is proud to be a partner of the Heavy Industry Low-Carbon Transition (HILT) Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). The HILT CRC has requested $39 million from the Australian Government.
In Australia, heavy industry is one of our most important industrial sectors which generates around$180 billion per annum or 9 per cent of the Australian economy. Heavy industry (mining and high temperature manufacturing) currently accounts for some 20 per cent of Australia’s total CO2 emissions, and around 16 per cent of global emissions. However, the industry has begun to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Given these emissions are particularly hard to abate, new carbon-neutral technologies are needed to convert Australian ores to high-value, low-carbon products at globally competitive prices. The transition to low-cost solutions for heavy industry represents both opportunities and challenges within the Australian industrial landscape. According to analysis carried out by the HILT CRC team, the increased competitiveness as a result of heavy industry adopting low emissions energy technology could provide an additional 376,000 direct and indirect jobs and contribute up to an additional $120 billion into the Australian economy.
Building on our strong relationships in the Mining & Energy sectors, our teams are helping our clients to maximise the use of their assets, maintain secure and reliable energy supplies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and deliver Future Ready solutions through new innovations to help create a more sustainable world.
To this end, WSP’s team is partnering with the HILT CRC to provide technical advisory services on targeted projects like the green steel strategy used in modern steel mills across the world including facilities such as the GFG Liberty Steel Whyalla mill where we have been providing engineering and project delivery solutions since 2018.
The HILT CRC aims to be Australia’s leading collaboration transforming heavy industry for the low-carbon economy. Currently there are more than 57 companies, industry bodies and research providers that are partners of the HILT CRC – including WSP – and working to develop and demonstrate technologies needed to grow Australia’s economy. The objective is to unlock more than $45 million in cash and more than $130 million in-kind co-investment from the partners, while mitigating CO2 emissions.
Nick Flanagan, WSP’s General Manager of Mining & Energy says, “Our Mining & Energy group is very excited to be working alongside HILT CRC to unlock opportunities to allow our heavy industry sector client base in Australia the opportunity to compete in the low-carbon global economy to further develop carbon-neutral manufacturing processes and product materials such as ‘green’ iron, alumina, cement and other high value processed minerals.
“We look forward to assessing opportunities to bring the entire suite of WSP capabilities to some of these strategic projects as they start to be identified and developed over the next few years.”