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Tonsley Accords: a call to action for South Australia’s clean energy future

Industry, government, academia and community will draft a set of accords to inform the state's net zero pathway as part of Future Energy Week.

With the Federal government’s climate bill targeting 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030, it is time for South Australia to take advantage of its world-leading clean technology and renewable resources. To lead the nation’s net zero race, a group of industry, government and researchers is inviting the community to participate in drafting a set of accords in the lead up to Future Energy Week in November.

As the main event of South Australia’s Future Energy Week, the Tonsley Future Energy Consortium has organised a two-day conference with speakers, panellists, innovation showcases, and working groups corresponding to five key themes: The Energy Trilemma; Food, Energy & Water; Mobility & Transport; Industry, Innovation & Digitisation; and Hydrogen. Delegates of the conference will also be invited to join one of the five working groups to draft the Tonsley Accords. Modelled on the Paris climate accords, the Tonsley Accords will capture the needs and ambitions of business, government, academia and community to help shape Australia’s energy transition.

"South Australia's world class renewable energy resources provide a competitive edge in the race to supply clean, green, renewable hydrogen ready for export across the globe. Future Energy Week is a great opportunity to examine what's occurring in the energy space and what a net 100 per cent renewable energy future looks like."

Hon Tom Koutsantonis, Minister for Energy and Mining

Other highlights of the conference include a Future Energy Taster in which high school students will enjoy an immersive experience via technology demonstrations with clean energy industry and technology leaders, as well as South Australia’s Clean Energy Transformation with Richard Day, from the Department for Energy and Mining, New Economics and Global Transition with Dr Matthew Ives, a panel on Energy Equity, Energy Security & Environmental Sustainability, and a presentation on a vehicle-to-grid trial by Flinders University and Engie.

"Flinders University already uses 100% renewable electricity and is committed to emission reductions, as we collectively leverage South Australia's world-class renewable wind and solar resources. As a significant education and research provider in the state's key hub for sustainable energy innovation at Tonsley, we are looking to Future Energy Week to grow partnerships and knowledge sharing."

William Van Ausdal, Flinders University's Principal Sustainability Strategist

Future Energy Week has already attracted the support of leading organisations, such as Flinders University, the Department for Education, the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, AZZO, City of Marion, Department for Energy and Mining, EfficientSee, Engie, RAA, SAGE Group, Tonsley Innovation District, First Nations Clean Energy Network, Chapman Capital Partners, Committee for Adelaide, CORE Innovation Hub, ICN – Department for Industry, Innovation and Science, ifm Efector, Phoenix Contact, SA-H2HTM (South Australian Hydrogen Hubs Inc.), Toyota, and Westpac Banking Group.

Carbon neutral tickets, with contributions going to Trees for Life, are available at Early bird rates end on 7th October.

For Future Energy Week Media Week Enquires please contact:
Quentin Roberts
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