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Sustainable Fuel For Road, Rail, Air And Sea Transport

The Future Fuels Forum will develop a range of plausible options for Australia's transport fuel future.
by Staff Writers
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jan 10, 2008
CSIRO's newly formed Future Fuels Forum (FFF) is bringing together community, industry and government to plan for the future of transport fuels in Australia. Emissions trading, future fuels and international oil supply are just some of the factors that will be considered as the Forum articulates the main challenges for our nation in arriving at a secure and sustainable transport fuel mix for road, rail, air and sea to 2050.

Director of the CSIRO Energy Transformed National Research Flagship, Dr John Wright, said the FFF comes at an ideal time as the decisions made today will set the course for Australia's fuel mix to the middle of the century.

"Cost effective transport underpins our lifestyles and economy. We need to start work now to ensure the sector can continue to deliver its many benefits and address its environmental impact along with other important issues relating to fuel security and supply," Dr Wright said.

The Future Fuels Forum is designed to provide useful input to decision makers in industry and government on strategic policy and future investment, which will be articulated through the release of a comprehensive report in June 2008. An impressive list of participants has gathered, bringing a wealth of experience and many different perspectives and backgrounds that relate to the fuel and transport sectors.

"We expect some healthy debate that will result in the development of a diverse set of scenarios for Australia's fuel and transport future," Dr Wright said.

The project follows the successful Energy Futures Forum, a collaboration with energy industry stakeholders which developed scenarios for the future of energy in Australia.

"The Energy Futures Forum gave us a broad view of Australia's energy landscape and identified the need to focus more specifically on our nation's fuel and transport sectors," Dr Wright said.

"I believe the Future Fuels Forum will result in similar success and make a significant contribution towards planning a secure and sustainable transport fuel mix."

The Forum will draw on the expertise of forum participants and use sophisticated economic modelling technology to map out future scenarios.

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