THE GOVERNMENT has established a Net Zero Unit in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication and the Arts.

The new unit aims to identify how the infrastructure portfolio can work across government and with industry to help achieve net zero emissions. Its focus includes reduction of shipping emissions.

It also aims to improve the resilience of transport networks and supply chains in the face of extreme weather events.

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government minister Catherine King said achieving emissions reduction targets on the path to net zero by 2050 will require concerted action to drive emissions lower across the transport sector.

“We are already helping to achieve this by increasing the uptake of electric vehicles, considering fuel efficiency standards, improving consumer information, promoting alternative aviation fuels and other technologies, and engaging with international partners to reduce shipping emissions,” she said.

Ian Porter, a strategic advisor with experience in climate change, energy and sustainability policy, will lead the Net Zero Unit.

Mr Porter’s background is in government, public service, consulting and the not-for-profit sector. He most recently helmed a program delivery for Climateworks.

“Ian Porter brings a wealth of experience that will support the new Net Zero Unit’s critical work to take our transport and infrastructure climate change policy, research and engagement to the next level,” Ms King said.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with my department as we facilitate a cleaner, greener era for Australia’s transport and infrastructure sectors.”

The unit intends to connect government agencies, industry and climate experts to translate the latest research into action, while ensuring climate expertise is embedded into policies and investments.

It will support the cross-portfolio Net Zero Taskforce that will advise the government on ensuring regional Australians benefit from Australia’s energy transition.