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Nearing Net Zero 2024

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    The pressure on businesses to decarbonise is growing and will continue to intensify as security, affordability and sustainability of energy systems becomes key issues.

    The energy market of the future, including energy infrastructure and generation, will look vastly different from what it looks like today, presenting compelling opportunities and complex challenges for industry to navigate.

    However, despite the opportunities arising from decarbonisation, making the transition is a complex and requires significant strategic consideration.

    To help navigate this rapidly evolving space, Ashurst is pleased to launch the Nearing Net Zero vodcast series. In this series, Partners Elena Lambros and Dan Brown dissect the latest regulatory and legislative developments driving forward the decarbonisation agenda.

    Whether your organisation is meeting regulatory obligations, engaging with customers, developing technologies or investing in innovation, we can help you navigate today’s fast-changing sustainability and energy landscape. For further information on Ashurst's sustainability and energy transition credentials please click here.

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    The push to decarbonise data by 2030

    Data centres are experiencing exponential growth due to the increasing demand for digital services, cloud computing and the internet of things. With data centres projected to comprise 8% of the global energy demand by 2030, it is imperative for the technology industry to adopt more sustainable practices.

    In our latest episode of Nearing Net Zero, Dan Brown and Elena Lambros discuss solutions being explored by businesses to meet their decarbonisation goals and ensure the long-term sustainability of these solutions.

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    Formula 1 and the race to net zero

    In 2019 Formula 1 announced a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2030 as part of a wider Sustainability Strategy, setting ambitious targets from “factory to flag”.

    Tune into the latest Nearing Net Zero episode as Dan Brown and Elena Lambros consider how innovation is effectively being harnessed by the Formula 1 to achieve its ambitions.

    At Ashurst we are pleased to be the official legal partner of McLaren and are excited at the prospect of continuing to outpace change in the race to decarbonise and combat climate change.

    Renewable energy project delays

    Uncertainty on planning process timeframes and outcomes has become a leading cause of delay to renewable energy projects in Australia. Last year, Australia experienced a significant reduction in the number of renewable energy projects reaching financial close.

    This delay has also been compounded by increasing social license issues, supply chain disruption and lack of skilled labour.

    Tune into the latest Nearing Net Zero episode as Dan Brown and Elena Lambros consider what steps the Federal and State Governments have been making to streamline this process.

    Introduction of fuel emissions standards

    On 21 December 2023, the Federal Government released new fuel and vehicle emissions standards, set to take effect from 2025. The standards aim to limit greenhouse gas emissions from Australia's fleet of cars by setting a maximum average level of carbon emissions allowed by new vehicle manufacturers.

    Tune into the latest Nearing Net Zero episode as Dan Brown and Elena Lambros consider the implications of the standards and how it compares globally.

    Green and gold – Future made in Australia Act

    The Albanese Government announced a suite of incentives and subsidies for 'advanced manufacturing' and 'clean energy' projects on 11 April 2024. These incentives and subsidies are being packaged through the Future Made in Australia Act ('FMAA') which aims to revitalise manufacturing in Australia by turbocharging the production of renewable and low emission technology.

    Tune into the latest Nearing Net Zero episode as Dan Brown and Elena Lambros unpack what the Act aims to achieve, the drivers for implementation, its scope and the markets commentary. 
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    Water and the energy transition

    Continued enhancement of the water grid and adoption of green technologies will be critical to meet future demands and help fuel the transition broadly.

    Tune into the latest Nearing Net Zero vodcast in which Dan Brown and Elena Lambros consider the role of water in the energy transition, and unpack South East Queensland Water's plan for continued to access a safe, secure and resilient water supply now, and for generations to come. See insights page

    Powering change

    The fourth edition of the Ashurst Powering Change report highlights that nearly two thirds of senior business leaders expect their organisation's investment to flow away from traditional fuels and towards renewable energy at an accelerated pace over the next 12 months.

    For further analysis of the report, tune in to the latest episode of Nearing Net Zero, as Dan Brown and Elena Lambros consider the investment trends fuelling the transition and the associated obstacles. See insights page

    ESG updates for 2024

    The need to rapidly accelerate the transition to cleaner energy is now more important than ever.

    In Australia, the Government is driving the decarbonisation agenda across a number of initiatives at both a Federal and State level. Tune into the latest Ashurst Nearing Net Zero vodcast episode in which Elena Lambros and Dan Brown discuss the latest regulatory and legislative developments fuelling the transition. See insights page

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