Dreyfus visits SMART

The importance of the SMART Infrastructure Facility in supporting cross-disciplinary research was highlighted last week during a visit from the Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mark Dreyfus.

Mr Dreyfus joined Illawarra MPs Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones at the Facility to discuss the Government’s Clean Energy Future plan with local businesses and councils.

Topics of discussion included ways for councils to reduce pollution from landfill, and economic opportunities for businesses who adapt early to avoid paying the carbon tax.

Mr Dreyfus also met with researchers working on new tools to analyse green house gasses.

“A broad‐based carbon price directly creates incentives for businesses and consumers throughout the economy to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas pollution and save money by using energy more efficiently,” Mr Dreyfus told attendees.

Mr Dreyfus recognised the role of world class researchers such as those at the SMART Infrastructure Facility in tackling climate change.

“New technology, like the Spectronus analyser that measures a range of greenhouse gases simultaneously, will ensure Australian research is at the forefront of clean tech innovation as the world moves to a cleaner energy future,” he said.

Attendees at the event included representatives from Shellharbour, Kiama, Wollongong, Wingecarribee and Sutherland Councils and local business groups.