National Low Emissions Coal Initiative

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 5 May 2017

The National Low Emissions Coal Initiative (NLECI) aims to accelerate the use of low emission coal technologies in Australia, cut greenhouse gas emissions and secure the economic future of the Australian Coal Industry. The NLECI will deliver a coordinated, national approach to clean coal technology research, development and demonstration to support the accelerated deployment of these technologies.

The Initiative is being developed and implemented with the support and involvement of stakeholders from state and territory governments, industry, researchers and the community. A major focus of the Initiative is on the research, demonstration and deployment of low-emission coal technologies involving carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The NLECI will also underpin Australias international efforts to promote the deployment of low emission coal technologies and will complement Australias emphasis on climate change policy, while ensuring the future of Australias coal industry as a key driver of Australia’s economic prosperity.

The NLECI provides funding for the Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development (ANLEC R&D) initiative and also includes the Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program which is a joint initiative between the Australian Government and Victorian State Government to support technology development and the more effective utilisation of Victorian lignite. The ALDP provides up to $75 million of joint Commonwealth and Victorian Government funding for low emission coal demonstration projects in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

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