What is the future of Australian energy exports in a carbon constrained world?
For the last decade Australia’s balance of trade has been heavily reliant on coal exports, and we have great expectations to become the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas. But things are changing: future global demand for coal looks soft, there is recent uncertainty about gas prices and Australia’s competitiveness, and demand for renewable energy is rising. This forum considered the likely impact on Australia’s future energy exports. Potential low emission technology options such as carbon capture and storage and concentrating solar thermal will also be considered, as will novel technologies including high-voltage direct-current electricity exports and energy intensive exports produced by renewable energy.