Infrastructure Victoria has been asked to provide the Victorian Government with advice relating to Victoria’s gas transmission and distribution networks under a range of 2050 energy sector scenarios.
Under the Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 the Victorian Government has committed to a whole-of-economy, net zero emissions target by 2050.
The advice will assess the relative economic, social and environmental impacts of each scenario and identify infrastructure decisions that need to be made, and when, to ensure opportunities for the existing gas infrastructure can be optimised. This will include exploring the extent to which gas infrastructure can be used for hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and/or biomethane.
Infrastructure Victoria will provide an interim report to the Treasurer Tim Pallas by the end of June 2021.
A final report will be provided by 31 December 2021.
The advice will inform the Gas Roadmap and complement current work by the Department of Environment, Water and Planning on energy sector and industry transition issues.