January 9, 2008 - 3:11PM
As soaring oil prices focus attention on alternative fuels, a
newly-formed CSIRO transport forum plans to set out guidelines for
sustainable fuel use by midyear.
The Future Fuels Forum made up of transport sector stakeholders will
release a report on its findings in June, CSIRO said.
The forum is considering such factors as alternative fuels, the
international oil supply and emissions trading.
CSIRO Energy Transformed National Research Flagship director John Wright
said decisions made would set the course for the nation's fuel mix to
the middle of the century.
"We expect some healthy debate that will result in the development of a
diverse set of scenarios for Australia's fuel and transport future," Dr
CSIRO said the forum was designed to give decision makers useful input
on strategic policy and future investment.
It follows the Energy Future Forum which reported in December 2006.
Dr Wright said that forum gave a broad view of Australia's energy
landscape and identified the need to focus more specifically on the fuel
and transport sector.
"I believe the Future Fuels Forum will result in similar success and
make a significant contribution towards planning a secure and
sustainable transport fuel mix," he said.
Forum participants include motorist groups, state governments,
engineers, the Biofuels Association of Australia and National Transport
The forum is still accepting expressions of interest from organisations.
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