February 24, 2024

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Australia’s Digital Innovations for Sustainability

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and Swinburne University of Technology have forged a pioneering partnership aimed at spearheading global decarbonisation through groundbreaking research and development in green steel and mineral processing.

This collaboration, known as the ‘Sustainable Mineral Processing and Green Steel Programme,’ seeks to bolster national research capabilities, fostering innovation to explore low-emission steel technologies. The programme’s overarching goals include addressing key challenges in achieving net-zero emissions within the mineral resources industry, such as developing low-carbon pathways for iron, steel, and critical metals, along with advancements in recycling technologies.

As Swinburne solidifies its position as a leader in supply chain transformation and sustainability, this collaboration aligns with its Net Zero 2025 Pathways. The university’s investments in researchers covering minerals characterisation, minerals processing, pyrometallurgy, and materials recycling complement CSIRO’s extensive expertise in minerals research and development, synergising efforts to bring the programme to fruition.

Moreover, the programme aims to facilitate international conferences, industry courses, and student engagement through scholarships, joint projects, and work experience programmes. Positioned within CSIRO’s ‘Towards Net Zero Mission,’ this critical work plays a pivotal role in supporting Australia’s challenging-to-abate sectors to achieve a 50% emissions reduction by 2035.

Swinburne’s Chief Scientist, Professor Virginia Kilborn, expresses strong support for the programme, highlighting its commitment to global net-zero goals. Professor Geoffrey Brooks anticipates a pivotal role in Australia’s sustainable steel drive, and CSIRO’s Andrew Jenkin underscores the focus on low-emissions iron and steel technologies. Keith Vining stresses the necessity of new R&D partnerships for effective decarbonisation in the minerals industry.

In essence, this collaborative venture signifies a strategic alliance at the forefront of Australia’s pursuit of sustainable and decarbonised steel production and mineral processing, aligning with global imperatives for a green and low-carbon future.

Australia is increasingly recognising the transformative potential of digital technology in advancing sustainability initiatives. With a growing emphasis on leveraging digital innovations to address environmental challenges and promote sustainable practices, the country is keen to harness the power of technology for positive ecological and societal outcomes.

OpenGov reported that environmental psychologist Dr Sonja Geiger at Murdoch University conducted research exploring the use of virtual reality (VR) technology as a tool to enhance empathy and promote sustainable behaviour in addressing climate change.

Participants immersed in a VR experience assumed the perspective of a tree, starting as a seed and growing into a forest tree. The simulation induced a profound sense of connectedness, prompting participants to reflect on the human-nature relationship and fostering a collective empathy for the environment.

Australia has unveiled its Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan, targeting net-zero emissions by 2050. Employing a technology-centric strategy, the plan safeguards industries, regions, and jobs, aligning with an overall emission reduction strategy. Integral components include the Technology Investment Roadmap and corresponding Low Emissions Technology Statements.

The plan is a strategic guide to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, emphasising a practical and responsible approach. Anchored in technology, the plan, with its Technology Investment Roadmap, prioritises cost-effective solutions, job creation, and economic growth while ensuring the well-being of regional industries and global collaboration for decarbonisation technologies.

This comprehensive plan aims to navigate Australia towards a sustainable future, harmonising environmental goals with economic resilience. The Australian government will invest AU$ 20 billion in low-carbon power over the next decade (under the Technology Investment Roadmap), hoping to unlock AU$ 80 billion of private and public investment in green technologies. Five-yearly reviews were set to assess the progress of the Plan and the technological advancement required to achieve its objectives.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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