The role of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation in climate change - Simon Winter

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The role of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation in climate change - Simon Winter

  1. 1. THE ROLE OF THE RURAL INDUSTRIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION IN CLIMATE CHANGE Simon Winter www.rirdc.gov.au
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Who is RIRDC? </li></ul><ul><li>RIRDC’s Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Change </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Enabling legislation – Primary Industries and Energy R&D Act 1989. </li></ul><ul><li>Operating for over 20 years </li></ul><ul><li>Canberra based </li></ul><ul><li>Budget - $27M, derived from Government, industry levies & collaboration. </li></ul>
  4. 4. RIRDC’s Vision <ul><li>Increased knowledge that fosters sustainable, productive and profitable new and existing rural industries and furthers understanding of national rural issues through R&D in government-industry partnership. </li></ul>
  5. 5. New and Emerging Industries <ul><li>New plant products </li></ul><ul><li>New animal products </li></ul><ul><li>Essential oils and plant extracts </li></ul><ul><li>Rare natural animal fibres </li></ul><ul><li>Wildflowers and native plants </li></ul><ul><li>Tea tree oil </li></ul><ul><li>Bioenergy, bioproducts and energy </li></ul>
  6. 6. New and Emerging Industries <ul><li>Work being undertaken: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New enterprises for a drying climate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvesting pest species to reduce CO2 emissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased efficiency of production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LCA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced emission fibre production </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy <ul><li>To meet Australia’s R&D needs for the development of sustainable and profitable bioenergy and bioproducts industry </li></ul><ul><li>Research strategy in place addressing feedstocks, harvesting, conversion technologies, bioproducts, sustainability and policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Methane to Markets </li></ul>
  8. 8. Established industries <ul><li>Chicken meat </li></ul><ul><li>Honey bees </li></ul><ul><li>Rice </li></ul><ul><li>Horses </li></ul><ul><li>Fodder crops </li></ul><ul><li>Pasture seed </li></ul><ul><li>Organics </li></ul>
  9. 9. Established industries <ul><li>Work being undertaken: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breeding new crop / pasture species for greater climate variability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LCA </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. National Rural Issues <ul><li>Dynamic Rural Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Farming and Fishing Health and Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Global Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate Change </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Climate Change <ul><li>LCA </li></ul><ul><li>CPRS </li></ul><ul><li>Trade impacts </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Climate Variability </li></ul>
  12. 12. Summary <ul><li>New 5 year plan of investment is being developed this year. </li></ul><ul><li>CC is sure to feature! </li></ul>

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