RP2.2-04 Understanding the implications of a Renewable Gas Target for Australia’s gas networks

Executive Summary

This project is designed to allow stakeholders to better assess the implications of policy options for a national Renewable Gas Target (RGT) and their implications for the broader adoption of future fuels.  It considers alternative approaches to the design and implementation of a national RGT, their implications for Australia’s future fuels mix and their implications for economic outcomes in the Australian States and Territories.

Furthermore, this project will enhance stakeholder confidence with respect to potential policy and regulatory frameworks and their impacts on the sequence of events and investments necessary to ensure success and manage risks.

This project will develop a broader understanding of the implications of RGT mechanisms for future fuels. It will explore a number of aspects of the design of an RGT to inform stakeholders on the likely outcomes of alternative RGT policies for the future fuels sector and the broader economy. The details of the policy scenarios will be discussed and agreed with the reference group, as will an appropriate baseline scenario which may relate to a policy “do nothing” scenario or a more concerted economy-wide intervention such as a carbon price.

When the project started, Future Fuels CRC held public webinar on 5 April 2022 with presentations from University of Adelaide and the NSW government. The presentations and recording are publicly available here:

University of Adelaide presentation – Jim Hancock
NSW Government presentation – Michael Probert




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Commencement / End Date April 2022 to December 2022
Outcomes / Impact

The study will improve understanding across key stakeholders including industry and government of the consequences of an RGT for the deployment of future fuels, especially in relation to natural gas infrastructure. The research outcomes will assist industry to engage in the policy debate with governments and stakeholders by clarifying the consequences and pros and cons of alternative policy approaches, assembling a stronger evidence base and synthesising it for engagement with governments around potential policy interventions. Industry will play a key role in steering the research from the outset thus focusing the research on policy options of particular interest to industry.

Partners University of Adelaide, APGA, Energy Networks Association, Jemena, AGIG, AusNet Services, ATCO, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planing - Victoria
Research Contact

Dr Stephen McGrail

Research and Education Program Coordinator