Engineering skills key to our energy future

With Monday’s release of the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s draft findings, peak professional body Engineers Australia has said that engineering skills should be a primary focus of any recommendation for action.

“Nuclear energy is one option, and all forms of energy generation—from renewables to coal and gas—are engineering-intensive,” said Tony Irwin, Chair of Engineers Australia’s Nuclear Engineering Panel.

“The Royal Commission investigated the full nuclear fuel cycle, including mining, processing, electricity generation and waste management. Engineers Australia supported the wide-ranging fact-based inquiry.

“An essential step is for the Government to set a long-term energy plan that is agreed by major political parties. Government, educators and industry can then ensure the right engineering skills are available at the right time and embrace energy innovation to create jobs for the future.

“Our energy future relies on state and federal governments and agencies working together. Energy, climate change, environment, education, infrastructure and immigration departments can all pull important policy levers, but if they aren’t pulled together we’ll never get it done.

“Engineers Australia applauds the Weatherill Government’s decision to hold a Royal Commission and looks forward to working with policy makers to develop a long term energy policy framework,” said Mr Irwin.


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Engineers Australia is the peak representative body for the engineering profession, representing more than 100,000 members from all disciplines of the engineering team. We maintain representation in every state and territory.

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