Fueling the Future: Innovative Carbon Alternatives in the Spotlight with Western Australia Government Grant

Nov 3, 2023 - Insights

Did you know that peach pips, walnut shells, and coconut husks can be used as renewable alternative carbon fuel sources for powering industrial processes?

Our company is committed to making our synthetic rutile production process greener, and we’re thrilled to have received funding for our research through the inaugural Western Australia Government Carbon Innovation Grant program. This exciting news was announced by the Hon. Reece Whitby MLA, Minister for Environment and Climate Action.

The grant will support our initial round of research that aims to explore environmentally friendly and cost-effective methods to modernize our synthetic rutile process, which currently relies on coal. “If this research is successful, it is potentially a game changer for all industries that use carbon as an integral part of their metallurgical processes,” said Rachel Mottram, T&I Director for Australia.

We applaud our team for their hard work in securing the grant. At present, our Sustainability team is finalizing Tronox’s greenhouse gas roadmap to achieve carbon zero by 2050. We’re excited about the upcoming projects and initiatives that will support our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Carbon Innovation Grants Program is part of the Government of Western Australia’s $1.25 billion Climate Action Fund announced in 2021. Its purpose is to help heavy industry sectors transition to net-zero emissions by 2050, in line with government targets. The program will fund feasibility studies and trials that will promote innovative technologies for carbon abatement and sequestration, with the aim of avoiding, reducing, or offsetting carbon emissions from heavy industry processes.

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