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International Cooperation

Australia

Relations between the EU and Australia are founded on strong historical and cultural links. Although trade remains a key element of the bilateral relationship, the overall political and economic relationship has matured over the years and developed more broadly and now focuses on global and regional challenges such as environment, climate change and energy.

Cooperation in research between the EU and Australia is based on the 'Agreement relating to scientific and technical cooperation between the European Community and Australia'. This 1994 agreement was the first such co-operation agreement concluded by the European Community with an industrialised country outside Europe. Originally limited to six clearly defined areas, the agreement was broadened in 1999 to allow Australia to participate in all EU thematic research programmes and to access all large-scale research facilities in the EU.

Read more about the EU's ccoperation with Australia in multilateral organisations.

Multilateral cooperation

The EU and Australia work together through the following multilateral initiatives:

  • International Energy Agency: Australia joined the IEA in 1979. The Agency acts as energy policy advisor to 28 Member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens.
  • Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum: Australia is a founding member of the Forum since its inception in June 2003. The objective of the CSLF is:
    • to streamline cooperation aiming at developing improved cost-effective technologies for separating carbon dioxide from flue stream gases,
    • to store carbon dioxide safely for the long term, and
    • to make these technologies broadly applicable internationally to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
    The CSLF is currently comprised of 22 members (21 countries plus the European Commission).
  • International Partnership in the Hydrogen Economy: Australia is a founding member of the Partnership since its establishment in November 2003. IPHE's objective is to reduce the global dependence on oil by supporting the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells technologies, both for transportation systems and stationary applications. Currently the IPHE consists of 17 members (16 countries plus the European Commission).

Research projects

For more information please click on the project acronym

Under the Energy Theme of the current research funding programme (FP7, 2007-2013) so far two projects with two Australian partners receive EU funding.

Project Acronym / Title Project total cost (Million EUR) Project EC contribution (Million EUR) Organisation name
BIOMAP
Development of Time-enabled Mapping and Dissemination Tool for Biofuels Projects
0.8 0.5 University of Sydney
SOLAMON
Plasmons Generating Nanocomposite Materials (PGNM) for 3rd Generation Thin Film Solar Cells
2.1 1.9 University of New South Wales

 

Between 2002 and 2006 (FP6) three projects including three Australian participants were funded under the research area 'Sustainable Energy Systems' (Topic 6.1.).


Project Acronym / Title Project total cost (Million EUR) Project EC contribution (Million EUR) Organisation name
HYFLEET:CUTE
Hydrogen for Clean Urban Transport in Europe
43.0 19.0 Western Australian Department for Planning and Infrastructure
MOVECBM
Monitoring and verification of CO2 storage and ECBM in Poland
2.7 1.3 Commonwealth Scientific and industrial Research Organisation
INNOHYP-CA
Innovative high temperature routes for Hydrogen Production - Coordination Action
0.6 0.5 Commonwealth Scientific and industrial Research Organisation

 

Between 1998 and 2002 (FP5) three energy research projects including three Australian participants were funded.


Project Acronym / Title Project total cost (Million EUR) Project EC contribution (Million EUR) Organisation name
RECOPOL
Reduction of CO2 Emission By Means Of CO2 Storage In Coal Seams In The Silesian Coal Basin Of Poland (Management of GHG emissions)
3.7 1.7 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
MOPHET
Pv Module Processing Based On Silicon Heterostructure
2.6 1.1 University of New South Wales
Development of test procedures for benchmarking components in RES, in particular energy storage systems - 'Benchmarking'
2.9 1.8 Australian Centre for Renewable Energy