GrainGrowers’ Liquid Fuel Security Policy, endorsed by the National Policy Group, seeks to ensure the Australian grains industry exposure and reliance upon liquid fuels is managed effectively. Liquid fuel is a critical input for the production of grains and it is the mutual responsibility of government, industry and farmers to ensure a system that is resilient, reliable and affordable.
- Liquid fuel underpins much of the agricultural and grains supply chains, the reliance on this resource is high and constraints to its supply would have significant impacts to the sector, the wider community, and the supply of food.
- The agriculture sector is overly exposed and reliant upon diesel fuel with 84% of energy use coming from this one source.
- The risk of geographic isolation of many grain growing regions is another issue that needs to be managed.
- Australia is the only developed oil-importing nation that has no government-controlled oil stocks, mandated commercial stock requirements or involvement in oil markets.
- A comprehensive definition of energy security which is the ‘adequate, reliable and competitive supply of sustainable, low-carbon energy and energy services at global, national and local scales; across short, medium and long-term timeframes; and in the context of minimising consumption and demand, maximising energy intensity, and balancing the trade–offs and complementariness between energy and other security’
- The integration of energy security and food production security policies.
- The sustainability of the domestic refining, storage, and distribution industry so that it can supply essential civil, military, and agricultural needs in the event of crises.
- An Independent review to investigate acceptable emergency levels held domestically and how to adhere to International Energy Agency (IEA) requirements (such as the 90-day supplies standards) and implement most effective approach to achieving these levels.
- Amendment to the Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984 and state and territories associating Acts and Guidelines to include farm businesses / agricultural services to be classified as essential services to preserving the health, safety, and general wellbeing of community.
- A consistent, two-yearly review of the National Energy Security Assessment, to identify risks associated with the system and design appropriate measures that consider the agricultural sector and its supply chains, to minimise risks quickly.
- Comprehensive a national alternative fuel framework from Government that observes sources such as biofuels where appropriate and where doing so does not contradict other GrainGrowers policy objectives.
- Detailed analysis of the costs, benefits, and timelines for redirection of currently exported Australian crude oil to be refined domestically in times of crises.