Our role

The road to creating clean, reliable, affordable and flexible energy comes from innovation and technology. There is no one solution. Progress can come from anywhere.

Low emission technology, working alongside renewables, has a direct role to play in creating new low and zero emission energy, as well as reducing emissions from industry.

Low emission technology doesn’t discriminate against where carbon comes from. It is just designed to deal with emissions so we can reach a net-zero future.

We need new ways to remove carbon from industries and processes to deliver and sustain a clean energy future. Australia can play a leading role in this global transition.

Our history 

Until recently, Low Emission Technology Australia (LETA) was called COAL21. We changed our name because LETA much better reflects what we do, which is invest in technologies that significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Since 2006, Australia’s black coal producers have committed $550 million to identify, research and develop technologies that can make a real difference to how we produce energy, steel and other materials so that the carbon dioxide can be captured and permanently stored, prevented, or reused in other applications.

As LETA, we will continue this important work.

How we work

LETA works with like-minded organisations towards reducing industrial emissions and heading to a net-zero carbon emissions future.

We partner with governments in Australia and abroad, internationally renowned research centres such as the CO2CRC, and research organisations such as the CSIRO. 

Since 2006, LETA has worked with resource companies on low emission technology, for example Glencore’s Carbon Transport and Storage Company (CTSCo) Project in Queensland.

LETA is supported by a voluntary levy on coal production and includes 26 investors from among Australia’s black coal producers.

Our leadership

John Richards - Chair

In addition to being the Chair of Low Emission Technology Australia, John is Chairman of The Bloomfield Group. He commenced with Bloomfield in 2002 and was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in 2010, prior to his appointment as Chairman in 2016.

The Bloomfield Group is a successful NSW mining and engineering group, operating two open-cut coal mines - Rix’s Creek Mine northwest of Singleton and Bloomfield Mine east of Maitland - in addition to an engineering business.

Mr Richards is a member of the Coal Forum of the Minerals Council of Australia, the Institute of Company Directors, the NSW Minerals Council Executive Committee and Coal Innovation NSW. He is also a member of the Newcastle Institute of Energy and Resources Advisory Board and a former Chair of the NSW Minerals Council.

Mark McCallum - Chief Executive Officer

Mark is an experienced advocate and communicator on resources and energy issues. 

Prior to joining LETA he was Managing Director of a public relations and communications agency with clients in the resources and energy sectors. Previous roles also include Australian Head of Government Relations with Shell and the Deputy Chief Executive of APPEA — Australia’s peak oil and gas industry association. Mark has also held roles as a senior manager in resource industry representative bodies and as an advisor to the Federal Government.

Mark has a Masters of Environmental Law (ANU), Bachelor of Science (ANU), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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