Program launched to support clean energy strategies

There is uncertainty among businesses concerning how best to achieve their own, often ambitious, greenhouse gas emissions reductions or renewable energy targets.

To support businesses in achieving strong clean energy targets the NSW Government launched its Clean Energy Strategies for Business program on 8 March 2017. The program aims to support businesses in developing a strategy to reach 100 per cent renewable energy or an emissions reduction target.

In a recent media release Don Harwin, Minister for Energy and Utilities stated that “The NSW Government recognises the instrumental role businesses will play in driving the economy towards our 2050 target of net-zero emissions.”

Following an expressions of interest process in late 2016 and early 2017, the NSW Government is pleased to announce the successful businesses that will participate in the program:

Agri Australis AMP Capital Bega Valley Shire Council Brookfarm
Charles Sturt University CHEP Australia De Bortoli Wines Fujitsu Australia
Gundagai Meat Processors Interface Australia LION Propertylink
Qantas Airways Stone & Wood Brewing Co Sydney Zoo TAFE NSW Western Institute
Taronga Zoo (Taronga Conservation Society) Tradies (Sutherland District Trade Union Club) Unilever Australia Warrigal Care

Working in collaboration with external advisors, businesses will be supported to identify opportunities to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy or an emissions reduction target, and also to develop a strategy to reach this goal. This may include evaluating energy productivity projects, on-site solar or other renewable energy, off-site procurement of renewable energy or purchasing carbon emission offsets.

The Clean Energy Strategies for Business program is scheduled to finish in June 2017. The NSW Government will provide funding of up to $10,000 per business and each participating business will need to contribute $5,000 to the project. Funding for capital upgrades is not included in this program.

This project is being delivered by the NSW Department of Industry and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Inquiries about the program may be made via sustainable.energy@industry.nsw.gov.au or energy.saver@environment.nsw.gov.au.