Retrofit : Volume 4 Issue 2 2015
retrofit australia • volume 4 number 2 | 2015• 5 News | ‘By retrofitting swimming pools, community centres and libraries for optimum energy efficiency, we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions across the City’s buildings by 29 per cent. We now want to see these savings expanded across the entire city.’ CeFC finance supports regional australia Clean Energy Finance Corporation CEO Oliver Yates says that there is significant potential for regional Australia to benefit from renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies, and that now is the time for communities to grasp that opportunity. Yates says that innovative technologies are already reducing the cost of energy for regional communities. ‘The renewable energy industry already employs about 20,000 people, and as investment in this industry grows, so too will job numbers,’ Yates says. ‘The Clean Energy Council has estimated there will be some $40 billion invested in this sector in the next five years under the revised Renewable Energy Target, creating some 15,200 jobs. It’s important for regional Australia to consider how much of this renewable energy potential it can capture.’ The CEFC has more than $300 million in finance available for projects that can bring cheaper energy, local industry and jobs, strengthened local energy supplies and more energy-productive work practices Yates says the CEFC is actively working with regional Australia. ‘The CEFC has more than $300 million in finance available for projects that can bring cheaper energy, local industry and jobs, strengthened local energy supplies and more energy-productive work practices,’ Yates says. ‘Solar PV and batteries, more efficient irrigation systems, better air conditioning, more efficient lighting, more energy-efficient vehicles and purpose- built equipment are just some of the technologies that can be financed through CEFC funds.’ For more information on the CEFC and its assistance with property retrofits for energy efficiency, see our story on page 10. green globe awards shortlist announced In September, Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced this year’s Green Globe Awards finalists. Speakman says the Green Globe Awards, which are in their 16th year, are the leading environmental awards in New South Wales recognising environmental excellence, leadership and innovation. ‘This year’s 43 finalists in 16 different categories deserve to be acknowledged for their work in protecting the environment,’ Mr Speakman says. The finalists include industry experts, councils, architects, designers and small community groups. An independent panel of leading environmental experts selected the finalists for projects that demonstrated innovation, leadership, resource efficiency, sustainability and wildlife habitat restoration. The Green Globe Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 15 October at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence – the highest honour – will also be announced at the event.
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