Retrofit : Volume 6 Issue 1 2017
RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 6 NUMBER 1 | 2017• 3 News | South Australian Government to help large energy users cut energy costs Energy experts have welcomed the South Australian Government’s announcement that it will spend $31 million over two years to support up to 500 large South Australian businesses to use energy more efficiently and productively. The government’s Energy Productivity Program is targeted at businesses that use more than 160 megawatt hours of electricity each year. It will offer businesses expert support to identify and implement actions that cut their energy costs and improve energy productivity. The Energy Productivity Program provides for: • $7.5 million to cover 75 per cent of the cost of energy audits for up to 500 businesses • $8.5 million to implement audit recommendations in at least 110 businesses with $75,000 grants on a one-to-one funding basis • $15 million to implement at least six major energy-saving opportunities, with grants of up to $2.5 million on a $1 of government funding for $2 of business contribution basis. For more information on the announcement, go to www.adelaidecitycouncil.com. $200,000 grant program helps plant city greening ideas Adelaide City Council is celebrating the Green City Grants Program’s first round of successful applicants, and will provide an extra $100,000 worth of funding to encourage more residents, businesses and property owners to ‘go green’. Grants meeting up to 50 per cent of the cost of eligible greening projects start at $500 for residents and $1000 for businesses and property owners, and go up to a maximum grant of $10,000. As part of its ambition to be listed in the top three most livable cities in the world by 2020, the City of Adelaide launched the exciting new program in September. Potential projects include living walls, green facades, vertical gardens, greenery that cascades over balconies, vines and climbers on verandahs or other structures, and the upgrade of existing verge gardens (gardens growing on the footpath), with applicants encouraged to be as creative as possible. For more information, go to www.adelaidecitycouncil.com. Beyond Zero Emissions now ranked with world’s top 100 independent think tanks Australian climate-solutions think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, a non-government organisation, is now ranked within the world’s top 100 independent think tanks. Beyond Zero Emissions has been named the 52nd Best Independent Think Tank in the world by The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Beyond Zero Emissions is one of only six Australian think tanks to be ranked in this category. Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Vanessa Petrie says, ‘This is wonderful recognition for our flagship project, Zero Carbon Australia, which is showing us that a rapid transition to a zero-emissions economy is not only necessary, but also achievable, affordable, and has many benefits’. To read more about it, go to bze.org.au.
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