SOME RECENT STATS: On 2 February, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) unexpectedly kept its key interest rate unchanged, pausing after three successive interest rate rises (a combined three quarters of a percentage point to 3.75 percent) ON GROWTH LAST YEAR Aus increased export volumes (the only country in the OECD to export more goods and services than in 2008 Aus grew their services sector by more than 5%.
International Competitors: Eg. Suez, Veolia, URS, KBR, SKM, Parsons Brinckeroff and many others
The LRET will cover large-scale renewable energy projects like wind farms, commercial solar and geothermal, will deliver the vast majority of the 2020 target. This will free these projects from uncertainties that may have been caused by strong demand for small-scale renewable technologies. The SRES will cover small-scale technologies such as solar panels and solar hot water systems and deliver the remainder of the target. It will provide a fixed price of $40 per megawatt hour of electricity produced, providing direct support for households that take action to reduce emissions.
APP partners Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States have agreed to work together and with private sector partners to meet goals for energy security, national air pollution reduction, and climate change in ways that promote sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. The Partnership will focus on expanding investment and trade in cleaner energy technologies, goods and services in key market sectors. The Partners have approved eight public-private sector task forces covering: Aluminium Buildings and Appliances Cement Cleaner Fossil Energy Coal Mining Power Generation and Transmission Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Steel The seven partner countries collectively account for more than half of the world's economy, population and energy use, and they produce about 65 percent of the world's coal, 62 percent of the world's cement, 52 percent of world's aluminium, and more than 60 percent of the world's steel. Project 53. International NZEH Coalition / Dialogue* Download Complete Project Description This project seeks to establish the creation of an International Net Zero Energy Home Coalition (NZEH) or an International NZEH Dialogue. As part of this project, Partners will initiate a collaborative dialogue to establish a formal international partnership that will map the path to achieving NZEH. Through a series of workshops and collaborative sessions, Partners will also seek to set a precedent for housing performance optimization by bringing together the fragmented supply chain involving this sector and discuss issues and industry barriers. The workshops will prominently feature industry, case studies, R&D and demonstrations. This holistic approach will differentiate Partners as global leaders in the design and development of energy-efficient housing. Collaboration will accelerate the identification of optimal solutions and improve conditions for innovation. Participating Partners are Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea and the United States.
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Australian Economy <ul><li>Similar to the Canadian experience, Australia survived the Global Financial Crisis better than many other advanced economies. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2009 Australia was the only country to record positive economic growth, and the only country in the OECD to increase export volumes. </li></ul><ul><li>In January 2010, employment increased for the 5 th straight month to an 11 month low of 5.3%. </li></ul><ul><li>The Economist Intelligence Unit expects Australia’s economy to grow by 2% in 2010, and 2.5% in 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Australia has benefited from growth in the Asian region (eg. China, India, ASEAN) </li></ul>
Sector Overview <ul><li>Environment, Cleantech and Renewable Energy sector in Australia is well established and sophisticated. </li></ul><ul><li>There is strong growth and new players active in emerging sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion is in response to major environmental challenges and support from government, industry, communities and investors. </li></ul><ul><li>Australian environment industry plan targets A$40B p.a. expenditure by end 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(eg. A$24B for water infrastructure, A$4.5B Clean Energy Initiative, A$2.75B Climate Change Action Fund) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Climate change, water efficiency, collection, management and reuse, and desalination projects have strong government support and funding. Cleantech is receiving a lot of attention in Australia. </li></ul>
Sector Overview cont’d <ul><li>Numerous major local companies active in the sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg. Worley Parsons, Sims, Transpacific, Visy, Thiess, Brambles, Transfield, Environmental Group, Patrick Charles, Cleanaway , SITA, WSN, ANL, Orica, United Group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong competition from US, Germany, France, UK, Japan, and Scandinavia, (particularly well established in the water, waste and consulting industries). </li></ul>
Australia’s Renewable Energy Capacity - 2009 Source: Clean Energy Australia 2009
Major Policies <ul><li>Renewable Energy Target (RET) </li></ul><ul><li>Targets 20% of Australia’s energy from renewable sources by 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>From 1 January 2011 the RET will be split into two parts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) </li></ul><ul><li>Separated from the original climate change package, the CPRS is still under negotiation. </li></ul>
Major Partners & Forums <ul><li>Canadian Biomass Innovation Network – through joint activities were linked to Bioenergy Australia and Australian Government. </li></ul><ul><li>APEC - Energy Trade & Investment Task Force, Environmental Technologies Working Group. </li></ul><ul><li>Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development & Climate and eight Task Forces. </li></ul><ul><li>Global Carbon Capture & Storage Institute – foundation member. </li></ul><ul><li>MOUs established with Canadian-Australian partners (eg. BC-QLD, MAN-SA, SK-VIC) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Formed Jan 2006, Australia, US, Japan China, India, Korea </li></ul><ul><li>Canada strongly supported and joined October 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Canada is Chair of the Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Task Force and Co-Chair of the Cement Task Force. </li></ul><ul><li>Late 2008, Canada introduced its Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition concept to Building and Appliance Task Force – consequently a Working Group meeting held in Australia February 2009 and an International NZEH Coalition proposed and approved. </li></ul>Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development & Climate
<ul><li>Similar demographics, language & culture, markets and interests </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for Canadian expertise, niche products, technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple forums for introductions to key market players </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of federal and state funding programs and grant schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Sophisticated R&D network – potential for Innovation, Commercialisation, R&D Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities in the infrastructure sector through PPPs or other contract arrangements. </li></ul><ul><li>Active participation of Canada and Australia in environmental forums (eg. in APEC, UNFCCC, and WTO). </li></ul>Opportunities
<ul><li>In Sydney, the Consulate’s activities are focused on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable/Alternative energy (solar, wind, biomass, geothermal etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carbon Capture and Storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate change and air pollution, emission rededuction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial Biotechnology, Biofuels and bioprocessing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleantech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste recycling, Waste to energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water and Wastewater. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These are areas that are priorities in both Canada and Australia, and areas where Canada has capabilities and/or is devoting considerable effort in developing capabilities. </li></ul>Our Activities & Sub-Sectors
Upcoming Events in 2010 May 3 - 5 Clean Energy Council Conference & Exhibition, Adelaide http://cleanenergycouncil.org.au Jul 21 - 23 Enviro , Melbourne www.enviro2010.com.au/2010/program.html Aug 10 - 12 6 th ANZ Climate Change & Business Conference , Sydney mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Sep 5 - 8 Ecogen 2010 Conference & Exhibition, Sydney www.ecogen2010.com.au Sep 12 - 16 World Energy Congress , Montreal www.montreal2010.ca Sep 12 - 16 15 th International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Congress , Vancouver www.iuappa2010.com Sep 19 - 24 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, Montreal http://www.iwa2010montreal.org/invitation-to-participate.asp Oct 6 - 7 All - Energy Conference , Melbourne www.all-energy.com.au Nov 1 - 3 CANWEA , Montreal www.canwea.ca/events/conference_e.php Dec Bioenergy Australia Conference
Robert Gow, Trade Commissioner - Cleantech & Renewable Energy (Angela Dark, Trade Commissioner – Environment) Consulate General of Canada, Level 5, 111 Harrington Street Sydney NSW 2000 Telephone: (+61 2) 9364-3045 or (+61 4) 18 206 218 Fax: (+61 2) 9364-3097 Email: [email_address] Thank You