Environment, Cleantech & Renewable Energy Australia
Similar to the Canadian experience, Australia survived the Global Financial Crisis better than many other advanced economies.
In 2009 Australia was the only country to record positive economic growth, and the only country in the OECD to increase export volumes.
In January 2010, employment increased for the 5 th straight month to an 11 month low of 5.3%.
The Economist Intelligence Unit expects Australia’s economy to grow by 2% in 2010, and 2.5% in 2011.
Australia has benefited from growth in the Asian region (eg. China, India, ASEAN)
Environment, Cleantech and Renewable Energy sector in Australia is well established and sophisticated.
There is strong growth and new players active in emerging sectors.
Expansion is in response to major environmental challenges and support from government, industry, communities and investors.
Australian environment industry plan targets A$40B p.a. expenditure by end 2010
(eg. A$24B for water infrastructure, A$4.5B Clean Energy Initiative, A$2.75B Climate Change Action Fund)
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.
Sector Overview cont’d
Numerous major local companies active in the sector
Eg. Worley Parsons, Sims, Transpacific, Visy, Thiess, Brambles, Transfield, Environmental Group, Patrick Charles, Cleanaway , SITA, WSN, ANL, Orica, United Group
Strong competition from US, Germany, France, UK, Japan, and Scandinavia, (particularly well established in the water, waste and consulting industries).
Australia’s Renewable Energy Capacity - 2009 Source: Clean Energy Australia 2009
Renewable Energy Target (RET)
Targets 20% of Australia’s energy from renewable sources by 2020
From 1 January 2011 the RET will be split into two parts:
Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)
Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET)
Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS)
Separated from the original climate change package, the CPRS is still under negotiation.
Major Partners & Forums
Canadian Biomass Innovation Network – through joint activities were linked to Bioenergy Australia and Australian Government.
APEC - Energy Trade & Investment Task Force, Environmental Technologies Working Group.
Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development & Climate and eight Task Forces.
Global Carbon Capture & Storage Institute – foundation member.
MOUs established with Canadian-Australian partners (eg. BC-QLD, MAN-SA, SK-VIC)
Formed Jan 2006, Australia, US, Japan China, India, Korea
Canada strongly supported and joined October 2007
Canada is Chair of the Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Task Force and Co-Chair of the Cement Task Force.
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.
Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development & Climate
Similar demographics, language & culture, markets and interests
Respect for Canadian expertise, niche products, technologies
Multiple forums for introductions to key market players
Availability of federal and state funding programs and grant schemes
Sophisticated R&D network – potential for Innovation, Commercialisation, R&D Partnerships
Opportunities in the infrastructure sector through PPPs or other contract arrangements.
Active participation of Canada and Australia in environmental forums (eg. in APEC, UNFCCC, and WTO).
In Sydney, the Consulate’s activities are focused on:
Renewable/Alternative energy (solar, wind, biomass, geothermal etc)
Carbon Capture and Storage
Climate change and air pollution, emission rededuction
Industrial Biotechnology, Biofuels and bioprocessing
Waste recycling, Waste to energy
Water and Wastewater.
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.
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