|Policy Status||In force|
|Funding||AUD 213 million over six years|
•RD & D
•Technology Deployment and Diffusion
•Multiple Renewable Energy Sources
|Policy Sector||•Multi-sectoral Policy|
|Size of Plant Targeted||Small|
|Description||The Australian Government established Clean Business Australia as a partnership with Australian business and industry for tackling climate change. Clean Business Australia supports a range of activities aimed at improving Australia?s energy and water efficiency and increasing sustainability, with a focus on productivity and innovation. There are three elements to Clean Business Australia: Climate Ready, Re-tooling for Climate Change and the Green Building Fund.
Climate Ready supports small and medium sized Australian businesses in research and development, proof of concept and early stage commercialisation projects, in order to develop new technologies and services responding to climate change. Projects include energy-efficient technologies and processes, as well as renewable energy technologies. The program provides small (AUD 50,000 to AUD 500,000) and large (over AUD 500,000 to AUD 5 million) grants on a matching funds basis through a competitive grant process. Four rounds of funding occurred under the program between September 2008 and June 2009. The program is currently closed to new applications.
Re-tooling for Climate Change supports improved energy and/or water efficiency of production processes by small and medium sized Australian manufacturers. Grants are provided on a competitive basis between AUD 10,000 and 500,000, covering a maximum of 50 percent of the project cost. The program is currently closed to new applications.
The Green Building Fund was established to reduce the impact of Australia?s built environment on greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the energy consumed in the operation of commercial office buildings, through 2 funding streams. The program has recently been expanded to include hotels and shopping centres.
Most program funding is directed towards retro-fitting or retro-commissioning existing commercial office buildings and (since the program?s expansion) existing hotels and shopping centres under Stream A of the Green Building Fund. Grants ranging from AUD 50,000 to AUD 500,000 are available for up to 50 percent of project costs. As of 20 December 2010, six rounds of funding had occurred.
A limited number of grants were provided for improving industry capability in the operation of commercial office buildings under Stream B of the program (now closed to new applications). Grants of up to AUD 200,000 were available, covering up to 50 percent of project costs.