Australian companies ready to capitalise on green transition

BZE

More than 50 companies are calling for a rapid rollout of clean energy technologies to build a prosperous zero-emissions Australia. In fact, they are already getting on with the job. 

Supporters include clean tech developers, and companies that are already assembling or manufacturing wind turbines, lithium-ion batteries, solar panels, thermal storage, electric buses and commercial vehicles onshore in Australia. 

From household names like Toshiba and Schneider Electric, to smaller businesses looking to scale like Fonz, Allegro and Reclaim Energy, these companies are putting their collective weight behind the effort to cut Australia’s emissions fast, and to take advantage of the new markets this creates.

This group has coalesced behind recommendations from think tank, Beyond Zero Emissions’ latest report, Deploy, that demonstrates an 81% emissions reduction by 2030 is possible using technology that we are already familiar with. Six key technologies will do the heavy lifting, but we need to speed up how quickly we are rolling them out. 

Recently, 26 of the 51 companies who signed up to this initiative were presented by Beyond Zero Emissions at COP27.

For example, solar panels will require a relatively modest doubling of the current rollout rate, but for others we will be accelerating from almost a standing start. To electrify our transport systems, electric vehicles will need to be rolled out 14 times faster than they are today – Sweden has done this – accelerating its EV rollout by 17 times over six years to 2021 and we can too.

“This challenge is an enormous opportunity for Australian households and businesses.” said BZE CEO, Heidi Lee.

“Overseas examples have shown us that ramping up deployment rates to these levels is entirely possible, through aligning government and finance behind businesses that are set up to scale and deliver. 

“Right now, cost of living pressures make it more important than ever that we prepare our homes and businesses to be powered by affordable and reliable renewable power. 

“We can set ourselves up now to avoid future price shocks and buy Australian Made – supporting Australian workers and communities at a time they need this most.

Integrating energy and process automation empowers manufacturers to drive sustainability across the world’s most energy intensive sites while software connects assets across the full lifecycle, resulting in one, real-time view. 

In industry, automation and digital tools optimise the processes, productivity, performance, and energy usage that goes into delivering machinery, semiconductor chips, or even a humble milk carton. In cities, buildings, and infrastructure, IoT-enabled management systems can significantly reduce energy use and waste in real time. Importantly, the best vector for energy efficiency and decarbonisation is electrification, which is also the easiest path to quick and effective outcomes,” said Gareth O’Reilly, Pacific Zone President, Schneider Electric,.

“We have been making heat pumps in Australia for the past 18 years, and we need to get a heat pump into every home to support Australian families to reduce bills” said Chris Taylor, Managing Director of Reclaim Energy who won the prestigious Future Energy Industry Leader Award at the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards, 2022.

“Custom Denning is investing in the future of mobility with the development of brand-new electric buses that are designed, manufactured, and assembled in Australia. We see significant opportunities in the clean energy sector and we will continue to innovate to drive the growth of zero-emission transportation. A rapid rollout will mean we can realise the opportunities sooner and bring emissions down faster.” said Scott Dunn, Managing Director of electric bus manufacturer, Custom Denning.

Companies involved:

3ME Technology

5B

Acacia Energy

Allegro Energy

Alpha HPA

Ampcontrol

Aptera Motors

Batt Mobile Equipment

Beyond Ev

Brighte

BuildFit

Canadian Solar

Capricorn Power

Carloop

Coolsheet

Custom Denning

Diffuse Energy

Earthworker Cooperative

Electromotiv

eleXsys Energy

Energy Estate

Energy Renaissance

EnergyLab

Enphase Energy

EnviroFlex Insulation

Everty

EVSE Australia

FONZ

Fronius

FTC Solar

Hysata

Jet Charge

Kardinia Energy

MGA Thermal

Newcastle Offshore Wind

Pilbara Solar

Power Ledger

REC

Reclaim Energy

RMS

Schneider Electric

SEA Electric

Seeley International

Stiebel Eltron

SunPower

SwitchDin

The GoodCar Company

Tilt Renewables

Tindo Solar

Toshiba

Vestas

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