Australia has many organisations that advocate for a more energy efficient Australia, from a range of perspectives. These organisations have provided evidence that energy efficiency is a cost-effective and highly achievable response to addressing climate change.
Some of these organisations include:
- Alternative Technology Association
- Australian Conservation Foundation
- Australian Green Infrastructure Council
- Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating
- Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
- The Climate Institute
- Energy Efficiency Council
- Energy Networks Association
- Energy Users’ Association of Australia
- Environment Business Australia
- Green Building Council Australia
- Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand
- Intelligent Grid (iGrid) Cluster
- Property Council of Australia
- Smart Grid Australia
- Total Environment Centre
Alternative Technology Association (ATA)
ATA provides services to more than 5,000 members across the country who are actively walking the talk by using good building practice, conserving water and energy and using renewable energy in their own homes.
ATA advocates for easy access to these technologies as well as continual improvement of energy efficient technology, information and products. ATA’s research into specific aspects of implementing household energy saving measures, provides practical information and expertise based on members’ hands-on experience.
Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)
ACF is committed to inspiring people to achieve a healthy environment for all Australians. For over 40 years it has been a strong voice for the environment, promoting solutions through research, consultation, education and partnerships, and working with the community, business and government to protect, restore and sustain our environment. It has been a strong advocate for energy efficiency as part of a comprehensive and sustained climate change campaign over many years, including a focus on the importance of clean energy jobs.
Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC)
AGIC was established in early 2008 to be a catalyst for the delivery and operation of more sustainable infrastructure in Australia, bringing together leaders from the infrastructure industry and raising the standard of sustainability performance in its design, construction and operation.
One of AGIC’s primary activities is the development of a sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure developments, to emulate the success of rating schemes for commercial buildings and dwellings in improving asset performance.
AGIC is also driving market transformation for infrastructure through education, training and advocacy.
Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating (AIRAH)
Formed in 1920, AIRAH is the leading specialist membership association for air conditioning, refrigeration, heating and ventilation professionals, representing over 10,000 professionals across Australia.
AIRAH maintains strong links with like-minded organisations around the world and successfully delivers key member benefits including representation, dissemination of technical information, networking, technical publications, trade magazines, member recognition and education and training.
Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC)
ASBEC is a peak body of key organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia. Its members consists of industry and professional associations, non-government organisations and government observers who are involved in the planning, design, delivery and operation of the built environment.
ASBEC provides an impartial forum for diverse groups involved in the built environment to gather, find common ground and intelligently discuss contentious issues. It has released a number of widely circulated pieces of research, notably “The Second Plank” research into the potential for energy efficiency in buildings, and given its independent status has been called upon by Governments to act as a conduit for industry consultation on energy efficiency in the built environment.
The Climate Institute
The Climate Institute aims to make a leading contribution the current climate change policy debate in Australia, through evidence-based research. It works with a range of partners, including government agencies, academic institutions, businesses, industry groups and non-government organisations.
Major areas of work include climate change impacts in Australia and abroad, emissions trading policy design, the economics of climate change policies, managing the social costs of climate change policies, energy efficiency policy design and international climate change policy.
Energy Efficiency Council (EEC)
The EEC is the peak body for commercial and industrial energy efficiency providers. The Energy Efficiency Council grows the market for energy efficiency products and services and aims to establish energy efficiency as the pre-eminent measure for carbon mitigation.
The Council draws together the collective experience of the energy efficiency sector to help governments develop robust energy efficiency programs, works with clients and providers to improve the quality of energy efficiency services and products and builds awareness of energy efficiency through events, media and marketing.
Energy Networks Association (ENA)
ENA is the peak national body representing gas and electricity distribution businesses throughout Australia. All of Australia’s electricity and gas network companies are members of ENA, providing governments, policy-makers and the community with a single point of reference for major energy network issues.
ENA is a regular commentator on efficiency issues and has completed several related pieces of work, notably on energy network infrastructure and the climate change challenge (March 2009) and a position paper on Smart Networks (September 2009).
Energy Users’ Association of Australia (EUAA)
Formed in 1996, the EUAA is a non-profit organisation funded by membership fees, internally generated revenue and external funds. The Association’s members are business users of energy with activities across all states and many sectors of the economy, as well as energy companies and others with an interest in energy matters that affect end users.
Activities cover national and State issues dealing with electricity and gas as well as climate change and energy efficiency. A range of member services are provided including information about energy prices, market conditions, green markets, standard electricity contracts and member advisory.
Environment Business Australia (EBA)
EBA is a not-for-profit membership based organisation with no political ties, drawing its funding from membership subscriptions and events. Its top priority is to raise awareness about the solutions to environmental challenges by bringing together business and political leaders with scientists, innovators, technology developers, financiers and investors to create strategies for the future. EBA’s focus is on efficient and smart technologies, systems and ideas that offer economic benefits without damaging the environment.
EBA has numerous policy papers on energy efficiency and cleaner sources of energy that all have a common theme – tackling climate change and making the transition to smarter and more efficient energy systems provides wealth generation opportunity as Australia and other nations develop new markets, new industries and new jobs.
Green Building Council Australia (GBCA)
GBCA was established in 2002 to develop a sustainable property industry in Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions. It drives the transition of the Australian property industry towards sustainability by promoting green building programs, technologies, design practices and the integration of green building initiatives into mainstream building design, construction and operation.
GBCA launched the Green Star environmental rating system for buildings in 2003 which have become a widely accepted benchmark and are available for a variety of sectors.
It is also active as a provider of sustainable building education courses and offers a wide range of events and seminars, as well as research into the business case for pursuing more sustainable buildings.
Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand (ICANZ)
ICANZ was formed in July 2004 and focuses on the contribution insulation can make to improving the energy efficiency of the built environment. It is actively involved in advocacy at both State and Federal Government levels on matters of policy development, and works closely with other allied associations, both locally and internationally, to provide better data and practical cost-effective solutions to meet requirements for energy efficiency and environmental design in buildings.
Intelligent Grid (iGrid) Cluster
The iGrid Cluster is a major collaborative research venture between the CSIRO and the university sector under the CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship.
It explores the economic, environmental and social impacts and benefits of the large-scale deployment of intelligent grid technologies in Australian electricity networks. It has released and continues to release a number of research reports into the benefits of distributed energy and more intelligent energy delivery systems.
Property Council of Australia
The Property Council’s mission is to champion the interests of the property sector, particularly in the political arena. Members can also derive a number of networking, knowledge and learning benefits from their membership according to their needs and interests.
The Property Council has been active in calling for coherent energy efficiency strategies in the built environment, and administers a comprehensive web portal on sustainable commercial buildings,
Smart Grid Australia
Smart Grid Australia is a non-profit, non-partisan alliance dedicated to an enhanced, modernised electric system. This alliance holds meetings, organises committees, assists with government initiatives and issues communications to accelerate progress. It aims to be an important source of ideas, inspiration, and influence for any organisation interested in the burgeoning smart grid sector.
Total Environment Centre
Established in 1972 by pioneers of the Australian environmental movement, TEC works to protect Australia’s natural and urban environment, flagging the issues, driving debate, supporting community activism and pushing for better environmental policy and practice.
TEC is an independent, non-profit group run by a management committee of professionals from diverse fields and an executive of experienced environmentalists. It acts as a resource and support base for environmentalists working on a wide range of issues on lobbying, campaigns, media and research.
TEC has published a number of useful energy efficiency related reports including its recent report into the need for environmental objectives in the National Electricity Market.
WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation. With over 80,000 supporters and active projects in Australia and the Oceania region, WWF works to conserve Australia’s plants and animals, by ending land clearing, addressing climate change, and preserving and protecting our fresh water, marine and land environments.
Its work on Climate Solutions strongly promotes energy efficiency as a key response strategy for greenhouse reduction.