Through our convening power, Climate-KIC Australia brings together the most effective groups to collaboratively establish and run large scale projects that deliver new insights, findings and best practice that can lead to systemic change.
In Adelaide, roads are one of the hottest land surface types during the day and also retain this heat into the evening. Reducing the build-up of heat on roads can help to encourage their use for cycling, reduce heat loads on cars and properties and contribute to cooler neighbourhoods.
The Cool Road Adelaide project is testing three cool road surface products on Bowen Street West, monitoring their effects on reducing surface and ambient air temperature.
The Fairwater Living Lab is a three-year, $1.7 million project, which will study a commercial-scale demonstration of renewable ground-source heat pumps being deployed in the ‘Fairwater’ master-planned residential community located in Blacktown, Western Sydney.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided $500,000 in funding to Climate-KIC Australia to lead the project team comprising the University of Technology Sydney, Curtin University, Wattwatchers and the Green Building Council of Australia, with $180,000 each of additional funding and in-kind contributions from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and the developer of Fairwater – Frasers Property Australia (Frasers).
Corporate PPAs remain a challenge to negotiate, requiring an in-depth understanding of the energy market, the opportunity and industry players. BRC-A draws from the knowledge and experience of Australian industry and the Business Renewables Center (USA), which has already helped major global organisations to procure 11,080 MW of renewable energy since 2014. BRC-A is an information hub and membership platform that will simplify, streamline and accelerate corporate purchasing of large-scale wind and solar energy and storage. It is an independent place for energy buyers, developers and service providers to connect.
Climate-KIC Australia is running the project in collaboration with WWF-Australia’s Renewable Energy Buyers Forum and the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS) with funding support from Australian governments.
The Quilpie Wellspring project seeks to unlock economic growth opportunities by moving to more sustainable, advanced and circular technologies. It highlights a new way to deliver prosperity and jobs to outback communities.
Climate-KIC Australia’s collaboration with the Quilpie Wellspring project aims to design and test financial models to attract private sector investment for sustainable transitions in rural regions. These models will be replicable for other climate and economic initiatives in outback communities.
Many public and private assets will need to be adapted to withstand the effects of climate change. However investment in climate change adaptation is broadly acknowledged to be inadequate, resulting in the adaptation finance gap. The Climate-KIC Australia Adaptation Finance Project aimed to address this gap by demonstrating ways the financial sector can invest in climate adaption to deliver commercial returns and greater community resilience.
Eventually this process led to a breakthrough by articulating the deeper cause of the adaptation finance gap. The report, Adaptation Finance: Emerging approaches to solve the climate adaptation finance gap, shares those insights and makes recommendations so that current and future projects focused on addressing the adaptation finance gap might benefit.
The Australian Ocean Energy Group is an industry-led cluster formed to facilitate industry collaboration of the ocean energy industry, sponsored by Climate-KIC Australia. Our founding partners include leading energy organisations, Australian research institutions, plus innovators and SMEs drawn from across Australia and the world.
The mission of the group is to accelerate the commercialisation of Australia’s ocean energy as the next frontier in low carbon generating capacity and add ocean energy to Australia’s energy resource mix.
The European Union-Australian Climate Business Network is a channel for engagement in sustainability activities and sharing of experience and expertise in implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The network aims to:
The Climate Measurement Standards Initiative (CMSI) is an industry-lead collaboration between insurers, banks, scientists, regulators, reporting standard professionals, service providers and supporting parties to develop open-source technical business and scientific voluntary standards for climate physical risk projections of future repair & replacement costs of residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure in Australia.
A roadmap for scientific research and development, data collection and tool development.
The Australian Industry Energy Transition Initiative supports Australian industry to develop pathways and take action towards net zero emissions across critical supply chains of the Australian economy. These ‘hard-to-abate’ sectors form part of a broader energy system that must be rapidly transformed if planetary warming is to remain below 1.5°C or even 2°C in line with the Paris Agreement.
As momentum builds to decarbonise global energy systems, there are emerging opportunities for Australian industry that will be explored through the initiative. In addition to considering opportunities across the Australian economy, the initiative will have a regional orientation to Western Australia.