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Is your business feeling the heat from increasing gas prices? Are you interested in improving your gas efficiency and cutting costs?
Sustainability Victoria (SV)’s Gas Efficiency Grants can help your business to carry out gas-related projects that improve gas efficiency or gas productivity.

Officially opened by Minister D’Ambrosio at the All Energy Conference on the 11th October; there is $2M available for grants of up to $50,000.

Gas Efficiency Grants

Sustainability Victoria, Boosting Business Productivity

Applicable to:

Businesses looking for funding to invest in gas-related projects


·        Businesses operating in Victoria

·        Annual energy spend > $20K

·        Using gas for core equipment/processes

Activities supported:

·        Capital equipment upgrades

·        Non-routine maintenance and repairs

·        Fuel switching

·        Installation of metering equipment

Funding details:

$2M available in total

One-for-one matched funding is available to a maximum of $50,000 grant

Application details:

Applications opened on 11 October 2017, more information here.

Grants will be approved on a rolling basis – so get in early! (Contact us if you need a hand)

Application forms are available for download here

Late last week we published the fourth instalment of our Tracking 2 Degrees report exclusively with the Guardian (see full article click here).

Grants for energy assessments and gas efficiency

(new program – opening September 2017)

Surging prices have created huge increases in gas costs for Victorian businesses. Manufacturers and other energy intensive businesses are all feeling the pain and are looking for savings. Whilst the national policy debate continues some assistance to Victorian businesses is at hand. Sustainability Victoria has a suite of grants aimed at helping Victorian businesses (of any size) reduce their gas consumption and energy costs. The grants cover:

All about refrigerants

Jul 10, 2017 Written by

Who needs to report

Reporting refrigerants under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme is a quirky and sometimes confusing process. Not sure if you should be reporting your refrigerants? Not sure how to report refrigerants?

Keep reading to find out what you need to know. Reporting of refrigerants is only required for facilities which falls under specific ANZIC codes – these are:

Has your business exceeded its reported baseline? Are you applying for a calculated baseline? Don’t forget to book your audit - deadlines for calculated baseline audits are approaching fast!

The Safeguard Mechanism requires large greenhouse gas emitting facilities to keep their emissions equal to, or below, historic levels (known as ‘the reported baseline’). Companies who have exceeded their reported baseline for 2016-2017 are now rushing to have their emissions limit increased via an alternative ‘calculated baseline’. Applications for a calculated baseline may have a 30 July 2017 deadline.
Director liability and duties to consider climate risks

Directors of Australian companies who fail to consider, plan for and disclose foreseeable climate change risks on their organisation could be held personally liable for breaching their duty of due care and diligence under the Corporations Act 2001. This is according to a recent opinion provided by Barrister Noel Hutley SC to around 30 Australian business leaders. The legal opinion found many climate change risks “would be regarded by a court as being foreseeable at the present time” and Australian company directors “who fail to consider ‘climate change risks’ now could be found liable for breaching their duty of care and diligence in the future”.

The Clean Energy Regulator has just announced the date of the  fifth (and maybe final) ERF auction – Wednesday  5 April 2017 and Thursday 6 April 2017.

Of the original $2.55B fund, around $400M remains and this could possibly be the last auction (depending on price and volume bid). The Turnbull Government is still yet to commit to any further funding of the ERF at this point in time.

There are a whole host of reasons why even cost-effective energy efficiency projects don’t get off the ground. One of the most common (and frustrating!) reasons is that management don’t sign off on business case proposals – even when we can clearly see that the benefits far outweigh the costs!

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has just announced the fourth ERF Auction will be held on 16 and 17 November 2016. The auction announcement often drives activity and this could potentially be the last one under the initial $2.55B promised under the Direct Action Plan. Key dates for the Auction including close of project registration applications is as follows:

NGERs webinars out now

Aug 09, 2016 Written by

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGERs) submissions for the 2015/16 year are due on 31 October 2016. There have been some legislative amendments to the NGER Determination in particular, and it’s always a good idea to have a refresher on the Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERs) each year. The sessions are as follows:

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