Australia shines a spotlight on renewable energy

07/08/20183 Minute Read

Chances are, you’re one of the millions of Australians concerned by the prospect of global warming—and you want to do something about it. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to not only get yourself involved but your business, as well.

Renewable energy is where it all starts when it comes to making positive, meaningful change in the environment. Today, state and local governments, businesses, universities, and all different types of community groups are working together to install and fund green energy projects. On top of that, Australia now has renewables-friendly governments in every state and territory. Several have even committed to 40–50 percent green energy targets between 2025 and 2030.

In other words, it’s unlikely another coal-fired power station will ever be built in Australia. But can your business keep pace and make the change to renewables that easily? And if so, how?

Join the fun alongside other sustainable businesses

The good news is a number of other businesses across the world are making the move to renewables, so it’s not uncommon—and definitely achievable. To make the switch even more appealing, demand is coming from customers: A recent study by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) found 80 percent of Australians believe businesses should use renewables and 75 percent would buy a product or service produced with green energy over a comparable one that wasn’t. By switching to renewables, you’ll be doing your part for the environment, and your customers will take notice.

Nonetheless, Australia’s businesses are collectively punching below their weight when compared to many of their first-world counterparts. A substantial number of America’s corporate heavy hitters are in the process of moving to using 100 percent renewables. Even so, the situation down under shows signs of promise. The aforementioned ARENA study found less than half of the major Australian companies surveyed actively procure energy from renewable sources. Plus, of those using it, green energy almost always comprised less than 10 percent of their total power.

That said, there are plenty of green shoots: Australia’s largest telecom recently inked a deal to build a huge solar farm in north Queensland, following in the footsteps of a Townsville zinc refinery constructing an even larger one. And it’s not just the big players—small to midsize businesses, such as wineries, are starting to generate their own power through wind turbines.

Deploy green technology for offices everywhere

Even if you’re not willing to drill through the office floor to construct your own miniature geothermal power plant, you can still do your part to decarbonise the Australian economy. When you’re making purchasing decisions for your organisation, you can buy goods and services from suppliers with a serious commitment to renewables.

HP, for example, ultimately plans to reach 100 percent renewable energy across its global operations and is on track to be at 40 percent by 2020. They also offer a recycling program through HP Planet Partners—customers in this program have recycled more than 735 million HP ink and LaserJet toner cartridges, which is enough to fill 363 Olympic-sized swimming pools.1 Talk about impressive!

You can also ask your power provider to move you to a plan where a proportion of the electricity you use is generated from renewable sources. If such a plan is not available, or you’re disappointed at the low proportion of energy from renewables on offer, you can consult guides ranking energy retailers on their commitment to green energy, then switch to an eco-friendlier provider.

When all’s said and done, knowing the state of sustainability in Australia is key to making greener moves and deploying green technology for offices everywhere. Get involved today to improve the world’s tomorrow.

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  1. Assumes a nominal depth of 2 m, this is 2,500,000 L.

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