Climate-KIC Australia acts as a catalyst for demand-led, systems scale climate solutions by connecting key players across the whole innovation pathway. We offer a new way to link research, business, entrepreneurs, investors and government to facilitate systemic change which addresses the challenges and harnesses the opportunities of climate change. We run systemic programs, entrepreneurship and innovation activities and education courses focused on net-zero carbon energy, sustainable resilient cities and regions in transition. These complex, systemic themes all require long-term thinking and coordination of action. Climate-KIC Australia will take a long-term view, supporting participants developing solutions that take longer than a conventional commercialisation process, while retaining the capability for speed to market when the time is right. Climate KIC Australia works in collaboration with our European sister organisation EIT Climate-KIC. We bring together partners from research sector, state governments, NGOs and the private sector.
WWF partners with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Businesses for Social Responsibility (BSR) under the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), an international not-for-profit alliance working to help corporates, cities and public institutions to buy renewable energy, and to help make the transition to a low-carbon economy easier, connecting large buyer demand to renewable energy supply.
Under REBA, WWF-Australia established the Renewable Energy Buyers Forum(REBF) in 2015 to accelerate renewable energy uptake by corporate organisations in Australia. Now with over 250 member organisations, including many top 50 ASX-listed companies, REBF helps members (buyers and developers) to explore large-scale renewable energy purchasing options through industry events, information provision, facilitation and outreach. WWF-Australia also supports businesses through transformational partnerships.
The Institute for Sustainable Futures is an inter-disciplinary research and consulting institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), delivering independent, project-based research to support communities, governments and businesses to create change towards sustainable futures. The Energy Futures group has extensive experience working across a diverse range of economic, technical and policy areas on knowledge and tools towards equitable, low-cost and low-carbon energy systems.
The ISF team has delivered some of Australian first innovative energy projects, including development of Australia’s first District Heating system, District Cooling Customer agreement and offsite solar PPA. Currently they are working on six corporate renewable PPAs.
Rocky Mountain Institute founded the Business Renewables Center and continues to be the BRC’s “home”. An independent nonprofit founded in 1982, RMI transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. In 2014, RMI merged with Carbon War Room (CWR), whose business-led market interventions advance a low-carbon economy.
The BRC partners with a variety of NGOs to leverage complementary efforts towards even greater impact in the corporate renewable energy market.
Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance includes four NGOs—Rocky Mountain Institute, World Wildlife Fund, World Resources Institute, and BSR—that coordinate across their respective corporate renewable energy efforts. Those efforts include RMI’s Business Renewables Center, WWF and WRI’s Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, and BSR’s Future of Internet Power.