Environmental Grants

Business Recycling Program – Bin Trim Rebates for small-medium businesses

To increase workplace recycling, Waste Less, Recycle More provides businesses with rebates covering up to 50% of the cost of small-scale, on-site recycling equipment.

Rebates between $1,000 and $50,000 are available or up to 50% of the cost of reuse or recycling equipment.

Businesses with up to 400 full-time equivalent employees, and facility managers and small-scale recyclers responsible for managing the waste of small to medium-sized businesses are eligible to apply.

Eligible equipment includes material processing infrastructure that diverts waste from landfill as well as recycling infrastructure. This includes (but not limited to):

•Cardboard and plastic balers
•Expanded polystyrene compactors
•Source separation bins
•Other (check with your assessor)

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Commercial Fridge Rebate
Eligible small businesses can get a government rebate for new plug-in commercial fridges and freezers.
Businesses can receive a rebate of up to $1490 per fridge.

Savings vary between models. For example, you could get a rebate of $500 on an energy-efficient, two-door vertical display fridge. Compared to a standard fridge, this could save you over $350 a year off your energy bill.

The rebate is calculated based on the estimated energy consumption over the lifetime of the fridge.

Check if the refrigerator you want to buy qualifies for the rebate by using the eligible product list.

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NSW Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs)

Owners and tenants can both gain from maximising a building’s energy efficiency. Building upgrade finance allows owners and tenants to share these benefits. To date, tenants have contributed approximately 50% of the cost of energy efficiency projects funded using building upgrade finance.
Building upgrade finance is secured finance so it can be locked in for a longer-term, up to 20 years. This increases the likelihood that the savings generated will be greater than the finance repayments and better match the life of the upgraded equipment.
Building upgrade finance is attached to the land. If the land is sold, the debt may be transferred to the new owners or discharged on settlement.

To be eligible the building must be an existing, non-residential building, located in a participating council areaexternal link

Eligible works under Building Upgrade Finance are those that improve the energy, water or environmental efficiency or sustainability of a building.

Typically projects funded fall into three categories:

  1. Generation of renewable energy and emissions reduction (eg: solar PV, end of trip facilities etc.)
  2. Improvement of energy and/or water efficiency (eg: efficient plant and equipment – lighting, air conditioning, boilers and lifts; rainwater tanks, water-efficient fixtures and fittings etc.)
  3. Minimisation of waste (eg: waste infrastructure systems)

This program is open on an ongoing basis.

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ARENA Advancing Renewables Program

This program aims to support a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial projects that can deliver affordable and reliable renewable energy.

The program’s objective is to fund activities that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:
- Reduction in the cost of renewable energy.
- Increase in the value delivered by renewable energy.
- Improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy.
- Reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake.
- Increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.

Grants are expected to be between $100,000 and $50 million, with applicants typically expected to at least match the funding being sought from ARENA.

The application is a two-stage process:
- Expression of interest
- Full application

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact ARENA to discuss their proposal before submitting an EOI.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.

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Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) – Financing Solutions

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) works to deliver financial solutions to increase the flow of funds into the clean energy sector. It seeks to invest in clean energy technologies, which are defined in the CEFC Act as renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies.

CEFC's financial products include:
- Direct investments: For small and large scale clean energy projects and include flexible debt and/or equity finance, tailored to individual projects.
- Investment funds: CEFC invests in new and established investment funds to co-deliver clean energy for agribusiness, infrastructure, property and more.
- Debt markets: CEFC is a leading investor in Australia's emerging green bonds market, creating new clean energy options for investors and developers.
- Asset finance: CEFC works with banks and co-financiers to deliver discounted finance to businesses, manufacturers and farmers for clean energy investments.

CEFC's preferred minimum individual investment size for renewable technology projects is $20 million.

The Corporation does not provide grants but may co-finance or co-invest in projects that have received grant assistance.

A total funding pool of $10 billion is available.

Eligible technologies for investment include:
1. Renewable energy technologies
- Renewables (including bioenergy, geothermal, hydro, ocean, solar, waste-to-energy, wind)
- Hybrids of renewables with other technologies
- Technologies (including enabling technologies) that are related to renewable energy (including the supply of goods or services)

2. Energy efficiency technologies
- Energy efficiency (including energy conservation and demand management)
- Technologies (including enabling technologies) that are related to energy efficiency (including the supply of goods or services)

3. Low emissions technologies
- Energy production
- Electricity generation including the use of non-renewable, fossil fuels
- Fuels for and modes of transportation
- Using, reducing, or eliminating existing fugitive greenhouse gas emissions

CEFC does not make investments in technologies that are not 'solely or mainly Australian-based or are in 'prohibited technologies', such as:
- A technology for carbon capture and storage (within the meaning of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007)
- Nuclear technology
- Nuclear power

This program is open on an ongoing basis.

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Australian Recycling Investment Fund

Australia’s waste sector is undergoing an important transition, requiring significant investment in infrastructure and equipment, including upgrades to existing assets, as well as the installation of new assets.

Through the $100 million Australian Recycling Investment Fund, the CEFC has a particular focus on large-scale projects which use clean energy technologies to support the recycling of waste plastics, paper, glass and tyres.

The Australian Recycling Investment Fund draws on existing CEFC finance. In line with the CEFC Act, eligible projects under the Australian Recycling Investment Fund are required to draw on renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies and to contribute to emissions reduction.

The CEFC expects to provide either debt and/or equity finance to eligible larger-scale commercial and industrial projects through the Fund – typically requiring $10 million or more of CEFC debt or equity capital.

Smaller-scale projects, from $10,000 to $5 million, may be eligible for debt finance through the CEFC’s specialist asset finance programs.

As with all CEFC investments, projects seeking finance through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund must be commercial, reflecting the CEFC’s requirement to deliver a positive return for taxpayers across the portfolio.

In addition to investments through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund, the CEFC will continue to invest in large-scale energy-from-waste projects. It is not expected that these projects will be financed through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund.

Waste is responsible for 2% of Australia’s emissions, largely from methane gas produced by decaying organic waste in landfills. According to Australia’s National Waste Policy, each year, Australians generate 2.7 tonnes of waste per head, including plastics, paper, glass, metals, textiles, masonry, and food and other organic materials.

With investment in proven technologies, the CEFC works with companies to turn urban and industrial waste into new energy sources and valuable products, creating an important revenue stream while also reducing landfill gas emissions.

CEFC investment commitments through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund align with the principles of the circular economy. CEFC waste-related investments focus on effective waste management investing in proven clean energy technologies to reuse, recycle or reprocess waste, including as compost and alternative fuels.

The Australian Waste Policy describes the five key elements of the circular economy as:

  1. Avoid waste: Prioritise waste avoidance, encourage efficient use, reuse and repair; resign products so waste is minimised, they are made to last and we can more easily recover materials
  2. Improve resource recovery: Improve material collection systems and processes for recycling, and improve the quality of the recycled material we produce
  3. Increase the use of recycled material: and build demand and markets for recycled products
  4. Better manage waste material flows: to benefit human health, the environment and the economy
  5. Improve information: to support innovation, guide investment and enable informed consumer decisions.

The Council of Australian Governments has agreed to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.

In addition to investments through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund, the CEFC will continue to invest in large-scale energy-from-waste projects. It is not expected that these projects will be financed through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund.

Read our fact sheet for more information.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

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Clean Energy Seed Fund

This fund finances emerging innovations and startups in clean energy. It has been designed to appeal to corporate, institutional, high net worth individuals and impact investors who are interested in Australian clean energy startups.

The fund will invest at seed, angel and later stage follow on rounds in 30 to 50 startups over its four to five years investment period.

A total funding pool of $26 million is available which includes a $10 million cornerstone commitment from the new $1 billion CEFC Innovation Fund.

Eligible applicants include startups involved in the development of clean technology in sectors like:

  • Energy storage
  • Biofuels
  • Alternative energy generation (solar, wave, geothermal, wind)
  • Metering and control
  • Green building and biomaterials
  • Transport technologies
  • Water and waste

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