Transforming Australian agriculture with clean energy

Transforming Australian agriculture with clean energy

Energy Efficiency Advice
Published on 18 November 2019
Agriculture is a critical, dynamic and essential part of the Australian community – whether looked at from an economic, environmental or social point of view. That’s why the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) are proud to bring you this guide Transforming Australian Agriculture with Clean Energy.

This guide is about bringing the benefits of one of our newest industries – clean energy – to one of our most established – agriculture. And the benefits are substantial. Clean energy means more efficient energy use, improved productivity and a lower emissions profile for the farm sector. In the past five years, CEFC has invested more than $260 million in some 1,100 agriculture projects: from solar PV to energy efficient farm equipment, machinery upgrades and bioenergy solutions to convert agricultural and animal by-products into renewable energy.

This is in addition to a landmark investment in the sustainable cropping fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). Together with the CSIRO, MIRA and the CEFC are developing new
on-farm standards in clean energy to benefit the broader farming sector. Australian agribusiness has a well-earned reputation for quality produce, innovative production methods and local employment opportunities – whether producing for the domestic market or extending into the highly competitive global market.

The NFF and CEFC, together with the University of Southern Queensland Centre for Agricultural Engineering,
have produced this practical guide to help farmers identify opportunities to reduce their energy bills by improving energy efficiency and switching to renewables. The guide identifies many technologies and farming practices that can boost energy efficiency, from variable speed drives and smart controls to upgrading to best-in-class tractors and refrigeration equipment. Solar PV gets cheaper every year and is well suited to on-farm use, and microgrids can help particularly in remote areas or where network connections are expensive.

This guide is not a substitute for an on-farm energy audit, but we trust it will give the agribusiness sector practical insights into the many ways clean energy and energy efficiency can help them manage energy use and improve productivity. 

To view the complete practical guide to lowering on-farm energy use and carbon emissions click here. 

This article originally appeared here and is republished with permission.
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