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Agribusiness

Agribusiness plays a critical role across the Australian economy, with 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.

This track record makes agribusinesses ideally suited to capitalise on the growing wave of energy efficient and clean energy technology.

The CEFC is an active financier to agribusiness and we’ve worked closely with the sector to identify where clean energy technologies can have substantial benefits for on-farm production and energy storage activities.  In an Australian first, the CEFC and the National Farmers’ Federation collaborated to produce a practical guide for Australia’s 85,000 farming enterprises, identifying 51 opportunities where farmers can reduce their energy bills by improving energy efficiency and switching to renewables.

Where to act

Change your energy use

Solar powered irrigation pumps

Solar hot water and heat pumps

Rooftop solar systems

Biomass energy-from-waste

Cut your energy use

Variable speed drives, high efficiency motors and pumps

Farm and process machinery upgrades

Efficient refrigeration

Efficient lighting, heating, insulation, ventilation and air conditioning

Lower your emissions

Farm equipment and vehicle upgrades

Co-generation and tri-generation systems for processors

Investing in agribusiness

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FarmPrint benchmarking tool

FarmPrint is a unique tool designed to enable Australian farmers to monitor, benchmark and evaluate their on-farm carbon footprint, an important step in identifying actions that can lift the sustainability of their farming operations – improving their own FarmPrint.

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Agriculture and clean energy

Agribusiness plays a critical role across the Australian economy, with 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.

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Cleaner, greener business, agriculture

Australia’s small to medium sized businesses and agribusinesses are taking control of rising energy costs by investing in technologies and equipment that reduce their reliance on grid electricity, as well as cut maintenance costs and improve productivity outcomes. Importantly, they can also lock in material reductions in their emissions, delivering a cleaner, greener footprint.

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Investing in Australia’s farming sector

The CEFC is working with the CSIRO and MIRA to demonstrate how clean energy technologies can benefit Australian agribusiness.