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Impact and strategy

CEFC finance is helping cut emissions across Australia:

in agriculture, cleantech innovation, energy generation and storage, infrastructure, property, transport and waste.

The CEFC works with businesses, institutional investors and innovative entrepreneurs to accelerate investment in Australia’s transition to net zero emissions. In operating within the parameters of the CEFC Act and Investment Mandate directions, we must also anticipate and respond to the environment and market conditions in which we operate. This means retreating where the private sector is operating effectively, and stepping up our investment activity to fill market gaps where the private sector is absent. Through our investment origination activities, framed around four decarbonisation pathways, we prioritise emissions challenges across the wider Australian economy.

Decarbonisation pathways

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Low carbon electricity

Grid and renewable energy

CEFC finance is accelerating the delivery of cleaner, lower cost energy Australia-wide. We’re investing in critical large-scale grid transmission projects, landmark battery storage, substantial renewable energy developments and innovative bioenergy opportunities.

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Ambitious energy efficiency

Built environment

Investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions solutions for the infrastructure, manufacturing and property sectors can deliver benefits right across the economy, from lower energy costs to increased efficiency, reducing demand on the energy network.

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Electrification and fuel switching

Sustainable economy

We’re working to electrify key sectors of our economy, from backing clean hydrogen as a new fuel source to investing in fuel switching technologies to decarbonise agriculture, industry, resources and transport.

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Reducing non-energy emissions

Bio-sequestration, recycling, soil carbon

We’re pursuing diverse opportunities to reduce non-energy emissions, from lowering embodied carbon in buildings to bio-sequestration and soil carbon initiatives in agriculture.


Renewable energy, energy
storage, demand management


Agribusiness, industry, transport
infrastructure, property


All modes of electric transport,
hydrogen, biofuels


Recycling, low emissions
materials, soil carbon

2020-21 commitments

Read our report

CEFC investments forge path to net zero

We have embarked on our tenth year, backed by a proven investment strategy that is accelerating Australia’s transition to net zero emissions. The CEFC Annual Report 2021 shows how our investments are leading the way to a low emissions future. 

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