The Zero Emissions Government Fund (the Fund) provides interest free loans to Government agencies to support emissions reduction projects. The focus is on projects that cut emissions from natural gas and transport. Energy bill savings are used to repay loans, continually replenishing the Fund.
To date, the Fund has financed 34 projects including:
- lighting upgrades
- heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) upgrades
- smart building management systems
- an off-grid solar photovoltaic system connected to battery storage.
Projects supported by the Fund save Government more than $2.5 million per year in reduced energy bills.
Examples of projects supported by the Fund.
Loan period (years)
Canberra Institute of Technology
Installation of solar hot water systems at Bruce Campus to achieve a 10% electricity reduction across the campus and support the intention to move to 100% solar powered hot water on campus.
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Upgraded to a low carbon heating ventilation and cooling system at North Building, Civic, transitioning the site from gas to electricity.
Install a 27 kW capacity solar PV system and 76 kW battery storage to power depot operations at the National Arboretum.
Energy efficient lighting, controls and mechanical upgrades in 15 community facilities including community hubs, halls and youth centres.
Installation of energy efficient sensor technology and LED lighting to optimise the use of natural light at the Hawker primary school.
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Conversion of existing lighting in Dame Pattie Menzies House to energy efficient LED lighting to reduce by 30% the electricity use at this site.
LED lighting upgrade and 500kW solar PV system at The Canberra Hospital.
Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate
Heating ventilation and cooling system upgrades at ACT Libraries.