Strategy, policy and financing advice

Companies that develop a strategic response to climate change and Australia’s unprecedented energy transformation, are not only able to proactively manage the concerns of investors, regulators and shareholders, they understand the opportunities emerging in the changing business landscape.

Net zero emissions pathways: With growing corporate interest in setting net-zero emissions reduction targets, Energetics develops emissions inventories, forecasts of trajectories (using a modified science-based target-type tool), reduction pathways, and implements some identified opportunities; particularly power purchase agreements (PPAs), which offer the largest single opportunity to achieve emissions reductions.

Carbon price forecasts: These forecasts which consider potential market and policy changes, underpin the delivery of almost all Energetics’ strategy work. Our carbon price forecast model uses inputs from Energetics’ grid decarbonisation model and our national marginal abatement cost curve (MACC) of abatement opportunities to 2030.

Application of the guidance of the taskforce on climate-related financial disclosure (TCFD): We assist with the assessment of climate risk using the TCFD framework; building the business case for acting on the recommendations and developing climate adaptation strategies in response to the risks identified. We support the development and application of climate scenarios, drawing upon the work our experts have done for ASX20 companies.

Science-based target (SBT) setting: Increasingly the standard methodology for businesses and organisations seeking not only a clear pathway for emission reductions, SBTs future-proof plans for growth. They are particularly needed when responding to recommendations from the TCFD. Energetics has worked with clients from the development phase to SBT endorsement (via the Science Based Targets Initiative).

Carbon neutrality assessments and advice: As companies seek to demonstrate their commitment to climate action, Energetics can advise on the process required to achieve carbon neutrality: measuring the carbon footprint, measures to reduce emissions, and offsets for remaining emissions . We understand the process for certification under the Australian Government’s Climate Active Carbon Neutral program which replaces the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). The Climate Active program is based on international best-practice carbon accounting methods, ensures independent verification and requires public disclosure to maintain transparency. Certification is offered for organisations, products, services, events, buildings and even precincts. Energetics’ experts can support your business at every step towards carbon neutrality.

Carbon offsets (international and domestic markets): Based on domestic and international policy settings, we help government clients understand the potential value of the offset industry for their jurisdiction, identify barriers and opportunities and make recommendations for policy and investment. We assist companies to develop offset strategies considering the risks, opportunities and business implications of trading in the domestic and international carbon markets.

Energy strategy development: Addressing the management of cost risks, offseting substantial budget impacts and optimising new technologies, the process used is customised to a client’s needs. We support the setting of targets and objectives, establish key metrics (KPIs), identify energy projects and cost reduction opportunities (which we stress test using scenarios), and determine capital requirements as well as timing for implementation. We also assess energy procurement options including fixed price forward contracting (BAU), load-following progressive purchasing with proposed purchasing frameworks, block purchasing with partial pool exposure managed through energy storage and demand response, and the integration of on-site PPAs and off-site corporate PPAs. 

Energy investment due diligence: For major investment decisions impacted by climate change and the decarbonisation of energy generation, Energetics models the full range of project risks. These include technical and implementation issues, current and probable future policy and regulatory settings, likely physical impacts of a changing environment, investment trends and the outlook for energy markets, financing options and social activism. 

Policy development and advice: Energetics advises all levels of government on climate change and energy productivity policies and programs for business.

Project financing advice: Energetics assesses the full range of financing options with no conflict of interest. We accurately scope an emissions reduction or energy project's requirements, drawing on the expertise of Australia’s leading energy and emissions consultants and decades of experience in operational energy management.

Training, stakeholder engagement and capacity building: Our capacity building workshop program assists our clients to enhance the skills of key employees and drives a culture of energy management and emissions reduction excellence.

Assessment of alternative technologies: Using our extensive life cycle analysis (LCA) experience, Energetics conducts both greenhouse gas assessments and broader environmental assessments of proposed alternative technologies. Our advice enables forward-planning of asset transition in anticipation of likely requirements arising from the decarbonising economy. We identify increased efficiencies (costs and emissions) associated with new technologies. Our LCAs meet best practice international standards (ISO 14040 and ISO 14044).

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