The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has identified an investment pipeline of up to $7.8 billion across Australia’s waste, bioenergy, recycling and resource recovery sectors. This would deliver a triple impact in terms of economic, employment and emissions benefits.
The five-year investment outlook is part of a new CEFC report, Energising resource recovery: the Australian opportunity. The report considers the role of resource and energy recovery in the transition to a low emissions economy.
- Expanded infrastructure requirements for waste, recycling and bioenergy projects. These have potential to generate up to $7.8 billion in new investment in the period to 2025.
- Emissions reductions of up to 60% from landfill could be achieved by reducing, reusing and recycling materials before they enter the waste stream.
- Creation of up to 9000 construction jobs and 4000 additional jobs, many in regional and rural areas.
Areas with strongest investment potential are in large-scale energy from waste facilities. Other significant opportunities are in refuse-derived fuel facilities, and processing municipal solid waste generated by households.
The CEFC is a leading investor in bioenergy, recycling and energy from waste, having committed investments of more than $400 million to the sector for a total project value of $1.7 billion.
Read more at the CEFC website