The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia.

The vision of the Clean Energy Council is to transform Australia's energy system into a clean energy system.

Our purpose is to lead and support the growth of the clean energy industry in Australia through:

  • Shaping policy
  • Developing standards and regulations and ensuring the integrity of the industry
  • Promoting the industry
  • Providing a range of valuable services to our members, customers and partners
  • Growing the Clean Energy Council’s organisational capability

Our definition of clean energy

We represent renewable energy and energy efficiency. These are defined as follows:

Renewable energy

  • All sources of renewable energy including hydro, solar, wind, marine, geothermal and bioenergy. All technologies and projects should comply with relevant laws and regulations in that jurisdiction.
  • Other low-emission sources with a very low carbon footprint such as:
    • fuel cell technology
    • high efficiency cogeneration/trigeneration using natural gas
    • hydrogen and storage technology
    • waste coal mine gas.
  • We will not support fossil fuel-based energy generation including:
    • traditional coal-fired electricity generation
    • large scale, 100 per cent gas-fired generation (including from coal seam methane gas)
    • carbon capture and storage.

We will not support nuclear generation technology given it is broadly considered to be non-renewable and is currently prohibited in Australia.

Energy efficiency

  • All demand side (behind the electricity meter) activities and technologies that increase the efficiency and reduce (per unit of activity) the consumption of electricity
  • Technology or activities that improve the efficiency of renewable electricity generation (as defined above).

Technologies outside of these definitions will not be directly represented by us.