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Who is Embark? Embark Australia is a privately funded, nonprofit organisation, governed by an independent board. We’re acting now to eliminate the barriers holding back the growth of a powerful, community renewable energy sector in Australia. Whether those barriers are a lack of project funding, specialist information and advice, reflexive opposition or the impact of poor policy settings, Embarks mission is to help erode them all. What we do Embark is about action, not words. We are working to shift the community energy sector into the mainstream, as a proven and financially viable model capable of attracting largescale investment and growing to meet its full potential. Inevitably, Australia will need to move towards a low carbon economy. Our challenge is to achieve faster and more material progress now, while overcoming political inertia and fear of change that exists in some parts of the community.

A vibrant community energy sector is an efficient way to unlock the power of the community to support more ambitious action on carbon abatement in Australia over the longer term. At Embark, we are building our capacity to offer effective suport to interested communities including:
developing a best practice toolkit to help rapidly upskill communities
knowledge transfer and expert advice
building a network of suppliers, contractors, investors and lenders
aggregating services to capture economies of scale
identifying and troubleshooting market failures sourcing feasibility and investment funding
attracting largescale investment for projects, and
advocating for policy changes to grow the sector.

What is Community Renewable Energy? Community energy projects empower communities to play a constructive role in the response to climate change. They create environmental leadership by example and provide lasting economic benefits to regional communities. Community energy projects are renewable energy initiatives:
instigated by the local community
scaled to the community’s own energy needs
funded and owned by the community
welcomed within the community
accountable to their host community
built and managed to maximise local jobs.

Vision
Embark will support new community energy projects around Australia to make a material contribution to Australia’s carbon abatement effort. We express our vision as over the next 10 years:
we aim to bootstrap 100 projects around Australia empowering 100,000 new owners of locally clean energy infrastructure, and
creating 1,000,000 advocates of renewable energy.

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2010

Inactive - joined with C4CE in 2018

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Renewable Energy

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Australia

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