RACE Capacity Building Program

The energy workforce is a critical enabler of the clean energy transition

The  RACE for 2030 Capacity Building Program aims to support the growth of skills needed to deliver on the emissions reduction targets embraced by our governments and industry. Developing the future energy workforce is crucial to realising our vision of a customer-centred clean energy system, and one that successfully translates our research outcomes into industry impact. Our goal is to ensure that Australian businesses understand the urgency of climate action, are ready to deploy new technologies quickly, and most importantly, have the skills and abilities to do so.

Our Opportunity Assessment Report on Developing the future energy workforce enabled us to develop robust methods to characterise the current state and future needs of the energy workforce in Australia. The collaborative approach and cross-sectoral experience of the working group, coupled by extensive stakeholder consultations, helped identify gaps, understand the new skills and occupations involved, as well as the underpinning training and professional development pathways required, to deliver the energy transition.


The Carbon Manager Pilot Program

The Carbon Manager Pilot Program is the first flagship program of RACE for 2030  in the capacity building space. It aims to support Australian businesses undergoing decarbonisation and the energy transition by growing their internal expertise. The purpose of the pilot is to demonstrate the importance of having a dedicated emissions reduction expert in an organisation with clear and tangible key performance indicators on decarbonisation, as opposed to relying on external expertise.

The Carbon Manager Pilot Program will partially fund five positions in the five shortlisted organisations, by contributing $65,000 towards the salary of a Carbon Manager for the first 12 months of engagement.  Alongside the pilot, we will conduct research to evaluate the benefits of introducing emissions reduction experts into businesses. The research will also help us determine how to best introduce Carbon Managers into the Australian workforce, enabling maximum impact of the individuals on their organisations and on Australia’s total carbon emissions.

Getting involved

The expression of interest is open to all RACE for 2030  partners and aspiring partners, who are:

  • Large greenhouse gas emitters (25+ktCO2e p.a. actual or estimated)
  • Diverse emitters, generating significant emissions in scopes 1, 2 & 3
  • Organisations that are ready to undertake action to reduce scope 3 emissions
  • Organisations that are keen to share findings of the project with the public in the form of aggregated data, to inform other capacity building programs
  • Innovative entities, willing to onboard a change maker

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What is a Carbon Manager?

A Carbon Manager’s main goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of an organisation. This includes greenhouse gas emissions generated directly through the activities of an organisation (scopes 1 & 2) and along its entire value chain (scope 3). A Carbon Manager is involved in developing an ambitious net zero strategy for an organisation, as well as driving its implementation. The undertaken measures are active – focused on reduction of the emissions, rather than passive – focussed on acquiring carbon offsets.

Depending on the emissions profile of the organisation, the Carbon Manager can engage in a variety of activities to achieve the net zero goal.

These could include:

  • Undertaking energy efficiency upgrades
  • Introducing on-site renewable energy generation and
    green energy procurement
  • Process and logistics optimisation
  • Product redesign and waste reduction
  • Community and staff engagement
  • Development and implementation of new internal policies
    and carbon accounting systems

Our Carbon Managers

Galilee Semblante – Sydney Water

Galilee is our first Carbon Manager and she works at Sydney Water. She was attracted to the position by the opportunity to learn more about the challenges the water industry faces due to climate change. Galilee has a background in wastewater treatment which has been very beneficial for her role and now she is also learning new perspectives and more about carbon.  Galilee hopes to contribute to reducing emissions and the development of a carbon tracking tool in the future.