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Our vision for sustainable Energy Futures is one in which energy is clean, affordable and accessible to all, where energy systems and services support a high quality of life and in which people and communities are empowered. We recognise that radical transformation is needed to replace old, out-dated and polluting energy systems and to tackle one of the major causes of climate change.
Ours isn’t a hair-shirt vision of making do with less, rather it’s an inspiring picture of a future in which our economy thrives on innovative ideas and technologies, our energy use and supply systems are modern and cutting edge, our cities and skies are free of pollution, and we live within our planetary boundaries. These are exciting times – transformation is already occurring and our work aims to accelerate the transition to smart, clean, equitable Energy Futures.
We view the energy system holistically and work on improving every part of it, from financing and business models, to policy and regulation, to technology analysis. We recognise the connections and interdependencies between energy and other core areas of our work, such as water and waste.
We deliver outstanding, internationally recognised research and consultancy services and we work in close partnership with our clients and collaborators.
Latest: DER Customer Insights
In 2019, ISF was commissioned by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to analyse reports from across 20 ARENA-funded distributed energy resources (DER) initiatives (a collective term referring to solar PV units, battery storage, thermal storage, electric vehicles and chargers, smart meters and home energy management technologies).
This resulted in two reports, the first detailing the customer journey for DER users, and the second identifying their values and motivations for using DERs. Forming part of ARENA's 'DER Customer Insights Series', these two publications provide important market intelligence to renewable energy providers so that they may attract, service and – crucially – retain their customers into the future.
100% Renewables for Bangladesh
The scope of this analysis is:
1. Bangladesh’s renewable energy (RE) potential. This study is an analysis of the potential utility of different RE technologies in Bangladesh, including solar PV, onshore and offshore wind. Besides a quantitative analysis, the study provides a specific geographic overview of where specific technologies can be used.
2. Bangladesh’s future energy demand. Taking the goal of universal energy access into account, the study provides an estimate of Bangladesh’s future total energy demand.
3. Trajectories. The study developed 100% RE trajectories from 2016 until 2050, during which 100% RE will be achieved by 2030, 2040, and 2050.
4. Estimated costs & investment needs projection of the required capital flows and investments.
Read the report
The One Earth Climate Model is a ground-breaking roadmap for achieving & surpassing the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warming to 1.5˚C. Explore it at www.oneearth.uts.edu.au and read the background to the project here.
Visualising future energy infrastructure
Managing demand through energy productivity and efficiency; managing supply with renewables and clean technologies.
Empowering new energy market participants
Supporting individuals, communities and organisations to transition to sustainable, adaptable and low-carbon practices.
Transforming through data and information
Providing robust information, knowledge and data to enable smarter energy sector governance and decision-making.