The Australian government has released guidelines allowing indoor and outdoor lighting projects to qualify for funding from the country's Emissions Reduction Fund, which has nearly $2 billion available according to one report.
The ERF is the country's centerpiece programme for reducing carbon emissions. It will now cover lighting upgrades in a variety of building types including offices, shopping centres, schools and hospitals, as well as streetlighting and public outdoor spaces, The Australian reported.
According to lighting vendor enLighten, $1.89 billion (Australian, or £890 million) remains for allocation from the ERF, which now includes a Commercial and Public Lighting tranche as part of about a dozen categories.
The Department of the Environment auctioned off $660 million in the first ERF round in April, which did not include lighting, enLighten noted.
Lighting projects could include a move to efficient lighting such as LED or the installation of control systems.
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