Earth Day Brings Green Shoots – ACBC’s Green Channel Update

16 Apr 2022
Posted By: ACBC

As the World embraces Earth Day (April 22), Australian business and government continue to embrace ACBC’s new Green Channel initiative, highlighting opportunities for collaboration on the global climate challenge.

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has mobilised over 1 billion people, through 150,000 international partners, to take actions to address the climate challenge. 

As ACBC approaches its 50th year in strengthening Australia’s bilateral relationship with China, ACBC’s Green Channel continues to gather momentum across Australia. Since its launch, last December with the breakthrough CEO Roundtable event, ACBC’s Green Channel is helping to define a new way of engaging with China through collaborations to achieve our shared Net Zero ambitions. 

Some early successes from the Green Channel program are outlined below… 

Business-led solutions

Earth Day’s theme for 2022 is ‘Invest in our Planet’ to build healthy cities, healthy countries, and healthy economies. ACBC recognised early the important, interdependent role Australia and China have in achieving these ambitions.

Our theme for our members in 2022 is, “invest in our programs”.

ACBC’s members make up some of the most experienced practitioners in bi-lateral relations. In the current geopolitical environment, ACBC’s members are once again leading the way in demonstrating successful outcomes, particularly with regard to collaborations on the climate challenge.

With some foundation strategic partnership commitments from leading business and government partners, ACBC is now well on its way to achieving its 2022/23 financial goals for the underwriting of the new Green Channel program.

This has enabled us to establish re-engage with old members, establish new relationships with new members and build collaborative partnerships with complementary industry associations.

We have briefed members and government partners across Australia on the program, whilst continuing to activate through our Branch network.

Our Green Room knowledge-sharing program has seen us launch a number of new initiatives. 

  • Our inaugural Member Survey, open through to the end of May, is currently in the market. To provide your input on the opportunities for collaboration on climate, please go here.
  • Through the support of one of our strategic foundation partners, King & Wood Mallesons, ACBC’s inaugural “Collaborations on Climate” White Paper is well underway. Encompassing seven chapters, the white paper is interviewing experts and gathering case studies to highlight the opportunities for collaboration on the climate challenge. To participate in the white paper please contact the Green Channel white paper project team here.
  • In March, we held our inaugural Green Channel roundtable event with the Australian National University. A hugely popular hybrid event hosted by ACBC Victoria, ANU researchers and industry experts shared insights on decarbonisation pathways, sharing unique research insights on policy directions.
    Look out for our next ACBC-ANU Green Channel event to be hosted by ACBC WA in July.
  • ACBC Victoria is hosting our major annual Agribusiness summit on 6 May with a special focus on the challenges and opportunities of climate change for Australian business. Book here.
  • ACBC SA is working with CCPIT to activate a Green Channel Roundtable with key industry partners in Shandong and South Australia. Enquire here.
  • Planning for our new Podcast series is well underway, drawing on the content and contributors to our White Paper. To contribute, contact the Green Team here.
  • Planning is well underway for our Canberra Networking Day in August. Stay tuned for more updates from ACBC National Leadership Group.

Our Green Fields program continues to draw on our preliminary data from our White Paper research to build up a knowledge base of climate collaboration projects in Australia and China. Developed in partnership with member companies looking for product and service providers, our Green Fields platform will also provide opportunities for new technology demonstration from our Green Shoots program.

Our Green Shoots innovation and entrepreneurship program continues to gather momentum, with key outcomes in Q1 including:

  • Confirming a Presenting Partner agreement signed with ImpactX 
  • Curation of content to promote Australian opportunities for collaboration on climate at the ImpactX Haikou event in Hainan in July, and in Sydney in November
  • Curation of a 12-week “Go Global” accelerator program with ImpactX, SHIFT! in H2 22
  • CleanTech/ AgriTech/ Impact Venture Capital and Founder briefings
  • The creation of a Migrant Entrepreneur incubator program with International partners

And finally, our Green Zones program is working with Federal, State, and Territory governments to define opportunities and build clarity around the pathways for inbound investment and strengthen collaborations with special “Green” Economic Zones in China, and the important RCEP markets.

Our ambition for the Green Channel is to reduce the headwinds for collaborations on climate projects. To offer an integrated suite of activities that improve opportunities for business success and wealth creation in Australian companies.

We also see the benefits of activating high-level government-to-government dialogue on the Green Economy and collaborations on Climate Change.

With a shared vision for our Green Channel of achieving net-zero faster, together.

We’re enjoying the signs of green shoots in the bilateral relationship as a result of our Green Channel program. We invite your involvement in any of these activities outlined above or reach out to suggest your own. 

Please contact our Green Channel team to discuss how you can contribute.