The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) is the peak business body for the sustainable energy industry and for enterprises supporting sustainable energy.
SEA is a chamber of enterprises and is actively advocating and lobbying for substantive action on sustainable energy in all sectors of the economy across all regions of Australia.
SEA promotes the development and adoption of sustainable energy technologies and services that minimise the use of energy through sustainable energy practices and maximise the use of energy from sustainable sources. SEA has a strong reputation for authoritative commentary on a broad range of issues around energy efficiency and sustainable energy.
SEA is supported by a growing membership of over 350 members from a diversity of businesses. This range includes enterprises involved in, and committed to, sustainable energy practices and including but not limited to energy efficiency across government, business and the community in infrastructure; architecture and design of buildings and homes; performance of appliances, vehicles, machinery, and industrial processes; use of renewable energy including in both generation and passive use in all forms of heating, ventilation and cooling from any renewable source, and inclusive of businesses offering or using services and products that manage or offset greenhouse gas emissions in transition to sustainable energy use; and other areas determined by the Board.
SEA defines sustainable energy as energy which is replenishable within a human lifetime and which causes no long-term damage to the environment.
SEA's vision is to promote the development and adoption of sustainable energy technologies and services that minimise the use of energy through sustainable energy practices and maximise the use of energy from sustainable sources.
SEA is an incorporated not-for-profit association which is based in Perth and operates nationally. It is funded principally by membership fees, with additional income generated by events and activities including selected industry wide contracted research and strategic service provision. SEA has a policy of not undertaking work that competes with the business activities of members, unless this work would be for the advantage of the objects of the Association.
The objects of the Association are:
‘On behalf of the people of Australia, the Association will vigorously promote the development and adoption of sustainable energy so that by the year 2030 more than 30% of Australia's energy use in and across all states and territories is displaced by sustainable energy practices so that energy demand is more than 30% below that measured in the year 2000, and that more than 30% of energy use is derived from sustainable sources.'
SEA's resources will be used towards:
- Promoting the adoption of sustainable energy solutions that encourage the protection of the environment which traditional energy sources are damaging;
- Forming productive relationships with stakeholders who support the ideals of the Association;
- Facilitating the adoption of sustainable energy technologies and practices as a method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of Australia's economy and across all urban, rural and remote regions of Australia, both on electricity grids, and off grid;
- Lobbying State and Federal Australian Parliamentarians and Government agencies and providing representation on relevant committees;
- Providing relevant and timely information to Association members and stakeholders; and
- Increasing employment opportunities in a sustainable energy industry across and within all regions of Australia, contributing to a sustainable future for Australia by championing:
- Policies and programs that foster the expansion of a regionally distributed sustainable energy industry; and
- The adoption of sustainable energy technologies and practices by energy consumers.
The SEA governed by an Board consisting of an elected Chair, and Deputy-Chair and six ordinary Board Members elected annually at the AGM by SEA members. The SEA Board advises on the strategic direction and oversights the financial management of the organisation, including the approval of an annual budget.