THE SPANISH-AUSTRALIAN
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

28 February 2019

Melbourne Summer Networking Event

International Chamber House - Level 5, 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
14 March 2019

Sydney Summer Networking Event

Primus Hotel Rooftop Bar - Level 7, 339 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Corporate Members

News

CAF to replace New South Wales regional train fleet

14 February 2019 The New South Wales government signed a contract for 117 multiple-unit cars to replace its entire regional train fleet on February 14. The Momentum Trains consortium of CAF, Pacific Partnership and DIF Infrastructure V has been awarded an availability-based PPP contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new regional rail fleet, and build a new maintenance facility at Dubbo, 300 km northwest of Sydney. The A$2·8bn project includes capital costs of A$1·26bn and 15 years of maintenance. CAF’s share of the contract is €500m, and the Spanish manufacturer is also providing equity financing. CAF is to supply 10 diesel-electric trainsets for use on long-distance services linking Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, plus nine short and 10 long multiple-units for regional routes. It will also supply two driver training simulators. The trains will provide ‘economy’ class with 2+2 seating and ‘premium’ class with 2+1 seating; the long-distance trains will also feature buffet cars. Final assembly will take place at the new facility in Dubbo. According to NSW Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance, around 200 jobs will be created during construction, with a further 60 jobs during the train completion phase, and 50 jobs once the new rolling stock has entered service. The trains will be operated by NSW TrainLink, with the first expected to enter service from 2023. They will replace the XPT fleet of 60 coaches and 19 power cars, as well as the 23 Xplorer and 28 Endeavour diesel multiple-unit cars. Source: Railway Gazette

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ACCIONA signs a corporate PPA with Viva Energy in Australia

19 February 2019 ACCIONA Energy has expanded its strategic partnership with commercial and industrial clients by signing a corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Australian leading energy company Viva Energy, to support its strategically important Geelong Refinery in Victoria. Viva Energy supplies around a quarter of Australia’s liquid fuel requirements and sells Shell products under licence across the country. Under the PPA, the refinery has partnered with ACCIONA’s new 132 MW wind farm at Mt Gellibrand, which is around an hour away from the Geelong facility. The PPA represents around one third of the refinery’s electricity load, and the contract commenced in January 2019. Acciona Energy Australia Managing Director Brett Wickham said: “Companies like Viva Energy understand the value alternative energy supply solutions, such as this wind-backed corporate PPA, offer in reducing electricity price volatility and costs. We take a strategic approach to understanding the needs of commercial and industrial clients, and are pleased to be working with Viva Energy on this corporate PPA. We share their commitment towards greater energy productivity and the environmental benefits the wind farm brings.” Viva Energy CEO Scott Wyatt said: “Access to reliable and affordable electricity is critical for our refining operations which need to operate continuously and be able to compete with large scale refineries overseas. Over the last few years the cost of electricity supply in Victoria has more than doubled and has become increasingly subject to pricing spikes due to weather and reliability events causing disruptions to generation and supply.” “Our research has shown that renewable energy is very competitive with existing sources of generation and can be a viable and sustainable part of the energy mix for a business like ours. This agreement with Acciona is a win-win outcome for us both as it helps lock in a stable electricity price over the long term, while supporting a local renewable energy source not far from the refinery.” On a global scale, ACCIONA Energy is increasing the sale of electricity from its portfolio of renewable energy generation to large organizations, helping them reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable.  The company now has over 500 contracts in place. Customers operate in a wide variety of sectors such as transport, telecommunications, infrastructure, industry, consumer goods and health services. Specifically, they include well-known names such as Google, Unilever, General Mills, Kellogg’s, and Bosch.

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The international organisation CDP acknowledges CaixaBank as one of the leading companies in the fight struggle against climate change

04 February 2019 • The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is a worldwide reference in processing data on the carbon footprint. • CaixaBank is one of the few companies that fully neutralises its CO2 emissions. The organisation CDP has included CaixaBank in the index of global leaders in the struggle against climate change, for the fifth consecutive year. The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is an international non-profit organisation that advises private companies and public bodies on implementing measures aimed at achieving a sustainable economy by measuring the environmental impact of their actions and policies. Every year, the CDP analyses thousands of companies to draw up its Climate list, which includes those most committed to managing the climate change worldwide. On this occasion, it has provided CaixaBank with an A- rating, which makes it the best-rated Spanish financial institution and the only one included in the highest categories. This acknowledgement consolidates CaixaBank as an international and national leading company, due to its firm commitment towards preventing and mitigating the climate change. The CDP compiles the actions and strategies of thousands of companies worldwide and provides this information to over 800 institutional investors that manage assets valued at 100 billion dollars. The classifications established by the CDP have become in recent years a benchmark instrument for investors and stakeholders to assess the business actions developed to mitigate the climate change and to determine their degree of readiness in reacting to changes in legislation on emission reduction and market demands. Alliances and initiatives for the sustainability of the planet CaixaBank is one of the leading financial institutions in the struggle against climate change on a global level. It has become the first Ibex-35 bank and one of the few European banks to manage to fully neutralise its calculated carbon footprint, including the institution's indirect emissions. Since 2007, it is part of the group of financial institutions associated with the Equator Principles to guarantee that the projects to which it provides funding and consultancy are carried out in a socially responsible way. In addition, since 2016 it has been on the board of directors of the Spanish Green Growth Group, which fosters economic growth linked to a low-carbon economy. CaixaBank has also joined the United Nations Environment Programme - Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), which has three main goals: commitment to sustainable development, sustainability management and public awareness. Similarly, the institution is also part of the Forética Climate Change Cluster and has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the world's main index assessing the behaviour of companies under social, environmental and corporate governance criteria.

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