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Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings

The Council of Australian Governments Energy Council (COAG Energy Council) has developed and endorsed the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings a national plan that aims to achieve zero energy and carbon-ready buildings in Australia, as a key initiative to address Australia’s 40% energy productivity improvement target by 2030 under the National Energy Productivity Plan.

  • In February 2019, the Trajectory for new buildings, was agreed
  • In November 2019, the Trajectory for existing buildings (‘the Addendum’) was agreed.

The Trajectory and the Trajectory Addendum were developed in close consultation with stakeholders to outline policies that deliver cost effective energy efficiency improvements to homes and businesses that lower energy bills, improve comfort and reduce pressure on the electricity grid.

Consultation for the Trajectory work for both Residential and Commercial buildings began in December 2017 with the inaugural stakeholder reference group (SRG) workshop. The SRG has continued to provide valuable input to the process and has grown to over 600 members representing energy consumers, the energy-efficiency sector, the building and property sector, the appliance and technology sector, the energy supply sector, gas suppliers, environmental organisations, energy consultants, universities, the Australian Government and state and territory governments.

Trajectory for Low Energy Existing Commercial Buildings

The Australian Government commissioned Ernst & Young (EY) with contributions from Strategy Policy Research and ClimateWorks Australia to consider a range of policy options and held extensive stakeholder engagement in 2019. 

The report sets out practical options that will inform the COAG Energy Council’s plan for achieving its zero energy and carbon objectives.

More information

Final Report - Achieving Low Energy Existing Commercial Buildings in Australia - EY

Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings - Addendum