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Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings

Consultation for the trajectory work 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.

The Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings agreed in February 2019 sets out the plan for new buildings.

In November 2019 the energy ministers agreed to the Addendum to the Trajectory, for existing buildings.

The Trajectory and the Trajectory Addendum were developed closely 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.

Trajectory for Low Energy Existing Commercial Buildings

The Commonwealth is working with the states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council to progress the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings – Existing Commercial Buildings. Ernst & Young (EY) has developed policy options for consideration by COAG Energy Council which involved extensive stakeholder engagement in 2019.  

Background to the Draft Report

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council (COAG Energy Council) are seeking to identify the most compelling policy options to help deliver emissions reductions and energy efficiency improvements in Australia’s existing commercial (non-residential) building stock. In February 2019, energy ministers agreed on 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.

The policy options considered in this report focus on existing commercial buildings and set out practical options that will inform the COAG Energy Council’s plan for achieving its zero energy and carbon aim. The draft report was prepared by Ernst & Young for the former Department of the Environment and Energy with contributions from Strategy Policy Research and ClimateWorks Australia. The policy options were refined with valuable input from industry and government stakeholders.

More information

Trajectory Addendum - Addendum Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings - Existing Buildings

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