National Cabinet support for households and small businesses facing hardship in paying for essential services (11 principles).
Energy Ministers agreed on the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings in 2019. This is a national plan that aims to achieve:
- zero energy and carbon ready buildings in Australia
- the National Energy Productivity Plan target of improving energy productivity by 40% by 2030
The report identifies 6 options to achieve this.
The report is by the former Department of the Environment and Energy and the COAG Energy Council.
In 2018-2019, COAG Energy Council funding was provided to pilot a national version of the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard (Scorecard) tool in capital cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Perth and Sydney).
A customised version of the Scorecard was developed for tropical climate zones across northern Australia. It was adjusted to include key features that are important to tropical housing design, such as ventilation, shading, roof colour and ceiling fans.
The Australian Government is:
- delivering an affordable and reliable energy system
- putting energy consumers first
- taking real and practical action to reduce emissions and meet our international commitments
To provide clarity around the operation of this significant new reform the government has prepared a guide on the operation Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019.
An assessment of P. Savio & Co. (Savios) pack house and cold storage showed where energy use and costs could be reduced. Savios facility in Pozieres Queensland produces and packs approximately 4000 tonnes of apples per annum. It is a large facility with 14 cold storage rooms controlled by a refrigeration system that utilises 3 large ammonia compressors ranging from 22 kilowatt (kW) to 37kW in size. From May 2013 to February 2014 the pack house consumed just over 435,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity at a cost of almost $95,000 (excluding GST).
Proposed changes flowing from Council of Australian Government’s Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings project1 (the trajectory) are expected to reduce annual electricity consumption of new and refurbished residential and commercial premises by 36 TWh by 2050, compared to current standards.
When the Multicultural Services Centre of WA conducted an energy audit, air conditioning showed up as a large cost for the community services organisation. Numerous savings have been made since implementing recommendations like: adjusting thermostats to 22°C in winter, and 20°C in summer; regular cleaning of vents, ducts and skylights; task specific cooling via ceiling fans or portable fans; replacing florescent lighting with light emitting diodes (LEDs).