On 18 April 2021, the Australian Government and Government of South Australia signed a $1.08 billion energy and emissions reduction agreement that will deliver secure, reliable and affordable energy to South Australians and the east coast market.
Commonwealth-Tasmania Bilateral Energy and Emissions Reduction Agreement.
The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has 10 task groups, which includes the Buildings Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET) co-chaired by Australia and the USA. BEET is a collaborative platform for countries to research, inform and support the development and implementation of effective building energy efficiency policies, with a core focus on building rating systems and building codes.
To progress the Trajectory commitment to deliver a home energy rating framework for existing homes, which leverages the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), a Scoping Report has been developed.
The Report for Achieving Low Energy Existing Homes sets out practical options that informed the Trajectory Addendum for achieving zero energy (and carbon) ready existing homes.
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, the former COAG Energy Council provided funding 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.
IPEEC's 2019 activity report on advancing energy efficiency on the global agenda.
The ‘Achieving Low Energy Existing Commercial Buildings in Australia’ Report was commissioned to consider policy options for the COAG Energy Council’s Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings.
The Addendum to the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings—Existing Buildings is the former COAG Energy Council-agreed workstream to take existing buildings to being net zero energy ready.