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.
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.
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 the Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019 the government has developed a guide.
Mercy Services provides in home and community support to various sectors of the community. Environmental audits have spurred the organisation to make changes leading to a 16% reduction in gas usage and 23% in electricity usage (23,000 kWh) over a 5 year period.
To reduce costs at Drury Orchards in South Australia, the company installed a 24 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system. The system helps offset peak electricity use in a company which spends around 70,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year, at a cost of more than $18,000. The solar investment of $44,000 (including an $18,000 rebate) will help Drury save over $9,500 a year with a payback period of 4.5 years.