The Coalition Government has announced $18 million in funding towards the National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP) to boost Australia’s competitiveness, help consumers manage their energy costs and reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The funding will be used for a number of projects, including:
1. $2 million for Energy Consumers Australia to lead research to make energy choices easier for consumers, for example through better labels, personalised smart apps and new services for vulnerable consumers
2. Up to $1.7 million in the 2016/17 financial year for improving the energy efficiency of buildings, including:
- $400,000 specifically for the world-leading National Australian Building Energy Rating Scheme to accelerate new tools for commercial buildings and apartment blocks
- Funding towards implementation of updated commercial building standards in the 2019 Australian Building Codes Board review of the National Construction Code
- Funding to develop the case for new proposed residential building standards
3. $3.2 million in the 2016/17 financial year for the new prioritisation strategy for accelerating appliance energy efficiency standards
4. $2.3 million in the 2016/17 financial year for related work as part of the Gas Supply Strategy
5. $6 million to develop an Energy Use Data Model to support better forecasting and policy.
Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg said Australia is on its way to meeting its 40 per cent National Energy Productivity Target to ensure families and businesses are getting value for money as Australia moves to a lower emissions future.
“We know our Energy Performance Standards have in the past driven significant improvements that we now need to build on,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“For example, the most efficient air conditioners sold in 2003 would no longer meet the minimum standard today, while houses built after 2010 use around 30 per cent less electricity than houses built before 2007.
“The Coalition Government will continue to drive new measures through the NEPP and other programs to unlock Australia’s full energy productivity potential.”