The Monthly Energy Efficiency News Roundup — December

9 January 2019

Here’s our energy efficiency news roundup for December 2018

 

COAG defers energy improvements under building code

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council deferred a critical decision to increase energy efficiency requirements within the National Construction Code (NCC). It means buildings will continue being built to outdated standards, which in the case of housing have not been updated in almost a decade. Despite another lost opportunity, industry is working hard to create its net zero vision by 2030.

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UNSW students claim world record for energy efficiency with solar-powered car

A multidisciplinary team of students from the University of NSW has set a mark recognised by the Guinness World Records after a six-day solar-powered car expedition across the country. The student-built car made the 4100 km journey from Perth to Sydney on just 3.25 kWh/100 km. According to UNSW, this is around 17 times less than the average Australian car.

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Air Conditioners Are Heating Up Our Planet

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is warning that AC units are significantly worsening the impact of energy emissions. New data predicts their emissions alone, are tipped to increase global temperatures by 0.5 degrees by the next century. According to the WEF, newer AC units can cut energy use by up to half when compared to older models. In early December, the NSW government announced it would be going ahead with its plan to discount energy efficient air conditioners for households and small businesses.

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Climate change: LED lights making dent in UK energy demand

Installing a single low-energy LED bulb may make a trivial contribution to cutting the carbon emissions that are overheating the planet. Studies show making products more efficient has - along with other factors - already been slightly more effective than renewable energy in cutting CO2 emissions. The difference is that glamorous renewables grab the headlines. The "Cinderella" field of energy efficiency, however, is often ignored or derided.

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Dutch eco initiative halves energy bills in first UK homes

A Dutch approach to transforming old homes through a dramatic green makeover has arrived in the UK and cut tenants’ energy bills in half. Nottingham has become the first city council to pioneer the “Energiesprong” (energy leap) initiative, which has radically upgraded the energy efficiency of thousands of homes in the Netherlands. Some tenants in homes already refurbished in a pilot scheme have seen monthly energy bills drop from about £120 to £60-£70.

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