The Monthly Energy Efficiency News Roundup – February

4 March 2019

Here’s our energy efficiency news roundup for February 2019

 

$67 million investment in energy efficiency to cut costs and emissions

The Morrison Government announced $67 million investment in new energy efficiency measures to help businesses and households reduce their energy costs and emissions. $17 million will fund a range of sensible measures to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances. $50 million will fund a new Energy Efficient Communities Program that will provide grants of up to $25,000 to up to 2,500 businesses and community organisations to help them save energy.

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COAG’s support for stronger building energy standards opens the door to higher performance, at lower cost

Energy Ministers agreed to support the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, a national plan that sets a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings for Australia. The Trajectory identifies opportunities for the building sector in the context of a broader trajectory for the sector.  

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Energy efficiency is a $7.7 billion, 120,000-job opportunity for Australia

A new report by the Energy Efficiency Council, Energy Savings Industry Association and Green Energy Markets has found that improving the energy efficiency of Australian homes and businesses would slash $7.7 billion a year off energy bills. It will also create the equivalent of 120,000 full time jobs and reduce households’ gas use by 940 million gigajoules over a decade.

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CEFC and Cbus Property target urban sustainability

The 47-level Collins Arch project on Melbourne’s Collins Street will be equipped with high efficiency air-conditioning and other low-impact technologies thanks to a $100 million investment from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. It is expected to yield a minimum 20-25 per cent improvement on the development’s carbon footprint.

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