6 August 2019
Here’s our energy efficiency news roundup for July 2019.
Australia's emissions reach the highest on record, driven by electricity sector
Australia’s emissions are again the highest on record, driven this time by an increase in emissions from the electricity sector, which rose to their highest levels in two years, according to new figures.
CEFC invests $60 million in energy efficient village
The Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC) is financing the transformation of a Canberra office park into a seniors’ energy efficient village. The LDK Greenway Seniors’ Living Village will be home to up to 450 people, creating a new model for sustainability for Australia’s rapidly growing retirement living and aged care sectors. The CEFC’s $60 million investment is a significant addition to its existing $470 million residential portfolio, which already includes student, community and build-to-rent housing.
National Construction Code set to bolster home energy savings
The energy efficiency of new homes is set to improve with the nation’s building ministers agreeing to strengthen provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC) for residential buildings. CEO Davina Rooney said the GBCA had advocated strongly for the changes alongside other industry leaders and that governments should be congratulated for taking this important step forward.
Vicinity targets zero net carbon in malls by 2030
Shopping centre landlord Vicinity is aiming for a net zero carbon emissions target by 2030 for the 34 malls it owns entirely by using solar power and energy efficiency measures to reduce its footprint.
Wholesale demand response mechanism moves forward
A new draft rule has been released for public consultation by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) to create a wholesale demand response mechanism. The new rule would allow non-retailers to offer demand response directly into the wholesale market for the first time. This would allow large commercial and industrial customers to be paid more easily for demand reductions in the wholesale market.