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Small businesses score $5m energy saver bonus

The Victorian government has launched the Small Business Energy Saver Program through Sustainability Victoria. The initiative will offer $5 million in bonuses to small businesses across the state to support their transition to a low-cost, energy-efficient business model. Victorian small businesses with 19 full-time employees or fewer can receive up to $2,000 to install energy-efficient […]

Energy efficiency
Events and conferences

Forecasting energy efficiency

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is seeking expressions of interest to attend a workshop about forecasting energy efficiency on Wednesday, March 24. The workshop is open to stakeholders with knowledge on energy efficiency policies, experience in designing and managing energy efficiency measures, and experience in modelling and quantifying energy efficiency impacts. AEMO is focused […]

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Carel releases white paper on natural refrigerants

HVAC&R control and humidification specialist Carel has released a white paper that examines natural refrigerants and the technologies available to optimise energy savings. As countries around the world move to phase down HFCs in support of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, natural refrigerants including CO2, ammonia and hydrocarbons are increasingly being looked at […]

Legislation Updates

Northern Territory to finally adopt Section J?

The Northern Territory government is considering adopting Section J of the National Construction Code (NCC), which will set out new energy efficiency requirements for commercial buildings. The National Construction Code prescribes the minimum standard for buildings in Australia. Although it is a national code, each state and territory may decide whether or not to adopt […]

Energy efficiency
Public Comment

Plan to expand energy-efficiency upgrades

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has opened a public consultation to expand the range of energy efficiency upgrades available to households and businesses, as part of the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program. The VEU program is established under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Act 2007 to help Victoria reduce its […]

Legislation Updates

New technologies eligible for Victorian Energy Upgrades

The Victorian government has set new targets for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program, and is expanding the range of technologies that households and businesses can access. The VEU program allows households and businesses to access discounts on energy-efficient products and services. This already includes reverse-cycle air conditioners for households, as well as a wider […]

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Industry and consumers push for better buildings

Ahead of the meeting of state and territory building ministers this week, industry and consumer groups have urged government to focus on delivering better productivity and quality in Australian buildings. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), supported by 20 member organisations, has appealed to Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews to maintain […]

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States leading the way to a sustainable future

Industry groups have applauded the Victorian and NSW governments’ significant investments in harnessing the power of energy efficiency and social housing to create jobs and drive the economic recovery from COVID-19. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Property Council of Australia, and, as a […]

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South Australia aims high for energy efficiency

Industry groups have applauded the South Australian government announcement that it will invest $60 million to improve the energy efficiency of government buildings. According to Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Minister for Energy and Mining, the commitment is the largest per capita stimulus investment of any Australian government in improving the energy efficiency of public buildings. […]