Time for climate change policy to get serious on saving energy

9 July 2010

As the Federal election looms and the new Prime Minister prepares to announce her climate change policy, the Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE) has issued a paper highlighting energy efficiency as Australia’s easiest, cheapest and quickest strategy to maximise economic productivity, ensure energy security, and respond to the threat of climate change.

Australia’s cost-effective energy efficiency opportunity has been valued at over $5 billion annually and if Australia was to use the same energy per unit of output as the leading OECD countries, we’d use over 40% less energy than we do now.

A2SE Executive Director, Mark Lister, said energy efficiency action had tremendous potential to substantially cut greenhouse gas emissions whilst also boosting the economy to benefit all Australians.

“The government’s climate change, fiscal and energy policies will benefit from strong and far-reaching measures to create a step change in energy efficiency as a matter of urgency – this fact cannot be overlooked any longer,” he said.

“To implement energy efficiency at its full cost-effective potential, the Government must look beyond reliance on a carbon price and consider the international evidence that builds a strong case for scaled-up energy efficiency actions.

“We have outlined three broad energy efficiency actions that will enable the government to transform Australia into a competitive 21st century economy,” Mr Lister said.

1. A National Energy Efficiency Aspiration – Australia must have clear intentions for energy efficiency. Research suggests that a 20% reduction in energy consumption over business as usual by 2020, or approximately 1500 petajoules of energy saved, is a feasible and sufficiently ambitious level.

2. A National Energy Efficiency Incentive Scheme – A comprehensive national initiative that streamlines credit, rebate, certificate and other schemes will overcome initial resistance to outlays of capital required to implement energy efficiency solutions. This initiative should cover as many activities as possible from residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

3. Ramp up the National Strategy for Energy Efficiency – The Government’s existing energy efficiency policy platform is broad but must be given urgent priority in implementation, and resourced for speed and success.

The A2SE has also outlined specific sectoral initiatives that will be required to supplement these measures.

Read the A2SE’s paper ‘Priorities for an energy-efficient Australia’

By bringing the best energy efficiency ideas to Australia, targeted research, strategic collaboration and direct advocacy, the Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE) is engaging with public and private organisations across all sectors in Australia to build the momentum for energy efficiency action.


For more information or to arrange an interview contact:
Mark Lister
Executive Director, Australian Alliance to Save Energy
Mobile:  0402 320 906    
Email: mark.lister@a2se.org.au


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