On 3 July 2009, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and state and
territory leaders at the eighth Council of Australian Governments
(COAG) meeting signed off on a package of energy efficient measures
that Mr Rudd says will deliver a nationally consistent, cooperative
approach to energy efficiency.
In June this year, we updated you on the draft
Energy Efficiency Strategy. The newly signed COAG agreement
confirms the draft and a media statement released on 2 July by
Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrett cites the main inclusions as:
Measures to improve the energy efficiency of appliances, such
as refrigerators and air conditioners
The establishment of nationally consistent energy efficient
policy to combat red tape and to help households and businesses
invest in new cost-cutting technologies
Financial assistance and information and advice to households
to reduce energy use
Assistance to business and industry to pursue cost-effective
energy efficiency opportunities
Detailed regulatory assessment in the introduction of CO2
emissions standards for new light vehicles (the Henry Review has
been directed to investigate incentives for more fuel efficient
A comprehensive 10 year work-plan to co-ordinate action
nationally. This plan includes:
A concentrated national effort to phase out inefficient hot
water systems beginning in 2010
National legislation for appliance energy ratings and
A review of regulation will be undertaken to ensure that it is
encouraging demand side abatement and smart grid technologies
A mandate that all commercial buildings achieve new energy
rating standards from 2010 and all new homes from 2011. A process
for continuous improvement was also set in place
Acceleration of the phasing-out of inefficient lighting
starting with a ban on incandescent light bulbs from November
The Australian Energy Market Agreement was also amended by COAG.
Energy costs associated with the CPRS and the Renewable Energy
Target Scheme will be passed through to consumers where retail
energy prices are regulated. The resulting price increases will
occur at the same time as the phase out of retail price-caps where
competition has been effective. In this way, peak energy demand
growth will be managed more effectively.
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