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$18 million to progress National Energy Productivity Plan



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THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP Minister for the Environment and Energy

MEDIA RELEASE

23 August 2016

$18 MILLION TO PROGRESS NATIONAL ENERGY PRODUCTIVITY PLAN

Australia is on its way to meeting its 40 per cent National Energy Productivity Target to ensure families and businesses are getting value for money as we move to a lower emissions future.

We know our Energy Performance Standards have in the past driven significant improvements that we now need to build on.

For example, the most efficient air conditioners sold in 2003 would no longer meet the minimum standard today, while houses built after 2010 use around 30 per cent less electricity than houses built before 2007.

This is why the COAG Energy Council developed the National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP) to boost Australia’s competitiveness, help consumers manage their energy costs and reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

To help meet our 40 per cent target, the Coalition Government, together with the states, has committed $18 million towards these actions, including:

• $2 million for Energy Consumers Australia to lead research to make energy choices easier for consumers, for example through better labels, personalised smart apps and new services for vulnerable consumers

• Up to $1.7 million this financial year for improving the energy efficiency of buildings, including:

o $400,000 specifically for the world-leading National Australian Building Energy Rating Scheme to accelerate new tools for commercial buildings and apartment blocks

o funding towards implementation of updated commercial building standards in the 2019 Australian Building Codes Board review of the National Construction Code

o funding to develop the case for new proposed residential building standards

• $3.2 million this financial year for the new prioritisation strategy for accelerating appliance energy efficiency standards

• $2.3 million this financial year for related work as part of the Gas Supply Strategy

• $6 million to develop an Energy Use Data Model to support better forecasting and policy.

The Coalition Government will continue to drive new measures through the NEPP and other programs to unlock Australia’s full energy productivity potential.

To find out more about the NEPP visit www.industry.gov.au/Energy/Pages/National-Energy- Productivity-Plan.aspx.

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Media Contact: Kane Silom - Office of the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP - 02 6277 7920