Have your say: energy efficiency standards

| August 1, 2011

Would you like to be involved in the development of government policy?

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is coordinating consultation on the draft Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Bill 2011 (GEM) and invites written submissions regarding the GEMS consultation paper by Thursday 18 August 2011.

In 2009, the Council of Australian Governments published Australia’s National Strategy on Energy Efficiency to improve minimum standards for energy efficiency in Australia and encourage innovation in energy efficient technologies and approaches.

As part of the Strategy, Australian Governments agreed to establish national legislation for Minimum Energy Performance Standards. COAG also agreed Australia’s existing Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program should be expanded from its existing coverage of electrical goods to cover additional products that:

  • consume other types of energy (e.g. gas), or
  • do not consume energy but affect the energy efficiency of appliances (e.g. air conditioner ducting, building insulation, or window glass)

Australian Governments have worked together to implement this part of the Strategy and develop a comprehensive national energy efficiency scheme through the draft Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Bill 2011.

First 5000 members that wish to consider the draft Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Bill 2011 in full may request an electronic copy by writing to GEMS@climatechange.gov.au.

In addition to inviting written submissions, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency proposes to meet with interested stakeholders to discuss the draft GEMS Bill in Sydney (8 August 2011), Melbourne (9 August 2011), Adelaide (10 August 2011) and Brisbane (11 August 2011).

First 5000 members can register interest their in writing at GEMS@climatechange.gov.au, by COB Friday 5 August 2011.

If insufficient interest is received to recommend an onsite meeting in one or more of these capital cities, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency may arrange a video conference as an alternative.


Further information about how to submit your view or download GEM documents. 

 

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Helen Hull

Helen Hull is the editor of First 5000, the leading network for mid-sized businesses in Australia.

One Comment

  1. Laurence Strano

    August 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

    As a subscriber to the view
    As a subscriber to the view that this is a lot of hot air and Government
    assuming too great a role in moving towards a Global (UN style)Govt. I fail to see that it should be supported