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European battle continues over 2030 energy efficiency target

Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee voted last week for a legally binding target of a 40 per cent increase in energy efficiency by 2030, as well as the closing of a number of loopholes that undermined annual energy savings.

The pros and cons of building upgrade grants

There’s an old question about grants. Some funding is great but is it ever enough? The issue recently rose to the fore with the recent announcement from Sustainability Victoria that had a new program of grants for energy efficiency, called Better Commercial Buildings.

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ARENA delivers environmental upgrade funding boost

About 50 per cent of all local councils in Victoria will now be able to offer Environmental Upgrade Finance, with an expansion of the partnership between the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF).

Sydney to help upgrade high-rise apartments as bill shock bites

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore says energy bill increases of up to 40 per cent could be seen for some unfortunate apartment owners this financial year, though a new round of the city’s Smart Green Apartments program could help to reduce the pain.

Victoria’s energy efficiency program gets a facelift and an expanded focus

Victoria’s successful energy efficiency program, the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), has been revamped, getting a catchy new title – the Victorian Energy Upgrades program – and expanding its remit to include large energy users getting battered by rising gas and electricity costs.

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7 lessons for Queensland’s energy efficiency scheme

So now the NESS is dead and Queensland has announced they are considering schemes for energy efficiency and demand management, it is a good time to reflect on how such a scheme(s) should be established.

Victorian government’s coal to hydrogen plans come under fire

The Victorian government’s plan to turn brown coal into hydrogen in line with long-term plan by Japanese interests will make it harder for the state to meet its climate commitment of keeping global warming under the two degree threshold, environmental critics say.

The NESS is dead. Finally!

Finally the spectre of a National Energy Savings Scheme (NESS) has been removed, freeing up the states to get on with rolling out variations on current successful state schemes.