The Energy Efficiency Council have launched the first edition of the Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook. This is a comprehensive guide to the policies that are essential to drive ambitious energy efficiency improvements in Australia.
The handbook has been developed in close consultation with experts from across Australia's energy sector. It provides state and federal governments with a detailed plan and evidence based recommendations for driving a step change in energy efficiency across all sectors of the Australian economy.
We need serious reforms to unlock the full benefits of energy efficiency, and that requires a bipartisan consensus and community support. The handbook aims to start a genuine debate on the actions necessary to meet our national target of improving energy productivity by 40% by 2030.
We will be consulting on the handbook in 2017, with a view to developing a second edition that takes into account the feedback we receive and any new data that becomes available. In this way, we hope to build a consensus on what constitutes sensible, stable and economically prudent energy efficiency policy in Australia.