Energy efficiency measures
GreenGo: unlocking an energy efficiency and clean heat revolution
In this report, the authors highlight the substantial benefits of upgrading the UK’s housing stock to make the case for greater policy support above and beyond existing packages. They also argue for a comprehensive, nation-wide retrofitting programme to meet improved environmental standards to be overseen...
Evaluation of the Warmer Kiwis Homes programme: full report including cost benefit analysis
The Warmer Kiwi Homes (WKH) programme includes the provision of clean heating devices in living areas for eligible households that do not already have suitable heating. This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the heat pump component of WKH.
National Energy Performance Strategy: consultation paper
This consultation paper has been released as part of the development of the National Energy Performance Strategy.
Tackling the UK’s energy efficiency problem
With the United Kingdom paying the price for a decade of policy failure on energy policy, and with ministers giving the issue insufficient attention, this report sets out how the government can learn from successes abroad and failures at home, and develop a stable, long-term...
The Victorian Healthy Homes Program: research findings
The Victorian Healthy Homes Program was a randomised controlled trial designed to measure the impact of an energy efficiency and thermal comfort home upgrade on temperature, energy use, health and quality of life. This report outlines the findings from an evaluation of the program.
Power pain: an investigation of energy stress in Australia
Many people in Australia struggle to afford the energy they need for their wellbeing. This report investigates the scale of the problem of energy stress and identifies policy implications.
Cold and costly: renter researchers' experiences of Winter 22
From 13 June to 31 July 2022, researchers tracked temperature and humidity in over 70 rental homes around Australia. The findings are summarised in this report.
Fuel efficiency standards in Australia have been recommended by two separate government inquiries, committed to by multiple governments but never adopted, and recommended in multiple government reports stretching back over a decade. This paper argues that introducing fleet fuel efficiency standards would reduce transport emissions...
Effects of renting on household energy expenditure: evidence from Australia
This paper uses household survey data from Australia to investigate whether renters face larger energy bills than otherwise similar households. The findings cast light on the potential for more ambitious policy responses to reduce energy-related disadvantages faced by renters in Australia.
Energy efficiency in the private rental sector: what actually motivates landlords?
The energy efficiency of privately rented homes is poorer than that of owner-occupied homes in many countries across Europe, North America and Australasia. This is paper proposes that a wide range of psychological, dwelling-related, and situational factors influence landlords’ energy efficiency retrofit behaviour.
This report sets out a high-level assessment of the policy action required to decarbonise Australia’s infrastructure sector, across its asset classes. It covers energy, transport, and asset management during construction, operation and waste.
Tents to castles: building energy efficient, cost-saving Aussie homes
Low energy efficiency standards have left too many Australians living in poorly-made homes equated to 'glorified tents', which are stifling during summer and freezing in winter. The research outlined in this report suggests that living in a 7-Star, all-electric house in any capital city in...
Fast-forwarding technology to address climate change
This document provides some examples of how New Zealand can reduce carbon emissions, while simultaneously improving economic productivity.
EECA Consumer Monitor: July-September 2021
This document monitors the mood of the nation relating to climate change, energy emissions and efficiency and topics like electric vehicles.
Commercial-scale solar in New Zealand
This report examines the financial performance of commercial-scale solar in New Zealand by modelling systems for 144 business sites across eight centres.
Smart solutions to supercharge Qld
The Queensland government is cutting greenhouse gas emissions and capitalising on Australia’s renewable energy boom and growing clean industries. This report outlines initiatives that would be transformational for the state, and also make a tangible improvement to the lives of everyday Queenslanders.
New Zealand energy scenarios
This document reports on a technology-based optimisation model that represents the entire New Zealand energy system, encompassing energy carriers and processes from primary resources to final energy consumption
Decarbonising heating at home
This report examines two major policies targeting renewable heat and energy performance in buildings in the UK from the past decade – the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in Great Britain, and the minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) in private rented housing in England. It also...
Report of the Inquiry into tackling climate change in Victorian communities
This inquiry report examines what urban, rural and regional communities in Victoria are doing to tackle climate change, and how the Victorian government could better support these communities.
Design for a circular economy: reducing the impacts of the products we use
In this report, the legislation that has helped to drive greater energy efficiency is evaluated as well as recommendations to improve it. This includes ways to cut more energy and address resource efficiency to stop the UK getting through electronics at such an unsustainable rate...
Warm, cool and energy-affordable housing policy solutions for low-income renters
Energy hardship can include both absolute and relative measures of financial hardship, as well as circumstances where residents limit their energy use for normal daily activities. This research examines the incidence of energy hardship for Australian low income renters, and considered strategies and policy actions...
On for young and old: kinders and senior citizens facilities
Council-owned kindergartens and senior bitizens’ buildings in the Southern Grampians Shire were assessed for thermal efficiency, water supply reliability, water tightness and energy efficiency to ensure that the Shire’s most vulnerable groups are provided with climate-adapted facilities as the climate becomes generally hotter and drier...
Battery storage revolution
Battery storage offers numerous benefits to vulnerable communities by supporting energy management and building resilience. Council and the community acknowledge energy storage as a logical next step to increase community capacity for energy management given a constrained local grid network, strong solar resource and demonstrated...
Campaspe community clubs combat climate change
Campaspe Community Clubs Combat Climate Change project was about helping community groups understand their energy and water use at recreation reserves and what they can do about it to reduce the impacts of climate change and minimise greenhouse, energy and water costs.
Sustainable building initiative
This project involved the completion of building audits of three Council owned and managed buildings to review their performance, and energy use and to identify a range of actions that could be undertaken to reduce Council expenditure on energy (electricity and gas).