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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 2615 asked in the Legislative Council on 24 October 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to the Liveable towns and cities section of the Climate Change In Western Australia Issues Paper, specifically regarding the Government of Western Australia’s collaboration with other states and territories as well as the Australian Government to design and deliver a range of cost effective housing, appliance and equipment energy efficiency measures across the country, and I ask:
(a) what collaboration has the State Government undertaken; and
(b) how has the outcomes of this collaboration improved the cost effective housing, appliance and equipment energy efficiency measures across Western Australian housing stock?

Answered on 29 November 2019

(a)-(b)  I am advised by the Minister for Energy of the following.

Through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council, the Western Australian Government works with the Commonwealth Government and other States and Territories to support several work programs related to energy efficiency and a low carbon built environment.

The COAG-endorsed National Energy Productivity Plan aims to deliver a 40 per cent improvement in Australia’s energy productivity by 2030 and includes measures to improve residential and commercial building energy efficiency through the National Construction Code, and to improve the energy efficiency of new equipment and appliances through the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program. Further information, including potential savings from more efficient equipment and appliances is available at the COAG Energy Council website.

Energy Ministers have also agreed to a national plan that sets a trajectory toward zero energy and carbon ready buildings for Australia. The Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings identifies cost effective opportunities for energy efficiency improvements throughout the building system, including thermal performance, appliance energy usage and renewable energy generation.