Green Guide to Government Policy
The Advocate - February 2010
Fri 5 Mar, 2010 Advocacy
In this section
- A three-point plan for better buildings and communities: Our call to government
- A New Deal for Urban Australia
- Improving existing buildings - what finance options are available?
- Advocacy agenda 2010-2013
- Submissions to Government in 2013
- Advocacy media releases in 2013
- Submissions to Government in 2012
- Submissions to government in 2011
- The Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future package
- Carbon pricing and Australia's property and construction industry
- GBCA supports Thriving Neighbourhoods conference
- Businesses for a Clean Economy (B4CE)
- The Advocate - July 2011
- Putting a price on pollution: what it means for Australia’s property and construction industry
- A summary of Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) 2011
- A Minister for Cities is needed to build Australia's future, says ASBEC
- Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: Update on Commercial Programs
- Submission to the 2011-2012 Federal Budget
- GBCA Sustainable Population Strategy submission
- GBCA submission to DCCEE Tax Breaks for Green Buildings Consultation Paper
- Our cities: building a productive, sustainable and liveable future
- Calling for submissions for the Tax Breaks for Green Buildings consultation paper
- The Advocate - October and November 2010
- Green Schools
- The Advocate - September 2010
- Federal election an opportunity to move green building from voluntary to vital
- Water Industry Competition Amendment Regulation 2010- call for comment
- UK Green Building Council - Coalition Agreement
- The Advocate - May 2010
- The Advocate - April 2010
- The Advocate - March 2010
- The Advocate - February 2010
- The Advocate - January 2010
- The National Strategy on Energy Efficiency
- Call to Action Copenhagen by International Organisations of Architects
- GBCA submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Safe Climate Bill
- GBCA's Submission to the Australian Building Codes Boards
- GBCA's 2009 Federal Budget Submission
- Advocating green policies
- Advocacy wins in 2009
News from our man in Canberra, Dave Peebles
Well, Canberra has returned to normal programming, with the politicians back in town and over-worked public servants and harassed taxi drivers seeking to meet their every need.
GBCA is in the fortunate position of having good relationships with all parties, and to have key people in each party who are passionate about green buildings.
The biggest shake-up in recent weeks has been on the Government side, with energy efficiency moving more explicitly into the centre of Australia's response to climate change.
The catalyst was the fall-out from the home insulation scheme. The Prime Minister shifted responsibilities between Ministers, with the result that Penny Wong became the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, and Greg Combet became the Minister for Energy Efficiency.
A dedicated Minister for Energy Efficiency should result in an even greater focus on the importance of greening our buildings.
The Prime Minister is also proposing a standalone Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, with energy efficiency shifting from the Department of Environment. The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency's additional program responsibilities will include the household renewable energy bonus schemes, green loans, green start, solar schools and housing, commercial building and appliance energy efficiency standards.
The Prime Minister said, "This move is designed to achieve the best co-ordination possible in the development and delivery of climate change policies and programs especially in relation to energy efficiency and renewable energy."
The GBCA has an excellent relationship with the public servants working on energy efficiency and buildings in both the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Department of Environment. This relationship will continue, as some of the public servants in the Department of Environment move over to the new Department.
What other exciting developments are just ahead in this action-packed election year?
To be continued...