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Expanded Energy Savings Scheme a winner, says GBCA

Improvements to the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) will help households and businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money and boost productivity, says the nation’s green building authority.

“We congratulate the NSW Government for its commitment to improving energy efficiency in households and businesses across the state,” says Robin Mellon, Chief Operating Officer of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

“Energy-efficient buildings – whether they are residential or commercial properties – are cheaper to operate, have smaller carbon footprints, are more productive, healthy spaces and are better long-term assets.  Improvements to the ESS will encourage more households and businesses to take action to capture the benefits of energy-efficient buildings,” Mr Mellon says. 

The ESS encourages households and businesses to reduce electricity consumption and costs by installing, improving or replacing energy saving equipment.  Changes to the ESS include:

  • New incentives for households to purchase quality and affordable energy savings upgrades to their homes, including high-efficiency heating and cooling, lighting, window glazing and draught sealing
  • Incentives for businesses to purchase highly-efficient commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment
  • Better performance standards for commercial lighting products to ensure customers receive high-quality and long-lasting products and services
  • Red tape removal to make it easier for appliance retailers and service providers to access and administer the scheme.

“The GBCA is committed to promoting sustainable building practices, designs and technologies, and we applaud supportive government policies, such as the NSW Government’s ESS.  It is good to see positive, productive policies such as this being expanded amidst the collapse, cancellation and carnage of other policies, departments and initiatives around Australia.

“We need a coordinated approach to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and a range of complementary measures to assist the built environment to achieve its carbon abatement potential while saving money and resources, and creating places that are healthy, productive and efficient,” Mr Mellon concludes.