National Partnership Agreement on Energy Efficiency (Incorporating the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency): Annual Report to COAG, 2011-12



Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Background

On 2 July 2009, COAG agreed to the National Partnership Agreement on Energy Efficiency (NP Agreement) which outlines a comprehensive suite of measures (the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency or NSEE) to provide a nationally-consistent and coordinated approach to improving energy efficiency.  Under the NP Agreement, within three months of the end of the financial year and on the basis of the Ministerial Councils’ and jurisdictions' individual reports, an annual consolidated report is to be provided to COAG on overall progress on implementation.

COAG Senior Officials, on behalf of COAG, have noted the report for 2011-12.

Significant progress was made during 2011-12 on several NSEE measures, including:

  • the introduction of Commonwealth legislation for Minimum Energy Performance Standards and labelling, and over time moving to Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS), for commencement on 1 October 2012 (measure 2.2.2);
  • the introduction, from 1 November 2011, of the mandatory disclosure of the energy efficiency of commercial buildings with more than 2,000m2 of office space (measure 3.2.2);
  • the launch of the Living Greener website and redevelopment and relaunch of the Energy Efficiency Exchange website (measure 1.3.1); and
  • the completion of work on benchmarking in consumer energy bills, as part of the National Energy Customer Framework legislation which commenced on 1 July 2012 (measure 1.3.3).

The Select Council on Climate Change (SCCC) has separately considered the complementarity of NSEE measures with the carbon price and level of implementation priority for each measure.  The SCCC has agreed to recommend a revised and streamlined NSEE to COAG, with some consolidation of existing measures and removal of others, for a more focussed and action-oriented strategy.  A revised NSEE will be released once COAG has considered the matter.

The SCCC has also agreed to recommend to COAG that the discussion of ongoing joint issues related to energy efficiency, including oversight of the NSEE, be transferred to the Standing Council on Energy and Resources.