Federal budget given the green thumbs up

May 19, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) are reportedly pleased with the federal budget’s allocation of $3.3 million, over four years, to increase the energy efficiency requirements for commercial buildings.
Chief Executive of the GBCA Romilly Madew believes, “the allocation will have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions reduction”. Ms Madew continues, “Australia’s commercial and residential buildings are responsible for 23 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse emissions… Delivering higher energy efficiency standards in both new and existing buildings is a positive step forward to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint”.
The budget allocation exists under the Government’s $64.6 million contribution to the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency, to help Australians choose more energy efficient appliances, homes and buildings.
Environment Minister Peter Garrett, who introduced the Strategy, confirms, “By becoming more efficient, we will help to reduce the energy intensity of the Australian economy overall, which is critical in our transition to a low pollution future”.

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