GBCA applauds ACT Government’s Integrated Energy Plan

25 Jun 2024

The Green Building Council of Australia applauds the ACT Government’s commitment to an all-electric, zero emission future for Canberra with the release of the Integrated Energy Plan.

The Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) 2024-2030, highlights the next stage in the ACT’s transition to net zero over the next 20 years – including the ACT Government’s commitment to supporting Canberrans through the move to cheaper, cleaner energy.

Andrew Fischer, Head of Policy and Research at the Green Building Council of Australia, praised the investment in electrifying Canberra.

“The commitment by the ACT Government to develop this clear policy direction supporting the safe, efficient and equitable transition to electrification for Canberra is commendable.

“Critically, this plan includes funding of $5.2 million to develop a pathway to electrify private households that need the support most,” said Mr Fischer.

Switching from gas cooking, heating and hot water for more efficient electric appliances, will mean households can save upwards of $735 per year – a number that only grows if those households also use solar.

While the ACT’s electricity needs are met by 100% renewable energy, around 139,000 ACT homes and buildings are connected to the gas network and use fossil gas for heating, hot water and cooking which generates carbon emissions. The IEP puts in place the policy pathway and supporting initiatives that will help households and businesses to electrify.

The IEP aligns closely with ‘Every Building Counts’, a tailored roadmap for every level of government to deliver a zero-carbon-ready built environment, released by GBCA and the Property Council of Australia in 2023.

“It’s great to see that the ACT has a clear pathway towards electrification, that aims to bring every Canberran along. If Australia is going to meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, national consistency across all three levels of government should be a priority, so we all get there together,” said Mr Fischer.

Actions that align with ‘Every Building Counts’ recommendations

  • Electrify all feasible public and community housing by 2030.
  • Provide $5.2 million for a pilot to identify a pathway to electrification for private households that most need support.
  • Provide interest free loans to support multi-unit buildings to become electric vehicle ready.
  • Deliver a Retrofit Readiness Program for apartment and unit owners to develop a plan to electrify their buildings.
  • Develop policy and regulatory frameworks to support safe, efficient and equitable decommissioning of the gas network.
  • Electrify all ACT Government owned and operated buildings where possible by 2040.