Policy Snapshot - December 2021

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09 Dec 2021

Meet Andrew Fischer, Senior Manager – Policy and Government Relations 

This month we welcome Andrew Fischer, GBCA’s new Senior Manager – Policy and Government Relations.  

Andrew has over 10 years’ experience working on complex legislative and policy reform initiatives in the areas of climate change, renewable energy and environmental sustainability. Andrew has a background as a corporate lawyer and was a policy adviser to the Premier of Victoria and a South Australian Environment Minister. Andrew has also worked in state and federal government, including time spent at the Climate Change Authority. Andrew holds a Masters in Environment Law from ANU, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Adelaide. Andrew will be based in Melbourne.

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Andrew Fischer
Andrew Fischer, Senior Manager – Policy and Government Relations

Best-practice for energy management in government operations 

Governments have a crucial role in leading the transition to a net zero economy; they own and occupy over 25 per cent of the commercial building stock in Australia and run schools, hospitals, and energy-intensive facilities such as water supply and treatment plants.

A new guide, Best practice for energy management in government operations, developed by Energy Efficiency Council, GBCA, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, and Property Council of Australia, profiles governments that are leading the charge, and provides guidance for all governments for how they can put in place the policies and programs that will drive systematic energy performance improvements in their own operations.

Read the report

Policy perspectives on COP26 

After two weeks of intense dialogue and diplomacy at COP26 in Glasgow in November, are we on track to make a meaningful reduction in emissions? Here is a brief review of the outcomes that matter for the built environment. 

Catch up on COP26

2021 – A busy year in policy and advocacy

2021 has been punctuated with the delivery of a range of policies that increasingly put sustainability and climate change at the heart of governmental responsibility and action. 

GBCA’s purpose is to lead the sustainable transformation of the built environment. We focus our advocacy efforts on working with all levels of government to support and encourage the government leadership needed to achieve this aim. 

To see the consultations to which GBCA has contributed, visit our submissions page.

Notable policies and commitments delivered this year that reference Green Star as a method for measuring and verifying achievement of sustainability outcomes include the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Investment Guidelines, Infrastructure Australia’s 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan and 2021 Assessment Framework, and the Queensland Government’s commitment to achieve 6 Star Green Star certification for all new and major refurbishments to Olympic Games vertical infrastructure.

View our 2021 submissions