Policy Snapshot - December 2022

08 Dec 2022

Unlocking the pathway: Why electrification is the key to net zero buildings

A report released by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) confirms 100% electrification is the lowest cost, fastest emissions reduction pathway for Australia’s built environment. The report finds that electrification would save $49 billion between 2024 and 2050 over the ‘business as usual’ strategy of electrification, gas and offsets. It would also save 199 Mt Co2-e before offsets.

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Global Alliance for Building and Construction's annual Global Status Report

UNEP’s Global Alliance for Building and Construction’s annual Global Status Report was released in November. The Global Buildings Climate Tracker indicates that the buildings and construction sector remains off track to achieve decarbonisation by 2050. But, there is still a chance for the buildings sector to make a difference to global carbon emissions - green building is growing an estimated 19% per year and there is huge potential for reducing embodied emissions in construction materials.

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Decarbonising infrastructure delivery

Infrastructure NSW released a discussion paper, Decarbonising infrastructure delivery, which sets an agenda for measuring, valuing and reducing embodied emissions in infrastructure and embedding low carbon as a priority in procurement across the whole government.

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National Energy Performance Strategy (NEPS)

The Australian Government has released a discussion paper on the proposed NEPS. The NEPS will focus on easing pressure on energy bills, improving energy reliability and reducing emissions. Consultation is open until 3 February 2023.

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Electric cooking better for climate, commercial kitchens and kids

The Global Cooksafe Coalition launched its report, The Future of Cooking is Electric. GBCA is supporting a coalition of global property companies, climate organisations and top chefs in calling for gas to be phased out of all commercial and domestic kitchens.

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