Energy experts welcome Commonwealth support to boost energy efficiency in hotels 11 June 2021

The Energy Efficiency Council has welcomed the announcement by the Federal government that it has awarded $10.2 million in grants to hotels to undertake energy saving projects.

Through the Hotel Energy Uplift Program, over 440 hotels, motels and serviced apartment facilities have been awarded grants of up to $25,000 to help lower their energy bills by upgrading to more energy efficient air-conditioning, refrigeration and equipment, improving the building through double glazing and insulation, carrying out energy audits or installing energy monitoring equipment.

These grants will help hotel operators to save on energy costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of new jobs, including for electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers.

"Supporting hotels to boost their energy efficiency is a win-win-win. It helps hundreds of small businesses slash their energy bills, it takes pressure off the grid and delivers lower emissions to boot”, said Luke Menzel, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council. 

"Australia has a global leadership position in supporting office buildings to cut their energy costs and carbon emissions through the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS). This program builds on this momentum, encouraging hotel operators to capture those same benefits."

The grants have targeted hotels in regional areas that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with up to 99 rooms were eligible to receive grants under the program.

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