Policy and projects
The Energy Efficiency Council works on behalf of its members to drive ambitious government policy and support decision making and growth.
Policy and projects work enables us to provide governments, industry and consumers with accurate and up to date information and advice in the interests of sensible, stable energy efficiency policy.
The Council’s expert team of staff and advisors – led by Head of Policy, Rob Murray-Leach – work with governments at the state and federal level, key industry and professional associations, and non-governmental organisations, particularly our NGO Partners on a range of advocacy campaigns.
Our advocacy agenda is particularly focused on the following areas:
- Commercial buildings, both existing and new builds;
- Energy efficiency schemes across the ACT, NSW, South Australia and Victoria;
- Energy market reform, including the introduction of a wholesale demand response mechanism;
- Government operations in buildings and facilities;
- Industrial energy management, particularly in manufacturing, agriculture and resources sectors;
- Residential energy efficiency to ensure healthy comfortable homes for all Australians.
Click here to view out latest policy submissions.
Energy Efficiency Council flagship reports
Click here to review our flagship reports, including The World’s First Fuel: How energy efficiency is reshaping global energy systems and the Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook.
The Council’s expert team of staff and advisors – led by Senior Manager, Projects and Partnerships, Holly Taylor – work with governments at the state and federal level, key industry and professional associations, and non-governmental organisations, particularly our NGO Partners, on a range of business engagement, bespoke research and sector development projects.
Current projects include:
- Ongoing business engagement activity through the Navigating a dynamic energy landscape series;
- Research into managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the energy management sector;
- Development of a training program to upskill the energy services sector in energy management systems (EnMS) competencies; and
- Research into engagement pathways for connecting Australian industry with international energy management collaborative activities, such as the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA EBC) Programme.
The Energy Efficiency Council prides itself on working collaboratively with government, industry, consumer and environmental groups to achieve the best outcomes for our members, stakeholders and the wider community. In particular we have ongoing strategic relationships with:
- The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC);
- The International Energy Agency's Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (IEA EBC); and
- Our NGO Partners, made up of leading industry, consumer and environmental groups.
If you'd to learn more about any of these initiatives, please contact Holly Taylor, Senior Manager, Projects and Partnerships, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Energy Efficiency Council is closely engaged in policy making processes at the state and federal level.
EEC submissions are drafted by our expert policy team with input from our Board, advisors and members through regular consultation and policy teleconferences.
EEC Submission on Rule Change to reinstate long notice Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader
EEC Submission on AEMC Reliability Frameworks Directions Paper
EEC submission on the National Construction Code 2019
EEC Submission to the Independent Review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012
EEC Submission on the National Energy Guarantee Draft Design Consultation
EEC submission on the AEMC Reliability Frameworks Interim Report
Submission on the Energy Savings Scheme Rule Change 2017-18 Issues Paper
EEC submission on the Victorian Energy Upgrades – Proposed Changes to Schedule 34 Lighting Upgrade
EEC submission to the Proposed Demand Management Incentive Scheme and Innovation Allowance Mechanism
EEC submission to EMO0032 Strategic Priorities for the Australian Energy Sector
EEC Submission to the Victorian Energy Upgrades – Commercial Lighting Issues Paper 2017
EEC submission to the Vehicle Emissions Working Group proposed Fuel Efficiency Standard for Light Vehicles
EEC consultation Paper June 2017 - ACT Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS)
EEC Submission to the 2017 Review of Climate Change Policies
EEC Submission to the Inquiry into Modernising Australia’s Electricty Grid
EEC submission on Demand Management Incentive Scheme and Innovation Allowance Mechanism
EEC Submission to the NSW Energy Security Taskforce
EEC Submission to the AER review of the Demand Management Incentive Scheme and Innovation Allowance Mechanism
EEC Submission to the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market
EEC Submission on Victorian Residential Tenancies Act - minimum efficiency standards
EEC Submission on Advancing Climate Action
EEC Submission on the Draft Environmental Action 2016 – 2021: Strategy and Action Plan
Submission on proposed Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Project Based Activity (PBA) method ‘Measurement and Verification’ (M&V).
Submission on ERC0191 National Electricity Amendment (Local Generation Network Credits) Rule 2015
EEC Submission on WA Reserve Capacity Mechanism Position Paper - January 2016
EEC Submission on Victorian New Energy Technologies Discussion Paper
EEC Submission on ERC0186 National Electricity Amendment (Demand Response Mechanism and Ancillary Services Unbundling) Rule 2015
EEC Submission on National Electricity Amendment (Demand-‐side obligations to bid into central dispatch) Rule 2015
EEC Submission on Project-based Assessment Methods for VEET
Submission on Proposed VEET Activity Regulation Changes October 2015
Submission on the Review of Governance Arrangements for Australian Energy Markets - August 2015
EEC Submission to Victorian Government on Priorities for Energy Efficiency - August 2015
EEC Submission on the Review of the NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) - May 2015
EEC Submission on the review of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) - May 2015
EEC Submission on the City of Sydney Energy Efficiency Masterplan Draft - May 2015
EEC Submission - Review of the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program - April 2015
EEC Submission on the National Electrcity Amendment Demand Management Incentive Scheme and Demand Management and Embedded Generation Connection Incentive Scheme (DMEGCIS)
EEC Submission - Removing barriers to demand management - a letter to AER, March 2015
EEC Submission on the Energy Efficiency Data Framework, March 2010
EEC Submission to Senate Inquiry on Electricity Networks (Performance and Management of Electricity Network Companies)
EEC Submission - Senate Inquiry into the repeal of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Program June 2014
EEC Submission - Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) (Part 1) March 2014
EEC Submission - Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) (Part 2) March 2014
EEC Submission - Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the impact of the carbon tax on health services March 2014
EEC Submission - Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) Green Paper March 2014
EEC Submission - NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) Rule Change December 2013
EEC Submission on Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) December 2013
EEC Submission - to NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into cogeneration and trigeneration in New South Wales September 2013
EEC Submission on AEMC Cogenconnection August 2013
Submission on the Review of the Energy Saver Incentive (ESI) Issues Paper - June 2013
EEC Submission - Standards Australia - Energy Audit standard revision June 2013
EEC Submission on Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) New Developments Regulations Discussion Paper - Greenfield Sites - May 2013
EEC Submission on EEO Regulation Changes May 2013
Submission on the National Consumer Advocacy Body March 2013
EEC Submission to COAG Regulatory and Competition Taskforce Feb 2013
EEC Submission on NABERS multi-tool, December 2012
EEC Submission on Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), December 2012
EEC Submission on AEMC Stage 3 Demand Side Participation Review, October 2012
EEC Submission to Senate Committee on Electricity Prices, September 2012
EEC Submission on NABERS cogeneration ruling, August 2012
EEC Submission to AEMC Cogeneration Rulechange, August 2012
EEC Submission to COAG Taskforce on Regulatory and Competition Reform, July 2012
Submission on the National Building Energy Standard-Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework, July 2012
Submission to Inquiry into Feed-in Tariffs and Barriers to Distributed Generation, July 2012
EEC Submission to AEMC on Stage 3 Demand Side Participation Review, May 2012. AEMC
EEC Submission on Energy White Paper, March 2012
EEC Submission on Energy Saving Initiative (ESI), March 2012
EEC Submission on Energy Efficiency Information Grants, December 2011
EEC Submission on Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), December 2011
EEC Submission on Clean Technology Investment Program, October 2011
EEC Submission on Community Energy Efficiency Program, October 2011
EEC Submission on Draft Street Lighting Strategy, September 2011
EEC Submission on the AEMC Stage 3 Demand-Side Participation Review, September 2011
EEC Submission on Carbon Price Legislative Package, August 2011
EEC Submission on Energy Audit Standard, June 2011
EEC Submission to Sustainability Victoria (SV) strategic review, June 2011
EEC Submission on Tenancy Lighting Energy Efficiency Assessment Tool (Commercial Building Disclosure, CBD), June 2011
EEC Submission on Carbon Price, May 2011
EEC Submission on AEMC Strategic Priorities for Energy Market Development, May 2011
EEC Submission on the Expansion on the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), April 2011
EEC Submission on Tax Breaks for Green Buildings, February 2011
EEC Response to Prime Minister's Task Group Report on Energy Efficiency, December 2010
EEC Submission on Green Leases, October 2010
EEC Submission to Prime Minister's Task Group (Initial Submission), May 2010
EEC Submission to Senate Environment Committee on Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill, April 2010
EEC Submission on the ACT Draft Sustainable Energy Policy, March 2010
EEC Submission to the Senate Economics Committee on the Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme, October 2009
EEC Submission on the Energy White Paper, May 2009
EC Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Climate Policy, April 2009
AEPCA Submission to the IPART Review of NSW Climate Change Mitigation Measures, February 2009
AEPCA Submission on Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Building Energy Efficiency, February 2009
AEPCA Submission to the Federal Opposition Review of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) White Paper (Pearce Review), February 2009
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The Energy Efficiency Council produces policy reports on areas of interest to its members and the wider energy efficiency and management industry. EEC reports highlight best practice locally and globally, delving into energy market reform, energy efficiency schemes, appliance standards and saving energy in buildings, manufacturing, transport and more.
The World’s First Fuel: How energy efficiency is reshaping global energy systems
Major global economies, including China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States, are making huge strides to improve their energy efficiency and adjust when they use energy. International reports released in the past year, such as the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) 2018 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, have shown that Australia currently ranks worst out of developed countries when it comes to energy policy and performance.
The EEC’s latest flagship report, The World’s First Fuel: How energy efficiency is reshaping global energy systems, examines the energy efficiency policies that these global leaders have introduced, and what the key lessons are for Australia. The report is informed by extensive research and interviews with global experts from the US, Europe and Asia, and is aimed at senior decision makers.
This report examines key energy management policies in other countries. It is not intended as an exhaustive review of international practice. Instead it highlights a number of policies and programs that Australia should adopt to ensure that our energy system is affordable, reliable and sustainable.
Click here to download The World’s First Fuel: How energy efficiency is reshaping global energy systems
Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook
In 2016, the EEC launched the first edition of the Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook. The Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the policies that are essential to drive ambitious energy efficiency improvements in Australia.
The Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook was developed in close consultation with experts from across Australia's energy sector. It provides state and federal governments with a detailed plan and evidence-based recommendations for driving a step change in energy efficiency across all sectors of the Australian economy.
The EEC will release a second edition of the Handbook in the second half of 2019. This edition takes into account the feedback we receive on the first edition and any new data that becomes available. In this way, we hope to build a consensus on what constitutes sensible, stable and economically prudent energy efficiency policy in Australia.
Click here to download the Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook
Save Energy, Cut Bills, Improve Reliability – 2017-18 Policy Priorities for an Energy Efficient Australia
Long-term conversation is important, but we need to get started straight away if we are going to have any hope of meeting this target. That's why the Energy Efficiency Council also released Save Energy, Cut Bills, Improve Reliability – 2017-18 Policy Priorities for an Energy Efficient Australia. This document sets out our case for immediate action and a set of priority policies that should be the focus of governments around Australia in 2017-18.
Click here to download Save Energy, Cut Bills, Improve Reliability