In June 2021 the Energy Efficiency Council, in partnership with the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and adelphi, has released a report identifying priority areas for collaboration between Germany and Australia on energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings.
The priority areas for collaboration identified in the report include commissioning research and facilitating dialogue in three main areas:
- Energy efficiency financing in Germany, and lessons for Australia;
- The role of NABERS Energy in Australia, and lessons for Germany; and
- Unlocking the potential of heat pumps.
Australia and Germany have identified energy efficiency policy, programs and technology as an important area for bilateral cooperation, with the German Government adopting ‘energy efficiency first’ as a central principle of its Energiewende (energy transition) and the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap identifying energy efficiency as a key ‘enabling technology’ for lowering carbon emissions across the economy. With these priorities in mind, the project was facilitated by the Australia-Germany Energy Working Group’s Sub Working Group on energy efficiency and was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
This report is the beginning of what will hopefully be a fruitful relationship between Germany and Australia on rapidly improving energy efficiency in the buildings sector in the coming years.