ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Submission: Review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme

Publication date: 
December 2014

The Conservation Council ACT Region and ACTCOSS have provided a joint comment on the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012. We have a shared view that human contributions to climate change must be addressed while at the same time recognising energy needs, particularly for heating, cooling and lighting. Increased costs for energy will impact most on people with low or fixed incomes. The reduction of energy use through energy efficiency measures has the dual impacts of reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions along with reducing the costs associated with energy use. The attention given by the Act to priority (low-income) households is a welcome focus for the implementation of energy efficiency measures.