It’s been a bit of a bleak few months in the energy efficiency space. The repeal of the carbon price removed a price signal that clearly favoured energy efficient investment; the defunding of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program relieved companies of the need to go out and seek opportunities to reduce their energy consumption; and the Victorian Government’s commitment to repeal the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme if re-elected has introduced further uncertainty into an area that already has its fair share of doubt.Read More
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Net Balance Foundation is working alongside the City of Sydney, City of Melbourne, City of Perth and other partner councils to expand the reach and depth of the well-established CitySwitch energy efficiency program, thanks to funding received from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism through the Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG) program.Read More
The question of how to motivate behavioural change in organisations has been the subject of considerable amounts of research for quite a long time now, however the underlying determinants of energy use and energy related behaviours have not been examined in great detail and the problem of sustaining behaviours without a ’carrot & stick’ approach has not been appropriately tackled. A culture whereby individuals and corporations are intrinsically motivated to drive energy efficiency rather than one based purely on extrinsic rewards is achievable and worth pursing, but requires cultivation.Read More
Under the proposed scheme, if individuals, communities or states reduce their emissions by increasing energy efficiency or increasing their renewable energy capacity, they simply free up permits for the bigger polluters.