Energy Efficiency and Productivity Statement - Saving Energy, Growing Jobs
In June 2015, the Victorian Government released the Government’s Energy Efficiency and Productivity Statement: Saving energy, growing jobs. The Statement outlines a vision and priorities to deliver an energy efficient and productive economy for Victoria.
All Victorians are part of this vision and stand to benefit: household energy users, business owners, energy product manufacturers or suppliers, property owners and builders, local governments and community organisations. These benefits include more jobs, higher economic productivity, improved working conditions, health improvements, and savings to both household and public budgets.
The Statement presents six priorities for action:
- Creating new Victorian energy efficiency jobs and supporting existing ones
- Making Victorian businesses more productive and competitive
- Providing active support to relieve energy cost pressures on the most vulnerable
- Improving the efficiency and quality of our residential and commercial buildings
- Government leadership and best practice
- Harnessing markets to ensure broad uptake of energy efficiency.
In August 2015, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources held six workshops on different sectors, working closely with hundreds of stakeholders from the energy efficiency sector, household and business energy consumers, the building and property sector, environmental organisations, unions, local governments and the energy supply industry.
This stakeholder engagement continued at the Energy Efficiency and Productivity Summit at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on 25 August. The Summit was attended by 284 delegates representing a broad range of sectors who discussed ideas for improving energy efficiency and productivity in Victoria. These ideas will be considered for potential inclusion in the Victorian Government’s overarching Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy.
The Strategy will set out our detailed plan of action to expand upon the high level priorities outlined in the Statement. The Strategy will be developed later in 2015.
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