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Will Tony Abbott say “yes” to the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Bill (GEMS)

One hopes that Tony Abbott might expand his vocabulary from ‘no’ in this particular case. After all it was under the Coalition’s watch that the energy efficiency standards and labelling program started to make an impact. Minimum standards for the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings, refrigerators, water heaters, fluorescent tubes, air conditioners, electric motors, and transformers were put in place by the Howard government. Indeed, thanks to Malcolm Turnbull, we started a worldwide trend in phasing out conventional incandescent light globes that create 99 times more heat than light.

Abbott’s power bill ‘yes’ test, CLIMATE SPECTATOR, Tristan Edis, 5 Jun 2012  A little noticed piece of legislation was introduced into parliament last week which is likely to make a big difference to energy bills and carbon emissions – the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Bill (GEMS).
This bill aims to move the country toward a single national system for implementing and enforcing minimum standards of energy efficiency and energy rating labels, instead of the current state-based model we currently have.

What many people may not realise is that the measures which have made the greatest impact to date on reducing Australia’s energy emissions have nothing to do with renewable energy, or natural gas, or clean
coal. Instead it has been lots of little incremental improvements in the energy efficiency of mundane things like refrigerators, light bulbs, houses, office buildings, water heaters, air-conditioners, televisions, and electric motors driven by regulated minimum standards and mandatory energy rating labels.

For example, average energy consumption of refrigerators and freezers
was 40 per cent lower per unit in 2008 than in 1993, even though they
had grown in capacity. While real average purchase prices declined by
20 to 50 per cent over the same period.

… thanks to standards and labelling (called the “E3 program”),
Australian residential electricity consumption is expected to flatline
from around 2009……..
While this program has been tremendously effective, its administrative
arrangements have been rather bizarre. Due to a quirk of tradition in
Australia’s governance, electrical safety of appliances and equipment
has been managed by the states rather than federally. This is the case
even though we all run off the same 50 hertz and 230-240 volts
electricity specification and electrical equipment is the same across
the country.

Consequently, energy efficiency standards and labels were implemented
via each state separately legislating, regulating and then enforcing
these requirements……
The GEMS Bill, if it is passed by the parliament, should help to fix
this unnecessary complexity which has slowed down the implementation
of standards and led to inconsistent enforcement.

One hopes that Tony Abbott might expand his vocabulary from ‘no’ in this particular case. After all it was under the Coalition’s watch that the energy efficiency standards and labelling program started to make an impact. Minimum standards for the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings, refrigerators, water heaters, fluorescent tubes, air conditioners, electric motors, and transformers were put in place by the Howard government. Indeed, thanks to Malcolm Turnbull, we started a worldwide trend in phasing out conventional incandescent light globes that create 99 times more heat than light.
Sometimes I just wish we could do the same with politics.
http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/electricity-bills-energy-power-renewables-climate–pd20120605-UY2YF?opendocument&src=rss

June 6, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, efficiency

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