The Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE) is developing an Australian Energy Productivity Roadmap. The 2xEP program will set a course for doubling energy productivity by 2030 (from a 2010 base year). The Roadmap is well-advanced but subject to continuing development and consultation. In the meantime we’ve been working with the federal, state and territory governments on a national framework for energy productivity. The National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP) was signed off by the COAG Energy Council in December 2015. It sets a lower level of ambition than 2xEP, “up to a 40% improvement by 2030 (from a 2015 base year)”. But the NEPP is significant development along the way to 2xEP
A2SE and the 2xEP program contributed to development of the NEPP through written submissions and verbal briefings. The umbrella submission developed by the 2xEP Steering Committee is online
The National Energy Productivity Plan
In December 2015 the COAG Energy Council adopted the draft NEPP and a work plan for implementation of measures. The NEPP and related documents are available online here. The 2xEP Steering Committee welcomed the significant progress towards a framework for energy productivity improvement and issued this statement.
COAG Energy Council
Meeting 04 December 2015 – Communiqué
Carbon policy, the energy market and consumers
The successful integration of carbon and energy policies will be critical to meeting Australia's emissions reduction target of 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Ministers will develop a national approach to connect environmental outcomes and energy policy in the interests of consumers.
The Council has asked officials to prepare advice that will allow it to better understand the potential impact of carbon policies on the energy sector to facilitate better integration.
The Council agrees that improving our national energy productivity will deliver greater value from the energy that Australians use. As a first step, the Council today adopted the National Energy Productivity Plan to increase the economic benefit from each unit of energy consumed.
The Plan identifies a wide range of new and existing measures, across both energy efficiency and market reform, that are designed to help meet Australia’s emissions reduction targets, while at the same time helping energy consumers to manage and reduce energy costs, growing the economy and jobs, and boosting competitiveness.
The Energy White Paper
The Energy White Paper was released in April 2015. The Paper sets out the Commonwealth Government’s high-level approach to policy across the energy sector. Energy productivity is nominated as one of only three priority elements of national energy policy. The White Paper confirmed that the COAG Energy Council would develop an energy productivity ‘framework’ and announced that the Commonwealth will develop a National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP).
More information about 2xEP, the Steering Committee and Working Groups is available at 2xep.org.au or email: 2xEP@A2SE.org.au.