Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Building energy efficiency — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.6

The Government will provide $2.8 million over four years for the Commonwealth's contribution to COAG's building energy efficiency activities. The funding includes $0.8 million for the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning High Efficiency Systems Strategy (HVAC HESS) and $1.6 million for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).

HVAC HESS is aimed at achieving long‑term improvements in the energy efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in non‑residential buildings. NABERS is a performance‑based rating system that rates existing commercial offices, hotels and residential buildings based on their operational impacts on the environment.

Climate Change Adaptation Program — extension

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - 3.0 - - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million in 2012‑13 to continue a range of climate change adaptation activities, including to help plan and respond to climate change risks, particularly in areas recognised as national priorities.

The Productivity Commission is scheduled to provide a final report to the Government on its Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation inquiry in September 2012. The inquiry will assist the Government in identifying changes in regulation and policy settings that may be necessary to help manage the impacts of climate change at the lowest possible cost, while taking advantage of opportunities that a changing climate may bring.

Further information relating to the inquiry can be found in the joint press release of 20 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation.

National Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Program — establishment

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - 4.1 16.0 17.3 17.6
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - 5.0 5.3 5.8 6.7

The Government will provide $37.1 million over four years to assist in establishing a nationally consistent legislative framework for Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards to replace the existing patchwork of inconsistent laws. The total cost of establishing the framework is expected to be $59.8 million over four years, with the additional costs being met through cost recovery for product registration and compliance monitoring and contributions from other jurisdictions, which are being sought as part of negotiations on a new intergovernmental agreement.

The costs of product registration will be fully recovered, while recovery of the costs of compliance monitoring will be phased in from 2012‑13, in accordance with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines. The fees will be reviewed every three years.

The cost of this measure will be partially met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

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