The nation’s leading green building group supports the introduction of the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill, which is currently being debated in federal Parliament.
Chief Executive Romilly Madew said the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) welcomes the introduction of the Bill, as “mandatory disclosure is one important element in Australia’s response to climate change.
“As Minister Combet said recently, mandatory disclosure is a ‘step in the right direction’ – but there is more work that both government and industry can do to unlock the abatement potential of commercial buildings,” Ms Madew said.
Research by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and the Centre for International Economics has found that the building sector is responsible for 23 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
At the same time, electricity use in residential and commercial buildings can be halved by 2030 through energy efficiency measures alone. The United Nations Environment Programme has stated that ‘no other sector has such a high potential for drastic emission reductions’. see the full release