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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2495 ..

- “Retrofit thermally efficient glazing”, which captures the installation of a product that improves the thermal efficiency of a window to one or more single glazed windows in an external wall of a conditioned zone where the existing glazing does not meet the minimum thermal performance requirements prescribed in section 1.5.3 of the determination, so that the glazing product covers all panes of the window unit or units.

Under the Act, retailers are limited in the cost of the scheme that can be passed through to consumers in their energy bills. This incentivises activities that will produce the highest energy savings for the lowest cost. Retailers re-evaluate their activities to ensure they can meet the energy savings target based upon consumer demand, energy savings and cost to implement.

To date, despite being an approved eligible activity, double glazing has not been delivered by any electricity retailer under the scheme.

(6) Double-glazing is an eligible activity under the EEIS. It is up to electricity retailers to determine which activities they deliver to meet their obligations under the EEIS.

(7) Double-glazing is not currently available through any other energy efficiency programs offered by the ACT Government.

The ACT has similar eligible activities as the VEU, which currently has two providers offering double glazing across the entire State, whereas other activities (such as heating, hot water, lighting) has several providers in each region. This is reflective that other energy efficiency improvements, such as draught proofing, insulation, or installing an efficient heating and cooling system or hot water heat pump, generally have a better return on investment in reduced energy costs than double-glazing.


Budget—gender equity(Question No 334)

Ms Clay asked the Minister for Women, upon notice, on 25 June 2021:

(1) Given that the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement requires that Government apply a gendered lens to policy and program development through gender responsive budgeting and that the ACT Women’s Budget Statement for 2020-21 is at the end of the Budget, when will we see an embedded gender lens applied to each line item of the Budget.

(2) Does the Office of Women have enough resources to work with all directorates to ensure that the whole ACT Budget has a gender lens.

(3) Do the directorates have enough support to progress gender lens budgeting in addition to business as usual.

(4) What methodology is the ACT government using to apply the gender lens to the Budget.

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