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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3173 ..

Independent accredited energy rating assessors will undertake inspections for all ACT home owners upon request. A list of accredited assessors is available from the Energy Advisory Service and the Planning and Land Management Shopfront.

Investigation into significant energy efficiency in Government buildings

A review of the Eco Workplace program has been completed and recommendations arising from the review are currently being prepared.

Cash back or subsidy programmes for installation of low flow shower heads or other incentives to offset the high capital cost of some energy efficiency measures around the home

A decision on the most appropriate rebate or incentive mechanisms will be made in the context of finalisation of the Draft ACT Greenhouse Strategy. This will ensure that greenhouse gas emissions reductions resulting from the measures are maximised in a cost-effective manner.

Energy Advisory Service

The Energy Advisory Service was launched on 11 September 1998 The Service will be reviewed after 9 months to measure the effectiveness of the current service. The Government is committed to providing this service on an ongoing basis.

The Service provides a range of services including face to face, telephone and email advice on energy efficiency issues related to new and existing houses and domestic appliances.

More than 130 enquiries have been received thus far, including many detailed consultations about house plans. A TV advertising campaign will commence in the new year along with a publication program targeted at home energy efficiency.

Establish `Greenfleet' program in the ACT

There have been significant difficulties in implementing a cost effective Greenfleet program in the ACT. Other jurisdictions and ourselves are examining the Victorian model where the expected emissions reductions have been disappointing due to the poor take up rate and administrative difficulties. Further discussions are underway with the Foster Foundation and Greening Australia to investigate ways to ensure that emissions reductions resulting from the measure are maximised in a cost-effective manner.

Inclusion of environmental criteria scheme in the ACT Business Incentive Scheme Guidelines

Chief Minister's Department are currently reviewing the existing ACT Business Incentive Scheme Guidelines. Greenhouse issues will be addressed in these new guidelines which will be released early in 1999.

Release the Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy Status Report (PALM)


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