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(1) Double glazing and draught sealing while having some improvement on property energy efficiency are considerably more effective when combined with other improvements.

(2) These figures are estimations only based on information gathered from Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water (DECCEW), Pitt & Sherry (formerly Energy Strategies) and calculations based on ACTEWAGL Natural Gas tariffs from 1 July 2010 (as at 7 September 2010).

(3) The majority of Housing ACT separate dwellings currently have ceiling insulation ranging from R2.5 – R4.0. Increasing the level of ceiling insulation will not create significant energy savings (as shown above).

Climate change—action plan
(Question No 1617)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 7 April 2011:

(1) Given that in Weathering the Change Action Plan 1, Action 11 states that the Government will provide $20 million over 10 years to assist schools to become carbon neutral by 2017. (a) how much of this money has been allocated, (b) how many government schools have been audited, (c) how many non-government schools have been audited, (d) how many (i) government and (ii) non-government schools have signed up to the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative ACT, out of a total number of schools, (e) how many (i) government and (ii) non government schools have developed a School Environmental Management Plan and (f) what are the estimated greenhouse gas emissions savings as a result of the programs to date in (i) government and (ii) non-government schools.

(2) Given that Weathering the Change Action Plan 1, Action 38 commits the Government to delivering a sustainability curriculum package for students from Preschool to Year 10, (a) when were the water, energy, biodiversity, waste and climate change components of the curriculum package completed, (b) how many schools are using each section of the curriculum package, (c) what training was provided to teaching staff in regards to the curriculum package, (d) has there been any evaluation as to the effectiveness of the curriculum package or its implementation in regards to students’ understanding of sustainability issues; if so, has that evaluation been made public and where is it available.

(3) Given that Weathering the Change Action Plan 1, Action 37 states that the Government will commence a comprehensive community education program to ensure that all Canberrans are aware of the potential impacts of climate change, and how together we can meet this challenge head-on, (a) what educational programs have been undertaken that will provide better information on utility bills, (b) what are all the programs that have been implemented under this Action, (c) has the Government undertaken (i) evaluation of these programs and (ii) research about the Canberra community’s attitudes to climate change and (d) what (i) household information and (ii) community education kits have been developed.

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