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the energy efficiency improvement scheme and the large-scale feed-in tariff scheme. Together, these schemes contributed approximately $71.95 to an average electricity bill in 2017-18. This is approximately two per cent of the total cost of energy to a representative ACT household energy bill.

The estimated lifetime energy bill savings associated with energy saving items received by participating households under the energy efficiency improvement scheme in 2017-18 is approximately $29 million. Priority households, that is, those with low incomes, will save approximately $10 million over the lifetime of items installed. In 2017-18 this equates to average savings of approximately $1,300 for participating households and nearly $1,500 for participating priority households.

Finally, I include, as part 2 of the annual report, a statement of the emissions of government operations. In 2017-18, greenhouse gas emissions from ACT government operations totalled 132.6 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. This represents a decrease of 19 per cent from the previous financial year and an overall reduction of 27 per cent since 2012-13. Savings have been achieved by improving energy efficiency and increasing the proportion of renewable electricity used by the ACT government. Seventy per cent of ACT government emissions in 2017-18 came from electricity and natural gas used in government facilities, while 30 per cent of emissions came from transport fuels used by the corporate fleet, Transport Canberra buses and other vehicles.

Madam Speaker, today’s report is one that shows progress on tackling climate change effectively in our community and demonstrates our commitment to transparency and accountability for the work that we undertake to reduce emissions and produce renewable electricity in a cost-effective manner. The ACT government is demonstrating to businesses and federal government agencies in Canberra that emissions reductions are possible, are affordable and have a range of benefits to our community and region.


Ms Stephen-Smith presented the following paper:

Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to section 39—Copy of notice provided to the Ombudsman—Community Services Directorate—Freedom of Information request—Decision not made in time, dated 13 November 2018.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 8

Debate resumed.

MADAM SPEAKER: I thank the committee for this work, taking indulgence from the chair. Again on pure indulgence, without diminishing the standing of this chair, there was an enticement to get this concluded by the end of the year. The enticement was a Mars Bar. Should someone want to claim that enticement, they are in my office. Thank you.

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