2011
6-Star Guide

Your 6-Star Guide to Building an Energy Efficient Home
With rising energy and water costs, the running costs are a key part of home affordability.
The guide explains specific ways in which you can improve the energy efficiency of your new home. pdf Download a copy here 8.83 Mb - also available in hard copy.

We thank ABSA, AGI Insulation, BGC, Bradford, Chromagen, and MySolar for supporting the production and publication of the guide.


 
Queensland, beautifully sunny one day, perfectly well adjusted the next.

Announcements today by the Bligh Government on the Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme has been welcomed by the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia. 

 
Budgeting on a more sustainable Australia - hot air reductions needed to reduce emissions

Treasurer Wayne Swan has said the Labor Budget is a "plan to build the more productive workforce our economy needs, including a $3 billion training package, new ways to get people into work, and critical new investments in economic infrastructure".

‘The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) has been arguing for almost a decade for growth in jobs and the economy by building renewable energy projects,' says Prof. Ray Wills, SEA Chief Executive.

 
LEEDing by example: WA can do – and be – a world leader in low emissions technologies.
The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) welcomes the joint announcement today (18 May 2011) of the fourth and final round of the State Government's Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) fund by Western Australia's Environment Minister Bill Marmion and Energy Minister Peter Collier.

In announcing the fund, the Environment Minister stated that the "State Government believes WA should become a world leader in low emissions technologies."

 
Poms hit Aussie greenhouse target for six in global carbon Ashes.
The British coalition government today (18 May 2011) agreed to a 50 per cent cut in emissions by 2025, and the plan has the backing of the nation's industry leaders.

Notably the unqualified target originally proposed by the 2008 Garnaut Climate Change Review said Australia should look to reduce emission by 25% on 2000 levels by 2020, and 90% by 2050.

However, commitments by both sides of politics in Australia have chosen to commit Australia to only a 5% cut by 2020, with a promise to review the targets if global agreement is reached.

 
Western Australian Treasurer blames electricity price rises on renewable energy in Budget speech.
Commentary by Prof Ray Wills, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association


Western Australian Treasurer Christian Porter has delivered a 2011 Western Australian State Budget that contains no new news for sustainable energy, merely completing prior commitments to renewables and only empty spaces in the forward estimates were Government funding commitments to renewables might otherwise be found.

Only yesterday (18 May 2011) a joint announcement from Western Australia's Environment Minister Bill Marmion and Energy Minister Peter Collier claimed the "State Government believes WA should become a world leader in low emissions technologies." The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia asks how will Western Australia achieve this without some significant financial commitments by the Barnett Government?