The Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act and the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program, deliver harmonised efficiency standards and labelling for equipment and appliances.

In March 2018 ClimateWorks had the opportunity to provide input into the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act and the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program.

ClimateWorks advised that The GEMS Act is critically important for transitioning to a low carbon built environment sector in Australia; however, the standards are currently lagging behind world’s best practices and need a forward trajectory to be set to enable an agreed and orderly transition. ClimateWorks recommended the adoption of a trajectory for increasing minimum standards, based on learnings as part of ClimateWorks’ partnership with ASBEC to map a forward trajectory for the energy requirements in the National Construction Code, with support from both industry and the Australian Building Codes Board.

You can read the full submission here.