Green Building Council backs new integrated ministry
A new ministry that integrates environment and energy will help Australia seize the opportunities of a zero carbon economy, according to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
GBCA chief executive officer Romily Madew says the appointment of Josh Frydenberg to the position of Minister for Environment and Energy represents the “joined-up thinking” around energy policy that the industry needs.
“When a quarter of our nation’s emissions come from our buildings, and the industry is already working hard to reduce energy consumption across the board, bringing environment and energy together makes smart sense,” Madew says.
“While we understand the concerns of some stakeholders, a fragmented approach hasn’t worked. An integrated approach brings together the ‘big picture’ of meeting climate targets, while investing in clean energy and unlocking the potential of carbon zero economy.
“Importantly, Minister Frydenberg will have greater power to deliver the priorities under the National Energy Productivity Plan. We need a sophisticated and mature approach to energy productivity – and this appointment is a good start.”
Former Environment Minister Greg Hunt has moved to the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio. Paul Fletcher has been appointed Minister for Urban Infrastructure, while Angus Taylor remains the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.
The Coalition has committed to new policies to drive sustainability in the built environment, including $100 million for the Sustainable Cities Investment Fund, $50 million for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, a City Deal for Western Sydney and an expanded Commercial Building Disclosure scheme to tackle the mid-tier building sector.