Reducing energy costs and combating climate change
There may be a way to reduce a city’s energy costs and combat climate change, and Victoria is uncovering this sustainable option. The state’s offices, hotels and retail centres represent an untapped opportunity in the fight against climate change, and new funding and support is working to address this.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has announced $1.76 million to support owners and tenants to make their commercial buildings more energy efficient. She will also meet with representatives from local Dandenong businesses to discuss energy prices, alongside Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams.
Applications are now open from building owners, agents, tenants and facilities managers for the first round of the Better Commercial Buildings initiative.
A grant could improve a building’s rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) by 1 star, on average, and reduce energy bills.
NABERS data shows that there is huge opportunity to improve the performance of Victoria’s commercial building sector and help significantly reduce emissions.
D’Ambrosio says, “This is a great opportunity for owners to boost the value of their building by increasing its NABERS rating.”
The grants will help participants identify and implement improvements, measure their success and facilitate access to further finance options and pre-approved service providers – taking the guess work out of choosing a supplier. “Reducing energy costs saves money, improves productivity and increases the health and wellbeing of workers and the environment,” D’Ambrosio says.
To apply and find out more about the program visit sustainability.vic.gov.au.
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