Improving energy and water efficiency has the potential to deliver ‘win-win-win’ outcomes for Victoria’s people, environment and economy. This report outlines an agenda for efficiency leadership in 2015, and sets out six ambitious yet achievable steps the Victorian government should take to deliver that leadership.
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Making better and smarter use of precious energy and water resources is critical to Victoria’s future. Investing in efficiency cuts the cost of living, makes our homes more comfortable, creates thousands of jobs, saves water for our rivers, and cuts greenhouse pollution.
But like anything worthwhile, it’s not simple. Real action will require leadership, investment and well-designed policies that create incentives for action and investment by other players.
The Andrews Government’s Saving Energy, Growing Jobs statement has articulated a vision for “a more efficient, productive and resilient state”. It’s time for the Victorian government to turn this promise into action with an ambitious and resourced plan to make Victoria much more energy and water efficient.