Head In The Sand

Aren’t we going backwards to move forwards?

It’s no secret, Australia’s green credentials have taken a further hit since the abolishment of the carbon tax.. So what are we doing about it?

The timing coincides with the release of the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard (IEES) just prior to the decision to recede the legislation.

If we told you that the IEES ranked China equal 4th (with France) and Australia 10th, what would this highlight about our nations current attitude toward the field of energy efficiency? It would seem ignorance is bliss, that is until it bites you and it always does..

Of course, there’s little wonder who leads with it’s smart, organised, forward-thinking application as evident on the football field as off. Germany #1, Italy #2 and the collective EU #3 certainly signifies an continental prioritisation of it’s implementation.

So what is the importance of green credentials anyway, why would Australia want to be recognised?

Why else? Trade, the future of trade and trade relations..

Global warming aside, as its become clear that the current government has chosen not to believe in that ‘mumbo jumbo’ science (despite its acceptance by the majority of the developed world), aren’t we overly preoccupied with extracting every last dollar out of the mining and resources sector? What next? Or is that too much of a stretch..

If China, Australia’s number one trading partner (and our validation for having less greener values) has made as much of an investment in energy efficiency as to reach a top 5 position in the world, doesn’t that further verify its importance to us?

When you consider the age of our country, it’s environmental assets, young cities and our advances in IT and technological industries, it’s seems bewildering for a nation such as ours to not have a greater number of initiatives around being energy efficient by now.. Are we showing our age and maturity?

Where can Australia improve?

Undoubtedly, Australia is beginning to embrace sustainability when it comes to new development with some of the most accomplished neutral office and retail building architects in the world. It’s the slow uptake of investment into industry, optimising existing commercial buildings and operational facilities across the country that needs a swift kick.

As one of the Perth’s prominent electrical contractors we’re frustrated by being constantly turned down for energy efficiency projects which offer a ROI within two years, it simply defies logic..

Ask most property owners and managers today why they haven’t yet invested and they’ll tell you the outlay required is a hurdle and that there’s no sense of urgency. Subsidising would naturally offer a two fold return for the government in; a lower consumption and strain on energy resources and a rise in green credibility. Job creation and industry development are also further possibilities to result, all things considered, you wouldn’t have thought that connecting the dots on this one wouldn’t be as difficult and delayed as it’s become.

What sort of incentive/s would you like to see from the government to enhance the energy efficiency in existing buildings?