National Energy Productivity Plan

Last updated: 18 February 2022

In December 2015, the Council of Australian Governments(COAG) Energy Council launched a new National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP) to meet a commitment to an energy productivity target of 40 percent improvement between 2015 and 2030. Australia is expected to increase its annual productivity from 1.5 to 2.3 percent per annum to reach its energy productivity target. 
The NEPP is expected to contribute more than a quarter of the savings required to meet Australia's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. The NEPP will complement existing policies such as the Emissions Reduction Fund.
The NEPP covers all energy use, including electricity, gas, and transport fuels, and incorporates:
 Energy market reforms to promote consumer choice and increase competition and innovation in the energy market;

  • Energy efficiency measures that support better energy use in buildings, equipment, and vehicles.

The NEPP will include both existing and new initiatives that support:

  • More productive consumer choices when selecting energy services through, for example, cost-reflective prices, smart meters and access to information, and labels
  • More productive energy services through innovation and competition, such as reducing barriers to entry in the market for new technologies and service options, and through more efficient minimum standards for equipment, appliances, and buildings.

The NEPP contains 34 measures across energy efficiency of equipment, buildings, industry, and transport. Measures to improve energy productivity include traditional energy efficiency measures, but also wider economic reforms promoting efficient energy use decisions and markets, such as efficient pricing, services competition, and fuel switching.

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