28 April 2010 – The Green Building Council of Australia today weighed into the chorus of disappointment at the Federal Government’s dropping of the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, saying the pressure was now on complementary measures to achieve progress in greenhouse gas reductions.

The GBCA was “extremely disappointed” by the delay in the CPRS, chief executive Romilly Madew said.

“For some time, the GBCA has been advocating the need for complementary measures that promote energy efficiency in the built environment.  These complementary measures, while always important, are now absolutely critical,” she said.

“The United Nations Environment Programme has said that ‘no other sector has such a high potential for drastic emission reductions’.  Without a CPRS until at least 2013, this potential must be realised as a matter of urgency,” Ms Madew said.

“The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that building-related emissions could almost double by 2030 to reach 15.6 billion metric tons. Up to 90 per cent of energy is consumed during the use stage of buildings, for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and appliances.

“The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s  Second Plank report has found that complementary measures could deliver greenhouse gas savings of 60Mt per annum by 2030, which represents a 27-31 per cent reduction on business-as-usual projections.”

Ms Madew said that a number of international reports have found that proven and commercially available technologies could reduce energy consumption in old and new buildings by 30-50 per cent, without significantly increasing investment costs.

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