BRIEFING: Energy efficiency to drive emissions cuts, shape ERF

Analysis indicates that energy efficiency activities will play the largest role in reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, contributing over 40 per cent of all emissions abatement in the Australian economy by 2020.

With energy efficiency set to shape Australia’s low carbon roadmap – accounting for 51 of 88 abatement activities across the economy – in this Market Briefing we break down the numbers and examine the short-term implications for the government’s Emissions Reduction Fund, along with the sectors best positioned to capitalise under Australia’s new emissions market.

Findings indicate that approximately 80 per cent of all Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) will ultimately be derived from high emitting companies, with energy efficiency projects expected to be the first cab off the rank for industry in 2015, notably projects with a quick payback and the ability for rapid execution.

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