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Energy efficiency

Basque Country

  • Target to improve the energy efficiency of the EU-ETS-covered industrial sector by 13.5% and 6% for non-covered industries by 2010.
  • Target to decrease the energy intensity of the residential and commercial sectors by 4% by 2012.
  • Target to install 600 MW of combined heat and power generation by 2012.
  • Target to achieve 95% combined cycle gas production (CCGP) in total thermoelectric production by 2012.
  • Implementation of the Eco Design for Energy-Using Products Directive.
  • Creation of a system to allow the registration and reduction of GHG emissions from industry.
  • Implementation of a Technical Building Code.
  • Subsidies for the replacement of domestic appliances.


  • Target to increase energy productivity (GDP in relation to primary energy consumption) by 30%.
  • Energy-efficient refurbishment of public real estate.
  • Federal-State-Municipal investment pact for energy-efficiency refurbishment of social infrastructure.

British Columbia

  • The LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program provides incentives to reward smart choices that save energy, fuel, time and money.
  • Target to acquire 50% of BC Hydro's incremental resource needs through conservation by 2020.


  • The Eco-Faur programme supports projects in local communities that take substantial steps to design environmentally friendly buildings.


  • Energy savings targets for the years 2012 through 2020 for regulated utilities.
  • All new residential construction will be zero net energy by 2020.
  • All new commercial construction will be zero net energy by 2030.
  • The Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry will be re-shaped to deliver maximum performance systems.
  • The Low Income Energy Efficiency (LIEE) program will provide all cost-effective energy efficiency measures in the residences of eligible low-income customers by 2020.
  • The Green Building Initiative aims to increase energy efficiency in state facilities 20% by 2015.
  • California's building and appliance energy efficiency standards are saving money and reducing GHG emissions.


  • Public information and capacity building.
  • Subsidies for energy efficient domestic boilers and electrical appliances.
  • Energy optimization criteria for public buildings.


  • The CT Energy Efficiency Fund supports efficiency initiatives for commercial, industrial and residential customers.
  • LEED silver rating requirements for public and private commercial and residential buildings.


  • Savings target of 9% in final energy consumption to be realized in 2016 and an intermediate target of 3% in 2010.
  • The Energy Renovation Programme 2020 will lead to a gradual but accelerated elimination of energy inefficient housing by 2020.


  • Adoption of a plan to control energy consumption and encourage energy savings in social housing and service sector buildings.


  • The Lower Income Energy Efficiency Initiative is designed to reduce energy use while lowering bills, providing jobs and increasing skills within lower-income communities.
  • The Green Building Policy requires a minimum of LEED® Silver standards for new residential, commercial and institutional projects funded by the Government of Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Hydros Power Smart program has a number of residential and commercial programs that act as incentives for energy efficiency. 

New South Wales

  • Target to implement 4,000 gigawatt hours of annual electricity savings through NSW energy efficiency programs by 2014.
  • The NSW Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme (GGAS) requires electricity retailers to meet mandatory GHG reduction benchmarks through improvements in energy efficiency. GGAS will cease when the Commonwealth's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) commences.
  • The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) is a key component of the NSW Energy Efficiency Strategy and sets an energy savings target for electricity retailers. The electricity retailers meet their targets through energy saving certificates (ESCs) which represent delivered energy efficiencies.
  • The NSW Climate Change Fund (CCF) provides funding to stimulate investment in water and energy infrastructure, assist people and businesses to use less electricity and water, and put downward pressure on bills and the demand for water and energy resources.
  • Smart meters are being rolled-out in areas where the benefits are shown to outweigh the costs in order to change consumer behaviour by charging higher prices for electricity consumed during periods of peak demand.
  • The NSW distribution businesses have financial incentives for investing in demand management through their regulatory pricing processes.
  • The National Framework for Energy Efficiency establishes mandatory energy performance standards (MEPS) and Energy Rating labels for consumer and industrial equipment.
  • The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) requires all new residential homes or renovations in NSW over AU$50,000 (US$46,000) to achieve a 40% reduction in GHG emissions, compared to the average NSW home.
  • The NSW Government has committed to reduce emissions from building energy use to 2000 levels by 2020. NSW Government agencies will have their buildings audited and brought up to 4.5 star NABERS Energy and Water ratings by 2011.

North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Target to reduce primary energy consumption by 20% between the years 2006 and 2020.
  • Objective to increase the efficiency especially of fossil-based electricity generation processes.
  • The NRW Saves Energy initiative encourages energy savings - a 20% reduction in 2020 compared to 2006 - by industries, services and businesses as well as in public sector activities and private households.
  • Advice to homeowners for the energy refurbishment of residential buildings.
  • EnergieAgentur.NRW supports industrial small trade companies in testing the energy efficiency of their hydraulics, compressed air, pumps and drives systems.
  • Investment in the renewal of energy infrastructures in the social sector (like schools and day-care facilities for children).
  • The energy refurbishment of state-owned real estate and council houses.
  • A soon-to-be launched initiative with EnergieAgentur.NRW for an increased use of LEDs in street lighting.


  • Ontario's 2006 Building Code introduced energy-efficiency requirements.
  • A new regulation could ban the sale of inefficient light bulbs by 2012.
  • The Home Energy Audit and Retrofit Program helps homeowners invest in qualified home energy improvements and related equipment.
  • The Green Energy Act (GEA) will establish energy efficiency standards for household appliances.


  • The Québec Energy Strategy 2006-2015 aims to avoid or reduce CO2e by 9.4 megatons through more efficient use of all forms of energy and the promotion of energy innovation.
  • The program to reduce heavy fuel oil consumption encourages conversion to natural gas or biomass and improving the energy efficiency of already-installed systems.
  • The industrial support program targets a reduction in light fuel oil and propane use in industrial processes or building heating.
  • Reducing GHG emissions in public buildings notably by replacing energy-hungry heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems with higher performance equipment.
  • A new Building Code should be in place in 2010 and will engender improvements to energy efficiency in new buildings and homes built in Québec.


  • The Smart Energy Savings Program requires medium to large energy users to conduct audits, submit energy savings plans to the government, and publicly release information on their energy savings.
  • The Smart Energy Savings Fund provides incentives for small to medium enterprise energy users to invest in energy efficiency measures.
  • The ClimateSmart Home Service improves energy efficiency in households across Queensland.
  • The phase out of the installation of electric hot water systems in existing homes from 2010 initially, in houses within the gas reticulated network.
  • The Government Energy Management Strategy (GEMS) is an energy efficiency initiative with a target of reducing the whole-of-government electricity bill by AU$22 million (US$14 million) by 2010.


  • Energy efficiency advice to business, public and domestic sectors, including a new Energy Saving Scotland advice network.
  • The Scottish Energy Efficiency Design Award is worth £1.1 million (US$1.5 million) per annum.
  • Objective to define a route map towards the goal of net zero carbon buildings by 2016/17 if practical and an ambition of total life zero carbon buildings by 2030.

South Australia

  • Target to improve the energy efficiency of dwellings by 10% by 2014.
  • Target to improve the energy efficiency of government buildings by 25% from 2000-01 levels by 2014.
  • The Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) requires energy and gas retailers operating in South Australia to achieve targets for improving energy efficiency in households. They are also required to deliver energy audits to low income households.
  • Five-star efficiency rating requirements for new housing.
  • GHG performance requirements for water heaters installed in new houses state-wide.
  • New requirements for additional plumbed rainwater tanks.
  • Solar hot water rebates for low-income households holding a Commonwealth Concession card to help them comply with new hot water performance standards.
  • The Building Tune Ups project will make commercial buildings in Adelaide's CBD more energy efficient.

South Holland

  • An accelerated replacement of inefficient lighting systems along provincial roads.
  • Investigating possibilities to introduce dynamic lighting, dependent on traffic intensity, as well as lighting via LED systems.

Upper Austria

  • Upper Austria was the first Region to resolve the EU Energy Efficiency directive.
  • Target to establish zero carbon buildings as the standard by 2012.


  • Target to reduce GHG emissions in households by 10% by 2010.
  • The Victorian Energy Saver Incentive scheme supports 18 energy efficiency activities in households at no or discounted cost.
  • The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) imposes a legal liability on large electricity and gas retailers to contribute to energy efficiency measures.
  • The Black Balloons awareness campaign highlights measures that reduce household energy use.
  • First state in Australia to introduce 5-Star standards for new residential buildings.
  • Minimum energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings.
  • The Right Advice at the Right Place program provides retail staff with materials, resources and training to promote energy efficient products to their customers.
  • A range of rebates are offered for energy efficiency improvements, including solar hot water.
  • Rolling out smart electricity meters to all residential and small business electricity consumers to help people to better manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills.
  • Large users of energy and water are required to prepare Environment and Resources Efficiency Plans that identify actions to reduce energy and water use and waste generation.
  • Developing a program to make all government buildings more energy efficient.


  • All Welsh Assembly Government influenced projects are required to meet BREEAM Excellent or Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.
  • All new buildings in Wales should be zero carbon from 2011.
  • The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme provides grants for vulnerable households for insulation and heating.
  • Wales has begun work on a National Energy Efficiency and Savings Plan.


  • Target to reduce final energy consumption by 8% in 2010 compared to 2000 (-11% in industry, -5% in residential, -11% in tertiary and -6% in transport).
  • Subsidies for the replacement of public lighting in municipalities.
  • The UREBA programme allows municipal, provincial and regional buildings and schools and hospitals a subsidy rate of 50% for energy accounting, 30% for energy audits, 30% for investments up to a certain level of energy performance and 30% for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and renewable energy investments.
  • The Programme of Local Action for Energy Management (PALME) is a three-year grant covering 50% of the personnel and operating expenses for voluntary municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
  • Sector Agreements (SAs) are voluntary branch agreements meant to enhance the energy efficiency of the main industrial sectors based in Wallonia.

Western Australia

  • Commitment to work with industry to develop a mandatory energy efficiency scheme.
  • 5 Star building standards for all new homes to reduce energy and water consumption.
  • Continued contribution to the National Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Program.

Western Cape

  • Energy audits are conducted in selected public buildings.
  • The government installation of energy efficient technologies and construction methods.
  • The Green procurement strategy implies tenders for government projects may require strict compliance with environmentally friendly technologies.


  • Target to increase energy efficiency in Yukon by 20% by 2020.
  • The Good Energy Program provides rebates for eligible energy efficient products purchased between April 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010.
  • The Home Repair Program provides homeowners with an opportunity to borrow money to carry out necessary repairs and upgrade the energy efficiency of their principle residence at a reduced interest rate.
  • The Yukon Housing Corporation has new SuperGreen energy efficiency innovative building techniques and designs to drastically improve the overall efficiency on new homes.

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