The Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook, launched recently by the Energy Efficiency Council, is a comprehensive guide to the policies that are essential to drive ambitious energy efficiency improvements in Australia.

Developed in close consultation with experts from across Australia's energy sector, the Handbook provides state and federal governments with a detailed plan and evidence based recommendations for driving a step change in energy efficiency across all sectors of the Australian economy.

The Energy Efficiency Council believes that serious reforms are the need of the hour to unlock the full benefits of energy efficiency, which also require bipartisan consensus and community support. The first edition of the Handbook aims to start a genuine debate on the actions necessary to meet Australia’s national target of improving energy productivity by 40 per cent by 2030.

The Energy Efficiency Council has also released the document ‘Save Energy, Grow the Economy – 2016-17 Policy Priorities for an Energy Efficient Australia’, which prioritises the policies that governments around Australia should focus on over the coming year.

The Council will also begin consultations on the second edition of the Handbook in 2017.