26 February 2015

Australia has more than 25 years’ experience successfully managing domestic energy efficiency – and now it’s sharing its wealth of knowledge with its close neighbours.

Nations and territories in the Pacific face challenges related to energy security, economic growth and emissions reductions, and in building domestic knowledge and capacity in the sector.

The Department, in partnership with the Secretariat of Pacific Community, is delivering the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards Program and the United Nations Environmental Program en.lighten Pacific Regional Lighting Strategy, funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The purpose of these programmes is to assist participating nations to develop and implement energy efficiency policy for equipment such as refrigerators and air-conditioners and to phase-out inefficient lighting.

The department hosted a workshop in Canberra this week, which was attended by participants from 13 Pacific nations.

The workshop helped to strengthen links between officials in the department and their counterparts in the Pacific, enabling them to share knowledge about the development and management of an energy efficiency program.

For more information about the department’s work in the Pacific, contact energyrating@industry.gov.au.