16 Dec 2010

By focusing attention on the opportunities for and barriers to improving the environmental sustainability of Australia’s private rental housing stock, this research contributes to present debates about the sustainability of Australian cities .

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21 Apr 2008

This report argues that energy efficiency is potentially the quickest and cheapest way to cut greenhouse pollution. Energy savings of 30% are possible using immediately available effective technologies. The report recommends that efficiency improvements be complemented by appropriate utility tariffs and safety net measures.
The report, a joint project between the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and CHOICE, says five percent of existing homes should be retrofitted each year with energy and water saving technologies such as insulation, solar hot water and rainwater tanks to offset inevitable increases in utility prices resulting from emissions trading and other factors.

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18 Sep 2007

The disadvantages of the low-density car-based suburbs that surround Australian and US cities are well known and widely debated. These include facilities located to the disadvantage of non-car users, wasteful use of land, cost of infrastructure, time and energy expended on driving, low incidence of social contact and lack of exercise. Nevertheless, the older Australian suburb also has compensating advantages for both the residents and the wider community.

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21 Oct 2005

The pursuit of energy efficiency would also seem to be in the interests of any rational producer or consumer, firm or household. Yet the issue at the heart of this inquiry is why producers and consumers do not always seek greater energy efficiency, even when it seems cost effective for them to do so. Why isn’t the market working - or is it? Answering these questions is important in framing a policy response that will provide net benefits for the community.

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15 Jun 2005

This report focuses on the management of energy, waste and water by Victorian households. It contains 72 recommendations which the committee believes can be readily implemented and will substantially strengthen sustainable consumption management and policy in Victoria.

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