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National Energy Savings Initiative : submission to Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE). Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (DRET) /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2012 Bibliography : p. 10Summary: The Brotherhood is a leading national voice on the impacts of climate change and climate policy on Australians with low incomes. We have developed our knowledge and influence through long-term engagement with low-income households, community organisations and all levels of government in research, advocacy and program development. In this work we develop solutions and advocate policies that improve social equity by building the capacity of low-income Australians to respond to climate change and implement effective climate change adaptation. We are increasingly concerned about the impact of rising energy prices on low-income and vulnerable households. Energy efficiency provides an essential means to reduce these households? exposure to rising prices. However, many lack the up-front capital to invest in efficiency upgrades. The Commonwealth Government has an important role to play in assisting low-income households to improve their energy efficiency and in unlocking the economy-wide benefits from energy efficiency. ; NATIONAL ENERGY SAVINGS INITIATIVEAvailability: (1)
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RE: Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) submission to the Climate Change Act Review

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Hudson, Rob.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2015Description: 4 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: August 2015Summary: Dear Climate Change Act Review Independent Review Committee members, RE: Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) submission to the Climate Change Act Review The BSL works for an Australia free of poverty. Our Research and Policy Centre's Energy, Equity and Climate Change program seeks to ensure low-income Australians are protected from the negative impacts of climate change and that responses to climate change do not increase social inequality. Done the right way, taking action on climate change can make us a fairer and wealthier nation. We welcome the Climate Change Act Review and the Government's commitment to 'positioning Victoria as a leader in responding to climate change; by mitigating risks, reducing emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change'. We limit our submission to the following brief comments and look forward to ongoing engagement with Government to develop effective and equitable responses to climate change. Availability: (1)
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Tackling climate change and energy affordability for low-income households

by Australian Council of Social Service | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Strawberry Hills, N.S.W. Australian Council of Social Service 2018Description: [31 p.] : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: September 2018Summary: Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Submission to inquiry into Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bills 2020 / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 3 p. PDF.Other title: [Submission to] Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy House of Representatives, Australian Parliament.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Brotherhood of St. Laurence supports the two Climate Change Act bills proposed by Zali Steggall, and believes they should be strengthened to protect people facing disadvantage, and to ensure that emissions budgets set through the Bills’ framework are consistent with limiting warming to 2 °C, while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 °CAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Submission in response to A Climate of Opportunity Summit Paper : submitted to the Office of Climate Change Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2008 Bibliography pp. 15-16 Includes supporting materialsSummary: This submission focuses on the opportunities presented by climate change for improving social inclusion through greater workforce participation; improved public transport; more affordable housing that is more liveable due to energy efficiency retrofitting, and appropriate climate change adaptation planning and support.Availability: (1)
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Enabling low-income households in the private rental market to respond to climate change : recommendations and report from the roundtable convened December 2007

by Sullivan Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence. 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2008 Recommendations and report from the roundtable convened December 2007 by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.; This report was prepared by Damian Sullivan, with input from Janet Stanley, John Thwaites, Simon Rowntree and Josephine Lee.Summary: Late in 2007, the Brotherhood of St Laurence convened a roundtable to consider ways to reduce the likely impact of climate change (and related mitigation measures such as carbon pricing) on low-income private renter households. Contributors from industry, government, academia and non-government organisations agreed on recommendations relating to areas such emissions trading, improved household energy efficiency, building standards, energy tariffs and urban planning. This report presents the recommendations and background information.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Submission to the Essential Services Commission Harmonisation of the Energy Retail Code and guidelines with the National Energy Customer Framework Draft Decision

by Sullivan Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013; VCOSS 2013Description: 78 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Victorian retail energy market is designed to work competitively with the informed choices of consumers placing competitive constraints on price and restricting inefficient market outcomes. Unlike other Australian retail energy markets, Victorian retail prices are not subject to a regulated price cap. In addition, Victoria is in the midst of a mandated rollout of smart meters and the introduction of flexible pricing. Strong consumer protections are pre-requisites to enable competition to deliver good outcomes for consumers and to enable consumers to enjoy the anticipated benefits arising from these market reforms.Availability: (1)
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Submission to the Department of Treasury and Finance : review of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program / Prepared by Damian Sullivan and Victoria Johnson (BSL)

by Sullivan, Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Johnson, Victoria.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: 8 p. PDF.Other title: BSL submission to the Review of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the review of the Victorian Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program and would be pleased to discuss the matters raised in this submission in more detail. The review comes at a time when the Brotherhood is extremely concerned about the impact of rising electricity prices on low-income, vulnerable and disadvantaged households. The recent AEMC (2010) report on electricity price movements identified that smart meters will contribute approximately 22 per cent to electricity price increases for Victorian consumers in the coming three years. We are also concerned that the accompanying introduction of new tariff structures may lead to considerable bill shock, forcing low-income, disadvantaged and vulnerable households into financial hardship. We recognise that smart meters do have potential benefits for consumers, distributors and retailers. For example, smart meters could contribute to system-wide efforts to manage electricity demand and in doing so reduce the need for future infrastructure spending. How the benefits and costs are distributed is, however, critical; to date we do not believe the right balance has been achieved. Low-income households who will have less direct benefit from the introduction of the smart meters will pay proportionately more. The Victorian Government is in a position to address this imbalance.Availability: (1)
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Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland : Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report : research summary

by Johnson, Victoria | Moreland Solar City | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The full report Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland: Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report (PDF file, 623 KB), by Victoria Johnson, Damian Sullivan and Jo Totty may be downloaded from the Brotherhood of St Laurence website.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Response to the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme issues paper. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 13 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
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Victoria's 2030 emissions targets [Submission] : response to the Victorian Government

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2019Description: 12 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: July 2019Summary: Climate change poses the most profound threat to all of our futures, and poses particular risks to Victorians living on low incomes and those who are already facing disadvantage. To this end, the Brotherhood of St Laurence recognises the imperative for action and the need to keep global warming below an increase of 1.5 degrees. We welcome the Interim Emissions Reduction Targets for Victoria (2021-2030) Final Report and the Victorian Government’s serious attention to this issue. We cannot afford to wait any longer for climate change action. The costs of inaction are high and will increase. Further, delaying action will require us to make more dramatic cuts in the near future. As with other significant structural adjustments, the impacts of these deep cuts are likely to be greatest on those directly affected and those already suffering disadvantage. We know that climate action presents challenges. It also presents real opportunities to create jobs as Victoria moves towards clean energy and a low carbon future. It will be essential to have an integrated strategy to ensure economic security and seize the opportunities as we transition to a zero-carbon future. To benefit low-income and vulnerable Victorians there are many opportunities for emissions reductions that will also lead to other benefits (such as improving the energy efficiency of people’s homes, or improving public transport). In reducing emissions in line with a 1.5°C warming limit, the Victorian Government also needs to adopt a clear strategy to engage with and support communities and households affected by the impacts of climate change, and provide timely and targeted support for communities dependent on high-emissions industries during the transition. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Submission to Inquiry into Renewable Energy in Victoria / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2022Description: 7 p. PDF.Other title: [Submission to] Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee Parliament of Victoria.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: It is crucial that Victoria and Australia transition to 100% renewables in keeping with the Paris Agreement. Warming above 1.5 °C presents unacceptable risks to Victoria and Australia, such as more frequent and intense droughts, bushfires and heatwaves. Many of these impacts of climate change will hit people facing disadvantage hardest, in part because they have limited capacity to adapt to the changes, for example because they live in poor-quality housing or have little or no insurance. Equally, Victoria’s transition to renewable energy must be socially equitable, for example by creating decent job opportunities in the communities near renewable energy developments, resourcing and implementing clear transition plans to provide ongoing work in communities affected by fossil fuel generator closures, lowering electricity prices for all, and enabling new industries that create green jobs. The transition to renewables presents a major opportunity to bring social, economic and health benefits to Victoria, but this will require careful, long-term planning from the Victorian Government. The sudden closure of Hazelwood Power Station in 2017 demonstrates the perils of leaving such decisions to the private sector, which usually do not have incentives to act in the interests of the general public. Along with job opportunities, the benefits of 100% renewables are likely to include cheaper energy for households and businesses across the state, substantially reduced pollution in the Latrobe Valley and improvements in in-home air quality as a result of removing gas cooking and heating Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Submission to Inquiry into Renewable Energy in Victoria / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2022Description: 7 p. PDF.Other title: [Submission to] Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee Parliament of Victoria.Summary: It is crucial that Victoria and Australia transition to 100% renewables in keeping with the Paris Agreement. Warming above 1.5 °C presents unacceptable risks to Victoria and Australia, such as more frequent and intense droughts, bushfires and heatwaves. Many of these impacts of climate change will hit people facing disadvantage hardest, in part because they have limited capacity to adapt to the changes, for example because they live in poor-quality housing or have little or no insurance. Equally, Victoria’s transition to renewable energy must be socially equitable, for example by creating decent job opportunities in the communities near renewable energy developments, resourcing and implementing clear transition plans to provide ongoing work in communities affected by fossil fuel generator closures, lowering electricity prices for all, and enabling new industries that create green jobs. The transition to renewables presents a major opportunity to bring social, economic and health benefits to Victoria, but this will require careful, long-term planning from the Victorian Government. The sudden closure of Hazelwood Power Station in 2017 demonstrates the perils of leaving such decisions to the private sector, which usually do not have incentives to act in the interests of the general public. Along with job opportunities, the benefits of 100% renewables are likely to include cheaper energy for households and businesses across the state, substantially reduced pollution in the Latrobe Valley and improvements in in-home air quality as a result of removing gas cooking and heating Availability: No items available

A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Ecos Corporation | KPMG.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. KPMG 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: KPMG were engaged by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and in conjunction with Ecos Corporation conducted a study into the possible impacts of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) on low-income households. This report outlines the range of options available to the Government for providing assistance. We welcome the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to addressing the problem of climate change, its acknowledgement of the difficulties facing low-income households and its commitment to engage with the community through the Green Paper. This report puts forward a roadmap for the Government to meet its commitment made in the Green Paper to assist low-income households. Our roadmap demonstrates the difficulties which will confront low-income households but more importantly provides a detailed plan of action to close the gap in the expected extra costs of energy bills resulting from the CPRS. The program outlined in this paper ensures that money will be spent in a way that most effectively meets the aims of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to provide assistance to low-income households. A cornerstone of our implementation plan is an unprecedented program of targeted home visits, aimed at harnessing the full potential of energy efficiency measures. Home visits achieve this by matching energy efficiency measures to the characteristics of the house, as well as taking into account demographic, geographic and climatic issues.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
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Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland : research sample, baseline measures and recruitment for the Warm Home Cool Home program evaluation /

by Johnson, Victoria | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sullivan Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 23-24Summary: This report contains baseline data from a study to identify the social impacts within households of the Warm Home Cool Home program which offers energy audits and retrofits to low-income households in the City of Moreland in Melbourne's northern suburbs. This research was funded through Moreland Solar City, an Australian Government Solar Cities initiative led by the Moreland Energy Foundation, in partnership with Moreland City Council, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Sustainability Victoria.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Submission regarding 2020 review of the Emissions Reduction Fund

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 3 p. PDF.Other title: Submission to the Climate Change Authority review of the Emissions Reduction Fund | [Submission to] the Climate Change Authority.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 1 June 2020Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Climate Change Authority (CCA)’s review of the Emissions Reduction Fund. The BSL believes that Australia must do more to lower our emissions and increase our resilience against climate change, including through the ERF. As we saw during the 2019–20 bushfires, Australia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and unprepared for their scale and impact. People already facing disadvantage are likely to be particularly affected as they lack the social and financial capital to avoid or recover from disasters. As the Australian Government’s flagship climate change policy, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF)1 should theoretically provide much of the emissions abatement necessary to meet our international commitment to keeping warming well below 2°C. However, the ERF on its own is not suitable for the task because the scale of change required is well beyond its budget, and to date emissions reductions have not impacted some of the sectors responsible for the bulk of emissions. Nevertheless, while the ERF is in place, it is important that it is used as effectively as possible. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Submission regarding 'minimum energy efficiency standards for rental homes in the ACT' consultation paper / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence Description: 4 p. PDF.Other title: Submission re Minimum energy efficiency standards for rental homes in the ACT | [Submission to] Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate ACT Government.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The BSL strongly supports minimum energy efficiency standards for rented homes, which we see as a vital policy that will lower cost of living and improve health and comfort for renters, particularly the people facing disadvantage who we work with. Standards are particularly effective at improving the quality of the poorest quality homes, which are often rented by people on low incomes. People in these poor quality homes are too often in an unenviable position – high rent and low income give them limited choice in the market, if they end up in a poor quality home (as they often do) they face higher electricity bills or poor health and wellbeing outcomes. Minimum standards can go some way to addressing this issue. Standards will also contribute to Australia’s climate change response and improve air pollution. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Home energy efficiency upgrade program final report

by Sullivan, Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2016Description: 275 p. ill: charts; tables; photos.Online Access: Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report (complete document) | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report executive summary | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 1 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 2 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 3 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 4 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 5 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 6 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 7 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendices A, B and C | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix D | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix E | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix F | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix G | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix H | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix I | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report references Notes: The Brotherhood of St Laurence worked with Monash Sustainability Institute and other project partners to assess the effectiveness of the Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program (HEEUP).Summary: HEEUP assisted low-income Victorian households to upgrade to more efficient hot water systems. Hot water systems are one of the biggest energy users in the home. Many low-income households have inefficient systems that are costly to run. The program pilot and related research aimed to: - assess the impact of hot water upgrades on household energy consumption (and subsequently energy bills and greenhouse emissions) - identify the optimal incentive level for hot water upgrades within low income households - identify whether action taken in HEEUP was additional to what would have otherwise occurred - identify lessons learnt from the trial including through case studies of trial participants - develop a model that can be replicated and expanded.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Submission to inquiry into tackling climate change in Victorian communities

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2019Description: 4 p. PDF.Other title: [Submission to] Climate Change Inquiry .Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: 26 September 2019Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence thanks the Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee for this opportunity to respond to its Inquiry. Climate change threatens all Victorians, especially those who are already vulnerable to stressors such as poor health, unemployment, low income and inadequate housing. Many live in homes that are unhealthily hot or cold and expensive to run, work in industries threatened by climate change, and live in communities vulnerable to direct impacts such as heatwaves, bushfires and flooding. In addition to their heightened vulnerability, people facing disadvantage can have a lower capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For example, they may be underinsured, lack money for energy efficiency upgrades, or struggle to find employment as Victoria transitions to a zero-carbon society.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Submission regarding target-setting for Victorian Energy Upgrades

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 3 p. PDF.Other title: Submission to Department of Environment,Land, Water and Planning.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: 31 January 2020 Summary: VEU has been an important driver of energy efficiency in Victoria and the BSL is keen to see it continue to drive energy and emissions reductions, particularly for the low-income and vulnerable households we work with. Such reductions are key to mitigating and adapting to climate change, improving energy affordability, lessening the need for investment in energy networks, and delivering the health benefits associated with efficient housing1. However, we are concerned that VEU is becoming less accessible to households, particularly those on low incomes, as lower-cost upgrades have been exhausted and the existing incentives for large items (which tend to have a substantial upfront cost) are not sufficient for low-income households to overcome financial and other barriers. We urge the Victorian Government to ensure that substantial upgrades are available to vulnerable households, preferably as part of a system where these households comprise a priority group. Consideration should also be given to establishing a super-priority group for households who are low income and in energy poverty. Availability: (1)
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