Our 2015 report on measuring energy savings from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) 2007-13 energy efficiency programs has been published on their revamped website. The report was part of a four-year evaluation support project, and follows from the 2012 report. The new report syntheses savings from activities undertaken in 2013 and 2014 to address the lack of reliable evidence of energy savings from energy efficiency programs. It highlights the substantial achievement OEH has made in moving from savings based on engineering estimates (deemed savings) to verified energy savings based on ‘before-and-after’ analysis—consistent with international best practice measurement. Methods included billing data analysis and Measurement and Verification (M&V). The measurements demonstrated that the interventions in each of the programs achieved real and substantial energy savings and reductions in electricity bills at sites studied. The capacity to generalise these findings to all sites in each sector varied with the samples of the measurement studies.
Local Government NSW and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) have published the results from ARTD’s survey of councils’ progress and needs in adapting to climate change. The online survey, conducted in June 2015, received 186 responses covering 74 per cent of all NSW councils. Local Government NSW presented the findings at the National Climate Adaptation conference on 7 July 2016. The survey, which followed two surveys conducted in 2010, showed councils’ capacity to assess and plan for climate change impact had increased. In the 2015 survey, over two-thirds of respondents (69%) reported having experienced impacts from climate change in their Local Government Area. Councils welcome any kind of support to prepare and respond to climate change impacts, with increased interest in technical, high-quality information compared to 2010, and growing interest in tools, such as costing of adaptation actions.