Our plan to keep cutting climate pollution this decade: How we’ll build things

27.03.24 By

The Climate Council has a plan that spells out how we can electrify the nation and cut climate pollution by 75% this decade. The plan shows how we can build on the momentum we’ve already created to ensure Australia has a clean economy powered by the sun and wind, set up our communities and kids for success, and get on a path to end climate pollution. 

We’ll live and work in better buildings, which are more comfortable and cheaper to run.

The built environment refers to energy used in our homes, workplaces, and other buildings (besides electricity). Climate pollution in this sector comes from burning fossil fuels – mostly gas – for heating, hot water and cooking. 

When our homes and businesses are built inefficiently, they waste energy and money. Improving our buildings and appliances, to make them more efficient, is one of the simplest and fastest ways to cut climate pollution and reduce energy demand with technology and materials that are widely available and scalable today.

Where are we at? 

Our built environment today:Pollutes 18 Mt CO2e each yearMakes up 4% of national emissionsPollution has increased 15% since 2005

What else can we do?

Better, more efficient buildings means we can live and work in places that are more comfortable, more affordable and less polluting. Electrification and energy efficiency upgrades can ease cost-of-living pressures, too, by saving Australian households between $1,119 and $2,872 a year.

We can do this by: 

Being smarter with our energy use, and speeding up electrification.

Find out more about each section of our plan:

How we’ll power ourselves 

How we’ll get around

How we’ll make things

How we’ll care for our land

Help turn this plan into action!

Our plan shows how we can cut climate pollution three times faster than current government plans each year to 2030.

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There’s no time to waste. Our kids are depending on us.