Why Policy Matters

The Why Policy Matters stream at MEFL’s Spark! 2018 Conference discussed the importance of effective policy in driving the next wave of energy efficiency building standards.

The stream featured the expertise of:

  • Mike Collins, Coordinator Social Planning at Moreland City Council
  • Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment
  • Kulja Coulston, Managing Editor of Sanctuary Magazine at Renew
  • Facilitator Paul Murfitt, Executive Director, Energy Sector Reform at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Mike Collins began by emphasising the need for effective policy in order to drive improvements in energy efficiency building standards.

He highlighted that when creating policy, there needs to be a view of the bigger picture and alignment amongst key issues such as energy efficiency, biodiversity and urban cooling in order to drive effective policy.

Kulja then described the need for policy to be inclusive. In particular, she highlighted,

“Energy-efficiency is more than technology. It’s about people.” Kulja Coulston, Renew

As such, she argued that there was a strong need for consumers to be included in the revisions of the National Construction Code, which is currently designed for and by industry alone. She highlighted that effective policy will only be created if the community comes together and raises its concerns.

Finally, Kate Auty spoke about the need for bold policy and a rapid policy shift in times of crisis. She stated that we were morally obliged from a policy point of view to act boldly. Setting bold policy objectives was needed to realise tangible and legitimate outcomes that match the scale of the climate emergency.

Thank you to our speakers for sharing their expertise. For more information on the other streams at Spark! please visit MEFL’s Spark 2018 page.