E1 Energy efficiency projects

Energy efficiency is a key part of making New South Wales a sustainable, liveable and resilient state. Through the Government Resource Efficiency Policy, the government is making energy efficiency part of its agencies’ operating goals.

Energy efficiency projects by dollar savings

New energy efficiency projects
Additional yearly savings generated
$1.1 million
Additional yearly consumption savings
6 million kWh
Man wearing yellow hardhat checking electrical wiring.The government is embedding energy efficiency into the delivery of its agencies’ operations to:
  • improve energy efficiency
  • decrease resource costs
  • reduce its burden on the environment.

Reducing the government’s energy use will generate significant benefits, including:

  • decreasing the demand for energy
  • promoting clean and renewable energy
  • increasing the demand for low energy-use appliances
  • encouraging energy efficiency design principles to be incorporated in development of new buildings.

All clusters will undertake energy efficiency projects at sites representing 90% of their billed energy use by the end of 2023–24.

Energy efficiency projects include a wide range of measures, from improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems through to lighting upgrades and solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. 

Some of these energy efficiency projects are funded by the Government Finance Facility (GFF). The GFF finances cost-effective energy and water efficiency projects through low-cost capital advances to general government sector agencies. Its total net lending is capped at $95 million with $53 million advanced so far.

Highlights for 2018–19

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  • From 2012 to 2019, agencies have implemented 996 resource efficiency projects, generating yearly bill savings of $15 million and 89 million kWh.
  • In 2018–19 there were 72 projects with an estimated per-year saving of $1.1 million and 6 million kWh.
  • From 2019 onward, there are an additional 86 future projects planned, with an expected yearly saving of $1.3 million and 16.6 million kWh.
The figures show that the GREP is driving action on energy efficiency across government.

Savings from efficiency projects

Column chart showing savings from energy efficiency projects in millions of dollars for the years 2015-16 to 2018-19. Savings are: $7.2m in 2015-16; $9.4m in 2016-17; $13.9m in 2017-18; and $15.0m in 2018-19