Australian Greenhouse Office

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The Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) was formed in 1998 within the Government of Australia as a stand-alone agency within the environment portfolio to provide a whole of government approach to greenhouse matters. It was the world's first government agency dedicated to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, managed Australia's response to climate change, and provided government-sanctioned information to the public.

Writer Guy Pearse was employed by the agency as a consultant. David Evans was employed by the office from 1999 to 2005 to conduct carbon accounting and to build models.[1]


The agency was responsible for administering the Energy Star program in Australia and provided funds for a fuel cell bus trial in Perth. An auditing method was developed to assist local councils to improve the energy efficiency of their lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.[2]

In 2001, the Australian Greenhouse Office introduced the Australian Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), which were revised in 2006 to a more stringent level.[3]

In 2004, it became part of the Department of the Environment and Heritage. Following the 2007 federal election, the functions of AGO were split between the new Department of Climate Change and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. In March 2010, the remainder of the AGO functions- the (Renewable Energy Efficiency Division) was moved to DCC, creating the new Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. [4]

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  1. ^ David Evans (18 July 2008). "No smoking hot spot". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ Harvey Grennan (16 September 2008). "Waste adds $344m to carbon cost". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Motor efficiency evolution". Manufacturers’ Monthly. Reed Business Publishing. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Climate Australia". Retrieved 19 February 2021.

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