Retrofitting and repowering Australia's ageing stock of public and community housing with clean energy is one of the most exciting opportunities to reduce carbon pollution, improve the lives of low income renters, and make properties cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.
The Greens recognise Australia's lowest income households are the most vulnerable to the rising cost of living and to the impacts of global warming, with hotter, longer summers becoming the norm. Targeting public and community housing represents one of the greatest opportunities to reduce pollution and dramatically increase the quality of life and cost of living for some of the most vulnerable Australians.
There are more than 800,000 Australians living in over 421,000 public and community housing dwellings across the country. Much of Australia's public and community housing stock is ageing, with 65% built before 1980, and is very expensive to heat and cool.
Australians living in public and community housing are disproportionately affected by increases in power and utility bills, but are the least able to enjoy the benefits of solar panels and other items that improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability of their homes. Low income tenants are the people least able to access the clean energy and efficient housing revolution – yet stand to benefit the most from homes that are cheaper to run and more comfortable and secure to live in. It's time to change that.