The South Australian government is committed to improving the energy efficiency of the buildings it owns and occupies.

Energy efficiency strategy

The South Australian government has had an energy efficiency strategy for government buildings in place since 2002.

In 2013, Cabinet approved a revised Government Buildings Energy Strategy PDF, 461.02 KB, which seeks to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the energy costs associated with operating government buildings. The strategy describes how the government is improving energy management in government buildings at each stage in a building's life, including:

  • designing and constructing new government buildings
  • refurbishing existing government buildings
  • negotiating new and renewed leases
  • managing and maintaining buildings
  • procuring equipment.

The Government Buildings Energy Group, with representatives from all government agencies, oversees the implementation of the Government Buildings Energy Strategy.

To get in touch with the group, email

South Australian government buildings annual energy efficiency reports

Energy efficiency investment

In 2015, the Government of South Australia established the Government Buildings Energy Efficiency Investment (GBEEI) program. This program requires all government departments to investigate cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities for government-owned buildings.

Departments will work with energy services companies to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise energy costs associated with the operation of their buildings.

The pre-qualified energy service companies with required competencies in delivering energy performance contracting projects are:

Energy services companies can find out more about becoming pre-qualified to participate in the SA Government Buildings Energy Efficiency Investment (GBEEI) Program.

Details of building upgrades, and the contribution they make to improving energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, will be reported in the annual energy efficiency reports.

GBEEI downloads

Departmental progress

AgencyProject EOI release date Advance to RFP Advance to DFS Completion dateYear in M&VAnnual cost savingsAnnual energy and GHG savings
DCSI Adelaide Youth Training Centre June 2016 Conservia, Ecosave, Sustainable Focus Conservia     
– Arts SA
State Library, South Australian Museum June 2016 Ecosave, Schneider Electric, Siemens      
TAFE SA Regency, Adelaide City, and Mount Gambier campuses August 2016 Conservia, Ecosave, Schneider Electric      
CAA Adelaide Magistrate Court August 2016 Airmaster, Engie, Veolia      
SA Police Christies Beach, Elizabeth, and Sturt stations December 2016 Ecosave, FG Environment, Total Energy Solutions      
DHA Riverland cluster (Barmera, Berri, Loxton, Renmark and Waikerie hospitals) January 2017 Ecosave, Schneider Electric, Total Energy Solutions      
DEWNR Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and visitor centres (Black Hill, Cleland, and Flinders Chase national parks) May 2017       
SA HealthPort Pirie cluster       
SA Health (DHA)Port Augusta and Whyalla       

Abbreviations: EOI = expression of interest, RFP = request for proposal, DFS = detailed feasibility study, M&V = measurement and verification, GHG = greenhouse gas (t CO2e/year)