Policy & Projects

Policy & Projects

EEC PROJECTS

The Energy Efficiency Council leads, and partners on, a range of projects which build the market for energy efficiency, support efficiency providers and energy users and drive effective partnership across the sector.

Contact Shauna Coffey, Head of Projects at shauna.coffey@eec.org.au for any further information.

Current projects

COMPRESSED AIR SYSTEM EFFICIENCY COMPETENCY – NSW MANUFACTURERS

Compressed air is used in a wide range of industries, as a source of energy to do mechanical work or as an input in the production process. It is estimated that 10 per cent of all industrial electricity consumption in Australia is used in powering compressed air systems.

Addressing compressed air system inefficiency is the biggest electrical energy savings opportunity in NSW manufacturing. Savings of up to 50 per cent of the energy used by a compressed air system are achievable by implementing a range of low capital cost, simple-to-do actions.

As part of a suite of planned initiatives to support NSW businesses to realise these efficiencies, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has engaged the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) to identify options for building the competency of those involved in implementing compressed air system efficiency opportunities and initiatives to support project implementation.

To date, the EEC has undertaken a desk-top review of training, tools, resources and compressed air efficiency programs to understand best practices globally. The EEC has also examined the process for implementing compressed air system efficiency opportunities and the competency needs of participants in the process.

A consultation brief sets out the findings of this work and presents potential options for overcoming barriers to implementation. It also includes a series of questions to guide the feedback process.

The consultation brief can be accessed here.

You may be particularly interested in providing feedback if you are:

  • A user of compressed air, particularly if you may be eligible to participate in the NSW Government’s new manufacturing efficiency funding program;
  • An independent advisor on compressed air systems;
  • A manufacturer and/or supplier of compressed air technology;
  • An Accredited Certificate Provider under the Energy Savings Scheme;
  • A student with an interest in pursuing a career in an area involving compressed air systems;
  • A government representative involved in energy efficiency programs, which may involve supporting improved efficiency in compressed air systems, procuring compressed air services or endorsing suppliers for government projects;
  • A training provider that has a current or potential role in the provision of compressed air competency related training;
  • An industry body or professional association with a member base involved in the provision of compressed air products and/or services.

The closing date for feedback is COB on Tuesday 30 April 2019. Feedback can be provided in writing to shauna.coffey@eec.org.au. You may also request a private feedback meeting with the project team.

The consultation outcomes will inform a final report and recommendations to OEH in June 2019.

NAVIGATING A DYNAMIC ENERGY LANDSCAPE: A BRIEFING FOR AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES

There is an enormous amount of information on energy in the public domain, yet it can be hard for business leaders to extract what matters for their businesses.

Navigating a dynamic energy landscape is an executive-level briefing designed to cut through the noise and help businesses confidently navigate Australia’s dynamic energy landscape.

The briefing features a breakdown of current energy trends and how they are playing out in business energy bills.

It also features case studies that demonstrate how businesses are using data analytics, energy efficiency, renewable energy, demand response and smarter contracting to reduce their energy costs.

The Energy Efficiency Council will regularly refresh the briefing with up to date data, analysis, recommendations, and case studies.

Recent projects

ENERGY EFFICIENCY EMPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIA (2019)

Energy efficiency has played a key role in improving Australians’ wealth, health and wellbeing. More efficient businesses are more productive, and more efficient homes are cooler in summer, warmer in winter, healthier and cheaper to run. Improving the energy efficiency of Australian homes and businesses is the largest opportunity we have to reduce households’ energy bills.

To date, very little work has been undertaken to estimate the number of people employed in energy efficiency in Australia. The Energy Efficiency Council and the Energy Savings Industry Association commissioned Green Energy Markets to estimate:

  • Upper and lower bound estimates of the number of people currently working in energy efficiency activities in Australia. The estimates of current employment figures are based on a range of existing sources of information; and
  • The employment that would be created by government policies that drive the adoption of a series of technologically mature energy efficiency upgrades to homes and businesses.

Green Energy Markets’ analysis suggested that there are large numbers of current workers in energy efficiency – in fact there are more FTE in energy efficiency than any other part of the energy sector. This scale of employment makes common sense – Australia has tens of millions of buildings and units of energy-using equipment, and a large workforce is required to build, use and maintain these assets. Green Energy Markets also found that, if Australian governments were to adopt policies aimed as accelerating energy efficiency improvement of this large number of assets, it would generate significant levels of employment.

Our energy efficiency workforce has been hiding in plain sight. This report shines a light into a major part of our economy that is worthy of far more attention.

Read the full report

Read the executive summary

BOOSTING SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY EFFICIENCY THROUGH ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION (2018)

In the 2018 Budget, the Federal Government announced a further extension to the $20,000 small business instant asset write-off initiative. This initiative allows businesses with an annual turnover of up to $10 million to immediately deduct for the cost of each business asset up to $20,000, improving cash flow and helping them to reinvest in their business and replace or upgrade their assets.

The Energy Efficiency Council, with the support from the City of Sydney, has produced a set of materials to help small business owners, energy efficiency service providers and small business advisors make use of this initiative. 

Many energy efficiency projects in small businesses typically require less than $20,000 or less than $20,000 per asset. For example, it could include a $15,000 lighting upgrade, a $10,000 controls upgrade and a $10,000 investment in insulation. Similarly, an investment of $20,000 in renewable energy could buy a 15 kW solar power system or a 3 – 5 kW wind turbine (costs net of renewable energy certificates).

The materials will help small business owners make use of the Federal Government small business instant asset write-off initiative to boost their energy efficiency. It will develop new tools and materials and get them into the hands and minds of business owners, energy efficiency service providers and small business advisors.

Download a copy of the materials here.

In addition to the materials, the Energy Efficiency Council is offering free webinars for organisations who want to learn out more about how the initiative could work in their businesses. To register your interest, click here or email andrea.von@eec.org.au.

Further information is available from the Australian Tax Office. If in doubt speak with your trusted financial adviser before making your purchase to ensure both you and your small business will benefit.

AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING: GAS EFFICIENCY GUIDE (2018)

Australian manufacturers are being encouraged to take immediate steps to manage their energy consumption in the face of escalating energy costs and record gas prices.

In a joint initiative, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Energy Efficiency Council and the Australian Industry Group produced the Australian Manufacturing: Gas Efficiency Guide – a comprehensive resource identifying practical and proven strategies to deliver energy and cost savings across manufacturing operations.

The guide examines the energy needs of a wide range of manufacturers, from food and beverage production to metals fabrication, printing and furniture manufacturing. It finds significant opportunities to cut energy use, such as a meat processing plant which saved $45,000 per month by cutting gas use by 21 per cent, after upgrades to its boiler and steam facilities. A building products manufacturer saved $42,000 per year by installing a new control system on its boiler.

The guide identifies a range of proven technologies with the potential to cut gas consumption by 25 per cent. In the majority of cases, up front investment costs were $50,000 or less, with the costs recovered within just five years. If the initiatives were all implemented at once, they would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 million tonnes a year, equivalent to taking more than two million passenger vehicles off the road, or meeting the electricity needs of 1.5 million homes.

View the gas guide here.

ENERGY BILLS & ENERGY EFFICIENCY: SURVEY OF COMMUNITY VIEWS (2018)

In many parts of Australia electricity prices have almost doubled and wholesale gas prices have more than tripled over the last decade. Many Australians are struggling with high energy bills. Helping homes and businesses save energy is a highly effective way to reduce energy bills while improving energy security and sustainability.

The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), the Property Council of Australia (PCA) and the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) all share the goal of ensuring that energy bills are affordable for homes and businesses. In February 2018 these groups commissioned YouGov Galaxy to survey on the views of Australians on energy policy, with a focus on energy efficiency.

Click here to view the survey results.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT ADVISOR COMPETENCIES FOR ENERGY-INTENSIVE SMEs (2018)

Development of a competency framework for Energy Management Advisors for energy-intensive SMEs to inform the development of mechanisms for individuals to be assessed against those competencies to demonstrate professional standing, as well as training programs to support individuals in addressing any identified deficiencies. Partner: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

VICTORIAN RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY SCORECARD – SCOPING LINKS WITH FINANCE (2018)

Investigation of potential options for linking the Victorian Residential Scorecard rating tool with upgrade finance mechanisms. The research included desktop research, financial analysis and stakeholder consultation. Partner: Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

VICTORIAN RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY SCORECARD – EVENTS OPPORTUNITIES ANALYSIS (2018)

Identifying opportunities and principles for promoting the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard through a strategic events portfolio. Partner: Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Past projects

ENERGY PRODUCTIVITY SKILLS AND TRAINING PATHWAY (2017)

Examination of the range of essential skills, knowledge and experience required to provide energy efficiency and energy productivity services, and mechanisms for boosting the level and availability of these competencies in the marketplace. Partner: Department of the Environment and Energy.

Click here to view.

ENERGY AUDITOR PATHWAY TO CERTIFICATION (2017)

To define a professional development pathway for Australia’s energy auditors and establish an appropriate model for an auditor certification scheme. Partners: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Sustainability Victoria. (report on request)

SMES AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS: ENABLING BEST PRACTICE ENERGY EFFICIENCY (2017)

A guide to those seeking to support SMEs, identifying best practices in the delivery of energy efficiency information and grant programs for SMEs. Partner: Department of the Environment and Energy.

Click here to view.

CONNECTING SMMS WITH EXPERT ENERGY EFFICIENCY SUPPORT (2017)

Critical success factors for connecting SMM energy users to skilled service providers. Partner: Department of the Environment and Energy.

Click here to view.

BUILDING RETROFIT TOOLKIT (2016)

A five-year project plan to uplift the energy efficiency business skills and action of mid-tier office building owners. Partner: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Click here to view.

UNDERSTANDING THE NSW ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES MARKET (2016)

Development of a suite metrics able to provide critical insight into the health and maturity of Energy Efficiency Services Market (EESM). Partner: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). (report on request)

BUILDING ENERGY UPGRADE INFORMATION FOR BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS (2016)

Production of a website and brochures to guide building owners, facility managers and other buyers of building energy efficiency services in engaging suitably qualified and experienced service providers. Partner: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

Click here to view.

BUILDING UPGRADE SERVICES DIRECTORY (2016)

The Building Upgrade Services Directory brings together information the key industry bodies, professional associations and certifications whose membership includes experts in building upgrades, providing owners and managers of commercial buildings and multi-unit residential dwellings information that assists them to identify service providers they can trust. Partner: City of Sydney.

Click here to view.

SURVEY OF NATIONAL OPINION ON ELECTRICITY PRICES AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY (2013)

In late 2013 the Energy Efficiency Council, CHOICE and Brotherhood of St Laurence undertook a major national survey on household views on energy.  The survey found that householders are more concerned about electricity bills than other cost-of-living expenses and want their State Governments to help reduce energy costs through energy efficiency. (report on request)

NAVIGATING A DYNAMIC ENERGY LANDSCAPE: A BRIEFING FOR AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES

There is an enormous amount of information on energy in the public domain, yet it can be hard for business leaders to extract what matters for their businesses.

Navigating a dynamic energy landscape is an executive-level briefing designed to cut through the noise and help businesses confidently navigate Australia’s dynamic energy landscape.

The briefing features a breakdown of current energy trends and how they are playing out in business energy bills.

It also features case studies that demonstrate how businesses are using data analytics, energy efficiency, renewable energy, demand response and smarter contracting to reduce their energy costs.

The Energy Efficiency Council will regularly refresh the briefing with up to date data, analysis, recommendations, and case studies.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY EMPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIA

Energy efficiency has played a key role in improving Australians’ wealth, health and wellbeing. More efficient businesses are more productive, and more efficient homes are cooler in summer, warmer in winter, healthier and cheaper to run. Improving the energy efficiency of Australian homes and businesses is the largest opportunity we have to reduce households’ energy bills.

To date, very little work has been undertaken to estimate the number of people employed in energy efficiency in Australia. The Energy Efficiency Council and the Energy Savings Industry Association commissioned Green Energy Markets to estimate:

  • Upper and lower bound estimates of the number of people currently working in energy efficiency activities in Australia. The estimates of current employment figures are based on a range of existing sources of information; and
  • The employment that would be created by government policies that drive the adoption of a series of technologically mature energy efficiency upgrades to homes and businesses.

Green Energy Markets’ analysis suggested that there are large numbers of current workers in energy efficiency – in fact there are more FTE in energy efficiency than any other part of the energy sector. This scale of employment makes common sense – Australia has tens of millions of buildings and units of energy-using equipment, and a large workforce is required to build, use and maintain these assets. Green Energy Markets also found that, if Australian governments were to adopt policies aimed as accelerating energy efficiency improvement of this large number of assets, it would generate significant levels of employment.

Our energy efficiency workforce has been hiding in plain sight. This report shines a light into a major part of our economy that is worthy of far more attention.

Read the full report

Read the executive summary

 

                     

BOOSTING SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY EFFICIENCY THROUGH ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION

In the 2018 Budget, the Federal Government announced a further extension to the $20,000 small business instant asset write-off initiative. This initiative allows businesses with an annual turnover of up to $10 million to immediately deduct for the cost of each business asset up to $20,000, improving cash flow and helping them to reinvest in their business and replace or upgrade their assets.

The Energy Efficiency Council, with the support from the City of Sydney, has produced a set of materials to help small business owners, energy efficiency service providers and small business advisors make use of this initiative. 

Many energy efficiency projects in small businesses typically require less than $20,000 or less than $20,000 per asset. For example, it could include a $15,000 lighting upgrade, a $10,000 controls upgrade and a $10,000 investment in insulation. Similarly, an investment of $20,000 in renewable energy could buy a 15 kW solar power system or a 3 – 5 kW wind turbine (costs net of renewable energy certificates).

The materials will help small business owners make use of the Federal Government small business instant asset write-off initiative to boost their energy efficiency. It will develop new tools and materials and get them into the hands and minds of business owners, energy efficiency service providers and small business advisors.

Download a copy of the materials here.

In addition to the materials, the Energy Efficiency Council is offering free webinars for organisations who want to learn out more about how the initiative could work in their businesses. To register your interest, click here or email andrea.von@eec.org.au.

Further information is available from the Australian Tax Office. If in doubt speak with your trusted financial adviser before making your purchase to ensure both you and your small business will benefit.


AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING: GAS EFFICIENCY GUIDE

Australian Manufacturing: Gas Efficiency Guide is a comprehensive resource that sets out practical and proven measures that deliver energy and cost savings in gas-intensive manufacturing operations.

The Guide sets out a range of options for manufacturers that wish to reduce their reliance on gas, including:

  • maintenance improvements;
  • replacing old and inefficient equipment;
  • smart redesigns of industrial processes; and
  • shifting from gas to other energy sources.

The Guide is a joint initiative of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Energy Efficiency Council and the Australian Industry Group. 

You can download the Guide here.

On Thursday 4 October 2018, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Energy Efficiency Council and Ai Group hosted a live, interactive online event to unpack and expand upon the guide.

You can download the webinar recording and slides to hear from Tennant Reed (Ai Group), Michael East (Out Performers) and Luke Menzel (Energy Efficiency Council) on how gas-intensive businesses can reduce their energy costs and reduce their reliance on gas to remain cost competitive.

ENERGY BILLS & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Survey of community views by YouGov Galaxy
April 2018

In many parts of Australia electricity prices have almost doubled and wholesale gas prices have more than tripled over the last decade. Many Australians are struggling with high energy bills. Helping homes and businesses save energy is a highly effective way to reduce energy bills while improving energy security and sustainability.

The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), the Property Council of Australia (PCA) and the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) all share the goal of ensuring that energy bills are affordable for homes and businesses. In February 2018 these groups commissioned YouGov Galaxy to survey on the views of Australians on energy policy, with a focus on energy efficiency.

Click here to download the Survey results.

Quick snapshot of some of the results:

  • 90 per cent of voters think that it is important or very important that governments help reduce households’ and businesses’ energy bills
  • Energy efficiency was the most popular energy policy option:
    • 88 per cent of voters support government investment in energy efficiency, and just 5 per cent oppose it, giving a net support of 83 per cent.
    • Voters were more divided on whether government should invest in new coal-fired generators, with just 4 per cent net support, and
    • More voters opposed than supported reducing incentives for renewable energy and energy storage, with 16 per cent net opposition.
  • Voters supported a wide range of specific energy efficiency policies, including:
    • 79 per cent support for incentives to upgrade commercial buildings
    • 80 per cent support for minimum standards for rental homes to ensure that they are safe, comfortable and have low energy bills, and
    • 92 per cent support for upgrading the energy efficiency of public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

Raw data from the survey can be downloaded here.