Energy Efficiency Council members update 14 July 2021
by Katy Daily
While we continue to experience the uncertainties of COVID, there is a growing sense of getting back to business for the Energy Efficiency Council and our members. As we enter this new financial year, we are buoyed by the commitments of governments across Australia to make energy efficiency an integral part of our post-COVID economic recovery, along with businesses across Australia leveraging energy efficiency and smart energy management to meet net zero commitments.
The dawn of a new financial year is a good time to reflect on how far we’ve come. Over the last year we have:
- Worked with partners to secure $1.5 billion in energy efficiency stimulus measures from state and federal governments;
- Represented our member’s interests in government consultations with huge implications for our sector, from the Future of NABERS, to the Energy Security Board’s post 2025 process, to the raft of new industrial energy management programs being developed across the country;
- Launched two new Task Groups, the Commercial Buildings Task Group and the Industrial Energy Management Task Group, giving our members two new ways of helping us advocate for the best outcomes for the energy management industry;
- Ramped up our support for business decision making on energy management, with the third edition of our energy briefing for business, sector spotlights on manufacturing and offices, and a new quarterly newsletter for senior business leaders in charge of energy strategy and investment;
- Led projects that drove the conversation on crucial topics for our sector, including flagship reports on the impact of COVID on the energy management industry and an insulation industry roadmap;
- Delivered energy management training to a record number of participants right around Australia, upskilling professionals on topics such as energy auditing, energy management systems and demand response.
Of course, none of this work would be possible without our members. Energy Efficiency Members play a vital role in supporting us in our work, helping us drive ambitious government policy and strengthening our messages.
We’d like to thank all our existing members for their consistent support and commitment to our vision throughout these turbulent times, and we are delighted to welcome our newest members to our growing community:
Seeley International is an Australian owned manufacturer and designer of world-leading hyper-efficient, sustainable and healthy HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) solutions. Highly invested in R&D, the company has a dedicated ‘Imagineering’ team focused on blue-sky technology and the key areas of energy efficiency and peak demand, health and biological control and extreme climate capability. Seeley delivers combined solutions for industrial, commercial and residential applications, such as Hybrid Heating and Cooling Systems, Energy Recovery, Supplementary Cooling and Pre-Cooling.
Energy and Carbon Solutions is a unique team with 40 years combined industry experience in consulting, engineering and project management for large multi-site clients in industry and commercial businesses. The company’s goal is to deliver tailor-made effective and efficient projects, which reduce operating costs and promote environmental sustainability.
VIOTAS is a global demand response aggregator that enables energy users to earn revenue through utilising their on-site power flexibility and generation. Underpinned by market-leading technologies, the company allows commercial and industrial customers to become active participants in the power system and contribute to the energy transformation towards increased renewables.
O’Brien is a privately owned company which operates as Australia’s largest supplier of boilers, providing plant solutions, service, maintenance, and training to industrial and commercial industry throughout Australia and abroad. O’Brien assists clients in the assessment, design, selection, installation, and implementation of energy efficiency projects and provides an end-to-end solution, including assistance to secure funding for capital projects through energy saving schemes.
Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) is a clean-technology company that has developed and proved its own proprietary production process to manufacture Graphene powder from readily available low-cost feedstock. This process produces high quality, low cost, scalable, ‘tuneable’ and contaminant-free graphene. GMG’s focus has been developing applications for energy saving and energy storage. The company’s product portfolio includes downstream value-added products such as the THERMAL-XR® HVAC-R ENERGY SAVINGS COATINGS, G™ LUBRICANT, G™ COOLANT, G™ DIESEL, and G™Aluminium-Ion Battery.
Maiden Ventures is a start-up focusing on reducing the carbon footprint in the built environment and resells renewable energy to construction sites and implements energy saving measures in operational buildings. Their goal is to introduce sustainability practices into the construction methodologies and building operation.
Have you wondered about joining us? With such a diverse membership, organisations join the Council for a range of reasons, though a primary motivator for most members is a deep interest in one or more of the following:
- Driving ambitious government policy by advocating for smart energy management policies and programs that deliver for all Australians;
- Supporting business decision making and growth with trusted, impartial information on energy so that businesses have confidence making the right energy management investments; and
- Ensuring quality with standards and professional development by supporting standards development and benchmarking for the sector, and training and professional development for professionals across Australia.
For more information about Energy Efficiency Council membership, please visit our member page, or for an informal discussion on how your organisation can benefit from Council membership, please contact the Council.
This article was originally published in the July edition of Efficiency Insight.