The Council’s expert team of staff and advisors – led by Senior Manager, Projects and Partnerships, Holly Taylor – work with governments at the state and federal level, key industry and professional associations, and non-governmental organisations, particularly our NGO Partners, on a range of business engagement, bespoke research and sector development projects.
Current projects include:
- Ongoing business engagement activity through the Navigating a dynamic energy landscape series;
- Research into managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the energy management sector;
- Development of a training program to upskill the energy services sector in energy management systems (EnMS) competencies; and
- Research into engagement pathways for connecting Australian industry with international energy management collaborative activities, such as the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA EBC) Programme.
NAVIGATING A DYNAMIC ENERGY LANDSCAPE: A BRIEFING FOR AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES
Please go to energybriefing.org.au for the latest Navigating a dynamic energy landscape resources, including the latest edition of the energy briefing, sector spotlights, energy 101s and more
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
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.
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.
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.
ENERGY BILLS & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Survey of community views by YouGov Galaxy
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.