Sustainability Victoria recognises the challenges facing many Victorian businesses in accessing information, advice, and on-site support to understand the benefits of energy and materials efficiency. A key finding from businesses participating in Sustainability Victoria’s resource efficiency programs is that businesses learn from the experience of other businesses, and that business networks are a great way to share information and build capability.
A number of industry associations, business networks and registered training organisations (RTOs) have received one of our Energy Efficiency Capability grants to develop energy efficiency knowledge and skills (capabilities) in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and service providers.
The following organisations will deliver projects that build industry capabilities in energy efficiency:
- Australian Industry Group will support manufacturers with workshops, one on one mentoring, and business coaching
- Australian Refrigeration Association will monitor and benchmark energy use of refrigeration systems in restaurants and cafes, and provide training to refrigeration contractors
- Bayside City Council will provide sector specific training to aged care facilities, and wider support through the Bayside Business Network
- Melbourne Polytechnic will partner with Energy Skills Australia to deliver a new Certificate IV in Energy Management and Control to qualified electricians. The pilot program will run in January 2018, and afterwards will be available to other training organisations around Victoria.
- Nillumbik Shire Council will support local cafes to realise to reduce energy costs
- Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria Inc will support growers to optimise energy use, including benchmarking energy use and developing an online tool.
The funding will enable these organisations to deliver workshops, training and tools to help businesses build knowledge and skills in energy efficiency as Victoria makes the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Projects will commence mid-2017 and be completed in early 2019.
Between 2013 and 2015 Sustainability Victoria provided training, advice, and on-site support to help small to medium sized businesses understand, plan, and implement energy and materials efficiency in partnership with industry associations and business networks. Partners in the program were:
- Agribusiness Gippsland
- Australian Industry & Defence Network – Victoria Inc
- Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)
- Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia
- Cultivate Agribusiness (formerly Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum)
- Geelong Chamber of Commerce
- Geelong Manufacturing Council
- Restaurant and Catering Australia
- South East Business Network
- WestVic Dairy
- Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (formerly VECCI)