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:
- Sustainability Victoria have awarded The Australian Industry Group a $150,000 grant to provide a mentoring service to the Victorian manufacturing industry. They have teamed up with energy and sustainability consultancies Ndevr Environmental and Wollemi to provide workshops, one on one business mentoring and coaching to reduce energy costs and build a culture of sustainability amongst participants.
- Twenty-one manufacturing businesses have now signed up for the scheme and workshops have been delivered in Bendigo, Wodonga, Geelong and Melbourne. These businesses are now receiving one to one business coaching to develop energy saving opportunities and a business plan to implement these opportunities.
Further workshops will be held later in 2018 for the participants to share ideas and progress.
- Australian Refrigeration Association are delivering a $150,000 project, monitoring refrigeration equipment for the food retail sector. Fifty Metis energy monitoring units have been installed on refrigeration equipment across Victoria in more than 40 SME businesses. Data from the monitoring equipment is analysed to identify potential faults and inefficiencies in the running of the refrigeration systems.
As part of the project, refrigeration contractors have been trained to use the equipment and analyse the results to identify when maintenance may be required. The impact of these maintenance activities on energy usage can be reviewed in real time. The results of this monitoring will be provided to the Australian Institute of Refrigeration to help develop benchmarks for the refrigeration industry.
- Bayside City Council have been awarded a $18,500 grant by Sustainability Victoria to provide sector specific training to aged care facilities through workshops and further one-to-one support to help increase energy management knowledge across the sector, nine businesses representing 12 aged-care facilities have taken part in one of two training workshops. The participating businesses are now engaged in measuring their usage and identifying improvement opportunities with one to one help from energy efficiency consultancy Carbonetix.
- Melbourne Polytechnic in partnership with Energy Skills Australia have been awarded $148,000 to develop and deliver a new Certificate IV in Energy Management and Control to qualified and apprentice electricians. The course has been accredited and the first delivery commenced at the beginning of April 2018. Once tested and fully developed, the program will be made available to other training organisations around Victoria.
- A $35,000 grant has been awarded to Nillumbik Shire Council to support local cafes, restaurants and wineries to identify and implement opportunities to reduce energy costs. The program consists of training workshops and on site mentoring. Over 30 businesses in the area have signed up for the scheme, and 12 have completed the first two stage workshops. These businesses have now received one to one visits from an energy assessor employed by the council, and several have already reduced their energy bills costs.
- AUSVEG Victoria have been granted $135,000 to support vegetable growers to optimise their energy use, 13 growers have signed up for the program and will receive an energy efficiency assessment on their site. Delivered by energy efficiency consultants Pitt and Sherry, this includes installation of monitoring equipment followed by further assistance and support to implement recommended improvements
Participating businesses will be assisted to access other funding streams to help with associated costs. The monitoring information obtained from these projects will be used to develop industry benchmarks and develop an online tool to improve energy efficiency in the vegetable growing industry.
These projects funding through Sustainability Victoria will enable 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 commenced in mid-2017 and are scheduled for completion by the middle of 2019.