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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:
Further workshops will be held later in 2018 for the participants to share ideas and progress.
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.
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.