EEX helping save businesses energy and money
The Energy Efficiency Exchange website has been designed to assist Australian businesses to implement energy efficiency practices.
EEX has been developed by the Australian, state and territory governments in response to industry research that highlighted the need for quality information on energy efficiency in one central location. For more information on eex.gov.au government partners, see the About Us page.
The design of eex.gov.au is based upon user-centred research. During the site’s development, interviews with a range of company representatives were held in their workplaces. Potential users were asked about their energy efficiency knowledge and the way they source information.
From this research, the site has been designed for the ‘energy champions’ in companies. The layout of the website incorporates four key content streams: Energy Management, Industry Sectors, Technologies and Business Support.
The Sectors and Technologies streams are designed for technical users such as engineers and site staff, who can access practical examples of energy efficiency opportunities, detailed technical resources and case studies.
A range of industry sectors are covered in EEX, including manufacturing, transport and commercial buildings. Further sector pages on mining and resource processing will be published in coming months.
Under Manufacturing (which covers the chemicals and plastics, pulp and paper, and food and beverage subsectors), energy efficiency opportunities focus on the optimisation of production processes, supported by case studies and examples from related industries. Users can scan the opportunities with the fastest payback or progress through the list to those with longer term savings and higher upfront costs.
In the Commercial and Services sector, opportunities focus on the management of energy in buildings using metering and monitoring, lighting, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and other strategies to minimise energy use. Where relevant, these opportunities are linked to related technology pages, providing comprehensive and detailed options for the sector.
The Transport pages currently focus on road and air transport. It will be useful for freight and haulage companies and airlines wishing to take advantage of cost-saving opportunities in areas such as eco driving, maintenance practices, aerodynamics and fleet management.
As technologies are commonly deployed across industry sectors, a stream of the website is devoted to the energy-efficiency benefits of different technologies and process systems. Technologies on the website presently include HVAC, lighting, motors, pumps and fans, compressed air and process heat. Sections on comminution, materials movement and energy management systems are due for release soon.
The Technology pages, like the Sector pages, incorporate referenced opportunities listed in order of payback potential, as well as case studies and detailed technical resources for users wanting to undertake further analysis.
Information is designed for companies who may be new to energy management, drawing on best-practice materials from the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program (now closed) and other government schemes. It covers the identification, assessment and selection of opportunities, and how to engage with staff and stakeholders so they can see the merits and benefits of energy efficiency.
Guidance on developing successful business cases for energy efficiency projects outlines effective approaches to securing resources for project implementation, using real-life examples.
The Energy Management stream also provides an introduction to the energy market outlining a range of demand management strategies which can assist in negotiating energy supply contracts and reducing energy costs.
The Energy Efficiency Exchange will continue to evolve as new information becomes available. Pages will be peer-reviewed and regularly updated with the latest research. New sector and technologies pages are also planned to expand the site into new areas.
Users are encouraged to provide feedback to improve the site further. A protocol is being developed to support the peer review process of third party resources recommended by industry.
Suggestions on new content areas and other site enhancements are also welcomed – use our Feedback form or email eex [at] environment.gov.au