Implementing an effective energy efficiency strategy requires the right mix of people and skills. It involves upskilling workers at all levels from the shop floor to the board room to understand how companies manage their energy use—and to identify, evaluate and implement opportunities to improve energy performance.

Knowledge bases

Energy Efficiency Skills A range of skills are required to implement effective energy efficiency practices.  This means that a team-based approach to energy efficiency is essential.  

Energy Efficiency Training Options  – A variety of training options are available for individuals or companies to increase their energy efficiency skills.

Energy Efficiency Training Resources and Support Training resources and training support programs can assist to develop energy efficiency training, or support the upskilling of staff.

A range of reports, resources and other information can be found below.

Relevant reports

The following reports contain information relating to energy efficiency skills.

Long Term Training Strategy on Energy Efficiency Assessment Skills Reports 2009

In 2009, the then Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism coordinated a large energy efficiency skills research project, the Long Term Training Strategy on Energy Efficiency Assessment Skills, that identified skills gaps and shortages faced by Australia’s highest energy using companies.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Energy Efficiency in Commercial and Residential Buildings 2011

This report from the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (formerly Skills Australia) considered the energy efficiency skill and job requirements for businesses operating in the commercial and residential building sectors. The report finds that energy efficiency initiatives in the built environment will create some new occupations, however, of more significance for the labour market, is the need to update skills and knowledge in existing occupations.

Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency  Leadership Change for Energy Efficiency in Accounting & Management: Training Needs Analysis 2011 (Opens in a new window)

This report provides findings from focus groups and interviews conducted with accountants and business managers as part of an energy efficiency training needs analysis funded by the NSW Office of the Environment & Heritage.

University of Technology Sydney  PDF 449 KB Website Research of CEOs/Senior Level Executives Participating in the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program 2010 (Opens in a new window)

A report on the findings of a survey of CEOs/Senior Level Executives participating in the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO ) program (now closed), which sought their views on the drivers for, and barriers to, adopting energy efficiency measures.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science  PDF 456 KB  ClimateWorks Australia - Energy Efficiency Data Project 2012 (Opens in a new window)

This report contains information from ClimateWorks Australia’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Data Analysis Project, including detail on energy efficiency opportunities, and barriers including skills gaps and shortages.

Climateworks Australia PDF 2.2 MB

Energy audit standards

Energy audits determine how efficiently energy is being consumed, identify energy and cost-saving opportunities, and highlight potential improvements in building services and occupant comfort. Three energy audit standards are available from Standards Australia:

3598.1 Energy audits – Commercial buildings

3598.2 Energy audits – Industrial and related activities

3598.3 Energy audits – Transport related activities

In future, these standards may provide the basis for further training and accreditation programs.

Relevant resources and information

The following resources and information are relevant to developing energy efficiency skills.

ARIES energy efficiency and renewable energy teaching module 2010 The Australian Research Institute for Environment and SustainabilityWebsite

The Australian Research Institute for Education in Sustainability (ARIES) compiled Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy teaching modules which include strategies and resources to assist educators in incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy into their teaching.

Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership Skills for Job Types 2012 (Opens in a new window) Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership PDF 514 KB Word 336 KB

Participating countries in the Qualified Workforce Task Force of the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership have identified knowledge and skills for various job types (including engineering), to help governments refine or accelerate the development of a workforce with energy assessment and management expertise in the industrial and commercial building sectors. It is a ‘living document’ that will evolve with time.

Engineering skills research reports and information

Engineering skills research reports and information

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has a range of reports and other information on energy efficiency knowledge and skills in engineering education and practice.

This material is relevant to people:

developing energy efficiency education resources for engineers developing policies, programs and resources to increase energy efficiency skills in the engineering profession conducting further research on energy efficiency skills for engineers.

Some education research findings and approaches for engineering are also relevant to other professions, and material relevant to engineering education can also be found above on this page.