A detailed analysis of energy consumption observed a reduction in energy consumption of between 5–15%. A significant achievement resulting from a three-hour training course. 1
- Participant in NSW Energy Efficiency Training Program
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.
What would you like to know?
- 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.
The following reports contain information relating to energy efficiency skills.
- Long Term Training Strategy on Energy Efficiency Assessment Skills Reports 2009
- Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
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.
- Energy Efficiency in Commercial and Residential Buildings 2011
- Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency
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.
- 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.
- Research of CEOs/Senior Level Executives Participating in the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program 2010 (Opens in a new window)
- Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
- PDF 456 KB
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.
- ClimateWorks Australia - Energy Efficiency Data Project 2012 (Opens in a new window)
- Climateworks Australia
- PDF 2.2 MB
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.
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 Sustainability
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)
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.