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.
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.
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 ScienceEnergy 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.