SMEs and community organisations – enabling best practice energy efficiency
Australia’s small and medium sized enterprise (SME) and not-for-profit (NFP) sectors are a
vital part of our economic and social fabric. They engage in a diverse range of activities
and range significantly both in size and capacity of organisational management.
Collectively SMEs consume 34% of business energy in Australia. However,
because they pay more for their energy than bigger businesses, they are responsible for 45% of business energy spending (ABS, 2016).
The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) sees significant potential to build on the impact of
previous energy efficiency information and grant programs to further expand the capacity of
Australian SMEs and community organisations to improve their energy productivity.
Research shows that SMEs remain considerably less likely to implement energy efficiency initiatives than larger business. They are not motivated by the same sustainability drivers and often view energy efficiency as a carbon
reduction issue, rather than a business issue.