Energy & GHG Regulations (Australia)
Australia has introduced a number of mandatory and compliance led reporting mechanisms that bring focus to energy usage and efficiency. These include:
Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program (EEO)
In late 2008 businesses started to report on their ‘Energy Efficiency Opportunities’ (EEO).
A detailed energy assessment of operations is required to identify opportunities to improve energy use and to report publicly on the outcomes.
The program’s Assessment Framework takes a ‘whole business’ approach to assessing energy use and energy saving opportunities. Businesses are required to address many factors influencing energy use, including leadership, management and policy.
Under the program, businesses report publicly on the results of any energy efficiency assessments and the opportunities that exist for projects with a financial payback of up to 4 years.
WSP is helping clients put together their business case to invest in energy saving initiatives as part of the identification of energy savings opportunities.
National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER)
From the second half of 2008 businesses were required to register under the National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting Act 2007.
This reporting system underpins the introduction of a future Australian Emissions Trading Scheme (AETS), and informs government policy.
The program will require 3,000-4,000 businesses to report as it rolls out over a three year timeline, with a decreasing threshold year on year.
WSP is assisting clients with the implications of reporting, and providing advice on establishing appropriate energy efficiency programs and a sustainability strategy to help improve their overall performance.
Environment & Resource Efficiency Plan (EREP)
From the second half of 2008 businesses were required to register their Environment & Resource Efficiency Plan (EREP).
Developed by EPA Victoria, the target audience for this program are large water and energy users, with resource usage applying on a per facility basis. A site will need to trip only one threshold to qualify for the program.
Regardless of which resource use threshold is tripped, a participating site must then address its energy and water use and its waste generation, provided that these exceed relevant sub-thresholds.
The EREP program requires a detailed action plan to address reduction targets with strict implementation timelines and reporting milestones. WSP assists clients with these processes and can help provide life-cycle analysis and integrated resource management advice, which will benefit the delivery of a plan.