AUSTRALIA’S largest energy users now have less than two months to identify their energy efficiency savings and put them on public record, warns carbon management consultancy Energetics.
On 31 December 2008, businesses captured by the federal government’s Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program (www.energyefficiencyopportunities.gov.au) will be required to reveal their energy saving opportunities to the public for the first time.
The EEO program applies to the 220 companies that consume more than 500 terajoules of energy per year, requiring them to identify and report on energy efficiency opportunities within their businesses.
It is expected to run at least until the introduction of the government’s National Strategy for Energy Efficiency, announced at COAG last week for implementation by June 2009.
In September this year, Energetics released a survey of EEO participants, which showed it has brought about an overall improvement in attitudes and behaviour towards energy efficiency.
However, it also identified alarming barriers to implementation of such measures in the lead-up to the 2010 introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.
The Energetics Energy Efficiency Opportunities Participant Survey is available from Energetics by contacting Rachael Earnshaw on (02) 9929 3911 or visiting www.energetics.com.au