Free energy management diagnostic workshops for NSW manufacturers

For the past 18 months, Point Advisory has been working with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to develop and pilot an Energy Management Assessment Tool for energy intensive businesses. Once the pilots are completed, the tool is scheduled for public release in the second half of 2019. The tool helps businesses understand how their approach to energy management compares to ‘best practice’, and then provides an action plan to help them make necessary improvements to remedy any deficiencies.

When it is publicly released, OEH will be offering up to $30,000 in funding to eligible businesses in NSW to implement the recommended improvements.

How does the Energy Management Diagnostic Tool and workshop work?

The Energy Management Assessment Tool is used as part of a facilitated 2-hour workshop with an energy expert. During the workshop, client representatives are asked a series of questions about their energy management practices. After the workshop an action plan is produced to help your organisation move towards best practice energy management.

OEH is providing free workshops and up to $30,000 in implementation funding to eligible businesses.

Who will be eligible for OEH support?

The free workshops and $30,000 implementation funding are available to energy-intensive businesses with manufacturing operations in NSW.

A few other key points:

  • The workshop itself is completely free and there is no obligation to undertake implementation activities.
  • Businesses wishing to proceed with implementation will be offered an incentive whereby the government would provide up to $30,000 in funding to implement key actions.
  • The funding is provided on an 80:20 basis, so the energy user would need to fund up to $6,000
  • The money cannot be used for capital expenditure and is intended to be used for improving energy management practices (e.g. by developing an energy policy, monitoring and analysing energy data, developing energy efficiency procurement guidelines, etc.).
  • Workshops are held at one of the business’ NSW facilities and take around 2 hours. Staff from energy and related roles are encouraged to attend – e.g. finance, procurement, operations, safety, health, environment and quality.
  • The workshop would involve your team collaboratively answering several questions about energy management practices in place. They would not need to prepare for the session.

*Note that this program is subject to change prior to its official launch.

How can the Energy Management Diagnostic Tool and workshop help?

The diagnostic tool will help you develop a self-sustaining Energy Management System (EnMS) that will help your business energy and money over time. It will also be useful in comparing your energy management performance relative to other businesses in the same sector.

Many companies already track energy usage on some level, and undertake projects intermittently to improve energy efficiency, however there is no unifying strategy. Development of an effective EnMS is a bespoke affair, with some companies needing to start from scratch, while other companies have existing environmental policies and systems requiring integration. Regardless, integrating an energy management system into an organisation is extremely beneficial because it requires the development of suitable systems to identify, capture, and verify energy savings and crucially, to drive continual improvement in energy performance.


This article was written by Ross Tunmer, Senior Manager in Energy & Climate Change at Point Advisory.

For further information you can contact Ross via email.

Case Study: The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Emissions Reduction Plan

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Emissions Reduction Plan

The Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 sets a state-wide emissions reduction target of net zero emissions by 2050, and a timeline of interim targets set at five year intervals. The Act requires government departments to contribute emissions reductions by setting pledges for each five-year period, with the first period covering from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2025.

As the government entity with responsibility for Victoria’s public hospitals, an extensive portfolio of public housing, and sport and recreation services, the Department of Health and Human Services has a large and complex emissions profile that is material in the context of Victoria’s whole-of-government emissions inventory. To support its contribution to the whole-of-government emissions reduction efforts, DHHS engaged Point Advisory (and partnering organisations Norman Disney Young and Moreland Energy Foundation) to assist in developing a department-specific Emissions Reduction Plan.

The development of this plan (which has been designed to be iterative as Victoria progresses with setting interim targets) involved the calculation of a whole-of-department emissions inventory and modelling of a “business-as-usual” trajectory to 2050, and the identification of potential opportunities to reduce emissions across the department’s operations. The opportunities identified across health, housing, corporate and sport and recreation services were then evaluated for their capital costs and abatement potential and flexible emissions reduction pathways to 2025 and 2030 were modelled for the department’s consideration.

Subsequent iterations of this Emissions Reduction Plan will aim to define the scope and direction of the department’s emissions reduction pathway, and its first mandatory pledge under the Victorian Climate Change Act.

To see some of the other work we’re doing in the net zero space, check out our interactive online net zero model at (works best in Google Chrome browser). For further information, contact Charlie Knaggs.

Conference presentation – energy intelligence

Charlie Knaggs, Principal Consultant in our Energy & Climate Change team, will be presenting at the Energy & Water Efficient Public Buildings & Facilities conference next week in Sydney.

Charlie will be presenting on the topic ‘Energy Intelligence:  using metering and analytics to save energy.’

If you’re at the conference, be sure to say hello!

Report release: EEOB – Transforming the Mid-Tier Sector

Point Advisory would like to congratulate Sustainability Victoria on their win in the ‘Best Energy Efficiency Program’ category of the National Energy Efficiency Conference Awards last week for their ‘Energy Efficient Office Buildings’ (EEOB) program. The program demonstrated that energy savings of up to 29% can be achieved across the mid-tier office building sector, via building tuning and cost effective energy efficiency measures.

Point Advisory is proud to have worked with Sustainability Victoria to develop the EEOB – Transforming the Mid-Tier Sector report, released at last week’s conference. The report outlines the energy efficiency-related opportunities and challenges presented by the mid-tier commercial buildings sector. It also highlights to successes of Sustainability Victoria’s EEOB program in addressing the challenges relating to the mid-tier.