Unearth hidden savings by building energy and carbon skills, systems and processes. Video interview.

Unearth hidden savings by building energy and carbon skills, systems and processes. Video interview.
18 Dec 2013Archived News Phil Shorten Climate Change Matters

We recently interviewed Phil Shorten, a Principal Consultant with Energetics who leads our capacity building services. Phil conducts workshops with leadership teams to develop solutions to the challenges of rising energy costs, reducing greenhouse emissions and sustainable resource management.

Phil has worked with businesses as diverse as Windsor Farm Foods, Aussie Fruit and Veg, Bradken Foundries, vineyards, fisheries, government and Xstrata Coal with the aim of embedding a whole of business management approach. We talk to Phil about the benefits he’s seen companies derive from bringing together the leadership team in a collaborative (multi disciplinary) forum.

Over the past five years, Australian business has had to adjust to the reality that energy is no longer cheap.  On top of that, governments, investors and consumers have required better management of resources such as energy, waste and water and reductions in greenhouse emissions. 

However, what many businesses may not realise is that significant savings in energy use remain.  Below are some recent figures that outline the savings potential.

  • Mining, manufacturing and transport estimated that a further 11.4% of their total energy spend could be saved1.

  • Potential savings per annum across this sector were in the order of $2.1 billion.2

  • Companies reported that three practices in combination increase energy efficiency outcomes by 218%. Those practices are:

    • Regular analysis of energy data

    • Energy management included in policies and operational guides

    • Senior management oversight of energy.

Now is the time to re-examine your energy management capabilities as national energy efficiency skillsets are formally recognised through TAFE and grant funding can be accessed to support skills, processes and systems development in energy, waste, water and greenhouse emissions management.  Grant funding is available through bodies such as the National Workforce Development fund, various industry sector innovation and R&D funds, as well as subsidised energy assessments available via NSW’s Office of Environment and Heritage and Sustainability Victoria. 

Video chapters

00:07 - Objective of a leadership forum (workshop)
00:55 - What are the topics covered in a leadership forum and how does it typically run?
3:28 - What are the benefits?
6:19 - Have there been some surprising results?
8:50 – Why should companies focus on energy and resource management now?
13:15 - Why should companies invest time and money in building skills, systems and processes in the area of energy management?


1. ClimateWorks Australia: “Industrial Energy Efficiency Data Analysis”, May 2013
2. Ibid
3. ClimateWorks Australia: “Tracking Progress Towards a Low Carbon Economy”, July 2013.

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