EEO continues to evolve to provide greater flexibility

EEO continues to evolve to provide greater flexibility

Following the completion of cycle one of EEO, the government has reviewed the current approach to the program, consulted with industry and amended EEO regulations. The EEO Assessment and Reporting Amendment Regulations are to be tabled by the Federal Executive Council on 8 August.  Assuming the Council meets, the amended regulations will be effective from 8 August onwards.

The Full Cycle Evaluation (FCE) of the EEO Program made four recommendations:

  • to complete the second cycle of the program, acknowledging that while the EEO Program has improved organisational capability there is still room for improvement to embed energy efficiency into standard business practice

  • to change program requirements to become less prescriptive and offer alternative compliance mechanisms

  • to provide greater clarity on required compliance requirements and which aspects of EEO compliance are flexible and open to negotiation

  • to improve outcomes and  reduce compliance burden through a whole-of-government approach to industrial energy efficiency policy, streamlining of compliance obligations and harmonisation of reporting methods.1

 What should participants be aware of?

  • Greater flexibility is provided in the regulations to support businesses for reporting the outcome of assessments and provide alternative options for the format of the  Government Report.

  • will provide greater flexibility in the contents of the Assessment Plan to utilise existing business systems.

  • A Recognised Participant’s scheme for organisations that can demonstrate ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in their energy performance will be developed (subject to a trial followed by inclusion in the Regulations in July 2014).

 
Some more of the detail:

  • In the Assessment Framework, Key Elements have been re-labelled as Requirements, and Key Requirements have been relabelled as Actions.

  • Removal of guidance information from the Assessment Framework to delineate between compliance requirements and guidance information.

  • Clarification of the accuracy to which opportunities must be assessed.  Potential opportunities should be evaluated to an accuracy that is commensurate with the size of the financial investment associated with implementation.

  • Streamlined content through the merger of former key requirements focusing on data collection and analysis (merging former requirements 2.1 and 2.2;  5.1 and 5.2; 3.2 and 3.3).

 
Who does this impact?

  • New participants

  • Corporations who wish to alter their Assessment Plan

  • Participants who have an approved assessment plan will not be required to amend their plans.

 
EEO extended to include new developments and expansions
Read more in Energetics' article. 


1. Energy Efficiency Opportunities: "Addressing recommendations from the full cycle evaluation",
http://energyefficiencyopportunities.gov.au/about-the-eeo-program/program-review/full-cycle-review/addressing-recommendations-from-the-full-cycle-evaluation/


 


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