Environment Resource Efficiency Plans

01 Feb 2008Archived News Climate Change Matters

The Environment Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP) program was developed by Victoria EPA to encourage an integrated approach to energy, water and waste.



All commercial and industrial sites in Victoria that use more than 100 TJ of energy and/or 120 ML of water in a financial year need to prepare a plan that identifies actions to reduce energy and water use and waste generation. Each site that exceeds one or more thresholds must register with Victoria Environment Protection Authority (EPA), prepare a plan, implement actions with a payback period of three year or less, and report on their performance annually.

What is the trigger?

All commercial and industrial sites that consume more than

  • 100 TJ/y and/or
  • 120 ML/y

will be required to complete an integrated energy, water and waste management plan. Each site that exceeds one or more thresholds must register with EPA, prepare a plan, implement actions with a payback period of three year or less, and report on their performance annually.

A site that exceeds one or more of these resource use thresholds in any financial year from 2006/07 must participate in the EREP program.

EPA Victoria has developed an online registration tool to streamline the program. Refer to: http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/erep

What industries are excluded?

Sites that are primarily used for residential housing and primary production will be excluded from the EREP program. Intensive agriculture, such as feedlots, piggeries or poultry farms are included.

What are the EREP Program key deadlines?

  • Registration by 31 March 2008
  • Submission of plans by 31 December 2008

Are there any exemptions?

There are some overlaps with EEO and WaterMAP. EPA Victoria is working with water authorities to ensure that WaterMAP complies for the “WATER” component of the EREP assessment. Similar exemptions will occur for the energy component and EEO.

Energetics' Approach to EREPs

We see the development of an EREP as the catalyst for taking an holistic view of opportunities to reduce resource use by organisations. The traditional approach to resource efficiency has been to focus on just one input when assessing opportunities. This has meant that many opportunities for improvement, ones that impact a range of resource inputs, are missed. For instance, water saving opportunities may not have properly accounted for related energy savings, or reductions in waste disposal charges. Energetics believes that an EREP is much more than the sum of separate energy, water and waste audits.

To manage these ever growing challenges, Energetics is offering an integrated program solution to strategically position your business beyond minimum compliance. We will assist you to leverage opportunity commonalities to deliver an output which is greater than the sum of its parts; we will help you to realise the opportunity which the EREP program represents, as opposed to just assisting you to meet regulatory requirements. Strategy development, combining business imperatives and technical competencies, is Energetics' expertise.

We can assist your business to reap the maximum benefits from their EREP through:

  • Technical assessments including baseline auditing;
  • Opportunity identification;
  • Management diagnostic;
  • Delivery of innovative capacity building programs to support implementation of continuous improvement;
  • Awareness and training; and
  • Provision and implementation of support tools.

Translating the impact of environmental trends, global and local, for your business is our strength. Tools to assist your business include multi-criteria decision making, life cycle analysis and systems analysis supported by Energetics’ practical experience and business expertise.

Diverse Industry Experience

Energetics provides energy and carbon services to a large proportion of Australia's leading top-200 companies from all industries, including:

  • Food & Beverage manufacture;
  • Chemical & Pharmaceutical;
  • Infrastructure (water and energy utilities);
  • Retail; and
  • Commercial.

Government Program Experience

Energetics is able to tap into a wide range of internal experience when assisting companies and sites to implement large scale governmental programs. Energetics has experience across the following:

  • Recent involvement with the design of the Victorian EREP;
  • Design and implementation of the Sustainability Advantage program for the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change, including facilitation of Resource Efficiency modules in a variety of sectors;
  • Development and implementation of NSW Department of Water and Energy (DWE) water and energy program (more than 50 Energy Savings Action Plans –(ESAP's) across NSW i.e. approximately 20% of the total number of Plans required under the DWE ESAP legislation); and
  • Design and facilitation of the Every Drop Counts (EDC) Business Program for Sydney Water.

Management Systems

One of the key differentiators of Energetics' EREP offering is our business process and systems methodology used to help companies implement continuous improvement practices in resource management.

Energetics' One-2-Five®Sustainability diagnostic tool helps businesses to assess their approach to resource consumption from a management systems approach, rather than a narrow technical focus. The diagnostic identifies strengths and areas requiring improvement across a range of resource efficiency issues. Taking an holistic approach, it helps the business management teams to understand the effectiveness of their current resource efficiency management practices, and to identify critical actions for improvement.

Additionally, companies are provided with a structured framework to achieve continuous improvement in resource efficiency.

Tools and Processes

Alongside Energetics' range of resource management services, we have invested considerable time and intellectual property into the development of a suite of resource and information management tools. Our leading edge products are supported by our highly experienced team of consultants, including:

  • One-2-Five®Sustainability and Eco-Achiever®: Our approach to effective utilisation of resources in a business is built on improving the systems that manage those recourses. One-2-Five®Sustainability and Eco-Achiever® assess management’s approach to resource efficiency and highlight critical areas for improvement.
  • Energetics has developed site assessment methodology and supporting tools that are proven to support culture change and continuous improvement in energy and resource management within companies.
  • An opportunities assessment tool has also been designed to help companies to rank and prioritise opportunities for improvement. In the main Energetics tailors this tool to the business, environmental and strategic objectives of the site or business unit to which it is applied (multi-decision criteria analysis).
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