Preparing for a low carbon future

01 Oct 2008Archived News Energetics in the News

This Energetics newsletter addresses a range of issues for Australian businesses as they prepare for a low carbon future, including reporting requirements, energy pricing, available grants and upcoming conferences.

 

Participants in the Federal Government’s Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Program: are you ready to report?

According to the timetable, companies in the EEO program should have their first assessments completed and preparations should be well underway to report progress over 30 months from July 2006 to December 2008. Energetics strongly advises that collating the information to meet the reporting requirements will not be straight forward for all companies. We recommend that companies do not put this requirement off until the last minute, but commence work now in order to ensure accurate and consistent reports, lower costs and lower risk.

Energetics has assisted a number of companies to prepare and/or review their EEO reporting to date.

EEO clients may also want to consider EEO Verification to provide confidence that your processes meet EEO requirements. Conducting periodic reviews of your assessment methodology and process, as applied at your corporate level and at site or activity level, is an effective, low-cost means of ensuring your business is meeting the requirements of EEO.

For further assistance please contact your Key Account Manager, or Business Development:horwoodr@energetics.com.au (National), abbotta@energetics.com.au (Qld) or innesb@energetics.com.au (WA).

Is your business subject to National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER)?

From 1 July 2008, all controlling corporations and facilities that exceed the NGER threshold need to be collecting their energy and greenhouse data.

Registration can occur any time from 1 July 2008 but must be completed by 31 August 2009, with the first NGER report required by 31 October 2009. Data collection should really commence now in order to ensure readiness for the first reporting date. Please contact Lauren Ainscough on phone (02) 9929 3911 or ainscoughl@energetics.com.au if you require assistance.

In the next few weeks we expect to see the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer release a draft for consultation of the External Audit Legislative Instrument. This will outline proposed standards for auditors of NGERS reports and may be of interest to companies that will be required to have an external audit undertaken. 

Forward planning to manage energy costs

Businesses can mitigate their exposure to future energy price volatility by taking early action. This is especially important for those customers who have electricity, gas and green product contracts that expire by 31 December 2009.

Right now, the outlook is affected by:

  • water scarcity
  • record demand for coal and oil
  • higher costs of generation assets
  • the introduction of a future carbon price.

Experience shows that those who plan early and prepare for market downturns can capture significant savings. Energetics has seen customers save more than $5/MWh on the retail price through good timing and fast effective tender processes. For instance, a $5/MWh saving on a 50 GWh per annum load is worth $250,000 per annum.

To help manage this risk and to ensure our customers are informed and able to respond quickly to market changes, Energetics provides a regular market watch service. This is supported by practical tools and experience to conduct procurement, data and bill checking activities.

For more information about Energetics Energy Watch Service, email info@energetics.com.au or phone (02) 9929 3911.

New Federal Government grants available to manufacturing businesses

Energetics can help manufacturing businesses take advantage of a Federal Government scheme offering grants ranging from $10 000 to $500 000 to help improve manufacturing processes and reduce their impact on the environment. The program, called "Re-tooling for Climate Change" offsets projects by up to one third that are designed to achieve energy and water efficiency gains. Follow the link for more information (link to govt release). For advice and assistance from Energetics, please contact Peter Holt, phone (03) 9691 5511 or holtp@energetics.com.au

Carbon Expo, Gold Coast, 30-31 October

We encourage all our clients to attend this first ever Carbon Expo in the Asia Pacific region. The Expo is a wonderful opportunity for you to understand how the carbon market is developing, how it will affect your business and to hear from leading carbon market product and service providers. Energetics has been selected as Carbon Expo's Carbon Management Partner to help establish the event's carbon footprint and source credible offsets.

At the Expo you will see Jonathan Jutsen chair a session on the importance of energy efficiency within a business carbon management strategy.

The Expo is also a great opportunity to meet a number of the Energetics team. Energetics has an exhibition stand staffed by our Queensland Regional Manager, Adrian Abbott and his team, and representatives of our Information and Data Management group headed by David Marchant. David and another senior team member, Rob Sims, will come to the Expo to talk about Energetics' information management solutions given the range of carbon and energy reporting needs that have arisen for Australian businesses. Energetics can help your business manage its energy and carbon data to ensure robust and audit-quality outcomes that meet your reporting requirements. To read more about Energetics' proven technology solutions click here

Environmental Management in Mining Conference, Perth, 8-10 December

The conference will provide delegates with practical case studies and outline the range of environmental issues impacting this industry. Representing Energetics at the conference will be internationally recognised expert in Life Cycle Assessments, Dr Mary Stewart, who will talk about the application of LCAs in mining, and Brian Innes, WA Regional Manager who will lead a workshop, "Understanding the Emissions Trading Scheme". Click here to view more information

Media comment on Professor Garnaut's final Report

Follow the link to view Energetics'media statement

 

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