Australian companies are finding it increasingly challenging to remain internationally competitive. The high Australian dollar is limiting export opportunities, domestic energy costs are rapidly increasing, and changes to taxation (including a price on carbon) are forcing Australian business to scrutinise bottom line performance.
Many manufacturing groups have conducted energy assessments under the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program, identifying significant opportunities for cost reduction through the implementation of energy efficiency projects. The manufacturing industry has been identified under the Clean Energy Future as a sector requiring funding support to help implement energy/carbon reduction projects. The Clean Energy Funding program for manufacturing will be opened mid March in 2012.
The food and beverage sector is experiencing supply chain pressures from major retailers who are requesting cheaper products. There are limited opportunities to pass on increasing energy and carbon costs in this highly competitive market place. Most food and beverage businesses have already applied continuous improvement and waste management processes such as lean manufacturing to help reduce cost of manufacture, however, there is still significant opportunity for improving energy efficiency and reducing production costs. The Clean Energy Fund will include specific allocations of funds for the Food and Beverage Industry and Metals industry groups.
How can Energetics help?
Energetics works with local, national and multi-national manufacturing companies including: automotive, building materials, chemical, food processing, to gain competitive advantage through strategic development, project identification, program management and ongoing monitoring, reporting and advisory services.
We can help you navigate industry-wide challenges through:
strategic planning for the emerging low carbon economy
conducting energy assessments and reporting to identify cost savings (Energy Efficiency Opportunities and Assessment and Reporting Schedule), streamlining reporting requirements and preparations for external audit and verification
business case development and application for funding and financing of energy efficiency improvement projects
business case and engineering design of energy projects
providing expert advice and access to a wide range of experts and project suppliers
energy program compliance: streamlining reporting requirements for EEO, NGER, NPI etc, preparing clients’ for external audit and verification
bill processing and online energy and carbon data management