Defining energy efficiency for inclusion in the AEER
Purpose of project
- Defining energy efficiency work will enable the AEER to accurately measure the energy efficiency workforce for the first time in Australia.
- Energy efficiency jobs are not well-measured globally, so developing energy efficiency workforce definitions with industry input and support could have international impact.
Impact of project
- Where the boundary lies between efficient and non-efficient products;
- Whether definitions should be related to relative energy performance, regulation or standards. For example, once a product’s energy efficiency becomes the minimum standard, should it cease to be defined as an energy-efficient product for the purposes of the AEER?
- Which specific boundaries or benchmarks (such as star ratings or standards) should be used for each activity noting that energy efficiency encompasses both goods and services. Building definitions of energy efficiency which are as precise as possible, acceptable to industry, and easily understandable is an important step to delivering an AEER that can report on the energy efficiency workforce.
Project partners – industry and research
University Technology Sydney (UTS) (Lead), Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (Victoria), Department of Energy and Mining (South Australia), Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Office of Energy and Climate Change (formerly Department of Planning and Environment (NSW)