Australia's Energy Efficiency Opportunities program (EEO)

The Australian Government's Energy Efficiency Opportunities program encourages large energy-using businesses to improve their energy efficiency. It does this by requiring businesses to identify, evaluate and report publicly on cost effective energy savings opportunities. The Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program started in 2005 and encourages large energy-using businesses to improve their energy efficiency by requiring them to identify, evaluate and publicly report on cost effective energy savings opportunities.
Corporations with an annual energy use above 0.5 PJ are required to participate in the program Electricity generators were initially exempt, but as of 1 July 2011, these activities are now included. Under the program, companies must undertake an energy efficiency assessment using the EEO Assessment Framework to identify cost-effective energy saving opportunities (< 4 year payback). Implementation of the identified opportunities is not mandatory, but publication of the results of the assessment and the company’s response is. Public pressure is intended to affect the extent to which companies implement the identified opportunities.

Australia's Energy Efficiency Opportunities program (EEO) Information

Program Type: 

Mandatory Program

Regions: 

Australia

Target / Achievement: 

Corporations with an annual energy use above 0.5 PJ are required to participate in the program Electricity generators were initially exempt, but as of 1 July 2011, these activities are now included. Under the program, companies must undertake an energy efficiency assessment using the EEO Assessment Framework to identify cost-effective energy saving opportunities (< 4 year payback). Implementation of the identified opportunities is not mandatory, but publication of the results of the assessment and the company’s response is. Public pressure is intended to affect the extent to which companies implement the identified opportunities.

Australia's Energy Efficiency Opportunities program (EEO)Resources

  • Format: PDF Type: Case Studies

    This case study showcases how Alcoa has set about managing and minimizing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through:
    - establishing public energy and greenhouse gas emissions targets;
    - developing systems that regularly analyze, monitor and report energy performance;
    - building information and communication networks to engage people, and;
    - conducting rigorous and ongoing assessments to effectively identify continuous as well as `step-change’ improvements in the way energy is used.

     

  • Format: PDF Type: Case Studies

    This case study presents Iluka Resources Limited's successful adoption of the energy mass balance (EMB) as the core method of energy analysis in its Synthetic Rutile facility in Iluka's South West Operations, Western Australia.

  • Format: PDF Type: Case Studies

    For Midland Brick in Perth, energy represents some 40% of total production costs. The company has a clear incentive to reduce energy consumption wherever possible. Midland Brick participated in an Energy Efficiency Opportunities program trial assessment in 2006 and learned that a fresh approach using EEO guidelines could deliver further energy savings even in areas that had previously been identified and considered.

  • Format: PDF Type: Case Studies

    This case study examines how OneSteel is embedding energy efficiency into its core business processes. It describes OneSteel's approach to energy efficiency through developing new systems and tools for the Sydney Steel Mills group, which are now being rolled out across OneSteel. As a result, OneSteel is expected to achieve annual energy savings of over 6% of total energy use through adopted savings opportunities identified by its assessments for the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program.

  • Format: PDF Type: Case Studies

    The Nyrstar Port Pirie smelter is more than 100 years old. Its smelting and ore refinery operations are energy intensive and complex. Due to the age of the site, there was very limited measurement and monitoring of energy use. Nyrstar recognized that real benefits would accrue from its Energy Efficiency Opportunities program assessment only if the company tackled inherent complexity and challenged old assumptions and practices. Nyrstar undertook a series of energy mass balances across the plant and used Sankey diagrams to illustrate energy inputs, outputs and potential savings.