World Resources Forum – Asia Pacific

1-3 June 2015 Sydney Australia

Investment Decision Making for an Energy Productive Australia was a workshop developed by A2SE for the World Resources Forum Asia-Pacific presented in Sydney in early June 2015. Speakers addressed the energy productivity opportunity, decision-making frameworks for investment, international perspectives on emerging business models, and leveraging energy benefits from capex and technological innovation. The session featured international expert Dick van Beers from the Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production in Germany along with Graham Bryant (Simplot), Mary Stewart (Energetics), Anita Stadler (A2SE) and Mike Smith (Energy Change Institute, ANU).

The World Resources Forum Asia-Pacific was hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney and SMaRT@UNSW. The insightful and interactive program featured international experts from industry, government and academia from Japan, Korea, India, USA, Europe and Australia. The forum aimed to promote broad collaboration and embed resource and energy productivity in domestic and international policy. Themes included: new business models for a circular world, technology and innovation; industrial symbiosis, wealth from waste, future metals, technology and financing, green manufacturing, resource governance, geopolitics and social responsibility. For more information visit

The Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE) is developing an Australian Energy Productivity Roadmap. The 2xEP program will set a course for doubling energy productivity by 2030 (from a 2010 base year). The Roadmap is well-advanced but subject to continuing development and consultation. In the meantime we’ve been working with the federal, state and territory governments on a national framework for energy productivity. The National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP) was signed off by the COAG Energy Council in December 2015. It sets a lower level of ambition than 2xEP, “up to a 40% improvement by 2030 (from a 2015 base year)”. But the NEPP is significant development along the way to 2xEP

A2SE and the 2xEP program contributed to development of the NEPP through written submissions and verbal briefings. The umbrella submission developed by the 2xEP Steering Committee is online


The National Energy Productivity Plan

In December 2015 the COAG Energy Council adopted the draft NEPP and a work plan for implementation of measures. The NEPP and related documents are available online here. The 2xEP Steering Committee welcomed the significant progress towards a framework for energy productivity improvement and issued this statement.

COAG Energy Council
Meeting 04 December 2015 – Communiqué
Carbon policy, the energy market and consumers

The successful integration of carbon and energy policies will be critical to meeting Australia's emissions reduction target of 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Ministers will develop a national approach to connect environmental outcomes and energy policy in the interests of consumers.

The Council has asked officials to prepare advice that will allow it to better understand the potential impact of carbon policies on the energy sector to facilitate better integration.

The Council agrees that improving our national energy productivity will deliver greater value from the energy that Australians use. As a first step, the Council today adopted the National Energy Productivity Plan to increase the economic benefit from each unit of energy consumed.

The Plan identifies a wide range of new and existing measures, across both energy efficiency and market reform, that are designed to help meet Australia’s emissions reduction targets, while at the same time helping energy consumers to manage and reduce energy costs, growing the economy and jobs, and boosting competitiveness.

The Energy White Paper

The Energy White Paper was released in April 2015. The Paper sets out the Commonwealth Government’s high-level approach to policy across the energy sector. Energy productivity is nominated as one of only three priority elements of national energy policy. The White Paper confirmed that the COAG Energy Council would develop an energy productivity ‘framework’ and announced that the Commonwealth will develop a National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP).

More information about 2xEP, the Steering Committee and Working Groups is available at or email:

Unlocking a $25-30 Trillion Cumulative Increase to Global GDP + Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future through Sustainable Energy and Resource Management

Three Reports by Dr Michael H Smith (ANU) launched at the World Resources Forum – Asia Pacific 2015


In 2014, and again in 2015, the OECD, IMF, and World Bank have published warnings that a slowdown in global economic productivity is threatening to usher in a new low-growth era. These 3 reports address this problem by showing how doubling energy and resource productivity by 2030 can

·         Simultaneously boost labour, capital and multi-factor productivity through improved rates of production, greater labour participation, quicker returns on capital expenditure, as well as reduced energy and resource input costs. 

·         And thereby achieve total productivity benefits up to 2.5 times greater than the simple productivity benefits from reduced energy and water input costs from energy/resource productivity investments. 

Utilising these insights, these reports show, for the first time, how a focus on energy and resource productivity could boost cumulative global GDP >US$25-30 Trillion by 2030compared to business as usual (BAU) whilst enabling a transition to a low carbon future. The implications of this result are signifi­cant for everything from achieving progress at the next UNFCCC Paris COP on Climate Change, to building support for the UN Draft Sustainable Development Goals, to business strategy and national productivity/policy debates.

Four Page Executive Summarydownloadable here

Report #1 – Smith, M (2015) Doubling Energy & Resource Productivity by 2030 - Unlocking a $25-30 Trillion Cumulative Increase to Global GDP Whilst Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future. ANU Discussion paper – downloadable here.

Report 1 is complimented by Report 2 - a “how to guide” for policy makers - and Report 3 - a guide for business leaders.

Report #2 – Smith, M (2015) Doubling Energy & Resource Productivity by 2030 – A “How to Guide” for Policy Decision Makers. ANU Discussion paper – downloadable here.

Report #3- Smith, M (2015) Doubling Energy & Resource Productivity by 2030 – Improving Business Competitiveness and Profitability Whilst Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future. ANU Discussion paper – downloadable here.

These reports build on from and compliment the UNEP International Resource Panel’s 2014 report on energy and resource productivity entitled “Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities, and Policy” – downloadable here

And the UNEP (2013) report on Metal Recycling: Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure, A Report of the Working Group on the Global Metal Flows to the International Resource Panel by Reuter, M. A.; Hudson, C.; van Schaik, A.; Heiskanen, K.; Meskers, C.; Hagelüken, C." available at


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