Sectors

A2EP launched ‘The Next Wave’ project to explore opportunities for major improvements in energy productivity through the deployment of innovative technologies and business models. This work complements the roadmaps developed for specific sectors of the economy. ‘Innovation’ as canvassed by this project includes existing commercial technologies with less than ten per cent market penetration in Australia.

The project utilises an innovative methodology developed to assess energy use in a holistic way. It applies a ‘value chain’ methodology that examines all the steps involved in the delivery of end use products and services, working back to the original raw materials. It seeks out energy productivity opportunities through an integrated, circular economy approach to energy and material flows. To understand the optimal application of energy to achieve the desired end service, we identified key common core processes used across the chain. We were not locked into assumptions about where these processes should best be undertaken. Our aim is to optimise these processes and related energy use across the value chain and to maximise the value created (e.g. through improved product quality).

 

To constrain the scope to a manageable scale we’ve begun with two value chains– food (farm to plate/export) and shelter (focusing on construction materials because this is the part of the chain less thoroughly explored but with some limited coverage of energy innovation in building operations as well).

The first stage of work on the two value chains – the scan of technologies and the prioritisation of these using a systematic scoring system – is reported in the attachments linked below.

 
 

The research team collected information about innovations in these value chains through interactions with the relevant 2xEP sector working groups and the innovation working group, extensive research, an email survey of research institutions, and workshops of stakeholders.

Following the food value chain assessment, in which high temperature heat pumps were identified as a measure with significant potential for improving energy productivity, the following assessment of high temperature heat pumps in the Australian food industry has been completed. The opportunities for saving energy and costs are many and varied.

 

We are seeking input from our collaborators to refine this work, to identify major opportunities we may have inadequately prioritised, and including better quantifying some opportunities. Contact us at 2xEP@A2EP.org.au.

2xEP – Industry-led stakeholder engagement

A working group oversees each sector covered by the 2xEP program. Working groups cover: agriculture, built environment, manufacturing, mining, passenger transport and freight transport. Additionally there are three cross-sector working groups in the areas of financing, metrics and innovation. working group drawn from business, government and the academic and non-government sectors has collaborated to develop the roadmap for the above industry sector to double energy productivity by 2030. If you're interested in this working group, please contact a2ep@a2ep.org.au.


Working groups lead preparation of a 2xEP roadmap for each sector, contribute ideas and information, facilitate engagement with stakeholders. The cross-sector groups tackle issues and responses that are common to sectors, link sectors or are economy-wide. We recognise that sectors aren’t isolated from each other in practice (eg agriculture > manufacturing > freight transport) and aim to address intersections and relationships. Most approaches to improving energy productivity fall into three broad types:

•    independent action and leadership by business;
•    measures undertaken by governments (federal, state, local, jointly); and
•    measures best delivered through partnership between business and government.

In framing the 2xEP Roadmap and action towards doubling energy productivity by 2030, we’re thinking along those lines.
 

 

2xEP: Innovation - The Next Wave

‘The Next Wave’ project explores opportunities for major improvements in energy productivity through the deployment of innovative technologies and business models. This work complements the roadmaps developed for specific sectors of the economy. ‘Innovation’ as canvassed by this project includes existing commercial technologies with less than ten per cent market penetration in Australia.

The project utilises an innovative methodology developed to assess energy use in a holistic way. It applies a ‘value chain’ methodology that examines all the steps involved in the delivery of end use products and services, working back to the original raw materials. It seeks out energy productivity opportunities through an integrated, circular economy approach to energy and material flows.

To understand the optimal application of energy to achieve the desired end service, we identified key common core processes used across the chain. We were not locked into assumptions about where these processes should best be undertaken. Our aim is to optimise these processes and related energy use across the value chain and to maximise the value created (e.g. through improved product quality).

Read our Phase1 Report for this project and the assessments which have been completed for the food and shelter value chains.

 

2xEP The Next Wave – Phase 1 Report (PDF, 5MB)

 

 

Value chains in focus in this project

  • Food
    The assessment for the food value chain in Australia (farm to plate/export) has been completed and is available below. During this assessment, the potential of various technologies to significantly improve the energ productivity of the food value chain were identified. The role these technologies can play has been further investigated in the reports below, 2xEP: Optimising the food cold chain and 2xEP: high temperature heat pumps in the food industry.

2xEP in the Food Value Chain (PDF, 1.5MB)

 

2xEP: Optimising the food cold chain (PDF,1.5MB)

 

2xEP: high temperature heat pumps in the food industry (PDF, 6MB)

 

 

  • Shelter
    A detailed assessment of the shelter value chain has been completed with numerous opportunities identified for improving energy productivity in both commercial and residential properties with greater integration of energy efficient technologies and materials at various stages of property installation and management.

2xEP: Innovation in the shelter value chain (PDF, 1.5MB)

 

 

  • Health

  • Comfort

  • Connectivity (passenger)

  • Connectivity (freight)

  • Water

  • Education

  • Community

  • Security