Briefing: The energy productivity imperative

Wednesday 17 June
Old Parliament House, Canberra

Presentations given at the briefing are linked from the program below.


A2SE hosted a briefing on energy productivity, multi-factor productivity and competitiveness, bringing the perspectives of business to the potential for rapid improvement, the opportunities and the hurdles. The briefing demonstrated that doubling energy productivity by 2030 is an economic imperative and that it is achievable.

Economic productivity in many sectors of the Australian economy has been flat or declining in recent years. Energy costs consumers - business and domestic - more than $110 billion per year, about 8% of GDP. Improving energy productivity is key to improving multi-factor productivity.

Australia lags other developed economies in measures of both energy productivity and the rate of improvement. Energy ‘productivity’ considers not only energy ‘efficiency’ but also system optimisation and business transformation. Energy productivity looks to outputs - quality and quantity - not only to ‘savings’ or a reduction in consumption but also ways to improve the value of output created from energy use.

The 2xEP program is working with industry, governments and research partners towards a Roadmap for doubling energy productivity by 2030. A commitment to 2xEP would lead to investment of $100 billion over 15 years, a 2.8% increase in real GDP, a $30 billion reduction in energy spend in 2030, a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

This half-day program was directed to policy makers, industry associations, research partners and energy users. It outlined local and international developments in energy productivity policy and practice, provided an update on development of the 2xEP Roadmap, and explored how it might best inform development of the national energy productivity plan.

Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE)
Doubling Australia's Energy Productivity (2xEP) by 2030

Briefing: Wednesday 17 June 2015
Old Parliament House, Canberra 

13:00 Registration, refreshments
13:30 Welcome and introduction to the Roadmap program
Jonathan Jutsen, Chairman, Australian Alliance to Save Energy
(presentation here)
13:45 Drivers for policy action - the Energy White Paper and beyond
Helen Bennett, General Manager, Energy Productivity Branch, Department of Industry & Science
(presentation here)
14:00 Panel of sector specialists: Manufacturing, mining, agriculture, transport
Terry O’Brien, Managing Director, Simplot
Glen Corder, Principal Research Fellow, Sustainable Minerals Institute
(presentation here)
David Eyre, General Manager, Research & Development, NSW Farmers
(presentation here)
Peter Haenke, Senior Manager, Group Sustainability & Environment, NRMA
(presentation here)
15:00 Break, refreshments
15:30 Energy productivity in action - West Gippsland Healthcare Group
Stuart Macfarlane, National Solution Segment Manager, Schneider Electric
(presentation here)
International perspectives - Energy productivity and a multinational Jason Twill, Head of Sustainability, Lend Lease
(presentation here)
16.30 It’s the economy: Productivity and competitiveness
Bryan Clark, Director Trade & International Affairs, ACCI
(presentation here)
16:45 Wrap-up
17:00 Close

Please direct any queries to Tony Westmore at A2SE email: [email protected] phone: 0419 256 339