Energy Transition Accelerator – Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority

Learn how EECA helps their business customers and public sector organisations (orgs) make technically and economically viable decisions and investments to meet their long-term carbon reduction goals.

Problem

Large energy-using businesses and public sector orgs find it difficult to find effective and systematic ways to reduce emissions – where to start, how to prioritise, and how to get board approval to prioritise taking action.

Solution

The Energy Transition Accelerator provides orgs with co-investment grant funding to undergo an Opportunity Assessment. These are the first steps of the ETA process, which systematically works through all an org's energy needs to create a roadmap showing where and how to fix efficiency gaps, and highlight process redesign opportunities.

Observations and lessons learnt

Collaboration with the public and non-government entities

COMMUNICATION OF BENEFITS MUST ALIGN WITH CUSTOMER NEEDS

Traditionally EECA communicates the benefit of decarbonisation and energy efficiency as a cost-saving opportunity. Instead, through the ETA, they have shifted to communicating the benefit as value creation and a risk mitigation strategy to increase businesses’ uptake and focus on their objectives.

Resourcing and funding

DIVERSE EXPERTISE

EECA brings together the two key expertise areas to ensure businesses and Public Sector orgs have what they need to implement their plan. These are engineering experts (external programme partners) who understand the detail and their nuanced needs, and account managers (EECA business managers) who can talk business to ensure the documentation meets their Board’s requirements. They know the realities of investment decisions and what the board needs in order to say yes.

Collaboration within my organisation

INSIGHTS CAN INFORM NEW WORK STREAMS

As organisations learn about the barriers they face to achieving decarbonisation through the ETA, bringing this information together paints a regional, and even national picture of the barriers. These insights are then fed through to the policy team. In addition, EECA has made having an ETA plan a condition for applying to the new Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) Fund to ensure this additional investment is actually going to help. This shows EECA alignment on work streams contributing to common objectives.

LEARN FROM EXISTING MODELS

Two of the EECA business managers had come from the International Energy Association (IEA) in Paris, and brought with them international knowledge of other models of practice. The ETA is adapted from an IEA programme, building off what already exists.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP APPROVAL FIRST

The ETA requires an organisation to have approval from their leadership team before participating in the assessment. This ensures support, increases the likelihood of the roadmap's implementation, and raises carbon reduction as an organisational priority.

2019

MID 2019

Development started

ETA idea began development within EECA.

LATE 2019

Test

Tested with early adopter businesses to co-create.

2020

MID 2020

Onboarding

11 large energy-using businesses on board (note Covid-19 caused delays).

MID 2020

Investment fund open

The Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) Fund opened.

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