The Leadership & Change for Energy Efficiency in Accounting & Management project was funded by the Office of Environment & Heritage NSW and NSW Department of Education & Communities under the Energy Efficiency Training Program from July 2011 to March 2013.
The primary aim of the project was to develop the awareness, skills and knowledge that current and future accountants and business managers need to actively progress the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives in the workplace.
The project represents a significant contribution to the development of skills to support business in the transition towards a low carbon future.
A key outcome of the project was the development of training materials which are freely available on this site.
The project became a finalist in both the Green Gown Awards Australasia 2013 and Green Globe Awards 2013, it recieved an award of highly commended for both competitions in the catergory of Learning and Teaching and Energy Efficiency respectively.
The project was part of the Energy Efficiency Training Program which in 2015 won a Best Practice Award from the Energy Smart Communities Initiative of the Asia Pacific Economic Forum:
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For any enquiries about the Leadership & Change for Energy Efficiency in Accounting & Management project, please contact:
Professor Suzanne Benn Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Management, UTS Business School
Dr Paul Brown Accounting Discipline Group, UTS Business School
Professor David Brown Accounting Discipline Group, UTS Business School
Patrick Crittenden, Project Manager, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Matthew Bell, Executive Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
Phone: (02) 9248 4216
Suzanne Maris, Manager, FAAS, Ernst & Young
Phone: (02) 9248 5555
Project Team (from left to right): Paul Thambar (CIMA), Dr Paul Brown, Patrick Crittenden,
Prof Sue Benn, Prof David Brown, Dr David Bubna-Litic, Anthony Krithinakis.
There are both risks and opportunities for Australian organisations in a low carbon future. Energy efficiency has an increasingly significant role in this transition.
Energy efficiency is about using less energy to do the same, or more, amount of work. An example of energy efficiency in action is re-calibrating or swapping an inefficient heating system with a more efficient one so that end users receive adequate heating, with lower energy use.
There are many benefits of managing energy efficiency, including mitigating risks from rising electricity prices and increased productivity from identifying inefficient organisational practices. Organisations also need to anticipate the effect of, and comply with, laws such as the Clean Energy scheme, which focuses attention on the carbon footprint of organisational activities.
The overall business case for energy efficiency is often compelling, yet some organisations are not implementing energy efficiency projects or do not have an energy efficiency strategy.
The role accountants and managers play is therefore important. They can enhance the decision-making process through the development of robust information systems and supporting the development of business case analysis. This website is here to assist accountants and managers to support energy efficiency initiatives.