In 2009–10, the National Framework for Energy Efficiency (NFEE), a joint initiative of Australian, state and territory governments, commissioned a research report investigating energy-efficiency assessment skills to inform activities that would address the capacity and capability of industry in this area.
The research identified a suite of functional skills covering the practical skills that allow companies to conduct rigorous effective energy efficiency assessments to the assessment framework outlined in the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program. The functional skills were arrived at by mapping the skills needed to undertake an energy efficiency assessment as outlined in EEO’s Assessment Handbook. Although the EEO Program ended in June 2014, the identification of functional skills for effective energy-efficiency assessments is still of value for corporations. The skills can be categorised under the following six key areas:
- project planning and management
- communication planning and implementation
- understanding energy use
- identifying potential opportunities
- monitoring and investigation.
Relevant experience will help ensure competence in the skills. The level of competence and knowledge required may be relative to the size or type of company undertaking the assessment. More specific skills are likely to be needed in relation to particular energy-using processes and job roles involved.