Clean Energy Strategies™ for your business

In line with our overall objective of building business value through a sustainable growth approach specific to each business for who we work, Risk Strategies can provide tailored solutions to address your business’ energy and carbon needs under our Clean Energy Strategies™ packages.

Energy - Our key service offerings

Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO)

The EEO is an Australian federal program that requires organisations that consume more than 500 terajoules of energy to report by 31 December of their reporting cycle. Reporting organisations are required to undertake a detailed energy assessment to identify avenues for energy conservation, reduction and/or to improve energy use. There are currently more than 220 organisations that are registered to report under EEO.

Risk Strategies personnel are proficient in providing comprehensive energy assessments leading to a tailor-made marginal energy abatement cost curve. We have the relevant experience across industries and therefore are fully savvy with the most recent technological advances that can help you improve your energy use and be good for your business. Should you require an energy audit to the requirements of Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3598:2000 – we are able to provide this service as well. See Energy Audits and Management Plan (EMP) section below.

State-Based Energy Programs

Queensland’s Smart Energy Savings Program (SESP)

The SESP is a Queensland-government legislative initiative to promote and propagate energy saving improvements in organisations whose operations are based in Queensland. However, not all Queensland-based operations need to comply with the SESP, only those that consume (combined electricity and gas) between 30 and 500 terajoules for financial year 2011/12 to 2014/15. The lower end of the reportable threshold will be decreased to 10 gigajoules for financial year 2015/16 and beyond, taking the reportable range to between 10 and 500 terajoules.

Organisations that need to comply with the SESP must carry out, at a minimum, an energy audit to the specifications of Level 2 under Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard 3598:2000. Furthermore, these organisations are expected to develop an energy savings plan.

As Risk Strategies’ personnel have carried out EEO verifications at the national level, advised on EEO measures and are certified to carry out energy audits, we are well positioned to support your organisation in meeting your SESP compliance. See Energy Audits and Management Plan (EMP) (link to section below).

Victoria’s Environment and Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP)

The EREP is Victoria’s regulatory program that facilitates the requirements for Victorian organisations to meet their climate change and resource efficiency approaches. However not all Victorian-based operations need to comply with the EREP, only those that consume more than 100 terajoules of energy and, or 120 megalitres of water annually.

While the EREP does not specifically require organisations with Victorian operations to carry out an energy audit (in contrast to the SESP), the organisation’s EREP submission must contain elements of an energy audit plus water usage (audit) and plan(s) for energy and water waste reduction.

Risk Strategies’ Principal – Sustainability, Mike Juleff is a recently retired EPA Victoria Statutory Environmental Auditor and is well experienced to provide technical and regulatory insight, as well as project management for your SESP. Risk Strategies has a comprehensive capability to help you comply with your EREP requirements, and to put this in a context to gain the most benefit to the business.

New South Wales’ Energy Savings Action Plans (ESAP)

The ESAP is New South Wales legislation program that requires high energy users and local councils in New South Wales to report on energy use and energy management strategies. Organisations with operations in New South Wales and government agencies consuming more than 10 GWh annually per site are required to comply with ESAP. Local councils with populations of more than 50,000 people are also required to comply.

Risk Strategies is able to help you navigate through the complexities of the ESAP program. Furthermore, we have an in-house Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor, a Certified Practising Risk Manager and a Statutory Environmental Auditor (ret.) to help steer you through the ESAP maze. Again, all of this is done while maximising benefit to the business.

Energy Audits and Management Plan (EMP)

Are you looking to save on your energy bills? Are you looking to better managing your energy consumption?

Risk Strategies personnel are fully proficient in providing energy audits to the requirements of Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3598:2000. Depending on the level (1, 2 or 3) of energy audit, we will work with you on-site and provide detailed analysis on your energy spending. We will also provide you the necessary tools such as an Energy Management Plan to help you succeed in your energy conservation and management measures.

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System (NGERS)

See Carbon section for more information.

National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

NABERS star ratings for energy efficiency.

Are you an owner and/or tenant of office buildings, shopping centres or hotels looking to improve your building’s environmental credentials, or to be distinguished from the rest in the property market?  Then implementing energy efficiency measures is smart and to demonstrate your levels of performance you can apply for a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS*) rating.

Under NABERS, whole buildings, base buildings and tenancies are able to receive a star rating ranging from a minimum of one (poor efficiency) up to a maximum of five for exceptionally efficient buildings. The star rating is based on the energy-related greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) per unit area of floor space in the building. A NABERS rating above the median creates the potential for enhanced business value. It can also give you a competitive advantage by promoting your work space as a cost effective, environmentally sustainable place to work as well as operating more cost effectively.

Commercial Building Disclosure - Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010

In some cases a NABERS rating may be required as part of the Commercial Building Disclosure Scheme (CBD Scheme – A NABERS energy rating to be disclosed when office space of more than 2,000sqm is offered for lease or sale). It is a requirement from 1 November 2011, that a full Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) is disclosed.

BEECs are valid for up to 12 months, must be publicly accessible on the online Building Energy Efficiency Register, and include:

  • A NABERS Energy star rating for the building
  • An assessment of tenancy lighting in the area of the building that is being sold or leased and
  • General energy efficiency guidance

The NABERS Energy star rating must also be included in any advertisement for the sale, lease or sublease of the office space.

Risk Strategies’ consultants offer a range of sustainability services, such as helping you improve the energy efficiency of your facilities, which includes eligibility assessment and access to incentives and rebates.

For more information on this or any other of our sustainable growth services, Mike Juleff, Principal –Sustainability, (03) 9863 8423. See our people section for more on Mike Juleff.

For specific information on NABERS and to obtain a rating assessment, please contact us.

Carbon - Our key service offerings

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System (NGERS)

The NGERS is Australia’s national framework for reporting an organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions, energy reduction projects and energy use and production. The first annual reporting period under NGERS was financial year 2008/09. The NGERS operates under the auspices of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 together with subordinate legislation.

Risk Strategies’ in-house Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor is well versed in the nominated specialisations as outlined on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency’s website. We have comprehensive experience in a range of audits and assurance projects in a wide variety of sectors including mining and resources, education, retail, transportation, power generation and power transmission.

Our capabilities include audit and assurance engagements – we can provide “reasonable assurance” on your NGERS Report and also specifically on your Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions should your organisation fall under the Australian Carbon Price Mechanism.

Online System for Comprehensive Activity Reporting (OSCAR)

The Australian Department of Climate Change facilitates reporting of NGERS through OSCAR. While a proposed new reporting system has been initiated to as a new platform to support NGERS and the upcoming Carbon Price Mechanism reporting, OSCAR will continue to be used for the financial year 2011/12 period.

At Risk Strategies, we provide quality assurance and help your organisation mitigate validation errors when you are submitting your NGERS Report via OSCAR. Your risks of error in a submission are fully minimised as quality assurance is provided by our in-house Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor.

National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS)

The NCOS is Australia’s carbon neutral program that provides the platform for an organisation looking to certify its Australian operations and/or Australian products as carbon neutral. The NCOS is successor to the Australian Greenhouse Friendly™ scheme which came into force on 1 July 2010. Organisations who would like comprehensive assessment of their carbon footprint without the financial and administrative implications of carbon neutrality may still employ the NCOS guidelines but a submission for certification is not necessary.

With an in-house Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor, we are able to carry out the necessary assessment (comprehensive, without the submission for certification) or verification (and submission for certification) required under the NCOS program. Furthermore, we have competently verified NCOS’ participants’ required documentation that led to participants successfully achieving carbon neutral status. Risk Strategies has the experience you are looking for to get your project across the line.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

The CDP is a global reporting system for organisations and cities around the world to measure, disclose, manage and share information regarding their carbon footprint and water usage. The two reporting categories of CDP are Investor CDP and CDP Supply Chain. A scoring methodology would be applied to your organisation’s CDP responses to enable categorisation and submission against the requirements.

Our approach would be to partner with you in navigating through the complexity of reporting under the CDP. As we provide assurance on and strategies to reduce your carbon footprint and water usage, you can be assured that your CDP Report can attain the optimum scoring for reporting purposes.


Origination and Project Methodology

Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI)

The CFI is an Australian carbon offsets scheme. The principal focus is to encourage sustainable farming and to provide a source of funding for landscape restoration projects. The CFI Act received royal assent on 15 September 2011 and regulations underpinning the CFI operations came into effect 8 December 2011. A carbon offset created under the CFI is termed Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU). Corporations liable for a carbon price may use ACCUs to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

Risk Strategies’ Dr Samuel Phua co-authored a public stakeholder consultation regarding the design of the CFI. Furthermore Sam (having authored a methodology and managed the phases of a methodology development) is well equipped to author a specific methodology under the CFI for your business, or provide insight or support behind your CFI methodology development.

Our capabilities under the CFI include project conceptualisation and methodology formulation and development, right through to ACCU generation for eligible projects. Overall we offer a complete and comprehensive turn-key solution for your business needs.

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

The CDM is an internationally recognised mechanism allowing carbon projects in developing countries to earn carbon credits, termed Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits. The widely used international mechanism has been attributed as supporting sustainable development while achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The CERs generated can provide industrialised countries flexibility in meeting a specific country’s agreed emission reduction targets. CERs are generally used in the compliance markets in contrast with Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) – see VCS below.

Risk Strategies’ Dr Samuel Phua has both authored and co-authored CDM public stakeholder consultations for methodology and Project Design Description (PDD) reviews. He has also developed a tool for use under the CDM framework for progressing projects from conceptualisation through CER registration – demonstrating the potential risks to project proponents in each stage of the process. Furthermore Risk Strategies team includes an Approved Expert under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for assessing proposed new CDM methodologies under afforestation and reforestation.

Our capabilities under the CDM include our analytical risk profiling TAKE (Tool for Assessing Kreditt and Eligibility) methodology development according to the CDM requirements, Project Design Description (PDD) documentation, managing Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs), right through to managing and registering your approved CERs.

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

The VCS is an internationally recognised greenhouse gas emissions accounting program used to establish carbon projects, and to verify and issue carbon credits (also interchangeably used generally as offsets) in voluntary markets. The carbon credits issued by VCS are called Verified Carbon Units (VCUs).

Risk Strategies’ Dr Samuel Phua is the lead author for a VCS-approved carbon project methodology (VM 0011) under the sectoral scope of Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU). Sam has also authored and co-authored several VCS public stakeholder consultations for methodology reviews and policy development including the VCS’ compensation mechanism.

Our capabilities cover project conceptualisation and risks, eligibility and feasibility analysis for risk mitigation, methodology development according to the VCS requirements, Project Design Description (PDD) documentation, managing Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs), right through to managing and registering your approved VCUs.

Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS)

The CCBS is an internationally recognised standard used to assess the impacts and benefits of land management activities. It covers a three-prong approach of minimising climate change impacts, supporting sustainable development that extend to local communities and conserving biodiversity.

As the CCBS provides a basis for evaluating a carbon project’s social and environmental impacts – when combined with the CDM’s or VCS’ verification and registration of carbon credits, investors can select with confidence, carbon credits that possess additional benefits while minimising risks of selecting projects with unacceptable socio-environmental impacts.

Our capabilities comprehensively covers project compliance with the CCBS four (4) [or five (5) if you are looking to achieve Gold project status] key requirements. These include general and property rights, climate, community and biodiversity impacts and benefits. We are fully equipped to provide you complete project management from the initial eligibility assessment through to receipt of notice that your carbon credits have received CCBS certification.

Make contact

For more information and to enquire about Clean Energy Strategies™ for your business, please contact
Dr Samuel Phua on (07) 3010 9481 or sam.phua@riskstrategies.com.au