What we have done:

A. Energy Efficiency [incl. appliance labelling]

  • A landmark evaluation of the outcomes and impacts of the National Framework for Energy Efficiency (NFEE), for the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism – May -October 2011
  • Market Research Assessing the Potential for Including Date Information on Energy Rating Labels, in order to manage MEPS Rescaling Transitions, for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency – May - October 2011
  • Labelling of Washing Machines: preparing and conductiung a workshop on proposed major revision of the labelling of clothes washers – Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency – April 2011
  • The Phase-out of Incandescent Light Bulbs: A major quantitative research project to evaluate the phase-out program materials and guide development of a way forward for lighting communication for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency – September-October 2010
  • Labelling of Portable Air Conditioners: Report on a second research project to evaluate how best to communicate energy efficiency limitations of portable air conditioners -- Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency – April 2010
  • Labelling of Washing Machines: Report on research to assist with major revisions of the labelling of clothes washers – Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency – April 2010
  • The Phasing Out of Greenhouse-Intensive Water Heaters in Australian Homes: Report on Submissions Received in Response to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement - Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – April 2010.
  • Portable Space Conditioners and Fixed Air Conditioners: A quantitative research study into ownership and usage of single-duct portable space conditioners and fixed air conditioners to develop an understanding of similarities and differences – Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – February 2010
  • National Legislation for Appliance and Equipment Energy Performance Standards and Labelling: Stakeholder consultations and other aspects in the development of a Regulation Impact Statement (with George Wilkenfeld) – Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – November 2009
  • Labelling (or not) of Portable Air Conditioners: Report on research to evaluate how best to communicate energy efficiency limitations of portable air conditioners – Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – November 2009
  • The Communication of Energy Efficiency of Computers to Consumers: Report on a research study – Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – July 2009
  • Energy Efficiency Labels on Swimming Pool Pump Units: Report on research to evaluate how best to communicate the introduction of mandatory energy efficiency labels on swimming pool pump units– Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – April 2009
  • Energy Efficiency Labels on Television Sets: Draft report on research testing of communication materials for their explanation and promotion– Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – March 2009
  • Towards a 10-Star Energy Efficiency Rating System for Major Household Appliances: A series of qualitative research studies throughout Australia and New Zealand – Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO), Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – January to July 2008
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Queensland: Research into individual behaviour regarding household energy efficiency and provision of a report recommending strategies to help inform and guide ErnergyWise energy efficiency programs for the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy – September 2007
  • Community Awareness, Attitudes and Behaviour Regarding a Range of Sustainability Concepts in the ACT: A major study in the ACT ranging across energy efficiency, the environment, global warming and climate change, water resources, household recycling, sustainable transport, household retrofitting of water and energy efficient appliances – ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services – June 2007
  • Exploring the Possibility of Energy Efficiency Labels for Television Sets and Home Computers: Exploratory research into consumer attitudes to the possible labelling of TVs and computers – Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) – February 2007 onwards
  • Revising the Energy Efficiency Label for Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners: Research in Australia and New Zealand to assist in revising the energy efficiency rating labels to accommodate new algorithms – Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) – February 2007 onwards
  • The Views of Stakeholders concerning the Advancing Energy Efficiency and Local Greenhouse Action Programs: A major national series of consultations to investigate the views of government, industry and community stakeholders concerning the two programs, for the Australian Greenhouse Office, Department of the Environment and Heritage – February 2007 onwards
  • Appliance Performance Labelling in Australia and New Zealand: Final Report on a Major Quantitative Study among Consumers and Retailers on the Labelling of Household Appliances: Covering a wide range of issues, attitudes and behaviours concerning the energy, gas and water labelling programs, including consumer segmentations aspects – Dept of the Environment and Heritage (AGO) – conducted late 2005, final report published August 2006
  • National Legislation for Appliance and Equipment Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Labelling: Report on Submissions Received in Response to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement , for Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – March 2010
  • The Phase-out of Incandescent Light Bulbs: A qualitative research project evaluating point-of-sale communications for the Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – November 2008.
  • The ‘One Stop Green Shop’ Concept: A major consultancy to assist with the conceptualisation, scoping, design and development of an effective information website strategy for the Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – August 2008 onward.
  • Greenhouse Friendly Program – CFLs: A survey in the council area of Stonnington, Kingston and Yarra in Melbourne to assess the take-up and installation rate of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), with Low Energy Supplies+Services (LESS) for the Department of Climate Change – June 2008
  • Incandescent Lighting Phase-Out: A survey to establish awareness of potential cost savings with CFLs, with Newspoll for the Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts – June 2008
  • Greenhouse Friendly Program – CFLs: A survey in the council area of Glen Eira, Melbourne to assess the take- up and installation rate of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), with Low Energy Supplies+Services (LESS) for the Department of Climate Change – June 2008
  • Greenhouse Friendly Program – CFLs: A survey in the council area of Glen Eira, Melbourne to assess the take- up and installation rate of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), with Low Energy Supplies+Services (LESS) for the Department of Climate Change – March 2008
  • Greenhouse Friendly Program – CFLs: A survey in the council area of Glen Eira, Melbourne to assess the take- up and installation rate of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), with Low Energy Supplies+Services (LESS) for the Department of Climate Change – February 2008 Australia’s leading social researcher on sustainability and related issues since the early 1970s.
  • NSW Government Energy Savings Fund: A survey in the Northern Tablelands of NSW to assess the take-up and installation rate of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and AAA-rated showerheads in response to Government offers, with Low Energy Supplies+Services (LESS) for the NSW Government Energy Savings Fund – August 2007
  • NSW Government Energy Savings Fund: A survey in the Drummoyne area of Sydney to assess the retention rate of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and AAA-rated showerheads in response to an offer from EnergyAustralia and local councils, with Low Energy Supplies+Services (LESS) for the NSW Government Energy Savings Fund – July 2007
  • NSW Government Energy Savings Fund: A survey throughout NSW to assess the take-up and installation rate of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and AAA-rated showerheads in response to Government offers, with Low Energy Supplies+Services (LESS) for the NSW Government Energy Savings Fund – May 2006
  • Energy efficiency information in Australia: Looking for the tipping point: A major review of energy efficiency programs in Australia and overseas, with Energy Strategies – Queensland Department of Energy, representing the NFEE Consumer Information Working Group – March 2006
  • Revising the Energy Efficiency Label for Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners: Provision of a paper exploring ways to revise the energy efficiency rating labels to accommodate new algorithms – Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) – January 2006
  • Energy Efficiency Label for Air Conditioners in NZ: A study in Christchurch, New Zealand, exploring the air conditioner energy efficiency rating labels in the light of H2 (2°C) conditions in Christchurch – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) NZ – September 2005
  • Gas Efficiency Labelling – Surveys among the general public, recent gas appliance purchasers, and gas appliance retailers: Major quantitative study among consumers, retailers and installers to guide the development of the national mandatory gas labelling program which is replacing the previous voluntary industry-based labelling program – Dept of the Environment and Heritage (AGO) – August 2005
  • Energy Labelling Possibilities for refrigerators and freezers in the context of the 2005 MEPS levels: Discussion Paper prepared for the Australian Greenhouse Office within the Department of the Environment and Heritage, for discussion at a NAEEEC Forum in Sydney – Australian Greenhouse Office – August 2005
  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) C– A Consumer Research Study conducted for the Australian Greenhouse Office in the Department of Heritage and the Environment – May 2005
  • Uptake of the TESAW (Top Energy Saver Award Winner) Award: A study among appliance companies with models eligible for the Award but who have not yet applied for the Award, to identify their reasons for not applying – Australian Greenhouse Office – November 2004
  • Uptake of the TESAW (Top Energy Saver Award Winner) Award: A study among appliance companies with models eligible for the Award but who have not yet applied for the Award, to identify their reasons for not applying – Australian Greenhouse Office – November 2004
  • Small Inefficient Cupboard-Contained Electric Water Heater Labelling: A study in Sydney and the Gold Coast to establish appropriate wording for dis-endorsement labels for small inefficient electric water heaters, among people living in older flats where the more efficient model will not fit a cupboard built to Imperial measurements and the older inefficient model that fits is still allowed to be sold preferably only to these people – Australian Greenhouse Office – May 2004
  • Air-Conditioning Energy Efficiency Labelling: A study in Canberra and Sydney to establish appropriate wording for energy efficiency labels on reverse-cycle air-conditioners to identify clearly those that are effective when outside temperatures regularly drop below 7°C – Australian Greenhouse Office – May 2004
  • Resource Efficiency Labelling – Phase II: A major follow-up study in Australia and New Zealand, to further refine aspects of the energy, gas, water and other efficiency labels used in Australia to promote energy-efficient household and commercial appliances, and to develop labelling concepts for luminaires, commercial refrigerated drink cabinets and a top energy saver award label (replacing Galaxy) – Australian Greenhouse Office – October 2003
  • Energy Efficiency Labels in NZ: A study in Auckland, New Zealand, exploring specific aspects of various efficiency rating labels as they relate to NZ consumers – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) NZ – May 2003
  • Resource Efficiency Labelling – Phase I: A Major Research-Based Review and Scoping of Future Directions for Appliance Efficiency Labels (Electricity, Gas, Water) in Australia – Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) – May 2003
  • Energy Efficiency Best Practice – Workshop: Advice and participation in a workshop for prospective consultants on the Energy Efficiency Best Practice innovation workshops and Big Energy Projects – Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources – April 2002
  • Energy Efficiency Best Practice – Big Energy Projects: A study among technical specialists to develop and write an article for Australian Energy News on the Energy Efficiency Best Practice innovation workshops and Big Energy Projects – Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources – Feb 2002
  • Energy Efficiency Best Practice – Training Modules: An evaluation of the Energy Efficiency Best Practice pilot training modules in the brewing industry – Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources – Dec 2001
  • Australian Energy News: A third study among subscribers and readers to evaluate the effectiveness of the publication – Department of Industry, Science and Resources — Sept Australia’s leading social researcher on sustainability and related issues since the early 1970s.
  • Residential Contestability of Electricity Supply: A study to examine factors that might convince high-value residential electricity customers to switch suppliers when the market becomes contestable – for an energy consultancy and possible new market entrant – March 2001

 

 

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