Energy Conservation completes ISO 50001

During a recent trip to Singapore, Energy Conservation engineers Jens Mozer and Maximilian Brownstein attended and passed the Lead Auditor training course for ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems). Based on the management system model of continuous improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001, this standard makes it easier for organisations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management. Congratulations to Max and Jens, who alongside their exisiting accreditations are now qualified to conduct audits according to this respected international standard.

Would you like to achieve energy efficiency and identify energy efficiency opportunities, whatever the nature of your business? Is your organisation seeking professionally trained auditors to help you maintain your ISO 50001 certification? Contact us today!

Energy Conservation visits Visy

Following our recent waste audit, we asked, “what happens to this recycling once it leaves the building?” It was important for us to learn the answer to better educate our building’s tenants about what should and shouldn’t be included in their recycling bins. We found out that the recycling is first taken a waste transfer station in St Peters before being transported to the Visy Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Smithfield. So, to learn more we took a private tour of this facility to see the sorting for ourselves!

We saw first-hand what happens to items that are placed into our building’s recycling bins: which are recycled on-site (and how), and which are viewed as contamination to be removed from the recycling stream and sent to landfill. Whatever is left over is either sent for further processing and recovery at other facilities or collected to be used as fuel for energy recovery. This video from Visy is a great summary of what we saw in action.

Whether any individual item can be recycled from our building depends entirely on the processes and specialised sorting machinery present at Visy Smithfield- because that's where it all ends up! One valuable learning for our building was that their disposable coffee cups are not recyclable at this facility. The same relationship between recyclability and service availability exists throughout Australia, so learn which services are available in your area to make sure you recycle right.

Art Gallery Head Over Heels with Energy Conservation

Cooling just got cheaper at the Art Gallery of NSW, with the upgrade of old fluid chillers saving more than $140,000 per year at contemporary pricing. 

Energy Conservation provided accurate modelling and third-party verification of energy savings under the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol, allowing funding to be granted under the NSW Energy Savings Scheme which significantly offset project costs. Read more about it here.

Halloween Waste Busters

Energy Conservation sometimes conducts recycling audits for our commercial clients such as this recent one in Sydney’s CBD. Kitted out in our PPE (affectionately known as “ghostbuster chic”) we assess recycling streams for contamination by weight and can double-check with a follow-up audit. Finally we can conduct an "opportunity" audit to check the general waste stream for potentially recyclable material.

These audits help facility managers to validate their performance using the accepted NABERS waste guidelines and identify which targeted measures will be most effective to meet their ongoing performance targets.

A Friday Fling for Energy Conservation

Good humour and good habits abounded last Friday afternoon as the staff at Energy Conservation held a Friday Fling in anticipation of the upcoming Planet Ark National Recycling Week.

Our office may not be large, but we still benefit from a good clean out helped along by a beer and some motivational tunes! By the time we were done we’d filled 5x 12L boxes- that’s 60L collected for recycling and returned to the paper economy. We even separated some soft plastics in the form of old binder sheets and marked the occasion with a new fluorescent tube and battery recycling collection donated to our building.

Congratulations Energy Conservation for a successful Friday Fling!

Energy Conservation blitzes City2Surf

The team from Energy Conservation put in a sterling effort this year finishing the 2017 City2Surf in their fastest group time to date! Team EC ran for Westmead’s Children’s Hospital, whose neo-natal unit is taking great care of our newest team member.

Business Recycling with Planet Ark

Here at Energy Conservation, we are passionate about helping your business to utilise resources as efficiently as possible. When it comes to waste management, we don't just talk the talk- we walk the walk ourselves! Our team is driven towards a zero-waste objective by the knowledge that better recycling is good for business. It's all about getting your house in order!

Recently Energy Conservation featured in a case study by Planet Ark as part of their Business Recycling campaign

You can read all about it here.

Bennelong Apartments & Opera Quays




Energy Conservation carried out a joint venture level 2 energy audit at 1-7 Macquarie Street, Sydney in conjunction with lighting design expert, Julien Freed Consulting. The work was subsidised with an Office of Environment & Heritage Energy Saver Audit valued at $30,000 which covered all lighting, mechanical services, ventilation and electrical equipment. Business cases were developed for upgrades of lighting, HVAC, fans, pumping, pool heating, voltage & BMS optimization and power factor correction. Proposed measures valued at $1.5M with business cases showing 2.6 to 4 years simple payback. The client proceeded immediately with lighting upgrades to be followed by mechanical services upgrades, power factor correction and voltage optimization. Solar PV is likely to proceed and Co-Gen may be a future project when the infrastructure becomes available for possible export of thermal energy to the Sydney Opera House.