Unit of competency details

MSS015011A - Conduct a sustainability energy audit (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 18/Jul/2011

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSS015011 - Conduct a sustainability energy auditSupersedes and is equivalent to MSS015011A Conduct a sustainability energy audit. 21/Jun/2016

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
MSS11 - Sustainability Training PackageSustainability Training Package 1.0-3.0 
FWP - Forest and Wood Products Training PackageForest and Wood Products Training Package 4.0 
FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 2.0-2.3 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and TechnologyDiploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology 
MSS50112 - Diploma of Sustainable OperationsDiploma of Sustainable Operations 1-2 
MSS50111 - Diploma of Sustainable OperationsDiploma of Sustainable Operations 
MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and TechnologyCertificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology 
FWP50316 - Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame DesignDiploma of Timber Truss and Frame Design 
FWP50216 - Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame ManufactureDiploma of Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture 
FWP50116 - Diploma of Forest and Forest ProductsDiploma of Forest and Forest Products 
FWP40416 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame DesignCertificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Design 
FWP40316 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame ManufactureCertificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture 
FWP40216 - Certificate IV in Timber ProcessingCertificate IV in Timber Processing 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050999 Environmental Studies, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050999 Environmental Studies, N.e.c.  07/Aug/2012 
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Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency covers conducting an audit for the specific resource of energy in an organisation or part or all of its value chain and to prepare recommendations for a reduction of, and more efficient use of, energy.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies inside organisations and their value chains. The unit has been developed with manufacturing operations as a focus. However, because of the range of organisations in a typical manufacturing value chain it may also be applied to other types of organisations (e.g. supplier of goods or services or a customer).

The energy audit may be conducted to assist in regulatory compliance or as part of a strategy to improve the sustainability of manufacturing operations. The emphasis in the unit is on informing decision making in regards to energy use in a value chain or site. Where complex electrical and other energy analysis skills are required appropriate units should be selected from the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package.

It would typically be undertaken by a manager or technical specialist who had a major responsibility for sustainability as part of a broader work role, or sustainability may be their primary work responsibility. The manager or technical specialist may undertake this alone or as part of a team.

The technical measurement of operational performance or measurement of emissions or other environmental impact is not covered by this unit. However, there is a requirement to present and organise data. The complexity of this requirement will vary according to the type and scale of the organisation s processes. Where required, appropriate mathematics and statistics units should be selected from the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package or other appropriate Training Package.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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Employability Skills Information

THis unit contains employability skills

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

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Elements and Performance Criteria


Identify all sources and uses of energy in process


Identify all sources of energy external to the site


Identify all sources of energy within the site


Identify all uses of energy by process unit


Identify energy type and intensity required by each process unit


Calculate theoretical use of energy


Calculate theoretical net use of energy by type and intensity for each process unit


Calculate overall energy balance for process/site


Evaluate the need for energy consumption by process and units within the process compared to alternative processes/units


Measure actual use of energy


Determine actual net energy use for overall process/site


Determine actual net energy use for each process unit


Calculate difference between theoretical and actual energy use by unit and overall


Identify actual energy type used by each process unit


Develop strategies for reducing the use of energy


Rank units by difference between theoretical and actual energy use


Rank units by actual energy use


Identify units using higher intensity energy than required


Develop strategies to reduce energy consumption and/or use lower intensity energy


Prepare a recommendation for an energy use reduction strategy


Consult with key stakeholders


Identify strategies required to meet regulatory or similar requirements


Rank strategies by benefit/cost ratio


Short-list preferred energy reduction strategies


Prepare recommendation for improving energy usage

Required Skills and Knowledge

Required knowledge includes:

  • nature of energy wastage:
  • efficiency
  • friction/fouling/scaling
  • temperature/pressure range of operation
  • energy balancing techniques for process and process steps (sometimes known as heat balancing)
  • methods of measuring actual process amount/flows
  • waste reduction/energy efficiency strategies and methods along with costs, effectiveness and alternative strategies (e.g. efficient lighting, efficient window glass and efficient motors)
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • relevant legislation, regulation and protocols
  • AS/NZS ISO 14000 Environmental Management Standards

Required skills include:

  • mapping processes and energy flows
  • interpreting schematics and drawings
  • calculating, manipulating and interpreting numerical data, including establishing series, means, correlations and rates of change
  • ranking energy consumption and waste based on energy balancing
  • consulting with technical and operative staff on possible non-obvious energy wastes
  • consulting and negotiating with stakeholders on implementation process for sustainability improvement
  • preparing recommendations

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to conduct an energy audit, including calculation of theoretical and actual use of energy and preparation of recommendations for energy use reduction.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently apply the skills covered in this unit of competency in new and different situations and contexts. Critical aspects of assessment and evidence include:

  • defining appropriate boundaries for the sustainability energy audit
  • conducting energy balance analyses for a site or value chain
  • identifying high energy use/waste units/areas
  • undertaking benefit/cost ratio analyses
  • ensuring improvement strategies proposed reflect stakeholder needs and regulatory environment.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

  • This unit of competency is to be assessed in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment.
  • Assessment should emphasise a workplace context and procedures found in the candidate s workplace.
  • This unit of competency may be assessed with other relevant units addressing sustainability at the enterprise level or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.
  • The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team.

Method of assessment

  • In all cases, practical assessment should be supported by questions to assess underpinning knowledge and those aspects of competency which are difficult to assess directly.
  • Where applicable, reasonable adjustment must be made to work environments and training situations to accommodate ethnicity, age, gender, demographics and disability.
  • The language, literacy and numeracy demands of assessment should not be greater than those required to undertake the unit of competency in a work-like environment.

Guidance information for assessment

Range Statement

Energy/energy type

Energy/energy type includes:

  • operational heating and cooling
  • motive energy
  • lighting
  • waste energy

Theoretical use of energy

The amount of energy (work) required to move a mass or heat matter is a basic physics calculation. This is the theoretical use of energy. Anything used above this is waste (although in physics it may be referred to as inefficiency)

Energy intensity

Energy intensity includes:

  • required temperature, power and pressure, as relevant

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