Applying a business strategy approach to streamline government process, drawing on international best practice.

Client: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

The challenge

As part of a $500m suite of energy saving activities, the NSW government engaged Common Capital to determine if there was a way of streamlining and accelerating the implementation of greenhouse and energy minimum standards (GEMS) on products.

GEMS are one of the lowest cost ways to save energy as they save consumers money and energy, but can take time to introduce, delaying these benefits.

Our approach

Common Capital combined significant expertise in energy performance standards with a business strategy approach to review existing processes and define a new approach informed by best practise.

We carried out a detailed analysis of the current Australian process to identify issues and bottlenecks. We benchmarked GEMS against international standards and standard development processes from Europe, America and Asia, and held interviews and workshops with key state and national stakeholders.

Using this information we redesigned the regulatory development process to align with best practice and stakeholder needs, identified a prioritised list of standards for fast tracking, and developed a full Cabinet Submission including program logic design, program budget, resourcing and implementation plan and economic cost benefit analysis – and detailed implementation plan.

The outcome

Following public consultation, Cabinet and Expenditure Review Committee review, this multi-million-dollar program was a proved and has been launched in NSW.