Programs and initiatives

The EREP program

EPA’s Environment and Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP) program ran from 2008 to 2013. The program required large energy and water-using sites (those that used 100 TJ of energy or 120 ML of water per year) to identify and implement resource efficiency actions.

In February 2013, the Victorian Government advised EPA that it would begin to sunset the mandatory EREP program early. The EREP Regulations were originally due to sunset on 31 December 2014.

This decision followed a review that found that EREP could place unnecessary compliance burden on businesses due to duplication with current Commonwealth programs, including the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program and the carbon price.

The regulatory savings of the early susetting of EREP have been measured as $3.5 to 4.7 million over 22 months.

EPA encourages business to continue to identify and implement resource efficiency actions. Program information continues to be available to assist businesses to make informed decisions about resource efficiency.

FAQs about early sunsetting of EREP program + Expand all Collapse all

  • Why was EREP sunset early?

    The EREP program was due to finish at the end of 2014, but the Victorian Government brought forward the sunset of this program because the carbon price and other federal programs were in place to encourage emissions reduction at a national level.

    In late 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed that States and Territories would review programs that had possible duplication with any federal and carbon price incentives. The EREP program was part of this review.

  • Can I still access the resource efficiency business tools and support from EPA?

    Information from the program that helped businesses make informed decisions about resource efficiency is still available on EPA’s website in the Lower your impact section.

  • Can I still access the online system

    EREP businesses are encouraged to download any information they require from the online system as soon as possible, because the online system will cease to be accessible at a future date.

  • What other government programs are available to assist business to improve their efficiency?

    The Victorian Government will continue to provide advice to businesses through Sustainability Victoria and provide funding to medium-sized businesses through the $10 Million Smarter Resources Smarter Business program, delivered by Sustainability Victoria.

    Other Victorian Government programs that can provide assistance to meet varying business needs include:

    • Business Victoria’s Investing in Manufacturing Technology Grant, Big Help for Small Businesses and Smart SMEs Market Validation Program;
    • the Energy Saver Incentive
    • the Office of Living Victoria’s Living Victoria Water Rebate Program.

    For more information on these programs visit Sustainability Victoria at

  • Should I still keep doing the work voluntarily?

    While the mandatory requirement for participation in EREP has been removed, businesses can still continue voluntarily with identifying and implementing energy or water-use efficiency improvements should they choose to.

    Investments in resource efficiency improvements can help business to save money into the future.

Page last updated on 16 Dec 2013