Industrial efficiency

Journal article

9 Feb 2018

Negotiations between buyers and sellers (or suppliers) of goods and services have become increasingly important due to the growing trend towards international purchasing, outsourcing and global supply networks together with the high uncertainty associated with them. This paper examines the effect of ambiguity aversion on...


16 Jan 2018

This report compares the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between the mainland United States and East Asia and Oceania. It extends the previous transatlantic fuel efficiency methodology to the transpacific market.


Hainan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA) were...


20 Nov 2017

This Victorian government strategy outlines actions in three areas: energy efficiency and productivity in business, housing and a transition to high efficiency buildings.


5 Oct 2017

This report found that the world continued to generate more value from its energy use in 2016, but argues that the current level of efficiency gains will erode quickly if the pace of policy delivery does not accelerate.


A report of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce – Industry 4.0 Testlabs Workstream
10 Aug 2017

This report provides a detailed overview of the relevant resources, findings and recommendations resulting from the work of the Industry 4.0 Testlabs Working Group of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce during 2016–2017.


China Energy Efficiency Series
19 Jun 2017

This book uses energy and economic models to assess the potential for further energy-efficient improvements in the transport, building, industry and power sectors of China. The report starts with a modelling assessment of the role of energy efficiency in supporting China to achieve its Intended...


14 Mar 2017

All Change lays bare the staggering amount of change in key UK government policies over the last five decades.

The report examines three policy areas which have experienced near-constant upheaval: further education, regional governance and industrial policy. For example, the last 30 years...

Technical report

20 Jan 2017

Energy costs’ impact on industrial competitiveness is not well known in Australia. This paper investigates this question empirically by undertaking a two-part analysis.

Working paper

26 Sep 2016

We combine survey and administrative data for about 13,000 firms from 2005 to 2013 to study the inter-relationships among firm characteristics, intangible investment and firm performance. We find that firm size is associated with higher intangible investment, while firm age, very low competition (‘captive market’)...

Journal article

1 Dec 2015

Recent times have seen the business world challenged to improve efficiency by reducing its material and energy usage. Material flow cost accounting has been suggested as a management tool that can assist and a new international environmental management accounting standard, ISO 14051, has emerged for...

Journal article

12 Aug 2013

In most developing countries, the overall quality of the livelihood of labourers, work place environment and implementation of labour rights do not progress at the same rate as their industrial development. To address this situation, the ILO has initiated the concept of ‘decent work’ to...


1 Nov 2010

It has long been recognised that industrial clustering benefits businesses by giving them access to skilled staff and shared services, and the opportunity to capture valuable knowledge spillovers. This is equally true of creative businesses, as exemplified by Hollywood, or closer to home by a...


9 Dec 2008

The federal government's efficiency dividend, introduced in 1987-88, trims the public funding component of agencies' budgets by 1.25% per annum. For 2008-09 only, the federal government increased the efficiency dividend by an extra 2%. This report recommends relief for small agencies from the dividend....


22 Nov 2008

Today, more than 40 percent of all homes in the United States contain at least one video game console. Recognizing that all that gaming could add up to serious demand for electricity, NRDC and Ecos Consulting performed the first ever comprehensive study on the energy...


14 Jul 2008

Australia's energy productivity lags behind other developed countries across many sectors of the economy and that there are significant opportunities to save energy and cut costs with a comprehensive energy efficiency strategy, according to this report. The report shows that in many sectors of the...


28 Jun 2007

The knowledge economy gets a reasonably clean bill of health as far as polarisation between "good" and "bad" jobs is concerned. Overall Rececca Fauth and Ian Brinkley agree with recent analyses positing a stable labour market and continued expansion of well-paid jobs at the top...


28 Jun 2007

The UK has the largest creative sector in the EU, and relative to GDP probably the largest in the world. It is a national asset in multiple ways. The creation of ideas, images, symbols, design and cultural expression on this scale would alone be enough...


21 Oct 2005

The pursuit of energy efficiency would also seem to be in the interests of any rational producer or consumer, firm or household. Yet the issue at the heart of this inquiry is why producers and consumers do not always seek greater energy efficiency, even when...


21 Apr 2005

Improving energy efficiency can have sound environmental benefits, according to this draft report released by the Productivity Commission. The potential for energy efficiency measures to save money for producers and consumers appears to be more modest.

Released 21 April 2005



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