About Us

About Us

About the Energy Efficiency Council

The Energy Efficiency Council is Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management.

The Council is a not-for-profit membership association which exists to make sensible, cost effective energy efficiency measures standard practice across the Australian economy. We work on behalf of our members to promote stable government policy, provide clear information to energy users and drive the quality of energy efficiency products and services.

Formed in 2009, the EEC now represents over 90 members from business and government that:

  • provide high quality energy efficiency advice, services and management
  • manufacture, install or service energy efficiency products or technologies
  • manufacture, install or manage of cogeneration and trigeneration systems
  • develop, market or implement demand management systems and services

The EEC is a national organisation with headquarters in Melbourne. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to make sensible, cost effective energy efficiency measures standard practice across the Australian economy.

To this end, the Energy Efficiency Council:

  • Fosters stable government policies that increase the demand for energy efficiency products and services and deliver economic and environmental benefits to the community
  • Delivers clear information on the benefits of energy efficiency to the public and private sectors
  • Improves the quality, reputation and confidence in energy efficiency services and products
  • Provides relevant, high quality services to its members

Click here to view the EEC Constitution and Rules of Association.


What we do

The Energy Efficiency Council works with members, expert advisors, business, government and industry partners in three core areas:

Policy & Advocacy

Our Policy & Advocacy team works on behalf of members to drive the development and implementation of effective energy efficiency policy at all levels of Government.

Key policy & advocacy activities include:

  • Bringing together the collective expertise of Australia’s energy efficiency industry to inform the development of robust and cost-effective energy efficiency policies and programs
  • Providing local, state and federal governments with expert advice and high quality information and resources
  • Projects and partnerships with governments, experts, industry stakeholders and professional associations 

Sector Development

The Energy Efficiency Council delivers a range of activities designed to help the industry raise standards, support education and professional development and celebrate excellence in the Australian energy efficiency sector.

Key sector development activities include:

Member Services

The Energy Efficiency Council provides a range of member services designed to support our members' ability to meet their business and organisational goals.

Key areas of membership activity include:

Our Achievements

Recently, the Energy Efficiency Council has:

  • Worked with State Governments to save the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target and strengthen the NSW Energy Savings Scheme
  • Worked at the Federal level to build bipartisan support for energy efficiency and the new National Energy Productivity Plan
  • Collaborated with the NSW Government to ensure the success of government efficiency projects under the NSW Government Resources Efficiency Policy (GREP), and lobbied for the reintroduction of the Victorian Greener Government Buildings program
  • Established the world-leading Energy Efficiency Certification Scheme for professionals that lead commercial building retrofits
  • Partnered on the development of a new Australian energy audit standard focused on giving audit customers actionable energy conservation measures
  • Put robust measurement and verification at the heart of Australian energy efficiency policy and trained over 150 certified M&V professionals
  • Delivered the most successful National Energy Efficiency Conference ever, with over 260 attendees and a 100% satisfaction rating



Our team

The Energy Efficiency Council has a small team of dedicated and knowledgeable staff with extensive knowledge and experience in energy efficiency, energy policy, sustainability, financing and a range of supporting skills.


Luke Menzel
Luke Menzel

Luke Menzel CEO

Luke provides strategic leadership for the Energy Efficiency Council, guiding the Council’s initiatives to build the market for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management in Australia.

In his time at the EEC, Luke has specialised in developing projects and policies that facilitate the steady increase of capacity in the energy efficiency sector. Most recently, Luke led the development and launched a new Australian certification scheme for the professionals that manage complex energy efficiency retrofits.

Luke has a background in management and his postgraduate research in energy policy focused on financing options for energy efficiency investments.

Rob Murray-Leach
Rob Murray-Leach

Rob Murray-Leach Head of Policy

Rob has an extensive background in climate change, energy, transport and sustainability, as an author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review and senior policy expert in the South Australian Government. His academic background from Oxford and Adelaide focussed on behaviour and sustainability, and he has contributed to a number of texts in this field.

Founding CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, Rob now leads the Council’s policy and advocacy activities, working with members and governments to inform the development of robust and cost-effective energy efficiency policies and programs in Australia.

Daniela Vrljic
Daniela Vrljic

Daniela Vrljic Executive, Events & Communications

Daniela has extensive in events and communications, particularly within not-for-profit membership organisations.

The focus of Daniela’s role is to connect members with the work of the EEC by delivering a portfolio of member services including marketing, communications and business support, events including the National Energy Efficiency Conference and a range of business development opportunities.

Shauna Coffey
Shauna Coffey

Shauna Coffey Head of Projects

Shauna has over 16 years’ experience driving the design, implementation and management of sustainability strategies in a variety of sectors, with diversified real estate a particular strength. As a Director with Deloitte Australia, Shauna helped clients optimise their energy and greenhouse gas programs, deliver effective corporate sustainability communications and improve the execution of their sustainability function.

Her experience, enhanced by qualifications in environmental science, business and sustainable property development, drives the delivery of creative, value-enhancing and measurable sustainability outcomes.

Katie Bartrop
Katie Bartrop

Katie Bartrop Manager, Finance & Administration

Katie is a CPA with experience in industries incuding wood heating and residential solar installation.

Katie is responsible for the EEC's finance and administration functions including financial reporting and compliance.

Karla Paeglis
Karla Paeglis

Karla Paeglis Manager, Sector Development

Karla project manages the Energy Efficiency Council’s training and professional accreditation initiatives, including delivery of the Certified Measurement & Verification Professional training program and the Energy Efficiency Certification Scheme.

Our board

The Energy Efficiency Council Board of Directors is elected by our members and represents a broad cross section of the industry.

The Board oversees the strategic direction and financial management of the organisation. A number of sub-committees drive the development of key projects activities and report to the Board.

Tony Arnel
Tony Arnel

Tony Arnel Norman Disney & Young (President)

Tony is Global Director of Sustainability at leading engineering consultancy firm Norman Disney & Young. He is a trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund, an initiative of the Melbourne City Council created to accelerate the retrofitting of existing buildings.   He is the former Chair of both the Green Building Council of Australia and of the World Green Building Council. Between 2000 and 2012 he served as the Victorian Building Commissioner.

For more than fifteen years, Tony has been a leader internationally and in Australia, advocating for a more sustainable built environment as a means to creating business and jobs, reducing costs and combating climate change.

Caoimhin Ardren
Caoimhin Ardren

Caoimhin Ardren ENERGY ACTION

Caoimhin is the Director of Energy Action’s Projects & Advisory Services division. Caoimhin has responsibility for a team of over 40 energy efficiency engineers and project managers that work closely with the energy management and procurement specialists, across all states in Australia.  The energy efficiency consultants previously operated under the Exergy brand focussed on sustainable energy efficient building upgrades and the continuous evolution of best practice industry standards such as NABERS and the EEC accreditation scheme.

Caoimhin has extensive experience in project delivery of integrated building energy upgrade projects and played a key role in the development and authoring of the EEC accreditation scheme. Prior to joining Energy Action in 2014 through the acquisition of Exergy, Caoimhin headed up Exergy’s project and commissioning management teams. Prior to this, Caoimhin worked in the fields of ESD project management, asset management and quantity surveying in Australia, the UK and South Africa.  Caoimhin holds the CEEL accreditation and is one of the accreditation scheme assessors.

Matthew Clark
Matthew Clark

Matthew Clark Common Capital (Policy and Advocacy Expert)

Prior to founding Common Capital, Matthew was the Director of Water and Energy Programs at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. He has eleven years of policy and program development experience delivering successful state and national clean energy programs for the NSW Government. Matthew’s extensive experience in leading the design, development, delivery and review of major programs includes the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), the $350 million p.a. Climate Change Fund, the $63 million Home Power Savings Program, Environmental Upgrade Agreements, $170 million Home Saver Rebates, and the energy efficiency of the NSW Government’s own facilities. Matthew also worked for the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, and as a project engineer with Connell Mott MacDonald and BHP.

As a policy maker, engineer and CMVP Matthew has a deep understanding of the technical and political elements of energy efficiency policy.

Cheryl Desha
Cheryl Desha


A/Professor Cheryl Desha is the Head of Civil Engineering at Nathan campus, responsible for designing and delivering an unprecedented '21st Century' civil engineering curriculum within a specially equipped new building. She is also part of the Executive Group initiating the university's Cities Research Institute, focused on addressing the complex problems in building and sustaining cities.

For the past several years Cheryl has been working with colleagues in Australia and overseas to build capacity for whole system thinking, biomimicry, resource productivity, decoupling and sustainable business practice, to foster urban nature for resilient and liveable cities. Her career goal is to facilitate sustainable development by empowering society with emerging language, knowledge and skills related to achieving sustainable solutions.

She is an expert in designing curriculum and capacity building resources for energy efficiency, spanning undergraduate, postgraduate, vocational and continuing professional education.

Bruce Easton
Bruce Easton

Bruce Easton ecovantage

Bruce is the CEO of Ecovantage and President of EECCA (the peak body for energy efficiency certificate creators). Bruce is a long term contributor to the development of, and expert in, energy efficiency schemes having worked in the provision of energy efficiency at the household and business level for over a decade. His experience covers efficiency schemes in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. 

Bruce is passionate about using energy efficiency to remove wasted energy (and water) and unnecessary cost to business and households - especially disadvantaged households struggling with energy costs. He is a determined advocate for market based schemes contribution to the economy and the fight against climate change.

Sara Gipton
Sara Gipton

Sara Gipton Forest Stewardship Council (Treasurer)

Sara is the CEO of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly. Sara has also been the Development Manager at CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) and has worked with investors, companies and government to drive environmental disclosure that will deliver a sustainable economy. Sara's work is directed to maximising the opportunities for business success in a sustainable economy. Sara is an expert for the Australian carbon market and the complex workings of carbon legislation.

Sara has graduate and post graduate qualifications in science, accounting and sustainability, she is a Chartered Accountant, a Churchill Fellow (2011) and has attended The Prince of Wales’ Business and Sustainability Programme. Sara is a member of the Future Business Council and is the Treasurer of Melbourne Boston Sister Cities Association.

Stuart MacFarlane
Stuart MacFarlane

Stuart MacFarlane Schneider Electric (Vice President & Secretary)

Stuart has qualifications in electrical engineering and illumination with post graduate studies in management. Stuart has a wealth of experience in electrical engineering, energy performance contracting and energy management. His background encompasses electrical design in the building services and manufacturing sectors, project management, electrical contracting and procurement.

Following many years of practice in Government and private engineering firms, Stuart commenced employment with Energy Conservation Systems in 1990 and has since been involved in many large energy management projects and energy performance contracts and has worked closely on various Government led energy management programs as well as having written and delivered numerous papers, lectures and training relating to energy conservation and energy performance contracting for consultants, energy managers and professional engineers throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.

Craig Morgan
Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan Northmore Gordon

Craig is Managing Director of energy consultancy Northmore Gordon, specialists in helping large business reduce energy costs, and also a Director of Wattly, a leading aggregator and trader in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and carbon certificates. He has 20 years’ experience in assisting organisations to manage energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and the impacts of climate change. 

Over his career, Craig has co-founded three companies in the energy sector, helped introduce energy efficient technologies to Australia, been the lead author of energy efficiency industry guides for the NSW and Victorian Governments, worked on large scale wind farm developments, and developed innovative risk-sharing energy efficiency consulting services.

His passion is to help industry understand and incorporate energy efficiency practices into daily operations, and is rewarded by seeing industry achieve new levels of energy productivity.

Stefan Schwab
Stefan Schwab

Stefan Schwab Siemens

Stefan is the Execurtive General Manager  and Head of Siemens Building Technologies Division in the Pacific Region. He has held Executive Management positions for over 5 years with a large multinational company, and management positions for over 10 years. Stefan has managed the Siemens Building Technologies division in the Pacific Region for the last 3 years, and has strong skills in strategy and operation delivery of energy efficiency initiatives.

Stefan has worked in Germany and Europe on Energy Efficiency initiatives and have a vast network with organisations in Europe such as Knauf Group and has strong connections with Siemens global leadership team driving Siemens’ internal sustainability initiatives.

Mary Stewart
Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart Energetics

Mary has worked in energy efficiency and energy productivity across Energetics’ mining and industrial clients for more than ten years. She has conducted EEO site assessments for more than 30 mine sites, is an expert in LCA and has completed many NCOS assessments with the technical expertise to deliver value to the EEC. Mary is Executive Director of Energetics and Non-Executive Director of CEEC, the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution, with extensive governance expertise. Mary is the first Australian business observer (BINGO) to the UNFCCC where she is on the Innovation, RD&D taskforce. She brings a thorough understanding of national and international pressures and challenges to this role.

Mary strongly believes that energy efficiency is the fifth fuel and a vital part of the answer as we strive to meet mid-century targets and keep global warming below 1.5oC.  As a member of the community advisory board of FlexCareers and recent recipient of the Women’s Agenda leadership award for emerging leader in the private sector, Mary has a deep understanding of the challenges of achieving diversity across organisations.

Our advisors

Alan Pears, Senior Advisor

Alan Pears AM is a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University and also does consulting work. He has worked across all aspects of sustainable energy in policy, program development, public education and specific projects, and is a well-known commentator on sustainable energy issues. In the industry sector, Alan helped to develop SEDA’s Energy Smart Business program, the Commonwealth’s Energy Efficiency Best Practice program and, more recently, the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program.

Simon Helps, EEC Fellow and Senior Advisor

Simon has over 10 years’ experience in the cogeneration and clean energy industry, and has held a variety of senior roles in clean energy groups in Australia. This includes eight years leading the Energy Efficiency Council’s work on cogeneration policy, and is passionate about building the market for distributed energy in Australia.

Terry McConnell, Senior Advisor

Terry has over 30 years of experience at a local, national and international level. He has specialised in the areas of energy reduction and product optimisation to the commercial and industrial markets. For the past three years Terry has been working with large commercial and industrial customers advising them on energy efficiency, renewable energy, demand management and energy storage.

Prior to this, he spent 14 years with Energex Limited, the south east Queensland electricity distributor. During this time, Terry was responsible for a range of areas including the sale of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers, energy efficiency and the delivery of EPCs and the implementation of energy conservation and demand management strategies and programs for the industrial commercial and residential sectors.

Garry McDonald, Senior Advisor

Until late 2012, Garry was the Associate Director of the National Centre for Sustainability (NCS) based at Swinburne University of Technology. Under his leadership, the NCS Swinburne developed national and state funded research projects that informed the need for education and training across a breadth of sustainability in business issues, particular green skills, energy efficiency, carbon management, and behaviour change. Garry was an enduring member of the Commonwealth government’s Green Skills Agreement Implementation Group and a co-director of various energy efficiency audit projects. Garry is currently a research fellow at the University of Melbourne.


Thanks for your interest in working with the Energy Efficiency Council. There are currently two positions open, closing 5PM Friday 16 February 2018. 

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Advertising & Promotion

There are a number of opportunities to promote high quality products, services and events in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Council.

Online Member Profiles

Profiles for all EEC members, together with details of their products, services and expertise can be found here on our website. This is an outstanding opportunity to promote your organisation as an industry leader. This opportunity is available exclusively to EEC members. Click here to find out more.

Website Banner Advertising

A range of banner advertising opportunities are available. EEC Sponsor members receive a complimentary online advertising package as part of their membership. Discounted rates are available for all other EEC members and standard rates are available for non-members. To find out more, contact us online here or call us on (03) 8327 8422.

Events Listings & Industry News

EEC Members and selected external partners can list their latest news and events on our website. To submit your story/event for consideration, send us details online here.

Event Sponsorship

There are a range of opportunities to raise your profile at key Energy Efficiency Council events including:

To find out more, contact us online here or call us on (03) 8327 8422.