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The critical decade: Making energy work

The Energy Efficiency Council turns 10 this year and we are taking the opportunity to host a very special event in Melbourne to reflect on the past 10 years in energy efficiency, celebrate the work of our members, partners and the industry as a whole, and look ahead to the opportunities of the coming decades.

The critical decade: Making energy work will bring together 200 business leaders, policy makers, regulators, influencers and not-for-profits to look to the next, critical decade of Australia’s energy transformation, and discuss how we get to an energy system that is affordable, reliable and clean for everyone.

Date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time: 3.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Collins Square Events Centre, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Docklands

About the event

The critical decade: Making energy work will take place in two parts, with the most senior members of the EEC’s network from business, government, regulators, and not-for-profits in attendance.

The event will kick off with a leaders forum (3.30pm to 5.30pm). In the post-election landscape we will ask what we can learn from global trailblazers in energy efficiency, and how to move energy management to the centre of Australia’s energy debate. The EEC will also launch a major new report: The World’s First Fuel: How Energy Efficiency is Reshaping Global Energy Systems.

The forum will be followed by a celebratory reception with drinks, canapés, music and networking (5.30pm to 8.30pm) to recognise the achievements of the Council's members and partners who have contributed to the sector over the past decade.

Registration type 

Full event

Drinks only

EEC member






Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount.


We are delighted to announce that two global experts with deep local knowledge will be joining us for this once-in-a-decade event.

Christoph Speßhardt, Vice-Chairman of the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF)

Christoph is a passionate advocate for the role of the demand side in the energy transition underway around the world. He is Vice-Chairman of Germany's peak body for energy efficiency, the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency. He is also Director of Public Affairs Asia-Pacific for Knauf Insulation Group, a world-leading manufacturer of building products.

As a global leader in the energy sector, Christoph will share his perspective on why Europe is moving towards ‘energy efficiency first’, and how Germany and Australia can best work together to unlock the energy efficiency opportunity.


Audrey Zibelman, CEO and MD of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Audrey has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy and electricity sectors in the United States. Her previous roles include Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM – the electricity market operator in 14 US states – and Energy Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission.

Audrey was appointed Chief Executive of AEMO in 2017, quickly becoming one of the leading voices in the national discussion around Australia's transforming energy system. She is a globally recognised expert on the role of the demand side in affordable, reliable energy systems, and will share her insights into how the US has approached integrating energy management into energy markets.

More speakers to be announced soon...