Training & Events

Training & Events

Training and Events

The Energy Efficiency Council collaborates with its members and partners to deliver training and events that support the Council’s mission to build a sophisticated market for energy management products and services that delivers:

  • Healthy, comfortable buildings;
  • Productive, competitive businesses; and
  • An affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system for Australia.

Training and professional development

The Council’s training and professional development program:

  • Meets the current and future skills needs of energy management service
  • providers
  • Enhances the capabilities of individuals with energy management responsibilities; and
  • Contributes to the growth of the energy management sector.


The Council’s events program:

  • Drives ambitious government policy;
  • Supports business decision making and growth; and
  • Ensures quality with standards and professional development.

The Council works with its members, partners and stakeholders to deliver a number of events, including the annual:

Check out the calendar below for current and upcoming events, seminars and training courses.


The critical decade: Making energy work

To celebrate the Energy Efficiency Council's 10th anniversary, we held 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 event kicked off with a forum featuring a keynote address from The Hon. Mark Butler MP and the launch of the Council's latest flagship report The World's First Fuel: How energy efficiency is reshaping global energy systems.

This was followed by a lively panel discussion with global and local experts Audrey Zibelman, Christoph von Speßhardt and Davina Rooney. They discussed why the next decade is critical for Australia’s energy transformation, and how to move energy management to the centre of our energy debate to get to an energy system that is affordable, reliable and clean for everyone.

After the forum, we flipped the switch from policy to party. The celebratory reception featured musical philosopher Will Tait and a special presentation to the Council's 10 founding members. It was an excellent opportunity for the Council to meet with the members from the wider energy community, and thank them for their hard work over the past decade. 

Launch of the EEC's latest flagship report

One of the highlights of the event was the launch of the Energy Efficiency Council’s latest flagship report: The World's First Fuel: How Energy Efficiency Is Reshaping Global Energy Systems.​

Authored by Council Head of Policy, Rob Murray-Leach, this new report examines the energy efficiency policies that have been introduced by global leaders like China, Germany and the US, and the lessons for Australia.

The report highlights key lessons for energy markets, energy efficiency schemes, appliance standards and saving energy in buildings, manufacturing, and transport. The report is informed by extensive research and interviews with global experts from the US, Europe and Asia.

This ambitious new report combines the latest information from overseas with Rob's key insights gleaned from the past ten years in the energy efficiency sector.

The report has received coverage by several news outlets, including Sky News, The Guardian, SBS News and

Download a copy of the report here.

Photo highlights

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Professor Tony Arnel, President, Energy Efficiency Council

Luke Menzel, CEO, Energy Efficiency Council 

Jeff Connolly, CEO, Siemens Ltd

The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy 

The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy

Merrily Hunter, Director, MAC Energy Efficiency Group 

(L-R) The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Luke Menzel, Davina Rooney, Professor Tony Arnel, Audrey Zibelman, Christoph von Speßhardt, Jeff Connolly

Rob Murray-Leach, Head of Policy, Energy Efficiency Council

(L-R) Rob Murray-Leach, Christoph von Speßhardt, Davina Rooney, Audrey Zibelman

(L-R) Rob Murray-Leach, Christoph von Speßhardt, Davina Rooney, Audrey Zibelman

Representatives from EEC founding members: Schneider Electric, Siemens Ltd, Signify, Ecosave, Energetics, Conservia, A.G. Coombs, CarbonetiX, Genesis Now, GreenSync


We extend our thanks to the sponsors who made this event possible

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Lunchtime business forum: Australia's energy outlook and strategy with Alan Kohler AM

On Thursday 11 July 2019, the Energy Efficiency Council launched the second edition of Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: A briefing for Australian businesses at a lunchtime forum featuring a keynote address by Alan Kohler AM and a panel discussion.

Designed for directors and senior executives, the briefing is a practical, approachable briefing on the drivers for transformation in Australia’s energy markets, how those drivers play out in business energy bills, and the options businesses have to take control of their energy position.

In Alan’s keynote address, he noted that businesses are reliant on "people, capital and energy." Yet while businesses have sophisticated approaches to managing people and capital, energy management is often an afterthought.

Alan was particularly forthright on the need for business to get across demand response: "If you can't make good money from demand response, then you're not trying, and your competitors will."

In the panel discussion with Alan, David Abela, Executive General Manager at Visy Global Procurement, Dr Vikas Ahuja, Head of Energy at Coles, and Anna Skarbek, CEO of ClimateWorks, the speakers discussed how business is responding to a transforming energy market, and the strategies that they are employing to take control.

Read the full post-event wrap here.

Download the energy briefing (July 2019) here.

Download Demand response 101 here.

This event is delivered in partnership with Enel X.

Upcoming EEC Webinars

Coming soon...


Past EEC webinars 

The World's First Fuel: How energy efficiency is reshaping global energy systems 

4 July 2019, Chair: Rob Murray-Leach, Head of Policy

Major global economies, including China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States, are making huge strides to improve their energy efficiency and adjust when they use energy.

In June 2019, the EEC released it's latest flagship report, The World’s First Fuel: How energy efficiency is reshaping global energy systems. The report examines the energy efficiency policies that global leaders have introduced, and what the key lessons are for Australia. 

In the webinar, we heard from Joe Ritchie from the International Energy Agency, who presented the latest global data on energy and energy efficiency, and Rob Murray-Leach, the EEC’s Head of Policy, who talked through the findings from The World’s First Fuel.

Click here to watch the webinar recording

Download Joe Ritchie's presentation here



4 July 2018, Chair: Luke Menzel, CEO

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its biennial International Energy Efficiency Scorecard in June 2018. The report examines the energy efficiency policies and performance of the world’s 25 largest energy-consuming countries, and provides a valuable, independent benchmark for how Australia is faring relative to our international competitors.

The Energy Efficiency Council partnered with the ACEEE to unpack Australia’s results in a 1-hour webinar for EEC members, partners and interested experts. The EEC's CEO, Luke Menzel, was joined on the webinar by:

  • Steve Nadel, Executive Director, ACEEE
  • Shruti Vaidyanathan, Senior Advisor for Research, ACEEE

The audio recording and slides are available below.


Save energy and money with accelerated depreciation for small business

13 June 2018, Presented by Shauna Coffey, Head of Projects