Training & Events

Training & Events

First Fuel podcast

The Energy Efficiency Council's podcast, First Fuel, brings you the latest perspectives on energy efficiency, energy management and demand response from Australia and around the world.


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First Fuel live recording events

The Energy Efficiency Council holds regular discussions with expert guests from around Australia; these are recorded and released as episodes of First Fuel on Fridays, ready for your weekend listening. If there is a hot topic at hand, or we’re connecting with an international speaker, these discussions are recorded live as a webinar so that our community has the opportunity to engage with people they may not normally get the chance to! Upcoming events will be listed below.

Upcoming live recorded episodes

Next Tuesday 20 October, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel will chair the Navigating a dynamic energy landscape session at the Energy Efficiency Expo Virtual Conference.

This session will launch the third edition of Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for Australian businesses, an executive-level briefing designed to cut through the noise and help businesses confidently navigate Australia’s dynamic energy landscape.

The Energy Efficiency Council's flagship energy briefing engagement activities support Australian businesses with managing the risks and capturing of the opportunities of the energy transition. 

The Navigating a dynamic energy landscape session will feature:

  • The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment
  • Bridgette Carter, Manager Energy Sourcing & Utilisation, BlueScope
  • Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute
  • Christina Tonkin, Managing Directory - Corporate Finance, ANZ


Recent First Fuel episodes

First Fuel episode 25: Building coalitions with Frankie Muskovic

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Date: Thursday 16 October 2020

In Episode 25 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by 

Francesca Muskovic, National Policy Manager for Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at the Property Council of Australia and Stakeholder Chair of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System’s Steering Committee.

Luke and Frankie discuss her early aspirations in Formula 1, the energy efficiency announcements in last week’s Federal budget, and the role of gas in the property sector’s transition to net zero.


First Fuel episode 24: Accelerating a green economy recovery

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Date: Wednesday 7 October 2020

In Episode 24 of First Fuel, we bring you a panel discussion from the joint opening plenary of All-Energy Australia and Energy Efficiency Expo hosted by Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel on the eve of the 2020 Federal Budget.

Luke is joined by Anna Skarbek from ClimateWorks Australia, Amanda McKenzie from the Climate Council, Eytan Lenko from Beyond Zero Emissions, Ian Learmonth from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Kane Thornton from the Clean Energy Council to discuss how we can accelerate a clean economic recovery in Australia.



Previous First Fuel episodes

24. Accelerating a green economic recovery - Wednesday 7 October 2020

23. Energy, emissions and economic recovery with Tony Wood - Wednesday 30 September 2020

22: Presidents and policy with Steven Nadel - Wednesday 23 September 2020

21: Dynamic systems with Edith Bayer - Tuesday 15 September 2020

20: Transforming markets with Meg McDonald - Tuesday 8 September 2020

19: Post pandemic pathways with Tennant Reed - Thursday 3 September 2020

18: Getting further faster with Paul Ruyssevelt and Carlos Flores - Wednesday 26 August 2020

17: Healthy homes with Donna Luckman - Wednesday 19 August 2020

16: Investing for impact with Ian Learmonth - Monday 10 August 2020

15: Scaling success with Dr Satish Kumar - Tuesday 4 August 2020

14: Thinking differently with Cheryl Desha - Wednesday 29 July 2020

13: Building back better with Davina Rooney - Wednesday 22 July 2020

12: Enabling ecosystems with Bradley Anderson and Tennant Reed - Tuesday 14 July 2020

11: Renovating Europe with Adrian Joyce - Thursday 9 July 2020

10: Swiss army knife of stimulus with Michael Liebreich - Wednesday 1 July 2020

9: Innovation and optimisation with Dr Phil Blythe - Tuesday 23 June 2020

8: Wholesale change with Craig Memery -  Tuesday 16 June 2020

7: Technology and change with Rosemary Sinclair AM - Wednesday 10 June 2020

6: Active efficiency with Dr Andrew McAllister - Thursday 4 June 2020

5: Catalysts for change with Alan Pears AM - Wednesay 27 May 2020

4: Reviews and roadmaps with Chloe Munro AO - Thursday 21 May 2020 

3: Coronavirus and Aussie industry with Tennant Reed - Thursday 14 May 2020

2: Energy efficiency and economic stimulus with Brian Motherway, IEA - Thursday 7 May 2020

1: Decarbonisation Futures with Anna Skarbek, ClimateWorks Australia - Thursday 30 April 2020