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
Nothing scheduled now but stay tuned for announcements soon!
Recent First Fuel episodes
First Fuel episode 48: Building momentum with Frankie Muskovic
Date: Thursday 29 July 2021
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In Episode 48 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Frankie Muskovic, National Policy Manager for Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at the Property Council of Australia.
Luke and Frankie discuss corporate net zero commitments, the challenge of decarbonising residual emissions in commercial buildings, and two policy processes that have the potential to drive a big uptick in the energy efficiency of Aussie homes.
First Fuel episode 47: Technology and possibility with Heidi Lee
Date: Thursday 22 July 2021
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In Episode 47 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Heidi Lee, CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions, an independent think tank focused on creating solutions for a prosperous net zero Australia.
Luke and Heidi discuss BZE’s history, the huge energy efficiency jobs opportunity highlighted by The Million Jobs Plan, and their latest research on Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts.
Previous First Fuel episodes
46: Nesting doll of efficiency with Wendy Miller - Thursday 8 July 2021
45: Centring consumers with Lauren Solomon - Thursday 24 June 2021
44: Common wealth with Corey Diamond - Tuesday 10 June 2021
43: Industry and opportunity with Jarrod Leak - Tuesday 25 May 2021
42: Efficiency and net zero with Alyssa Fischer - Thursday 13 May
41: Assembling the A-Team with Dian Grueneich - Thursday 29 April
40: Passion and Policy with Katie McKenzie - Thursday 15 April
39: 'One of the big ones' with Bridgette Carter - Thursday 1 April
38: Lit up like the Starship Enterprise with Jon Dee - Thursday 18 March
37: Vision plus business model with Alison Rowe - Thursday 4 March 2021
36: The 'grid is good' with Damien Moyse - Thursday 18 February 2021
35. Grubby centrism with Frankie Muskovic and Tennant Reed - Thursday 4 February 2021
34. Market impacts with Jeremy Sung - Thursday 17 December 2020
33. Climate for change with Connie Hedegaard - Friday 11 December 2020
32. Setting goals with Zali Steggall - Thursday 3 December 2020
31. ‘Coopers is old school’ with Mark Butler - Thursday 26 November 2020
30. Hard working stimulus with Kellie Caught and Nick Aberle - Friday 20 November 2020
29. Biden and climate with Frankie Muskovic and Tennant Reed - Tuesday 10 November 2020
28. Data and Discovery with Carlos Flores and Esther Bailey - Friday 6 November 2020
27. Government leadership with Annie Shepperd - Sunday 29 October 2020
26. Navigating a dynamic energy landscape - Sunday 22 October 2020
25. Building coalitions with Frankie Muskovic - Thursday 16 October 2020
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
First Fuel episode 41: Assembling the A-Team with Dian GrueneichDate: Thursday, 29 April 2021
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In Episode 41 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Dian Grueneich, Precourt Energy Scholar with Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy. Luke and Dian discuss the detail of the Biden Administration's climate policies, the likelihood of proposed measures passing through Congress, what the US expects from allies like Australia in the lead up to the next big global climate summit in Glasgow.
Key topics addressed: US climate policyDomestic agenda;Global stance; andInstitutional barriers to implementation.Global climate policyDrivers for interim carbon targets; andCarbon border adjustment mechanism.Australian climate policyImplications of raised global ambition for Australian targets.