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.


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:

The Council also hosts bespoke National Energy Efficiency Forums, boardroom-style Leaders’ Lunches with Ministers and industry experts, and other events.

Council events are designed to bring industry leaders, energy management experts, policy makers and energy users together to share best practice, and learn about the latest trends and technologies in smart energy management.

The Council works with members and partners to deliver bespoke events. If you would like to learn more about Council events please email

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 works with its members, partners and stakeholders to deliver a robust training and professional development program, which includes:

  • Capturing the Value of Demand Response;
  • Energy Auditing to the Australian Standard; and
  • Energy Measurement and Metering.

As well as accreditation programs:

  • The Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP); and
  • The Energy Efficiency Certification Scheme (EECS).

Download our Training & Professional Development flyer.


The Energy Efficiency Council collaborates with industry partners to deliver high quality business engagement events, designed to support Australian businesses with managing the risks and capturing the opportunities of the energy transition.


Launching the third edition of Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: A briefing for Australian businesses

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. On Tuesday 20 October, the Energy Efficiency Council and viewers from across the country heard from leading energy experts on how businesses can successfully navigate Australia’s dynamic energy landscape.

Chair: Luke Menzel, CEO, Energy Efficiency Council


Bridgette Carter, Manager Energy Sourcing & Utilisation, BlueScope

Justin Merrell, Group Environment Director, Lion

Christina Tonkin, Managing Director - Corporate Finance, ANZ

Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute

To view this session, visit


Launching a new sector spotlight - Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: A briefing for manfuacturers

On Tuesday 20 October, the Energy Efficiency Council and viewers from across the country heard from leading manufacturers on what they're doing to successfully navigate Australia's dynamic energy landscape.

Chair: Holly Taylor, Senior Manager, Projects & Partnerships, Energy Efficiency Council

Opening Address: Tennant Reed, Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy, Ai Group

Panellists: Anthony Cooper, Senior Manager Energy Efficiency, Business Australia

Warren Proctor, Engineering & Reliability Manager, Lion

Brett Allan, General Manager, Supply Chain and Strategic Sourcing, Molycop

Liz Fletcher, Associate Director, Engevity and Director, Energy Efficiency Council

To view this session, visit


Launching a new sector spotlight - Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: A briefing for office tenancies

On Tuesday, 27 October 2020, the Energy Efficiency Council and viewers from across the country heard heard from leading office-based businesses on what they're doing to successfully navigate Australia's dynamic energy landscape.

Chair: Holly Taylor, Senior Manager, Projects and Partnerships, Energy Efficiency Council 

Opening Address: 

Danielle King, CitySwitch Greater Metro Program Manager, City of Melbourne


Will Betson, Support Services Manager, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch)

Sue Coles, Director, Baenziger Coles

Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director, Epson Australia

Roger Stamford, National Building Services Manager, Employers Mutual Limited

To view this session, visit


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 Energy Efficiency Council webinars

The Energy Efficiency Council hosts webinars showcasing the latest in energy management research. Learn more about the following upcoming webinars:

Improving energy performance in existing buildings: An international review of trends in energy codes and performance standards


Date and time:

7:30am - 9:00am, Wednesday 30 June 2021 (AEST)
5.30pm – 7pm, Tuesday 29 June 2021 (EST)
9.30pm – 11pm, Tuesday 29 June 2021 (GMT)

There is much focus on improving minimum energy efficiency requirements for new buildings. However, there are big energy saving opportunities in existing buildings, and policy mechanisms to regularly check and improve a building’s energy performance are critical to unlock this potential. 

Governments around the world are exploring the mandatory use of energy codes and performance standards to raise the energy performance of existing buildings, improving the health and comfort of occupants, and lowering their energy bills.

This webinar presents the findings of a report, commissioned by the Australian Department for Industry, Science, Energy and Resources as part of their contribution to the International Energy Agency’s Building Energy Codes Working Group, which examines two major types of policies: building energy codes and mandatory performance standards.

US expert and report author Adam Hinge, Managing Director of Sustainable Energy Partnerships, will present the key findings of the report, followed by a panel with experts from the US, the UK, Canada and Australia:

  • David Nemtzow, Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), US Department of Energy
  • Louise Sunderland, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Liam O'Brien, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University
  • Alison Scotland, Interim Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council

EEC will be co-hosting this webinar with the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA EBC) Programme's Building Energy Codes Working Group (BECWG) as part of their ongoing webinar series.



First Fuel

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.

The First Fuel podcast is often broadcast live as a webinar, and always shared later as a podcast.

Please see the First Fuel podcast to subscribe to the podcast, register for upcoming live webinars, or watch previous recordings.

Past Council webinars 

Public launch: A research report to support an industry-led roadmap for healthy, comfortable buildings

When: 10 February 2021, 12:45pm - 1:30pm AEDT
Register here

Last year, the Energy Efficiency Council and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) developed a research report to support an industry-led roadmap for quality control and safety in the installation of insulation in Australian buildings. 

The project was initiated by The Government of New South Wales, Government of Victoria, Insulation Australasia (IA) and the Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand (ICANZ) to ensure that insulation is installed in Australia in a manner that is safe and delivers quality outcomes. The aim of the industry-led insulation roadmap is to facilitate actions from industry, government and community that will derisk insulation installation in both residential and commercial settings, and in retrofits, renovations and new builds.

The report sets out the findings and recommendations of the project team to ensure that insulation is installed following appropriate quality-control and safety processes. These recommendations take into account considerable input from experts in a broad range of fields, including policy makers, insulation manufacturers, insulation installers, the construction industry and experts in building design and sustainability.

The Energy Efficiency Council and ASBEC will be holding a public launch webinar on 10 February from 12:45pm - 1:30pm AEDT during which attendees will be presented with an overview of the report's recommendations, followed by a Q&A session. If you would like to attend the webinar, please register here.

This publication was made possible with invaluable input from a wide variety of experts from across Australia and overseas. The Energy Efficiency Council and ASBEC look forward to sharing this exciting report with the public in homes that this will be a step towards healthier, more comfortable buildings in Australia.



RACE for Business: Flexible Demand project launch meeting

When: Thursday 11 February, 2pm - 3.30 pm AEDT
Register here

The EEC would like to invite those interested in demand management to join us for the launch meeting of the RACE for Business: Flexible Demand project. This project is led by CSIRO with the support of delivery partners A2EP, EEC, RMIT and UTS.

Participants will hear about how this project aims to serve business needs by identifying both sources and opportunities to unlock the benefits of flexible demand. Liz Fletcher will chair this session as a range of experts provide their insights into the potential and current uses of demand response across different industries in Australia. 

As participants in the meeting, you will have the opportunity to provide your thoughts and learn more about how you can get involved and help shape the future of flexible demand through the RACE for 2030 project. 

Speakers include:

  • Dr Mary Stewart - CEO, Energetics
  • John Day - Executive Manager, Operations, North East Water
  • Stephen White -  Energy Efficiency Leader, CSIRO
  • Bruce Precious - Principal Consultant, Six Capitals Consulting

Join us to learn more about how you can help shape a dynamic energy future with flexible demand. 



Greener Government Buildings 2.0: Victoria's Assistant Treasurer on the revamped GGB program

When: Thursday 11 February 2021, 3:15pm-4pm AEDT

This webinar will feature Victoria's Assistant Treasurer Danny Pearson, who will discuss the new tranche of funding for the Greener Government Buildings (GGB) program announced in this year's State Budget.

The GGB program supports energy efficiency initiatives in public buildings to lower energy costs, reduce emissions and create jobs through upgrades including lighting and HVAC upgrades, solar panels and building automation and controls.

In recognition of the program's role in energy savings and job creation, the Victorian Government recently announced:

  • $60 million towards the GGB program, and the establishment of a revolving fund that will ensure a steady investment in building upgrades over the next decade; and
  • $40 million specifically for LED lighting and solar PV in public hospitals.

This webinar features:

The Hon. Danny Pearson MP, Victoria's Assistant Treasurer, to explain why the Victorian Government has chosen to make this important strtegic investment in the energy performance of government operations. Mr Pearson also acts as the Victorian Minister for Government Services, Minister for Regulatory Reform and Minister for Creative Industries. Mr Pearson is a member of the Legislative Assembly in the Victorian State Parliament, having been elected in 2014 and subsequently in 2018. Prior to being promoted to Cabinet, Mr Pearson was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of Victoria.  He served as the Chair of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee of the Parliament of Victoria from 2014 – 2018.

Sam Burke, Director of Land and Property at Victoria’s Department of Treasury and Finance, who will provide insights on the revolving fund and priorities for upgrades in 2021 and beyond. The Energy Efficiency Council's inaugural Energy Efficiency Champion, Sam has 18 years’ experience working in the energy efficiency and property sectors and has previously worked as an engineer, energy auditor and project manager. In 2010 Sam oversaw the establishment of the Greener Government Buildings program, which has gone on to invest over $200 million in energy efficiency upgrades to more than 400 government buildings. Sam is also responsible for Government land sales and acquisitions and management of a property portfolio valued at over $800 million.

Established in 2009, 30 projects have been completed to date, resulting in $338 million in energy savings and 686,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement each year. Hospitals, schools and iconic public buildings have been upgraded using GGB funding including:

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground;
  • Federation Square; and
  • Museums Victoria buildings.

While great gains have been achieved by GGB over the last decade, there is still much to do. Join us to discuss the significant opportunities ahead.


Further, faster, together: Australian-German collaboration on energy efficiency in buildings

Delivered jointly by the Energy Efficiency Council, and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce as well as Adelphi, this event explored the significant opportunities for Australia and Germany to work together to harness the power of energy efficiency to kick-start economic activity, strengthen trade links, improve health and wellbeing and cut carbon.

While Australia has had great success with its world-leading NABERS and Commercial Building Disclosure programs, Germany has been leading the way in building energy efficiency with energy performance labelling and financing to support upgrades.

Panellists looked at Australian and German experiences – including recent economic stimulus measures in both nations – and discussed areas where Germany and Australia can collaborate to get further, faster on the energy efficiency agenda.


Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council

Cristoph von Spesshardt, Executive Director, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce


Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Carsten Müller, Member of the German Bundestag and Chair of the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF)

Jens Acker, Head of Division, Federal funding of energy efficient buildings, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Bettina Dorendorf, Sustainable Finance Manager, German Development Bank (KfW)

Grace Tam, Director, Debt Markets Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Carlos Flores, Director, National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

Tanja Loitz, Managing Director, CO2 Online

Franziska Teichmann, Manager, adelphi


Date and time:

6 pm – 8 pm AEDT, Wednesday 16 December

8 am – 10 am CET, Wednesday 16 December

This webinar has concluded. Please find a recording here


Minimum energy performance in buildings

5 November 2020

Chair: Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer

On Thursday 5 November 2020 the Energy Efficiency Council held a webinar on minimum energy performance in buildings around the world. 

Adam Hinge, Managing Director of US-based consultancy Sustainable Energy Partnerships, provided an overview of the International Review of Minimum Energy Standards for Rented Properties report that was undertaken for the Building Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET) of the former International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. The BEET report reviews a variety of information and data sources to understand the current state of policy activity aimed at energy standards for both residential and commercial rented property, and evaluates policy effectiveness and any challenges identified during implementation.

Louise Sunderland, Senior Advisor at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) in Europe provided insights into her recent work on minimum energy performance standards for decarbonising buildings by 2050.

Adam and Louise were also joined by Katrina Woolfe from the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Stanford Harrison from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), who provided their insights on current policy developments with regards to minimum standards in rental properties in Australia.


14 November 2019

Chair: Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer

On Thursday 14 November 2019 the Energy Efficiency Council, in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), held a webinar on the IEA's Energy Efficiency 2019 Market Report.

Jeremy Sung and Kathleen Gaffney from the IEA delivered an informative review of the report, and provided great responses to live questions from the webinar audience.

For those of you that were unable to attend, please find the IEA's slides here, and the webinar recording here.


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 its 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

Chair: Shauna Coffey, Head of Projects