The Energy Efficiency Council, Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response, is delighted to be launching the 2021 digital Energy Efficiency Expo program in partnership with Rx Global.
Australia’s energy efficiency and energy management industry – and the many businesses and households across the country that it supports – hasn’t had the opportunity to come together in person for over almost twenty months. However, despite the challenges of COVID-19, things haven’t stood still.
In fact, policy and technology are evolving more rapidly than ever. So, while we are disappointed we can’t come together in person, we are excited to be launching a free online program that will get you up to speed with all these developments.
We are excited to announce that the Energy Efficiency Expo 2021 virtual program will be conducted across six days, for six sessions, from 19-28 October, and is free to attend.
We are holding two big joint plenaries with our friends at the Clean Energy Council that cover off the major strategic drivers of our industry – the push towards net zero emissions and the rapid transformation underway in Australia’s energy markets.
We are also doing deep dives on the latest policy developments in residential and commercial buildings, industry and energy markets.
Continue reading below to see the speaker line-up and conference program, and reserve your spot for each of the sessions.
We want to give special thanks to our partner, Rx Global, for all their hard work translating the planned Expo into an online format; their commitment to providing a high quality event for our industry in the face of all the challenges of COVID is deeply appreciated.
We hope to see you there!
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Efficiency Council
Plenary 1: the pathway to net zero
Tuesday, 19 October | 9:30am - 11:30am AEDT
Introduction and Chair: Kane Thornton, CEO, Clean Energy Council
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Victorian Government
Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
Darren Miller, CEO, Australian Renewable Energy National Agency (ARENA)
The Pathway to Net Zero
This panel will take a deep dive into climate and decarbonisation in the lead-up to COP26 – Australia’s contribution and the opportunities electrifying the economy will create.
Panel Chair: Luke Menzel, CEO, Energy Efficiency Council
John Connor, CEO, Carbon Market Institute
Anna Malos, Country Lead - Australia, ClimateWorks
Gretta Stephens, Chief Executive Climate Change, BlueScope
Zoe Whitton, Executive Director, Pollination
The next frontier for commercial buildings
Wednesday, 20 October | 10:00am - 11:30am AEDT
Australia’s office buildings lead the world on energy performance; the challenge of the 2020s is to extend those benefits to all commercial buildings, optimise energy management for renewable energy system, and chart a course to full decarbonisation.
In this session we’ll explore how National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy rating is evolving, the opportunity for load shaping and demand response in commercial buildings, and the least cost pathway for eliminating operational emissions and meeting the sector’s ambitious net zero goals.
Panel Chair: Luke Menzel, CEO, Energy Efficiency Council
Monique Alfris, Head of Operations and Standards, NABERS
Philip Harrington, Principal, Strategy. Policy. Research.
Dale O’Toole, National Manager, Building Performance, GPT Group
Supporting industry to thrive in a net zero economy
Thursday, 21 October | 10:00am - 11:30am AEDT
Energy and carbon management in Australian industry is a hot topic, with multiple efforts getting off the ground or already underway to support industry as Australia decarbonises. This session will survey the latest insights from governments, business coalitions and not-for-profits all working to unlock the big global opportunities for Aussie industry in a prosperous, net zero economy
Panel Chair: Holly Taylor, Head of Projects, Energy Efficiency Council
Rob Kelly, Industry Lead, ClimateWorks
Ross Tunmer, Senior Manager, Energy & Climate Change, Point Advisory
Bruce Rowse, Principal Consultant, 8020 Green
Alison Reeve, Climate Change and Energy Deputy Program Director, Grattan Institute
Plenary 2: The energy system transition and the technology that is evolving to support this
Tuesday, 26 October | 10:00am - 11:30am AEDT
Introduction and Chair: Rob Murray-Leach, Head of Policy, Energy Efficiency Council
Keynote: Daniel Westerman, CEO, Australian Energy Market Operator
Panel Chair: Rachel Watson, Clean Energy Council Board Chair
Richard Lowe, CEO, Lumea
Stan Krpan, CEO, Solar Victoria
Anna Collyer, Chair, Australian Energy Market Commission
Lisa Zembrodt, Director, Operations – Energy Markets, Energy & Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric
Enabling healthy, comfortable homes
Wednesday, 27 October | 10:00am - 11:30am AEDT
Minimum energy efficiency standards for housing haven’t increased for over a decade, but are finally on the table with proposed changes to the National Construction Code. Meanwhile the push for a new, national energy performance disclosure framework is building momentum, and there is a fresh effort to support retrofits with tailored finance options for landlords and householders.
This session will survey the policy landscape for new and existing homes and how to support consumers through the transition.
Chair: Anna Crabb, CEO, Australian Energy Foundation
Toby Cumming, Team Leader Research, Sustainability Victoria
Richard Lovell, Head of Debt Markets, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Jodie Pipkorn, Manager, Energy Division, Residential Energy Efficiency Branch, Residential Buildings and NatHERS Policy Team, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Rob McLeod, Renew
Flexibility and the 21st century energy market
Thursday, 28 October | 10:00am - 11:30am AEDT
Our electricity market is transforming, and in this rapidly changing landscape demand side resources like load shaping and demand response are becoming increasingly crucial for affordability, reliability and security.
Just a few days after the long awaited launch of the Wholesale Demand Response Mechanism , this panel will unpack what the new mechanism will means for the market and for customers, the flexibility opportunities that are yet to be realised, and what business can do now smarten up their interactions with the electricity market.
Chair: Liz Fletcher, Energy Efficiency Council
Grant Hatamosa, General Manager, Zen Ecosystems
Kedem Levy, C&I Demand Response Manager, AGL
Marija Petkovic, Founder and Managing Director, Energy Synapse
Claire Richards, Manager of Industry Engagement and Regulatory Affairs, Enel X
Business updateL Australia's dynamic energy landscape in 2021
Australia’s energy landscape is transforming, and the picture has become even more complex as local and global energy markets have been buffeted by the impacts of COVID-19.
The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy and Environment, will launch the 2021 edition of Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for Australian business as well as an accompanying guide Leveraging tax incentives to improve energy performance. In this session, Minister Kean and Energy Efficiency Council CEO, Luke Menzel, will discuss what trends are currently playing out in the Australian energy markets, what businesses can do to confidently navigate this dynamic landscape and how they can take control of their energy position.
Introduction and Chair: Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council
Keynote discussion: The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Treasurer & Minister for Energy & Environment
Sally Townsend, Head of Sustainability, Blackmores Group
Holly Taylor, Head of Projects, Energy Efficiency Council