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.

Upcoming events

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

DATE: Tuesday, 20 October 2020

TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm AEDT

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

DATE: Tuesday, 20 October 2020

TIME: 2:00pm – 3:15pm AEDT

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

DATE: Tuesday, 27 October 2020

TIME: 11:00am – 12:15pm AEDT


To learn more about each of these sessions, 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 has a regular webinar series, First FuelIn addition to First Fuel, the Council also hosts webinars showcasing the latest in energy management research.

Minimum energy performance in buildings

Latest insights on the role of rental standards around the world

Several countries around the world have policies on the requirements for minimum energy performance standards in rental properties, which often come into effect at the commencement of a new lease.

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.

Adam will provide an overview of the findings from the BEET report, and will be joined by Louise Sunderland, Senior Advisor on the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) in Europe. Louise will provide insights into her recent work on minimum energy performance standards for decarbonising buildings by 2050.

Adam and Louise will also be 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 will provide their insights on current policy developments with regards to minimum standards in rental properties in Australia.


Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council


Adam Hinge, Managing Director, Sustainable Energy Partnerships

Adam Hinge manages Sustainable Energy Partnerships, a small New York based consultancy providing energy efficiency program and policy advisory services to governments, large energy consumers and suppliers, and research and multilateral organizations around the world.  He is involved with a variety of efforts working toward improving building energy performance around the U.S. and globally. He is involved in many international efforts to share international best practices on building energy efficiency policies and programs.

Adam is active in several energy and environmental professional organizations, including being a Fellow of ASHRAE, Board Chair-Elect of the Institute for Market Transformation, has served as Board Chair of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs.  Prior to founding Sustainable Energy Partnerships in 1995, he held management positions at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (now part of National Grid) and the New York State Energy Office.

Louise Sunderland, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

Louise Sunderland is a Senior Advisor at the Regulatory Assistance Project, an independent not for profit that provides research and expert advice to energy and environmental policymakers and regulators in Europe, the USA, India and China. Louise’s work focuses on energy efficiency, particularly in the buildings sector, and on energy poverty. Louise is also an external expert for the European Commission and has served as an expert witness to provide evidence to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords.

Louise is the author of a recent paper on Minimum Energy Performance Standards for existing buildings that explored the options for introducing an European Union level minimum standard to reduce carbon emissions from the existing stock and alleviate energy poverty.

Katrina Woolfe, Manager, Residential Energy Efficiency at DELWP

Stanford Harrison, Manager, Commercial Buildings Policy at DISER

Stanford Harrison is the Director of the Commercial Buildings Policy Team in the Department of the Industry, Science, Energy and Resources with responsibility for the policy development of the statutory Commercial Buildings Disclosure Program and the National Australian Built Environment Rating System Secretariat. He is the Australian Executive Committee member for the IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities program and co-chair of the Building Energy Efficiency Task group of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation.

Stanford holds a Bachelor of Science and postgraduate qualifications in economics and public administration.

Date and time:

7am – 8.30am AEDT/GMT+11, Thursday 5 November

9pm - 10.30pm CET/GMT+1, Wednesday 4 November

8pm – 9.30pm GMT, Wednesday 4 November

4pm – 5.30pm ET/GMT-5, Wednesday 4 November

This webinar has been scheduled to ensure it is accessible in multiple locations around the world; if you can't make it in your timezone, we recommend registering as the recording will be sent out following the live webinar.

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 


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