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National Energy Efficiency Forum: Managing gas price shocks

Wednesday 28 June 2017, Melbourne

Australia's energy debate has been at boiling point for months, fueled by skyrocketing energy costs and concerns around reliability.

Gas price shocks have hit many large energy users particularly hard. However, the public discussion has focused almost entirely on the supply side issues driving price rises; the very real opportunities to manage these price shocks through energy efficiency have received far less attention.

The Energy Efficiency Council's National Energy Efficiency Forum: Managing gas price shocks will bring these opportunities into focus. This lunch event will examine the causes of rising gas prices, the policy responses available to government, and options for large gas users to reduce their exposure to gas prices through energy efficiency and fuel switching.

Focused on briefing policymakers, energy efficiency professionals and energy users alike, the National Energy Efficiency Forum: Managing gas price shocks will bring together leading decision makers and experts for a wide ranging discussion on this critical issue:

  • Keynote address from Josh Frydenberg, Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy
  • Expert presentations focused on opportunities for industry to manage increased gas costs through smart energy use, including Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Ai Group and Amandine Denis-Ryan, Acting Chief Executive Officer, ClimateWorks Australia.
  • Ben Cirulis, Acting Strategic Delivery Manager from NSW Office of Environment & Heritage will provide a briefing on the big gas savings unlocked by NSW energy users through smart investments in metering, maintenance and high efficiency equipment.

The forum will also include an update on Victorian Government support for gas users seeking to improve their energy efficiency.

This high profile luncheon will be followed by networking drinks with executives and dignitaries.

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2017

Time: 11.45am – 2.30pm

Location: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins - 25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (Google Maps)


EEC Member $180+GST

Non Member $250+GST

Inclusions: Registration includes access to the Forum, a two-course meal and beverages.

Registration: Click here to secure your spot. A credit card payment is required at the time of registration.

Are you an energy user, Academic or NGO?

A limited number of registrations at special rates are available just for you! Please contact Daniela Vrljic, Executive, Events & Communications on,au or (03) 8327 8425 to check if your organisation qualifies and to book your place.

Sponsorship opportunities

Is your organisation interested in promoting your leadership within the energy efficiency sector? We currently have exclusive sponsorship opportunities available for a number of upcoming events, including the National Energy Efficiency Forum: Managing gas price shocks in June. Package includes a ten (10) minute address and a private welcome reception with the Minister - click here for more information. Please contact Daniela Vrljic, Executive Events & Communications on or (03) 8327 8425 with any further questions.

Speaker Biographies

The Hon Josh Frydenberg, Federal Minister for Environment & Energy

Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 as the Member for Kooyong. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.

In July 2016, he was appointed the Minister for the Environment and Energy, having previously served as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 election.

Josh has Law and Economics degrees both with Honours from Monash University and completed his articles of clerkship at Mallesons Stephen Jacques.

Amandine Denis-Ryan, Acting Chief Executive Officer, ClimateWorks Australia

Amandine Denis-Ryan is Head of Research at ClimateWorks Australia, an expert, independent adviser committed to helping Australia transition to net zero emissions by 2050.

Amandine oversees the analysis for ClimateWorks' projects, looking at what opportunities exist in Australia to reduce emissions, what the associated costs and benefits are, and how we can accelerate their implementation.

Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Ai Group

Innes Willox was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group in May 2012.  He joined Ai Group as Director, International and Government Relations in 2008. 

Prior to joining Ai Group he worked as a diplomat, journalist and in the private sector in Australia, Asia and the United States.

Ben Cirulis, Acting Strategic Delivery Manager, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

Ben Cirulis is the Acting Strategic Delivery Manager of the Energy Markets team at the NSW Office of Environment Heritage. A metallurgical engineer by training, he has transitioned from working on efficiency and improvement projects in the resource industry to become a specialist in carbon and energy efficiency policy and programs. Ben leads the team delivering the Gas Efficiency Funding Program and expanding the Energy Savings Scheme to cover gas.