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Training & Events

National Energy Efficiency Forum:

Making Australia a global leader in energy efficiency

Tuesday 6 March 2018, Sydney

At a time of high energy prices and huge volatility in energy markets, businesses and households are looking for ways they can take control of their energy costs.

One of the quickest and cheapest ways of bring down bills is improving energy performance. Yet Australia still lags the world on energy efficiency: independent think tank ACEEE has ranked Australia 16 out of 23 countries on energy efficiency performance and policy settings.

Australia is at the back of the pack, and it leaves us more exposed to skyrocketing energy costs then we need to be. But it doesn't have to be that way.

The Forum featured:

  • ACEEE ranks Germany as the global leader on energy efficiency. Dr Christoph von Speßhardt's presentation showcased how this has been achieved, and how policy, technology and economics is driving better decision making on energy efficiency across the German economy.
  • Experts from Singapore, Paris & Australia joined Christoph to discuss what Australia can learn from energy efficiency leadership in Germany and around the world.


Presentations from the Forum can be viewed below - simply click on the name of the speaker to download a copy of their presentation.

Christoph von Speßhardt, Vice-Chairman of Germany's peak body for energy efficiency, DENEFF

Rob Murray-Leach, Head of Policy, Energy Efficiency Council

Forum Speakers

German expert Christoph von Speßhardt was the keynote speaker at the National Energy Efficiency Forum on Tuesday 6 March, in Sydney.

Christoph is a passionate advocate for the role of the demand side in the energy transition underway around the world. He is Vice-Chairman of Germany's peak body for energy efficiency, the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency. He is also Group Director, Public Affairs & Strategy at Knauf Group, a world leading manufacturer of building products.


Jayaraman Balachandar, Head of Building Performance and Sustainability for Middle Asia Pacific at Siemens.

Over his 25 year career, Jayaraman has held executive roles at global corporations like Siemens, CBRE and Johnsons Controls. His extensive experience working with business and government on demand side solutions in a range of markets including the US India and Singapore give him a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities being faced by energy users in Australia in 2018.

Amy Kean is Australia's first Renewable Energy Advocate, a position established to support the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan.

Amy has been appointed to work closely with NSW communities and industry to facilitate the development and generation of renewable energy in NSW.

The Advocate's role is a compelling and far-reaching position that will streamline inquiries from Australian and overseas investors about what NSW energy projects and infrastructure are best suited to their plans.

Louise Vickery, Senior Program Manager, International Energy Agency

Louise Vickery is currently seconded to the IEA from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) where she is General Manager, Projects Group. Louise is currently working with the IEA member and emerging economy partners to accelerate and enhance the impact of energy efficiency and renewable energy policy on the security affordability and sustainability of energy, through improved alignment.

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