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Training & Events

The inaugural EEC Industrial Decarbonisation Summit. A wrap. 

On Tuesday night, Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down a new federal Budget. In it, significant funding for renewable manufacturing and commercialisation affirmed the Government's ambition to make good on Australia's promise as a renewable energy superpower.

While the budget did not include similarly significant mention of energy use and the demand side of the transition, for those who'd spent the day at the first Industrial Decarbonisation Summit, this was merely a footnote.

Leading policy makers such as Clare McLaughlin, Gill Goldsmith and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Industry's Science and Technology Group Helen Wilson, industry leaders like BlueScope Head of Technology Chris Page, AGL's Jane Butler, Schneider Electric's Lisa Zembrodt and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners' Scott Edwards, and CEOs Anthea Middleton, Jonathan Jutsen, Andrew Richards and Jarrod Leak were all aligned on one thing: energy management is an unmissably urgent part of Australia's net zero story, and change is coming. Fast.

"There's been a lot of focus on the 200 large emitters that sit within the safeguard," began EEC CEO Luke Menzel. "But much less focus on all those Australian businesses that sit outside it, and there needs to be a story for them in this transition."

L to R: Luke Menzel, Tennant Reed, Anna Skarbek, Clare McLaughlin, Amory Lovins

As Climateworks Centre CEO Anna Skarbek remarked in her opening keynote, "We've committed to net zero, but we haven't finished the job of planning for that goal. Every time the science is updated, dates come forward. Ecosystem tipping points chop decades off our decarbonisation paths."

At the other end of the day, Lisa Zembrodt put it in agriculture terms. "There's only six harvests until 2030."

This urgency was underscored by RACE for 2030 CEO Jon Jutsen reminding us that for the huge majority of businesses, carbon mitigation is simply not core business, and support and innovation is crucial.

"There's probably 10,000 boilers in use in Australia that we need to get off fossil fuels. We've barely started this task," Jon said. "We need a war effort, because the pace we're doing them won't get us there. Not even close."

Anna Skarbek

"We've been talking about 'hard to abate sectors', but I'm not calling them that, because the more we know, the less it's true," said Anna in the first panel of the day, pointing out that we already have most of the tools we need. As she put it, “hard to abate is out of date. Now, we're 'late to abate'."

Anna recalled the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative, which over four years, charted a pathway to decarbonisation for heavy industrial sectors including steel and iron, aluminium, chemicals manufacturing and LNG production, finding that:

"Emissions can be decreased while ramping up productivity in all heavy industry sectors except the one where fossil fuel is the core product."

"Industrial decarbonisation is possible and aligned with prosperity, but will only be aligned if government, finance and industry all align," Anna said.

Tennant Reed took the room through a whirlwind tour of existing and recent policies and their impacts, noting particularly that for all the incentives to create new products, "industry can't create demand itself."

"If we don't know how fast demand will grow for green steel, you're taking a flyer if you're investing in infrastructure," he said.

This was a recurring theme, with Luke Menzel mentioning the importance of concentrating grants on 'first movers.'

"Government can't fund everything. But if they fund the businesses prepared to stick their chin out and go first, it makes it easier for the ones who come 20th."

Later, AGL's Jane Butler reminded the room that support doesn't have to be financial. In a session on the business measures which really drive action, Jane spoke to the fact that SMEs often do not have in-house expertise, and must seek help from outside. This can be as straightforward – and as useful – as case studies, tangible examples from comparable businesses, and site visits such as Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP)'s heat pump tours.

Jane Butler and Liz Fletcher

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water's Head of Energy Performance and Security Clare McLaughlin discussed efforts to remove barriers between industry and government collaboration. This includes an Energy Performance Advisory Group launching next week, which will give government "direct, ongoing advice without you having to write submissions."

It's a tribute to the day's stacked program that we're this far into a summary and we still haven't mentioned Amory Lovins.

The Summit's august international guest did not disappoint, raining ideas and leftfield inspiration down on an audience who were most definitely leaning in.

Amory Lovins

Amory began with a word of caution that for all the talk of sector plans, these plans were at risk of simply being outrun by events, as the pace of change is now so fast.

From dampening down concerns about the energy load of data centres to mistaken assumptions that efficient technologies cost more; the enormous savings that can be made through integrated design and simply asking different questions; Amory was a well of inspiration thanks to his "beginner's mind", his eye for perverse incentives and his hard data, careful research and countless real-world examples.

Amory's contributions to the day deserve their own wrap, and we're grateful that RACE for 2030 captured it all, so keep an eye out for video to come from the summit.

In the afternoon, it was time to put Australian businesses to work, with the 200 participants responding to a series of panel discussions ending in open questions.

In a panel on scaling solutions, Schneider Electric's Hakeem H.aseeb and A2EP's Jarrod Leak spoke to the crucial role of metering and monitoring, and the need for both a shift in thinking around how data is used, and tools showing the value of leveraging it.

L to R: Anthea Middleton, Jarrod Leak, Hakeem Haseeb, Bill Lilley

From industry, Coca-Cola Sustainability Lead Scott Edwards spoke on how to make metrics relatable across a business.

"We make Coke and measure it by output of cases, then measure costs per case of drink," he explained. "That's the metric that operations teams already understand, not megawatt hours of power or gigalitres of water. What's the unit cost for whatever you're making – the object or service? How can you translate efficiency efforts to that?"

Powering Skills Organisation CEO Anthea Middleton laid out the state of workforce development, explaining the vocational education system is at capacity, with the need for tens of thousands more skilled electricians and mechanics, more apprentices and long lead times to create that workforce.

Powering Skills is alive to the challenges, Anthea explained, and working through how these roles can be not just visible to more people, but fit for purpose so they actually want to apply.

Bluescope's Chris Page provided valuable insight into managing emissions alongside production, while balancing those needs in a trade exposed competitive industry.

Chris acknowledged investors would like Bluescope to move faster, but the company understands the journey for them will be a long one, and will require them to break down their decarbonisation vision into digestible actions to make sure it's achieved.

CEO of the Energy Users Association of Australia Andrew Richards took this a step further, explaining that some EUAA members aren't making their net zero commitments public, as "if they don't know how to get there, they don't want to say it."

But as Luke Menzel said while summing up the day, one of the benefits of ambition "is in making the task easier. If we try to do this incrementally in bits and pieces, we won't get there."

As Anna Skarbek explained at the beginning of the day, her 11 year old daughter will still be in high school in 2030, and still won't have had an opportunity to vote for governments or boards.

Which, for the task right now, translates to: "Please aim high."

 The EEC is excited to announce a final major event before the end of the 2023 calendar year – the first ever Residential Energy Performance Summit.

Upgrading the energy performance of millions of Australian houses and apartment buildings is crucial to the health, comfort, energy costs and climate resilience of our homes. It’s a critical national infrastructure issue, and one that needs a coordinated approach.

In partnership with the federal Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water; the Victorian Government; and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Summit will be a leap toward an innovative, considered approach that joins the dots between government, industry and communities.

Bringing stakeholders together for a single day of high quality conversation and debate, registrations are open now.

See the full Residential Energy Performance Summit program here.


International best practice

To ensure the Summit builds on cutting edge international best practice, the EEC is bringing Ireland’s Josephine Maguire to Australia specifically for the event. Josephine is the National Coordinator of the Better Energy Homes program at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, where she has worked for two decades. Josephine plays a key role in establishing the Irish residential energy performance upgrade ecosystem, which is widely recognised as world leading. When it comes to the "how" of residential energy performance, few people are better placed to provide insights into making policy happen, and we're excited that Josephine will be sharing her insight and experience.

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See the full Residential Energy Performance Summit program.



















Limited sponsorship opportunities

The Summit prospectus outlines the limited number of partnership opportunities that have been specifically created for this ambitious event.

For organisations committed to improving Australia's residential building performance, the prospectus outlines a tailored selection of sponsorship options which allow us to work closely with you to understand your goals and maximise return on your investment. Review the options and feel free to call us to discuss a package that meets your needs. See our sponsorship options here.


New summit, new venue

Fittingly for an inaugural event, the EEC will be hosting the Summit at a venue that has recently undergone a transformative renovation; Rydges Melbourne. Located in the heart of Melbourne, it features one of the city’s newest, largest and most flexible conference and event offerings, creating fantastic opportunities for both focussed discussion and networking. Go here to receive an accommodation Corporate discount code.



A brand new event dedicated to working together to rapidly raise the energy performance of Australia’s residential buildings, we want to ensure all stakeholders have the opportunity to be part of it.

Registrations are available via the following links:


Australia’s energy efficiency schemes have been driving energy performance improvements for well over a decade, but the landscape is changing quickly.

Energy systems, policy goals and technological capabilities are accelerating, and all have big implications for the schemes. Increasingly, we felt it was impossible to do these schemes justice in a short Conference session, so in 2023, we held the National Efficiency Schemes Summit.

A full-day event, the Summit took place on Tuesday 23 May in Sydney, immediately prior to the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2023.

The opening keynote was given by Dr Jan Rosenow, Head of European Programs at the Regulatory Assistance Project. A world-renowned expert in electrification, energy management and efficiency schemes, Dr Rosenow provided important global context for the opportunities and challenges for our schemes in Australia.

The Schemes Summit included representation from every state with an existing scheme, plus many from those states considering a step into the space.

For a full recap of the day, read the final Summit report prepared by Patrick Crittenden.



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Date: Thursday 6 October 2022
Time: 12.30 - 5.00PM AEST
Platform: Online
Registration: Free and essential

Across the globe, energy efficiency is being put to work. With the energy affordability crisis showing no sign of easing and northern hemisphere heatwaves providing stark reminders of our pressing climate concerns, Europe and the US are responding with huge new commitments to energy efficiency policy and programs. Here in Australia, it’s time to take energy efficiency out of the toolbox.

On the eve of the Federal Budget, the 2022 Energy Efficiency Summit brings government, global experts, prominent consumer advocates and our largest industry associations together for a unique, economy-wide discussion on the opportunities and challenges for Australia, and the role of energy efficiency in the response – in this moment and beyond. The summit will be delivered in person from Sydney, with a national online audience able to pose live questions to speakers and panellists.

See the full program

Keynote speakers 

California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister
Global leader in clean energy policy development and implementation joining us in person for Summit.

Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Jenny McAllister
Minister charged with driving the new Albanese Government's energy efficiency agenda.

Sponsor Address

Peter Halliday
Chairman and CEO
Siemens Australia

Leaders' Panel

Luke Menzel 
Energy Efficiency Council

Innes Willox
Chief Executive
Ai Group

Ken Morrison
Chief Executive
Property Council of Australia

Edwina MacDonald
Acting CEO
Australian Council of Social Service

Expert-led Panels 

We can now reveal the panellists for our three sector-specific sessions, all featuring Australians in the vanguard of policy, research and action. The three panels will focus on scaling up ambition and action on energy efficiency in residential buildings, commercial buildings and across industry.

Efficient, electric and affordable: creating better homes

Kellie Caught (Chair)
Program Director, Climate and Energy
Australia Council of Social Service

Wendy Hayhurst
Community Housing Industry Association
Vanessa Davis
Tagentyere Council
Margot Delafoulhouze
System Lead – Cities
Climateworks Centre
Ben Milsom
Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer

Batteries of the nation: zero emissions commercial buildings

Frankie Muskovic (Chair)
National Policy Director
Property Council of Australia

Davina Rooney
Green Building Council of Australia

Carlos Flores

David Palin
Sustainability Manager

Heavy industry, lighter loads: competitiveness through efficiency


Holly Taylor (Chair)
Head of Projects
Energy Efficiency Council

Jon Jutsen
Race for 2030

Sharon Champness
Manager HR Safety and Environment

Alison Reeve
Energy and Climate Deputy Program Director
Grattan Institute

This half-day event will elevate the crucial role of energy efficiency in Australia’s transition to a net zero economy. Please join us online by registering below.

Date: Thursday 6 October 2022
Time: 12.30 - 5.00PM AEST
Platform: Online
Registration: Free and essential

For queries, contact EEC Head of Engagement, Tim Fisher, on 0414 893 313 or

This event is made possible with the generous support of:




Supporting Partners:

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On the eve of the Federal Budget, the 2022 Energy Efficiency Summit brought government, global experts, prominent consumer advocates and our largest industry associations together for a unique, economy-wide discussion on the opportunities and challenges for Australia, and the role of energy efficiency in the response – in this moment and beyond. The summit was delivered in person from Sydney, with a national online audience.

All sessions from the 2022 Energy Efficiency Summit, recorded live on 6 October 2022 and available on-demand.

Click here to request a certificate of attendance for CPD purposes, noting the session/s viewed.

2022 Energy Efficiency Summit
Keynote addresses

2022 Energy Efficiency Summit
Leaders' panel

2022 Energy Efficiency Summit
Efficient, Electric and affordable: Creating better homes

2022 Energy Efficiency Summit
Batteries of the nation: zero emissions commercial buildings

2022 Energy Efficiency Summit
Heavy industry, lighter loads: competitiveness through efficiency

2022 Energy Efficiency Summit
Audience reflections

2022 Energy Efficiency Summit
Summit debrief


This event was made possible with the generous support of:



Supporting Partners: