Booming global energy efficiency market on the agenda at National Energy Efficiency Conference 2016 13 September 2016

The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) has unveiled an unparalleled line up of local and international speakers for the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2016 which is set to take place over 15 – 16 November at Australian Technology Park, Sydney. The Conference is Australia’s premier annual event on energy productivity and brings together up to 350 efficiency leaders, innovators, energy users and policy makers.

This year the EEC, Australia's peak body for energy efficiency, distributed generation and demand management, is delivering the Conference in collaboration with the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy in Buildings & Communities Programme (EBC).

As one of the IEA’s international technology collaboration programmes, the EBC carries out research and development focusing on the integration of energy efficient and sustainable technologies into healthy buildings and communities.

EEC CEO Luke Menzel said that bringing a global perspective to the energy efficiency debate here in Australia is timely. “If business and government work together, Australia can tap into the $470 billion global energy efficiency market, while delivering cheaper energy bills, healthier buildings and a cleaner environment here at home. The eighth annual National Energy Efficiency Conference 2016 features an unparalleled group of international experts to help you capitalise on these opportunities and thrive,” said Luke Menzel.

Dr Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency at the International Energy Agency (IEA), is the headline international speaker for this year’s Conference. Dr Motherway leads the IEA’s work supporting energy efficiency globally through analysis and policy advice. He joined the IEA in early 2016 after almost ten years in senior strategic roles at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, including four years as Chief Executive from 2012.

EEC CEO Luke Menzel said, “Dr Motherway is leading a formidable roster of international speakers. This year, the EEC is proud to deliver the Conference in collaboration with the IEA’s ‘Energy in Buildings and Communities’ Programme (EBC). The collaboration between EEC and EBC has resulted in an incredibly rich line-up that includes energy efficiency experts from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.”

EBC Chair, Andreas Eckmanns, said the Conference program has been carefully developed by a select group of Australian and international energy experts, and captures a truly global perspective.

"The program will showcase speakers from all over the world, who will share innovation, expertise and resources to accelerate the transformation of the built environment towards more energy efficient and sustainable buildings and communities," said Andreas Eckmanns.

The EEC are also excited to announce that the Major Partner for the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2016 is the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

The theme of this year's Conference is Building expertise and growing markets. Some Conference program highlights include:

  • Political keynote presentations from The Hon Mark Speakman MP, NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage and The Hon Mark Butler MP, Federal Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
  • High profile presentations and panel discussions with over 35 speakers, innovators and energy users, including, Jennifer Conley, Executive Director, Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, Amanda McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Council, Mike Underhill, Chief Executive, New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, Ken Morrison, Chief Executive, Property Council of Australia
  • Separately ticketed technical Masterclasses including, Energy management for facility managers, delivered in collaboration with the Facility Management Association and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and Battery storage for business delivered in collaboration with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • The unveiling of the winners of the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2016, at the memorable Gala Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 15 November.

Other highlights of the two-day Conference program include:

  • The global forces shaping markets for energy efficiency, and opportunities for Australia
  • The major health and productivity benefits of designing, retrofitting and operating buildings to save energy
  • The latest on energy efficiency in government operations in NSW, Victoria and South Australia
  • The implications of ongoing disruption in Australia’s energy markets for the energy efficiency sector
  • The impacts of digitalisation, automation and energy productivity on Australia’s manufacturers
  • How governments and industry can work together to get the most out of energy efficiency schemes
  • Creating a large, stable market for energy efficient services and products in the Asia-Pacific.

Luke Menzel added, “global opportunities will be best tackled if we have a strong, growing market for energy efficiency products and service here at home. That’s why our international experts will be joined by leading local thinkers from industry and government, to discuss and debate the big issues facing the energy efficiency sector in Australia.”

“I'm proud of the reputation that the National Energy Efficiency Conference has developed as a 'must attend' event for professionals with an interest in energy efficiency. With so many international experts in Sydney in 2016, this year’s Conference will be a unique opportunity for energy efficiency experts, policy makers and energy users to engage with cutting-edge practice from around the world," Luke Menzel concluded.

Further details on the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2016 are available at

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