National Energy Efficiency Conference 2023 Wrap 26 May 2023


The National Energy Efficiency Conference has drawn to a close for another year, and (if you’ll allow us to say so ourselves), it felt like a Conference that met the moment.

Incorporating the National Efficiency Schemes Summit for the first time, the past three days at UNSW’s Roundhouse provided Australia’s energy management community with a much-needed chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the demand side of the energy transition in 2023 and beyond.

Summing up a Conference is an interesting juggle. On one hand, there’s the need to capture all the themes and conversations in a concise few hundred words. On the other hand, there’s the head full of enthusiasm and energy from more than 20 panels and presentations, all of which could inspire (and probably deserve) multiple theses.

But perhaps the juggle is the point: the true value of a conference is being there – the chance to down tools and get together with our foremost thinkers and doers to conjure the magic borne of renewed connections.

For that, we’d like to thank our partners, sponsors, participants, speakers, and most of all our members. The incredible continued support of EEC members is the thing that allows us to push Australia’s energy management agenda forward with events such as these.

Insights from this week will be brought to you in a variety of ways. Our next few episodes of First Fuel are being edited as I type, and if you haven’t had a chance to read the ANZ and EEC report Putting energy efficiency to work, with its newly-commissioned independent modelling from Northmore Gordon demonstrating the role of energy efficiency in achieving Australia's emissions reductions goals, it's available now.


We’ve also published a short series of LinkedIn blogs. CEO Luke Menzel has helmed an overview of the Summit, with me synthesising the Conference’s two days with insights captured by EEC colleagues across all streams.

Of the dozens of moments from the Conference, I’d like to call out a few featuring our EEC Board members: President Mary Stewart sharing insights that helped make the Energising Women panel an instant classic; Treasurer John Huggins presenting past-President Tony Arnel with an EEC Life Fellowship; and Vice President Merrily Hunter bringing value to this week in so many ways, whether sharing insights from the stage or providing support behind the scenes.