Efficiency Insight - June 2021

Efficiency Insight is the Energy Efficiency Council's monthly energy management update for members, partners and stakeholders.



I was catching up with an old friend from the sector this morning and we were discussing the profound impact COVID has had on the trajectory of our personal and professional lives, let alone our businesses, our industry and our country.

The fourth Melbourne lockdown has been a stark reminder that we're not out of this yet. The resilience of Victorians was well established last year. However what was noticeable this time was the sheer rate at which people adapted. We're getting good at the agility demanded of us by a rolling global pandemic. 

It will be interesting to observe how these new skills might serve us in the decade to come. System change and society wide effort to respond to other big challenges like climate change certainly seems much more plausible then it did eighteen months ago. But that potential needs to be activated, on many different fronts, and more or less simultaneously.


Lots to do. Enjoy the newsletter this month.

Kind regards,

Luke Menzel
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Efficiency Council

Connect with Luke on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.


In this newsletter:


Policy update from Rob Murray-Leach

Energy Efficiency Council Head of Policy, Rob Murray-Leach, gives us an overview of global developments coming from the G7 meeting in the UK, Victorian VEU program updates, Queensland budget implications and more.

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Dr. Mary Stewart takes over as EEC President

Luke Menzel reflects on a changing of the guard: Professor Tony Arnel will step down as President of the Energy Efficiency Council at the end of the month, handing the baton to current Vice President Dr Mary Stewart.

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The global, post-pandemic context for HVAC


In an ideal world, policies on building energy efficiency would be seamlessly integrated with those on health and productivity. COVID-19 has forced governments and business to consider energy efficiency through the health lens, which presents a challenge for building owners and an opportunity for energy efficiency practitioners. The demand for air-conditioning will continue to grow strongly, as will that for healthy buildings. 

‘Indirect evaporative cooling’ is a revolutionary cooling technology that is rapidly gaining traction because it dramatically reduces the cost of injecting fresh air into a building. 

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Efficiency Leader - Suzanne Toumbourou


The energy management sector is made up of many passionate professionals.

In this month’s Efficiency Leader, we are profiling Suzanne Toumbourou as she wraps up almost ten years with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). ASBEC is an umbrella organisation for industry and professional associations and NGOs committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia; the Energy Efficiency Council is a longstanding ASBEC member.

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Rob reveals lessons from his own retrofit 


Rob Murray-Leach reflects on his experience of retrofitting his home to highlight the best practices, energy efficiency, and cost benefits of retrofits. Along the way, he has gleaned valuable lessons about what needs to happen to create a vibrant retrofitting industry in Australia to ensure healthy, comfortable homes are attainable for everyone.

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From First Fuel: Common wealth with Corey Diamond

Last week on First Fuel, Luke Menzel was joined by Corey Diamond, Executive Director at Efficiency Canada, Canada's national voice for an energy efficient economy, to discuss how Australia and Canada can work together to unlock their 'common wealth': the untapped energy efficiency resource that exists in both nations. 

Read an edited excerpt from their conversation or visit here to listen to the entire interview


We've reached the end of the Energy Efficiency Council's training and professional development calendar for this financial year, and we want to thank and congratulate all of you who have completed training and certification. 

Next year's training and professional development calendar is starting to fill out and we look forward to having you join us as we schedule old favourites and launch new training programs to be delivered in coming months.

Earlier this week we opened registrations for the next Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP) course, and spaces are filling up fast.

To complement our range of open courses, we also can deliver an off-the-shelf program tailored for your staff, or work with you to develop a program custom made to fit your organisation's training needs and goals. Covering a range of policy, business and technical subjects, we have a comprehensive network of experts who continually update their knowledge and skills to offer you the best training possible.

Speak to us today about delivering a bespoke program for your organisation or about group discounts.