Efficiency Insight - September 2021
Efficiency Insight is the Energy Efficiency Council's monthly energy management update for members, partners and stakeholders.
In this month's short video update I talk about the genesis of the Chloe Munro Scholarship for Transformational Leadership the work we're doing with a broad range of partners to support the next generation of female leaders.
Details on all that and more below!
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Efficiency Council
In this newsletter:
- Policy update from Rob Murray-Leach
- The Chloe Munro Scholarship for Transformational Leadership
- Monash University launches "toolbox" to support the uptake of microgrids across Victoria
- Efficiency leader with Carlos Flores
- Industry, safeguards and CBAMs
- Stay up-to-date with EEC webinars
Energy Efficiency Council Head of Policy, Rob Murray-Leach, covers all the policy developments from the last month, including the proposed updates to the National Construction Code, Victoria's 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, the ESB's recommendation to move to a Physical Retailer Reliability Obligation and more.
We recently lost one of the giants of our sector, Chloe Munro AO. In honour of Chloe Munro's overwhelming contribution to Australia's energy industry, the EEC along with a coalition of leading energy organisations have come together to support women in energy, continuing Chloe's legacy of doing just that.
The Chloe Munro Scholarship for Transformational Leadership is for emerging and mid-level female leaders in the fields of renewable energy, energy management and carbon abatement, acknowledging Chloe's deep commitment to supporting a systemic approach to Australia's energy transition.
Energy Efficiency Council Education Partner Member Monash University recently launched an online ‘toolbox’ to support the implementation of microgrids in commercial, industrial and community settings, in order to enable the shift to renewable powered embedded networks.
The Microgrid Electricity Market Operator (MEMO) ‘toolbox’ is comprised of a step-by-step journey on how to develop a microgrid – from planning to operations – to help guide precincts, businesses and communities through the process. The work was partly funded by the Victorian Government's Microgrid Demonstration Initiative.
In this month’s Efficiency Leader, we are profiling Carlos Flores, Director of NABERS. Carlos leads the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), which, along with the Commercial Building Disclosure program, is one of Australia's most successful sustainability initiatives.
NABERS is managed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on behalf of the Federal, State and Territory governments of Australia, and is at the heart of Australia's environmental policy for the commercial building sector.
Australia’s large energy users (including mining and manufacturing) are emissions-intensive by global standards for developed economies. As the world moves towards net zero emissions, our large energy users are going to need to rapidly decarbonise. In August two new major papers looked at key issues for large energy users, written by the Grattan Institute and one by the Australian Industry Group. Rob Murray-Leach summarises these papers, and notices considerable overlap in their messages.
Over the past eighteen months the Energy Efficiency Council has significantly increased our exclusive webinars - featuring leaders from around Australia, and the world, in energy management, energy efficiency and demand response. With the many activities and reports coming out in advance of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, we are excited to be booking some fantastic guests over the next few months who have the inside scoop.
We know that you can't watch them all live, so we encourage you to visit EEC's webinar page to catch up on ones you missed and to stay up-to-date about how to register for upcoming events.