Wednesday 10 November
Business update: Australia’s dynamic energy landscape in 2021
1 hour and 30 minutes
Australia’s energy landscape is transforming, and the picture has become even more complex as local and global energy markets have been buffeted by the impacts of COVID-19.
The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy and Environment, will launch the 2021 edition of Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for Australian business as well as an accompanying guide Leveraging tax incentives to improve energy performance. In this session, Minister Kean and Energy Efficiency Council CEO, Luke Menzel, will discuss what trends are currently playing out in the Australian energy markets, what businesses can do to confidently navigate this dynamic landscape and how they can take control of their energy position.
- The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Treasurer & Minister for Energy & Environment
- Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council
- Holly Taylor, Head of Projects, Energy Efficiency Council
- Sally Townsend, Head of Sustainability, Blackmores Group
- Wei Sue, System Lead - Sustainable Corporates, ClimateWorks Australia
The Hon. Matt Kean MP
NSW Treasurer & Minister for Energy & Environment
Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council
Luke Menzel is Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Efficiency Council, a not-for-profit membership association for businesses, universities, governments and NGOs.
Luke is one of Australia’s leading advocates for the role of energy efficiency, energy management and demand response in Australia’s energy transition. He is Vice-President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, sits on the NABERS National Steering Committee, is a member of Standards Australia’s EN001 Energy Standard committee and is the Lead Chair for the NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards.
Head of Projects, Energy Efficiency Council
Holly leads the Council's projects and partnerships work. She focuses on strategic projects and partnerships that build the market for energy management, facilitating engagement with members and stakeholders, and connecting them with all aspects of the Council's programs.
Holly has worked internationally with private and public sector clients that work on innovative solutions to tackle climate change. While in Europe, she worked for the UN, CDP and, most recently, Salix Finance, where she worked with councils, facilitating the development and delivery of energy and carbon management plans through energy upgrades.
Head of Sustainability – Blackmores Group
Sally Townsend is a passionate Sustainability and Communications professional. She has 20 years of experience in the retail and healthcare sectors and specialises in developing strategies with a strong corporate narratives and deep alignment throughout organisations. In her current role as Head of Sustainability for Blackmores Group, Sally has responsibility for the Group Sustainability Vision aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is working to integrate these commitments into the core business strategy to deliver on the company’s vision for a world where people and nature thrive together. In 2020, Blackmores committed to Net Zero Emissions by 2030 and has progressed the journey to have a deeper understanding of human rights, climate resilience and biodiversity impacts across their global supply chain.
System Lead - Sustainable Corporates, ClimateWorks Australia
Wei leads ClimateWorks Australia's Sustainable Corporates team, which focuses on accelerating systems change in organisational-level net zero strategies of companies and investors.
Wei recently supported the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative, working with large corporates in Australia’s hard-to-abate sectors. She has also led a number of projects to develop decarbonisation strategies, including Monash University’s Net Zero Strategy and was the project manager and co-author of ClimateWorks’ Energy Productivity Index for Companies project, publishing the first global energy productivity benchmark of listed companies.
In 2017-18, Wei gained management consulting experience in the energy sector, working with electricity networks and retailers to develop strategies and plans to integrate distributed energy resources.
Prior to ClimateWorks, Wei was a sustainability consultant, working with government and corporates developing sustainability strategies.