Oct
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Global best practice in energy efficiency policy

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The International Energy Agency has identified energy efficiency as the ‘first fuel’ – the ‘fuel' we should be turning to first to solve our energy crisis. Its a resource that Australia has barely begun to tap into, but good policy is crucial to unlocking its potential. 

The Energy Efficiency Council is Australia’s peak body for the energy efficiency and demand management sector, its mission is to make sensible, cost effective energy efficiency measures standard practice across the Australian economy. The Council engages closely with governments at the State and Federal level to provide evidence based advice on how to unlock the energy efficiency opportunity.

In 2016 the Council released the landmark Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook, an accessible, comprehensive guide to energy efficiency policy across every sector of the Australian economy. Now the Energy Efficiency Council is preparing a ‘best practice guide’ on global energy efficiency policy, which will provide commentary and case studies on the best and most effective energy efficiency policies and programs from around the world. 

The new guide is slated for release in November 2017, but you can join us a for a exclusive preview from the EEC’s CEO, Luke Menzel.

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Luke Menzel

Luke Menzel is CEO at the Energy Efficiency Council. Luke provides strategic leadership for the Council, guiding its work to build the market for energy efficiency and demand management in Australia. Among other formal roles, he sits on the Executive Committee of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS). 

Before being appointed CEO, Luke led the development of a new Australian certification scheme for the professionals that manage comprehensive energy upgrades of commercial buildings. The Energy Efficiency Certification Scheme launched in 2013.

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Leading the way - What is leadership in sustainability?
Jun
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Leading the way - What is leadership in sustainability?

Last years Leadership event was incredibly popular and so, back by popular demand, we present another fantastic opportunity to interact with some outstanding leaders in sustainability. With backgrounds across the public and private sector and industry bodies there are sure to be some robust conversations and insights.

The evening will follow a similar format to last years where each presenter will speak for a few minutes and then we will open up the panel to questions from the floor.

Whether you want guidance for your own leadership journey, an energy recharge from hearing others 'war stories' (and let's face it, we all need that sometimes) or you have a burning question on leadership, this is the night for you.

Get in early to book your tickets here.

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Using digital technology to advance Sustainable Development Goals
May
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Using digital technology to advance Sustainable Development Goals

On the 4th of May the EPF and its members had the pleasure of welcoming our international guest and speaker, Luis Neves. As the Chair of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, at Deutsche Telekom Group, Luis was perfectly positioned to deliver on our topic of the evening - Innovating Our Way towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): How Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Can Generate Multi-Sector Solutions To Advance the SDGs.

Access the slides here. 

Those present were given an insight into the world of ICT and the power it has to advance effective and profitable business solutions to advance the SDGs. Luis’ extensive experience in the ICT field and his current involvement with many international organisations and initiatives allowed for a truly personal and illustrative talk on how these organisations work together to approach global issues, as well as the transformative potential of ICT solutions.

Following Luis’ presentation, the EPF’s very own Lee Stewart offered a brief presentation on the Australian opportunity for ICT enabled emissions reductions - as outlined in the SMARTer2030 report. Whilst the presentation was only a snapshot of the whole report, the figures were astounding and offered plenty of food for thought for the future. The report can be downloaded in full here.  

The EPF would like to thank everyone who attended and kept discussion flowing well into the evening.  It was great to see a packed room filled with so many engaged conversations  -  the beer, wine and pizza may have had an impact there, but nonetheless it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. 

We would like to thank everyone that provided us with feedback for the event. We are always looking to improve the events for your benefit and any feedback is a massive help.

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank our sponsors for the evening - the event would not have happened without the absolutely crucial support of Grosvenor Sustainability, Fujitsu and the University of Sydney. We are grateful for your support. 

About the speaker:

Luis Neves is Chairman of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), and Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, at Deutsche Telekom Group. With over thirty years of experience at the national and international level in the field of telecommunications and Information Society, Luis has played a fundamental role in promoting the role of ICT in relation to climate change. Luis was the driving force and chairman of the steering committee of the landmark study 'SMART 2020 - Enabling the Low Carbon Economy in the Information Age'. Luis currently holds positions and participates in a range of international projects and initiatives including GeSI, the United Nations Global Compact Group and Steering Committee of the United Nations 'Caring for Climate Initiative'.

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EPF Pre-Holiday Drinks
Nov
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

EPF Pre-Holiday Drinks


We thought it would be a great idea to get together for a casual natter without any guest speakers or formalities.

This is a great chance to chat with like minded people and have a good vent before the year comes to a close. Just bring your drinking arm and wallet.

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Location: Two Wolves Cantina, 202 Broadway, Chippendale. 

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What makes a Sustainability Leader?
Nov
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

What makes a Sustainability Leader?

If you are like many EPF members and the committee you may have wondered what makes a leader in sustainability? How does someone rise above the everyday politics to delivering for their business whilst also staying true to their core values or do they trade them off in order to get that promotion or avoid conflict?  How do they handle stress, rejection and the usual things you can expect with being a true sustainability leader?

All these questions and much more were explored at the recent EPF event on the 3rd of November where over 50 members came together to hear the personal stories of three unique and passionate individuals.

From left to right  Mark Lyster – Founding Partner of Action Sustainability, Laura Hamilton – Sydney Future Makers Fellowship Program Facilitator, Centre for Sustainability Leadership and Greg Johnson – National Sustainability Manager, Stockland

From left to right  Mark Lyster – Founding Partner of Action Sustainability, Laura Hamilton – Sydney Future Makers Fellowship Program Facilitator, Centre for Sustainability Leadership and Greg Johnson – National Sustainability Manager, Stockland

I personally was astounded by the real honest insights and calibre of the presentations and discussions.  Mark Lyster has been doing this for much longer than people can remember and his story to leave a large consulting firm to recently start his new business Action Sustainability is truly inspiring. Laura Hamilton spoke so passionately about her personal story and the need to remain resilient and to look after yourself is something that we all need to look out for.  Finally to hear Greg Johnson’s story fresh from coming off a Social Leadership course and his purpose gave everyone a shot in the arm of much needed motivation to succeed.

You also know you have a good event when you have to call and end to questions and a large majority of members hung around till the very end and we ended up next door for a couple of more hours carrying on the discussion. 

We look forward to seeing you at our final gathering for 2016, pre-holiday drinks at the Two Wolves Cantina, 202 Broadway Chippendale. (The only panel at this event will be those holding court at the bar (-:   



From your 2016 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tarry, Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko, Scott Shade and Miranda Siu

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The NSW Biodiversity Review - Biodiversity Conservation or a Return to Broad Scale Land Clearing?
Mar
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

The NSW Biodiversity Review - Biodiversity Conservation or a Return to Broad Scale Land Clearing?

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The NSW Biodiversity Review

The Environmental Professionals Forum (EPF) is delighted to invite you to our second event of 2016, where we take a look at the NSW Biodiversity Review.

Synopsis: In June 2014, the NSW Government commissioned an Independent Panel to conduct a review of the Native Vegetation Act, Threatened Species Conservation Act, Nature Conservation Trust Act and parts of parts of the National Parks and Wildlife Act. In March2015 the Government agreed to implement all 43 recommendations of this Review and a draft Bill - the Biodiversity Conservation Bill - is expected for public release in March 2016. 

But will the new legislation put a stop to further biodiversity declines? How will it affect Sydney communities? And what will its implications be on Australia's COP 21 commitments? 

In this presentation, Jeff Angel, Executive Director of the Total Environment Centre, will review the Government's key proposals for its new biodiversity and tree clearing legislation which will apply acrossurban,  coastal and rural NSW.  This will include a detailed discussion of the Government's proposed Biodiversity Offsets Policy which will be mandatory for a majority of developments across the State. 

You’re warmly invited to continue the conversation and networking after the presentation.
 
Cost: This event is free of charge due to the generosity of Total Environment Australia, Fujitsu and the University of Sydney Business School.
 
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Seats are limited to 80. Reserve your spot early to avoid disappointment.

About the speaker:
 
Jeff has worked at the forefront of Australia’s environment movement since the save the rainforest days more than 30 years ago. He is actively engaged in the intellectual challenges which are transforming the environment movement from conservation-focused to forward planning for a new green economic paradigm.

A passionate crusader for the protection of Australia’s wild places, and its unique bio-diversity, Jeff is also renowned for his ability to bring warring parties to the table and has set up many alliances between business, industry and green groups which would have been unthinkable even ten years ago. In 2008 Jeff published Green is Good (ABC Books).

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'Bringing Paris to You' - a debrief of the 2015 Paris Agreement
Jan
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

'Bringing Paris to You' - a debrief of the 2015 Paris Agreement

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Bringing Paris to you

On December 12, 2015 in Paris, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change came to a landmark agreement.

Signed by 196 nations, the Paris Agreement is the first comprehensive global treaty to combat climate change, and will follow on from the Kyoto Protocol when it ends in 2020. 

It will be ratified by at least 55 countries before coming into force, covering at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. 

Andrew Petersen, CEO from Sustainable Business Australia was on the ground and has kindly offered to present to us, his personal take away of the key points.

About the speaker:

In March 2011, Andrew Petersen was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Business Australia (SBA). He has an enviable reputation as legal advisor on matters relating to environmental risk, law and policy, including climate change, and as a thought leader and advisor on the business of sustainability. 

As a qualified and practising lawyer in Australia, he was the Partner of the Environmental and Development Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Legal from 1999 to 2006, and then the Legal and Advisory Lead of PwC Australia's Sustainability and Climate Change team from 2007 to 2010, when he specialised in advising clients on the wide-ranging aspects of emissions trading, environmental compliance frameworks, environmental markets, renewable energy project development and corporate social responsibility stakeholder engagement. 

Andrew's carbon credentials were developed as an accredited auditor under the NSW Government's Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme (2003-2005), a verifier under the Federal Government's Greenhouse Friendly Scheme (2003- 2006), a representative on the Business Council of Australia's Greenhouse Gas Committee (2002, 2003) and in 2005 as an industry delegate to the Australian Government's representation at the United Nations Conference of Climate Change (UNCCC).

Andrew Petersen is well-known to Australian business for his commentary through print and broadcast media on the business implications of climate change. He has been published on the opinion pages of The Australian Financial Review, and has produced thought leadership articles for leading Australian and international corporate and carbon finance publications, including Keeping Good Companies, Environmental Finance, Carbon Finance and the EU publication, Environmental Risk.

He is the lead author of PwC's 2006 Report Carbon Conscious, the 2007 Report Carbon Countdown, and the 2009 Report Carbon Ready or Not, which surveyed 151 businesses on their preparedness for Australia's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the low carbon economy. 

Andrew studied Law and Arts majoring in Political Economics at the University of Sydney and he is a qualified solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, solicitor of the High Court of Australia, Affiliated Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and former Director/Company Secretary of Environment Business Australia.

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Beyond 3000, The Role of Technology in Shaping a Sustainable Future’; EPF in conversation with Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability – Fujitsu Oceania.
Jun
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beyond 3000, The Role of Technology in Shaping a Sustainable Future’; EPF in conversation with Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability – Fujitsu Oceania.

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About Lee Stewart: 
Lee is currently Head of Sustainability – Fujitsu Oceania. He has experience in innovating ICT Sustainability Strategies and Energy Efficiency Programs for mid-to-large enterprises. His focus is on monetising sustainability both internally and for the Fujitsu client-base as a means to incentivise the stakeholder engagement required to drive sustainable change.

He supports transparent changes in management culture, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder engagement by addressing audiences on the harmful effects of climate change and encourages thinking around how to work toward solutions at a grassroots-level.

Lee has a track record of generating significant return on investment, whilst providing sustainability leadership to CIOs & CEOs of leading companies in Australia and NZ. To date he has launched 20+ new programs in the Sustainability, ICT, Telco and Finance sectors and has delivered 30+ presentations/workshops to over 900 people from industry bodies and professional groups. He has also had three white papers published.

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