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Hosted by Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel, First Fuel brings you the latest perspectives on energy efficiency, energy management and demand response from Australia and around the world.

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Hosted by Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel, First Fuel brings you the latest perspectives on energy efficiency, energy management and demand response from Australia and around the world.

    58: Energy panel – Navigating to net zero

    58: Energy panel – Navigating to net zero

    In Episode 58 of First Fuel, we bring you a panel discussion from the launch of the fourth edition of the Energy Efficiency Council’s annual energy briefing for Australian businesses, Navigating a dynamic energy landscape.

    Luke is joined by Wei Sue, System Lead for Sustainable Corporates at ClimateWorks Australia, Sally Townsend, Head of Sustainability at Blackmores Group and Holly Taylor, Head of Projects at the Energy Efficiency Council. They talk about how concerns around cost and carbon are driving business decision making around energy strategy, and how leading companies are translating net zero ambitions into action.



    Mentioned in this episode:

    Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: A briefing for Australian businesses (Energy Efficiency Council)

    Corporate action for 1.5 degrees: Best practice for Australian company net zero commitments (ClimateWorks Australia)

    Blackmores Sustainability Report 2021

    Sustainability Advantage (NSW Government)



    Key topics:

    - Drivers for transformation in electricity and gas markets

    - Business drivers for decarbonisation

    - Best practices in operationalising net zero commitments



    Connect with us:

    Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel

    Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil

    Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au

    To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts

    • 59 min
    57: Urgency and action with Tim Goodson

    57: Urgency and action with Tim Goodson

    In Episode 57 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Tim Goodson, an Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency.

    Luke and Tim discuss the IEA’s Net Zero by 2050 report, the importance of front-loading action on the pathway to net zero, and the role of renewables, electrification, energy efficiency and demand management in the transition.



    Mentioned in this episode:

    Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector



    Key topics:

    - Importance of near term action and hitting milestones on the pathway to net zero

    - Role of renewables, electrification, energy efficiency and demand management in net zero journey

    - Phasing out technology to spur innovation

    - Social license in the transition



    Connect with our guests:

    Find the International Energy Agency at https://twitter.com/IEA



    Connect with us:

    Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel

    Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil

    Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au

    To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts

    • 34 min
    56: Climate panel – The pathway to net zero

    56: Climate panel – The pathway to net zero

    In Episode 56 of First Fuel, we bring you a panel discussion from the joint opening plenary of Energy Efficiency Expo and All-Energy Australia, which took place just twelve days before the twenty-sixth Conference of Parties in Glasgow.

    Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by John Connor, CEO of the Carbon Market Institute, Zoe Whitton, Executive Director at Pollination, Gretta Stephens, Chief Executive for Climate Change at Bluescope, Anna Malos, Country lead for Australia at ClimateWorks Australia, and Darren Miller, CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

    This stellar panel digs into the topic of the moment – Australia’s pathway to net zero.



    Mentioned in this episode:

    Energy Efficiency Expo

    All-Energy Australia

    Carbon Market Institute’s Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit

    Investor Group on Climate Change’s annual investor survey

    Bluescope’s net zero goal

    ClimateWorks Australia’s Decarbonisation Futures report



    Key topics:

    - Net zero pathways by sector

    - Investor approach to carbon risk

    - Decarbonising steel

    - Role of energy flexibility in net zero

    - Hydrogen and electrification

    - Supporting business planning for net zero



    Connect with us:

    Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel

    Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil

    Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au

    To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts

    • 53 min
    55: 'Getting all the fruit' with Mark Lister

    55: 'Getting all the fruit' with Mark Lister

    In Episode 55 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Mark Lister, Chair of the Efficiency Valuation Organisation, the global body that drives best practice in the measurement and verification of energy savings.

    In anticipation of the first World M&V Week, Luke and Mark discuss the history of measurement and verification, it’s crucial role in building confidence in the energy efficiency market, and how M&V practice is evolving over time.



    Mentioned in this episode:

    World M&V Week

    Energy Efficiency Expo Virtual Conference



    Key topics:

    - Background of the Efficiency Valuation Organisation

    - History and principles of the IPMVP

    - M&V as market enabler

    - Implications of digitalisation for M&V

    - Role of M&V in delivering net zero



    Connect with our guests:

    Find the Efficiency Valuation Organisation at https://twitter.com/EVO_IPMVP



    Connect with us:

    Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel

    Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil

    Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au

    To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts

    • 30 min
    54: ‘Building science, not rocket science’ with Jenny Edwards and John Konstantakopoulous

    54: ‘Building science, not rocket science’ with Jenny Edwards and John Konstantakopoulous

    In Episode 54 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by two guests. Jenny Edwards is a Director of Light House Architecture and Science and one of Australia’s leading experts in building envelope testing. John Konstantakopoulos is Managing Director of Efficiency Matrix and a YouTuber specialising in educational videos focused on building performance.

    Luke, Jenny and John interrogate common misconceptions around airtightness, insulation and ventilation, and discuss how we can optimise all these variables to deliver efficient, comfortable, healthy homes to Aussie families.



    Coming up:

    Further, Faster, Together: Opportunities for collaboration between Germany and Australia on energy efficiency in buildings

    https://www.eec.org.au/policy-advocacy/projects/further-faster-together



    Webinar: Further, faster, together: Collaboration on energy efficiency in buildings 2.0

    https://adelphi.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EBkoTszZR465UYEU_k42kw



    Mentioned in this episode:

    National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 public comment draft

    https://consultation.abcb.gov.au/engagement/ncc-2022-public-comment-draft-stage-2/



    How our energy efficient homes are a breeding ground for COVID-19

    https://www.domain.com.au/news/how-our-energy-efficient-homes-are-a-breeding-ground-for-covid-19-1086246/



    Condensation management (Renew article by Jenny Edwards)

    https://renew.org.au/renew-magazine/efficient-homes/condensation-management/#:~:text=Jenny%20Edwards%20recommends%20a%20holistic,homes%20are%20on%20the%20increase.&text=Poor%20moisture%20management%20also%20results,and%20last%20a%20long%20time



    Key topics:

    Policy landscape

    - Update’s to residential energy efficiency provisions in Australia’s national construction code

    - Practical principles for industry and policy makers looking to improve thermal performance



    Improving residential energy efficiency

    - Myths and misconceptions around insulation, airtightness, ventilation and condensation

    - Straightforward building practices to optimise across these areas



    Connect with our guests:

    Find Jenny at https://www.lighthouseteam.com.au

    Find John at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzLaC1JZUVwvHAxt1FzyloA



    Connect with us:

    Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel

    Find out about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil

    Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au

    To listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts

    • 32 min
    53: Euro vision with Ruud Kempener

    53: Euro vision with Ruud Kempener

    In Episode 53 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Ruud Kempener from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy.

    Luke and Ruud discuss the European Union’s ambition to cut its emissions by at least 55% by 2030, the Commission’s suite of ambitious new policy proposals known as 'Fit for 55', and the central role of energy efficiency and energy management in the bloc's climate plans.



    Mentioned in this episode:

    European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions

    https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_3541



    Q&A: How ‘Fit for 55’ reforms will help EU meet its climate goals

    https://www.carbonbrief.org/qa-how-fit-for-55-reforms-will-help-eu-meet-its-climate-goals



    First Fuel Episode 51: ‘This won’t hurt a bit’ with Tennant Reed

    https://anchor.fm/energy-efficiency-council/episodes/51-This-wont-hurt-a-bit-with-Tennant-Reed-e16e3ab



    From EEC HQ:

    Certified Energy Manager training – registrations close 28 September

    https://www.eec.org.au/events/training-2/training#/CEM 



    Key topics:

    European climate policy

    - Previous policy measures

    - Significance of Fit for 55 program

    - Mechanisms for revision and adoption of proposals 



    Fit for 55

    - Key energy elements

    - Energy efficiency provisions

    - Targeted sectoral policies

    - Social and consumer support



    Connect with our guests:

    Find Ruud at https://twitter.com/EnergyRuud



    Connect with us:

    Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel

    Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil

    Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au

    To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts

    • 42 min

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