At Last, an Energy Efficiency and Renewables Conference Focused just on Local Government

Alexi Lynch

If you haven’t already got your tickets, the Energy Efficiency in Local Government Conference in Sydney next month (16th-17th September) is a beauty, with the range of speakers from leading councils trumping other conferences from the last few years. 

For the first time in many years there’ll be no Government and Sustainability Conference, which was a regular on the conference scene for local government and sustainability. In fact, the 2014 Government and Sustainability Conference will be the last with organisers CommStrat collapsing in early 2015. 

In its place we have the Energy Efficiency in Local Government Conference, sure to be a staple over the years for council staff interested in energy efficiency and renewables. One key difference of this conference, put on by Criterion Conferences, is that it is focused purely on local government. While there are representatives from the Federal and State Governments attending and presenting, every presentation is tailored for councils, which differentiates this from every other conference in the land.

For a first-off line-up it is pretty darn impressive. There are presentations from all of the leading councils with Yarra, Moreland, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney City Councils all appearing to discuss the most innovative projects and programs that Australian local governments have to offer. 

You can jump onto the website to check out the agenda and presentation summaries, but it’s also worth researching a little further to get a feel for the topics on offer. When we say leading projects and programs, we are talking about Nik Midlam presenting on the Sydney Energy Efficiency Master Plan, Victoria Hart presenting on the large scale renewable energy project being by led by Melbourne; and Laura Lynch and Stuart Nesbitt from Moreland analysing the ground-breaking Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard.

Other highlights include Sharyn Hunnisett from Lismore discussing their goal of being 100 per cent renewable by 2023 and Whittlesea’s Karen Rosenberg facilitating a workshop on the 15th of September on how to implement energy efficiency across your entire council.

Any council wanting to change over their street lights should immediately book into the how to make the switch to LED’s workshop on the 15th September with Michelle Playford from WSROC and Ironbark’s own Paul Brown.

Finally, Kim Lawrence from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will discuss alternative funding and financing models for councils. We think the CEFC has played crucial role in the sector over the last decade demonstrating how energy efficiency projects can be financed through long-term savings. 

Ironbark will be there for the whole conference so hope to see you there in Sydney in a month’s time!