“A multipronged, collaborative approach is needed for the transition to clean energy”, was a main takeaway from the inaugural Energy Leaders Forum, held at EnergyLab Sydney on 27 November. This forum was called to discuss the 2020 Vision of Energy and the investment opportunities through 2050 identified by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) including renewables, solar, wind, hydrogen, electric vehicles, battery and energy storage.
A panel of five, including Jackie McKeon, Barbara Albert, Ben Hutt, Mary Hendriks and Liz Floyd, were joined by the founders and supporters of Energy Leaders and an audience from the diverse sectors of the Australian energy industry. A group brainstorm followed to discuss and expand on the observations and visions outlined by each panellist.
“The forum was a great opportunity for like-minded people to get together to explore new innovation in energy retailing, customer engagement and digitisation and the other key industry trends for 2020.” said Matt Grantham, Head of Strategy & Business Development at Billcap , the Gigawatt (GW) Sponsor of the inaugural event.
Stuart Gordon, Director & Co-Founder of Energy Leaders added that, “the energy professionals attending the inaugural Energy Leaders Forum gave us some great ideas for Energy Leaders Awards categories during our group brainstorm. I think my favourites were the Disruptor Awards and the WTF Awards.”
He explained that the WTF awards are targeted at recognising the work of individuals involved with projects like the Tesla ‘Big Battery’ at the Hornsdale Power Reserve and the 10GW SunCable project proposed by Mike Cannon-Brookes. He added that “these are the kinds of ground-breaking, disruptive projects that we need more of in order to capture the hearts and minds of people and politicians across the country.”
Panellist Barbara Albert, Co-CEO 100% Renewables stressed the importance of recognising leadership; “we have ten years left to achieve meaningful action and limit global warming. 2020 will be a great opportunity for organisations to set a new baseline, look to 2030 in terms of their emissions reduction and develop a plan to accelerate the transition to renewable energy.
Luke Poliszcuk, Director & Co-Founder of Energy Leaders has big plans for Energy Leaders in 2020. He added “We’re looking at a national roll out of events across the country including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. We’ll also be officially launching the Energy Leaders Awards at the local, regional, state and national levels.”
For more details on Energy Leaders 2020, contact Luke Poliszcuk firstname.lastname@example.org