Tony Arnel named new Energy Efficiency Council president

The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) today announced the appointment of Tony Arnel to the position of EEC President.

The EEC is Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management. Mr Arnel assumes the reigns from Rob Thomson, who has stepped down as President after almost two years in the role.

Mr Arnel is Global Director of Sustainability at leading engineering consultancy firm Norman Disney & Young. He is currently a trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund, an initiative of the Melbourne City Council created to accelerate the retrofitting of existing buildings by making funding available to building owners. He is the former Chair of both the Green Building Council of Australia and of the World Green Building Council. Between 2000 and 2012 he served as the Victorian Building Commissioner.

Over the past decade Mr Arnel has been a leader in the Australian and international efficiency debate, advocating for efficient buildings as a means of reducing emissions and improving economic growth.

Luke Menzel, Acting CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council said: “I’m delighted to welcome Tony to the Presidency of the Council at this critical moment in the energy debate. A highly respected international expert and leader, he brings an extraordinary wealth of knowledge to our team. Tony’s leadership will help the Council prosecute the case for forward-looking energy management policy in Australia.”

Mr Arnel said: “I’m looking forward to working with Council members to build the market for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management in Australia, and thank my predecessor Rob Thomson, who has provided outstanding leadership throughout his tenure as President.

“Improving our energy efficiency has the potential to deliver great upswings in productivity and economic growth across Australia, while also reducing our energy bills and cutting carbon pollution. I’m committed to the development of policies and platforms that support smarter, more sustainable energy use.” Mr Arnel concludes.

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