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Now in its fifth year, A2EP’s Energy Innovation X-Change is renowned as a must-attend event for industry leaders focussed on delivering energy productivity and decarbonisation. Join us in Sydney on Wednesday 19 October 2022 for our first in-person X-Change in three years!

This year's X-Change is a one-day event designed to deliver high value for your time and investment: the conference program is packed with quality presentations and discussions on the issues impacting you today and into the future. 


It will present information on available and emerging innovations and real-world applications that will contribute to the achievement of net zero targets and overall business productivity improvements. Hear the experiences of industry leaders who are already implementing innovative solutions to decarbonise our economy and then during the breaks and sunset networking drinks, meet with fellow decision and change-makers to share experiences, identify alignments and spark collaborations.​


Senator Jenny McAllister

Assistant Minister for Energy and Climate Change


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Professor Stuart White

Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures



 Welcome and introduction: Opportunity through transition 
8:30 – 9:00 am
  • Welcome to Country: Aunty Glendra Stubbs
    Elder-in-residence, University of Technology Sydney - Biography

  • Welcome and keynote address: Professor Stuart White
    Director, UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures

  • Keynote address: Senator Jenny McAllister
    Assistant Minister for Energy and Climate Change

 Decarbonisation: the destination and the journey 
9:00 – 10:00 am

For many organisations, the decarbonisation destination is known, with targets in place and commitments declared. Next comes the ‘how’: how do our businesses, sectors and governments drive the actions needed to meet our targets and ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of our economy?


Alison Reeve
Energy and Climate Deputy Program Leader - The Grattan Institute


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Ryan Warburton

General Manager Commercial & Industrial Customers - AGL


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Nicolette Boele

Expert Advisor, Electrify Everything - Smart Energy Council


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Session Chair:

Kylie Hargreaves
Chair - Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity


Morning tea

10:00 – 10:30 am
 Renewable gases: prospects for timing scale and viability 
10:30 – 12:00 pm

There have been huge developments in hydrogen with technologies, projects and pathways for all kinds of hydrogen hitting the market. Similarly, innovations in biogas are gaining attention for the ability to answer both energy and circular economy challenges. With such rapid change already, what can we – and should we – expect next?


Bronwyn See

Senior Business Development Manager - AGL


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Mike Davis

Managing Director - Optimal Renewable Gas


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Matthew Hingerty

Deputy CEO and Head of Business Development - Star Scientific



Bahador Tari
Hydrogen and Carbon Markets Lead - Energetics


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Session Chair:

Alex Grant

Director, Business Development and Transactions - Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)



12:00 – 1:00 pm
 Stories from the real world (concurrent sessions) 
1:00 – 2:30 pm

This session will see three concurrent sessions across three rooms, with case studies from three key sectors for decarbonisation. Each session will include presentations followed by a panel discussion.

Process heat for food and beverage manufacturing - Main plenary room

Decarbonising heat remains a key challenge for industry but particularly food and beverage manufacturers. While the range of heat provided by heat pumps continues to expand providing the opportunity for electrification in the near future, what other innovations are manufacturers implementing?

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Jeff Smit

General Manager, Strategy and Business Development - DETA


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Scott Edwards

Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners


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Alex Sommer

Sustainable Technologies Manager - Lion


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Mark Hardwick
Project Manager - Hardwick's

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Eujin Tan

Senior Engineer - Hoctor Industrial Refrigeration



Session Chair

Liz Fletcher
Board Member - Energy Efficiency Council (Marketing and Communications Expert)

Elevating commercial buildings - Breakout room 1

Building owners and developers are faced with delivering decarbonised buildings that satisfy increasing sustainability expectations of tenants and shareholders and which will also continue to perform in changing climate. How are technologies helping to hit targets and what is the timescale for change?

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Taryn Cornell

Senior Manager, Strategy and Development - Green Building Council of Australia



Ben Thomas

National Manager, Sustainability Integration - The GPT Group


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Bruce Precious

Principal Consultant - Six Capitals Consulting


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David Wright
Executive Chairman - CIM

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Session Chair

Tina Perinotto
Managing Editor - The Fifth Estate


Boosting productivity & decarbonisation in freight transport - Breakout room 1

The backbone of Australian industry and productivity, freight transport stands to be one of the more challenging sectors to decarbonise. Which technologies will help this sector transition and when, and what can be done to address energy productivity in the meantime?

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Mark Gjerek

Director and Principal Consultant - MOV3MENT


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Lauren Hewitt

Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Transport and Logistics Council


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Mark Hammond

Chief Technical Officer, Truck Industry Council


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Poya Tabrizi
Systems Assurance Engineer, Future Mobility - Transport for NSW

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Session Chair

Nathan Gore-Brown
Senior Consultant (Electromobility Lead) - MOV3MENT


Afternoon tea

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Data-driven energy, Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things
3:00 – 4:00 pm

The electrification of industries and optimisation of energy supply and demand relies on the deployment of smart, remote monitoring and control. In this critical field, which are the best technologies and examples of implementation and how are they delivering results?

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Frank Zeichner

Chief Executive Officer - IoT Alliance Australia


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Michael Cox

Director, Sustainability Consulting APAC - Schneider Electric


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Milan Bawa

Head of Vertical – Food, Beverages, CPG, Siemens


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Session Chair

Associate Professor Andrea Trianni
Deputy Head of School Research, School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Technology

 Roles for governments: boosting energy productivity and decarbonisation with  policies and programs 
4:00 – 5:00 pm

With net zero targets in place for both state and federal governments, how should government best support industries and communities to decarbonise? What is the balance needed between financial support and removing obstacles?

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Andrew Caseley

Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (New Zealand)



Peter Haenke

Manager, Business Development and Transactions, Australian Renewable Energy Agency


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Tim Stock

Director, Hydrogen and Clean Energy, NSW Office of Energy and Climate Change


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Session Chair

Jarrod Leak
Chief Executive Officer - Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity


Sunset networking drinks

After a day of insights and inspirations, join us for drinks and canapes on the balcony overlooking the Sydney CBD. 

Catch up with industry colleagues you haven't seen for years or seek out that person you've been meaning to meet. It will also be a great chance for follow-up questions with some of our fantastic speakers.

5:00 – 6:00 pm
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Registration includes attendance for all sessions, including the sunset networking drinks, as well as morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Already great value, discounts are available to A2EP members and those who book tables of eight. Click here to find out if your organisation is an A2EP Member.

Single tickets:

A2EP Members - $275 (incl. GST)
Non-Members - $350 (incl. GST)

Tables of eight:

A2EP Members - $1750 (incl.GST)
Non-Members - $2500 (incl.GST)



Aerial UTS Function Centre

Level 7, UTS Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007 



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