Overview, program, bookings, speakers and presentations

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The Future of Industry and Manufacturing

Learn how to save costs and dramatically reduce carbon emissions with smart and efficient processes & technology, and renewable energy.

When: 8:30am for 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Thursday 29 November 2018

Where: Clydesdale Room, TAFE, 91 Parry Street Newcastle

Cost: $20 (free with code for BZE and AIE members)

Free tours of the innovative CSIRO solar desiccant air-conditioning system


  • Introduction - Em. Prof. Tim Roberts, University of Newcastle

  • Welcome – Dr John Shiel, BZE Newcastle

  • Michael Lord - BZE - Electrifying Industry key note

  • Bradley Anderson & David Hoffman – NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)

– Energy Management Systems – realising energy savings and productivity in Advanced Manufacturing

  • Daniel Lazarus - Todae Solar

– Commercial Solar PV financing options

BREAK – light food & refreshments

  • Liz Hutton A2EP

– Transforming energy use in business through innovation in energy productivity

  • Q&A - expert panel - Speakers + Frank Sammut from Engineers Australia

  • Networking / refreshments / CSIRO Solar Air-conditioning Tours


Our Expert Panel, Speaker Bios & Presentations

Expert panel (l. to r.)  A2EP’s Liz Hutton, BZE’s Michael Lord, Todae Solar’s Daniel Lazarus, Engineers Australia’s Frank Sammut, OEH’s David Hoffmann, OEH’s Bradley Anderson with MC, Em Prof. Tim Roberts

Expert panel (l. to r.) A2EP’s Liz Hutton, BZE’s Michael Lord, Todae Solar’s Daniel Lazarus, Engineers Australia’s Frank Sammut, OEH’s David Hoffmann, OEH’s Bradley Anderson with MC, Em Prof. Tim Roberts

Bradley Anderson - OEH

Bradley leads the Energy Management Services program for business, as part of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s (OEH’s) Sustainability Program Branch, and is well connected with industry on the challenge of improving Australia’s energy management performance.

While Bradley’s role is clearly focused on assisting NSW businesses, he has national connections through involvement in the Federal Sustainability Industry Reference Committee, as well as networks with counterparts in Victoria and Queensland.

OEH Presentation

David Hoffmann - OEH

David is a project manager with over a decade of experience in energy and sustainability sectors. As a member of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s (OEH’s) Sustainability Program Branch, he works with industry and businesses to promote smarter energy solutions, and to drive positive change through strategic innovation and strong relationships.

David has a background in program design and implementation, training and business management across a wide range of industries, and has worked on programs in both the USA and Australia.

Daniel Lazarus – Todae Solar

Todae Solar Presentation

Daniel joined Todae Solar in 2015 as National Sales Manager – Regions, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to each client engagement. He has assisted clients across a multitude of industries and states in the delivery of over 18MW's of large and small commercial solar nationally - on various financial models.

Daniel’s solar installation rollouts have included St Vincent’s Australia, Mondelez, Telstra, ALDI, Ausgrid and LION.

Dr John Shiel - BZE

John is a co-lead of BZE Newcastle with Christine Rogers, and they co-ordinate around 20 local volunteers. They hold training sessions in BZE research, organise presentations and experts to speak on BZE’s climate change solutions, provide stalls for festivals, and launch BZE’s latest research locally.

John is an expert in home and office audits reducing energy bills, and worked previously as a civil engineer designing power stations, and in management and consulting roles for a multinational computer company. He has qualifications in engineering and information science, and he researched adapting Australian houses for climate change in his PhD.

Michael Lord - BZE

BZE Electrifying Industry key note presentation

Michael Lord is Head of Research at BZE. He was lead author of BZE’s “Electrifying Industry” and “Rethinking Cement” research reports for a Zero Carbon Australia.

Michael joined BZE from an environmental consultancy, where he advised local governments and the private sector on reducing emissions and managing climate risk. Before that Michael was the infrastructure lead on the UK Government’s Climate Ready program, working with energy and transport operators to improve their climate resilience. Michael also worked in the Climate Change team at the Victorian Government.

Michael has degrees in European Law and Languages, International Development and Computer Science.

Liz Hutton - A2EP

A2EP presentation

Liz Hutton has worked for over 20 years in the energy and resources sectors, mostly in commercial and financial roles. Since 2016 she has been a project manager and researcher on a variety of projects for the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) including: Transforming Energy Productivity in Manufacturing, Food Cold Chain Optimisation, High Temperature Heat Pumps for the Australian Food Industry, Renewable Energy and Load Management, The Next Wave – Innovation to Double Energy Productivity by 2030, and 2xEP Mining Sector Roadmap.

In 2017 Liz graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Sustainability degree. The focus of her studies was economic/commercial and policy aspects of decarbonising energy systems. Liz’s bachelor degrees from the Australian National University are in Commerce and Arts (Political Science).

Em. Prof. Tim Roberts, MC.

Tim is Emeritus Professor in the School of Environmental & Life Sciences, Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle, and continues to research in environmental sustainability and in the metabolomics of chronic disease, being an acknowledged expert in the area of chronic pain and fatigue and autism.

Formerly, he was the Director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at the university, and set up the University of Newcastle campus in Singapore in July 2006. Tim joined James Cook University Singapore Campus as Dean of Research, and his PhD was in Biological Science.