PD18: FutureGas: ARBS – the Future of Energy Efficiency

The session will continue the rollout of FutureGas programs to consider what energy efficiency 2.0 looks like.   In stark environmental terms, electricity production – which represents up to 90% of greenhouse emissions associated refrigeration and air conditioning – is the main issue the industry must address.  Further, given that the RAC sector accounts for over 20% of Australia’s electricity use, the issue extends beyond our industry’s borders and is of interest to both policymakers and others who care about our environment.

The session will consider limitations of the current approach, which focuses on the theoretical efficiency of equipment at point of sale, as well as alternative solutions.  Issues canvassed will include system approaches, benefits of measures to ensure better sizing and installation, as well as mandatory servicing.  To ensure the audience benefits from a wide range of perspectives, the panelists will include two government officials – one who focuses on minimum energy performance and another with responsibility for considering servicing – and a representative from an equipment manufacturer.

BOOK NOW – Cost FREE (you must book) – Wednesday 20th May 2020 @ 8:30 am

Moderator: Greg Picker, Executive Director, Refrigerants Australia

Dr Greg Picker is Executive Director of Refrigerants Australia, the peak body for refrigerant issues in Australia.  He has over 15 years interest in HFC and RAC issues, having worked on the topic for the UNFCCC, the Australian Government and industry.








Panel Members:

Patrick McInerney, Director, International Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Section, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Patrick McInerney
is the Director of the International Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Section of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

He has been responsible for a number of significant initiatives to better manage refrigerant in Australia and globally including the HFC phase down and the licensing scheme for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians.

Patrick led Montreal Protocol negotiations on the HFC phase down in 2015, leading to agreement by all countries to the Kigali Amendment in 2016.



Stuart Kirkwood, Director, Trane Thermo King ANZ

Stuart Kirkwood
has been working in the HVAC industry for 36 years, including 9 years in Asia. Stuart currently holds the position of Director of Trane Thermo King ANZ. Stuart is a degree qualified engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional (AP), and the current Vice President of AREMA. Stuart was recently a keynote speaker at the 2019 Future Air roadshow.






Gary James, Manager GEMS Product Review, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Gary James has been working on energy policy and programs in the Australian Government for nearly 20 years.  Since 2016, Mr James has been overseeing reviews of minimum energy performance standards and energy rating labels for the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program, including the development and introduction of the Zoned Energy Rating Label for air conditioners.









Note: The seminar program may be subject to change. If you have registered for this seminar any topic, presenter, timetable or price changes will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the event.