Energy certificates group new president keen to see more progress
13 December 2016
The Energy Efficiency Certificate Creators Association has a new president, Hamish McGovern, managing director of Wattly.
The move follows a decision by founding president Bruce Easton to step down.
The EECCA board commended Mr Easton who is chief executive of Ecovantage for his contribution and dedication.
The EECCA AGM last month reported that membership had grown by 25 per cent in the past 12 months, with 21 organisations now signed as members.
The board has also expanded from eight members to 11, with new appointees including Stuart Edgley, managing director of Emerald Planet; Chris Mardon, founder of Energy Mad; and Rod Woolley, head of regulatory and compliance at LEDified.
Mr McGovern said EECCA had “come of age in tandem with white certificate schemes”. The determination with which market leaders were supporting the schemes was a trumpet call to Australian governments, he said.
“With the right market mechanisms provided by governments, Australian industry has the capacity to deliver on more ambitious targets to reduce energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions and customer bills.”
Mr McGovern said he would be working with all key stakeholders on behalf of the organisation’s members to “shift the mindset of policy makers” to accelerate the uptake of energy efficiency activities through both current and prospective schemes.
The nation’s emissions reduction targets mean energy efficiency will have to play a greater role. Industry has the technology and innovation to deliver it.
“Governments need to further develop policies, including energy productivity, which incorporate and mobilise proven policy mechanisms. The current energy efficiency schemes are the proven mechanisms which address barriers to uptake.”