Clean Energy Week Kicks Off

Thousands of delegates are expected to attend Australia’s biggest renewable energy and energy efficiency industry event, which kicks off today in Brisbane.

Incorporating the ATRAA trade exhibition, Clean Energy Week will also incorporate two awards programs and a clean energy debate on the 2013 conference theme of ‘rethinking energy’.

Clean Energy Week is presented by the Clean Energy Council (CEC), an industry association made up of almost 600 member companies operating in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The CEC says the event will see Australia’s leading politicians staking their claim on the clean energy agenda ahead of the next Federal Election.

“The new Climate Change Minister Mark Butler and Greens Leader Christine Milne are scheduled to speak, providing a fascinating look into their pre-election thinking,” said Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green.

“Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle will also join a top-flight line-up of national and international speakers who will challenge and illuminate delegates in equal measure.”

Other speakers include:

– The Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Innovation and Industry

– Senator Simon Birmingham, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment

– Dr Yang Fuqiang, Senior Advisor on Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) China Progam

– Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, ARENA

The event will deliver the latest news on policy initiatives and technology developments, as well as the opportunity for industry participants make valuable new contacts.

The ATRAA (formerly known as the Appropriate Technology Retailers Association of Australia) exhibition component began back in 1979 and this year will feature dozens of exhibitors.

Clean Energy Week is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane. The event runs today, tomorrow and Friday. Further details can be viewed here.