Informa Australia is delighted to announce the Energy Infrastructure & Community Engagement Conference, held 30th November – 1st December 2023 at the Radisson Blu Plaza, Sydney. Join and connect with your colleagues, contacts and industry for this unique networking and shared learning opportunity.
With the rapid rollout of renewable and clean energy infrastructure to fast-track the national net-zero goals, social license and community engagement has become a crucial factor for energy companies to accelerate projects. Community engagement is essential for developing and operating new energy infrastructure, including transmission lines, onshore and offshore wind farms, solar, hydrogen and storage, to ensure greater transparency between communities and the industry.
The Energy Infrastructure & Community Engagement Conference will bring together industry and community leaders to address key issues and develop effective solutions that will drive the path towards net zero. This event is a valuable opportunity to learn about the latest insights and best practices to effectively engage and benefit local communities, build trust, and achieve project success.
Topics will include:
- Government role, reforms, and initiatives
- The importance of early and ongoing community engagement in the development of new energy infrastructure projects
- Best practices for effective community engagement, including building trust, transparency, collaboration and open communication
- Case studies of successful community engagement initiatives for new energy infrastructure projects, highlighting the challenges and opportunities involved
- Key learnings from previous projects and the value of tailoring engagement strategies to the needs of different communities
- First Nations and Traditional Owner Engagement
- Measuring the success of community engagement efforts is important for ensuring that projects meet communities’ needs.
- The future of community engagement in the energy sector
It is upon us all in the energy sector to build the relationships…and the social licence…that enables the infrastructure that enables the energy transition to serve all Australians.
– Daniel Westerman, AEMO, May 2023
Social license for energy infrastructure is critical to ensuring the transformation of Australia’s grid is as smooth as possible and not enough attention has been paid to getting this right.
– Minister Chris Bowen, July 2022
Effective community consultation and engagement is essential for large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects to gain widespread support and earn the ‘social license’ to operate within the community.
– Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner
When it comes to transmission, social licence is the most important issue we have to face. A near-total rebuild of the grid comes with challenges, particularly for the communities where projects will be built.
– Minister Chris Bowen, May 2023 – Financial Review
Executive Director, Planning and Communities, EnergyCo
General Manager Energy Markets, Powerlink
General Manager for Community, Customer and Engagement, Powerlink
Executive Director, AusNet Services
Head of Stakeholder Relations, ENGIE Australia & New Zealand
Community and Stakeholder Lead, Project Delivery, VicGrid, Energy, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Project Director, Bendemeer Energy Renewable Hub
Executive General Manager Government and Stakeholder, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
EGM Networks & Technical, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
Government and Stakeholder Manager (NSW), EnergyAustralia
Program Director Stakeholder Relations, Major Projects, TransGrid
Dr. Jarra Hicks
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Community Power Agency
Community and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Acciona Energía
Manager Stakeholder Engagement, Tilt Renewables
Cr Kellie O’Callaghan
Mayor, Latrobe City Council
Director and Revegetation Consultant, Succession Ecology
Dr Mark Apthorpe
Electricity Infrastructure Jobs Advocate
First Nations Engagement Manager, Acciona Energía
Community Performance Specialist, CleanCo Queensland
Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Seadragon Offshore Wind, Flotation Energy
Founder & Director, Max Hardy Consulting
Regional Engagement Manager, Star of the South
Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Squadron Energy
Technical Director - Social Performance (APAC), SLR Consulting
GM Networks, Energy Networks Australia
Community and Stakeholder Manager, Iberdrola Australia
Principal Consultant, Aboriginal Affairs, WSP
Dr. Rae Dufty-Jones (PhD)
Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Energy Australia
Group Manager, Diversity, Indigenous and Social Inclusion, CPB Contractors
Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities
Reconnect and re-engage with your industry peers at the Energy Infrastructure & Community Engagement Conference.
There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks, refreshment breaks and lunches, making this not just a conference… but an all encompassing industry “experience”.
Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:
- Build relationships with potential and existing clients
- Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
- Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
- Demonstrate your product in person
- Network with the industry
- Build brand awareness
To see what is on offer please contact:
T: +61 (2) 9080 4334
ConnectMe and Streamly
ConnectMe • Networking enhanced
All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.
Streamly • On-Demand video vault
Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year-round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related energy events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.
* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.
Our Commitment to Sustainability
In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.
We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.
To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.
when & where
30 Nov - 01 Dec 2023
Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney
27 O’Connell St,
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8214 0000
SPECIAL EVENT RATE*
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