Professor Emeritus Robert H Socolow (9 February 2016)

Professor Socolow is Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.  His topic will be "Fossil fuels and climate change - limiting the damage from the collision".

A panel discussion featuring Professor Karen Hussey, Deputy Director of the UQ Global Change Institute, and Alex Zapantis, Principal Adviser, Climate Change, Rio Tinto Copper & Coal will follow Professor Socolow's presentation.

To register, download the flyer, click on 'Register' and follow the instructions on the UQEI registration page.

About the Energy Exchange Series

Started in 2011, the Energy Exchange Series is a series of breakfast addresses held in Brisbane, Queensland, to facilitate constructive, informed and robust debate on energy policy. 

The series is presented in partnership by Rio Tinto Limited, The University of Queensland and the Energy Policy Institute of Australia. 

Main series objectives

ØTo contribute to energy and climate policy debate by facilitating a greater understanding of energy issues at a local and international level.

ØFacilitate constructive, informed and broad industry discussion of global energy issues.

The Energy Exchange Series is not a vehicle for advancing policy advocacy on specific immediate policy issues that are in play. Its purpose is to contribute towards the development of a more informed energy discourse that will ultimately lead to better energy policy. The speakers are chosen on the basis of their recognised expertise and leadership related to energy.  The organisers have no influence on the content of their presentations other than determining the range of issues we would like them to speak about.

The series also raises funds for cancer research at the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute.


The typical audience consists of leaders from industry, government officials, consultants, NGOs, academia and professional firms with an interest in energy and climate policy.  Attendance is open to anyone but priority is given to those on the stakeholder/guest list. Each event attracts an audience of more than 200 and most events are sold out.

Previous EES Breakfasts

From 2011 to 2014:

Breakfast 10:       27 October 2014 – The current and future role of nuclear energy in the global energy mix - its myths, risks and benefits – Dr Alexander Bychkov, Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Head of the IEA Department of Nuclear Energy.

Breakfast 9:         11 September 2014 – Scale, Shale, Coal & Solar: A 20-Minute Survey of Today’s Most-Important Energy Issues – Robert Bryce, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute & author.

Breakfast 8:        3 April 2014 – Energy poverty in India – Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University & Honourary Executive Director, TERI.

Breakfast 7:         14 November 2013 – The German “Energiewende– Dr Markus Kerber, CEO and Director General of the Federation of German Industries.

Breakfast 6:        7 August 2013 – US energy independence: successes, challenges and implications for global energy trends – Randa Fahmy-Hudome, internationally recognised expert in energy policy and global market access, and a former US Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy.


Breakfast 5:        23 April 2013 – World Energy Outlook 2012 presentation – Dr Ian Cronshaw, International Energy Agency.


Breakfast 4:         25 October 2012 – Global energy and climate policy – Eileen Claussen, President of the Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Breakfast 3:         15 May 2012 – Future energy technologies – Dr Bryan Hannegan, Vice President Environment & Renewables for the US-based Electric Power Research Institute.

Breakfast 2:         28 February 2012 – China’s energy policy development and what this means for the rest of the world – Mr Zhang Guobao, Chairman of the Advisory Board of China’s National Energy Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Economic Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Breakfast 1:         13 December 2011 – World Energy Outlook 2011 presentation – Dr Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency.


Energy Exchange Breakfast Keynote Address (October 2015)

Keynote speaker Mr Rafael Cayuela, author of the book ‘The Future of the Chemical Industry by 2050’ and Corporate Chief Economist at Dow Chemicals, Switzerland.

Mr Cayuela shared his thoughts on the future industrial landscape and its implications for the global energy system in a world seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

pdfClick here to download the presentation.

What's New

2017 Annual Report by the energy Security Board "The Health of the National Electricity Market".  

pdf graphicClick here to download this Annual Report (December 2017).


EPIA Public Policy Paper - 4/2017 "Future Energy Policy"

pdfClick here to view this paper

The Institute’s submission to the COAG Energy Council, August 2016.


Panel Discussion: "What will happen in 2018 to the electricity industry in Australia and abroad"

Principal Speaker: Dr Ron Loveland, Energy Adviser to the Welsh Government

Location: Sydney

Date:  Tuesday 23 January 2018 - 4pm to 5.30pm followed by a reception

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Policy Papers

Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to October 2017) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 18 Public Policy Papers.

pdfClick here to view the compendium of key points. 

Public Policy Papers : A Compendium of Key Points (Aug 2016)

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Since May 2013 the Institute has published twelve Public Policy Papers.

pdfClick here to view the compendium of key points.

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