Creating Energy Efficient Cities in Switzerland and Australia

Passivhaus, ANU Energy Change Institute
A Canberra Passivhaus. Photo: Laros Technologies

Date & time

4.30–6.30am 22 February 2016


Molongolo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU, Acton ACT 2601


 Clare de Castella

 A panel of experts from Switzerland and Australia will discuss, compare and contrast opportunities for energy innovation across various urban centres, followed by informal discussion over drinks and finger food.

Ten years ago, a vision of a "2000-Watt Society" was developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. Energy consumption is limited to a maximum of 2000 watts per person and at least 75% of energy needs are met using renewable energy, meaning that only one tonne of greenhouse gas is given off per capita per year.   Swiss energy efficiency experts, Roland Stultz, Martina Blum and Andreas Luzzi, will discuss how this vision can be achieved.

In Australia, the ACT government is committed to reaching a 90% renewable energy target and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.    Jon Sibley, Director of Energy and Waste Policy at the ACT's Environment and Planning Directorate, will outline their next generation renewables strategy incorporating an innovative pilot program of distributed energy storage.     Dr Mike Smith of ANU Energy Change Institute will explore opportunities for energy efficiency in Australian cities.     

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Presenter / Subject

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1530 Welcome - Dr Igor Skryabin, ANU Energy Change Institute  
1535 Introduction - Mark Engler, Science, Technology and Education Coordinator, Embassy of Switzerland in Australia  
1540 Sustainability in the ETH domain - Mr Roland Stulz, Co-Founder and Ambassador of the 2000 Watt Society, Novatlantis PDF 2.75 MB
1555 How Canberra is positioning itself as a world leader on distributed energy storage - Megan Ward, Manager, Energy Projects, Environment and Planning Directorate, ACTGovernment  
1610 On the way to a 2000-Watt society - Zurich’s path to sustainable energy use - Ms Martina Blum, Energy Officer, City of Zurich PDF 1.39 MB
1625 Doubling Energy Productivity by 2030 through Energy Efficient Innovations - Dr Michael Smith, ANU Energy Change Institute PDF 5.16 MB
1640 Passivhaus brought to Canberra - the voluntary standard for 2000-Watt-Society buildings adapted to local climate conditions - Dr Andreas Luzzi, CEO Laros Technologies PDF 7.88 MB
1655 Q&A with panel - Chaired by Dr Igor Skryabin, ANU Energy Change Institute  
1730 Drinks and finger food  
1830 Close  

About the speakers

Roland Stulz is Chairman of the board of Intep LLC, a consulting firm in the field of sustainable building construction with offices in Switzerland, Germany and the USA . He is the co-founder of the "2000-Watt-Society" and the founder of "ISCN International Sustainable Campus Network"  Roland has many years experience as an architect, an urban planner and a consultant for energy efficiency and ecology in building construction and has developed and planned many leading pilot and demonstration buildings in the field of sustainability around the world, incorporating issues of appropriate technologies and low-cost building constructions.   He has also lectured on, chaired and served in numerous positions and boards in the sustainabilty and built environment domain.   .

Megan Ward is the Manger of Energy Projects with the ACT Government’s Environment and Planning Directorate. This includes oversight of the policy development and implementation of the ACT Government’s renewable energy projects—including the highly successful reverse auctions for Solar and Wind and the Government’s newest initiative: Next Generation Renewables. In total this represents 550MW of renewable energy to be contracted by mid-2016 and a predicted 36MW of distributed storage to be rolled out in the ACT over the next four years. In her spare time Megan is also completing the Masters of Energy Change at ANU.

Martina Blum is energy expert with the Energy Officer of the City of Zurich. She is in charge of the Energy Master Plan and the Report on Energy Policy of the City of Zurich. In addition, she is the city’s coordinator for the European Energy Award. Martina Blum studied environmental engineering and ecological economics at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA, USA) and the University of Edinburgh where she graduated in 1999. Previously she has been working for the UNESCO Venice Office, INFRAS consulting, Swiss Re and AXA. From 2009-2013 she served on the advisory board of the Swiss Climate Foundation.

Dr Michael Smith is a Research Fellow with the ANU Energy Change Institutes where he convenes the ANU ECI Energy Efficiency research network. Dr Smith is co-author of 2 international books on advanced energy efficiency strategies, 3 peer reviewed online energy efficiency textbooks, the COAG Energy Efficiency Exchange web portal (, and numerous publications on how to achieve a step change in  energy productivity ( He is currently leading an energy efficiency research project with the ACT Government and Canberra Business Chamber to help ACT business identify and implement cost effective energy efficiency opportunities.

Dr Andreas Luzzi can look back to over 30 years of first-hand experience with low-energy buildings and renewable energy technologies.  Andreas has held positions as industrial engineer, applied research scientist, consultant, full university professor, and managing director in Europe, the USA and Australia.  But potentially of most relevance to this 2000-Watt-Society expert meeting, Andreas has been the director of the Swiss National Institute for Solar Technologies (SPF) and of the Regional Certification Body for Low-E Buildings (Minergie – ‘Passivhaus’ Buildings).  Switzerland alone has meanwhile more than 35,000 of such buildings operating.  After his return to Australia some 5 years ago, Andreas co-established LAROS Technologies to implement truly-sustainable energy-positive buildings in this country, too – foremost ‘Passivhaus buildings, being the ultimate in healthy & efficient buildings.

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