City powers up WA energy expertise at CERAWeek 2024
As the only Australian member city of the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP), the City of Perth is committed to championing Perth as the central hub of Western Australia’s world-renowned expertise in energy transition and innovation.
Building on our success with the Perth 2023 WECP AGM and Conference held in November 2023, we are leading a delegation of Perth’s energy transition leaders and experts to CERAWeek – known as the energy sectors ‘Superbowl’ – in Houston USA this March 2024.
We are collaborating with our delegates and international networks to facilitate introductions, trade opportunities and functions that showcase the best of the West and profile Perth’s extensive expertise in energy transition across the fields of industry, innovation and academia.
Our delegation will gain firsthand access to global trends, innovations and new practices in the energy transition sector across the executive and innovation streams at CERAWeek, 18-22 March, and will bring these insights and back to the City and Western Australia.
The visit coincides with the 40th Anniversary of our Sister City partnership with the City of Houston, Texas, which was established in 1984. The WECP also formally meets during CERAWeek where the City will join in person to continue efforts to forward the global transition to a more sustainable energy future.
What is CERAWeek?
First founded in 1983 as an energy research and consulting firm, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) quickly became known for its critical knowledge and independent analysis on energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, technology and strategy. CERA held an annual gathering of clients in Houston which has expanded over time to five days of informative sessions and networking opportunities, known as CERAWeek.
Today, around 85 countries and more than 1,800 companies attend the CERAWeek conference, delivering program content of extraordinary depth and breadth, attracting global thought leaders and shaping the global energy agenda.Visit CERAWeek.com for more information about the 2024 conference.
How was the City's delegation formed and funded?
At the 12 December 2023 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council approved unspent funds from the Perth WECP AGM to be used to support a city delegation to the CERAWeek conference 2024. The funds were to cover the conference registration costs of a delegation of City representatives and representatives from WA’s energy transition sector.
The City released an Expression of Interest in January 2024 seeking interest from WA’s energy transition sector in joining the City delegation at CERAWeek 2024.
Why is Houston, Texas, a Sister City of Perth?
Sister City agreements encourage people-to-people interaction by providing citizens with the opportunity to participate in cultural, educational, trade and knowledge-sharing exchange programs across cities. The Sister City relationships create opportunities to support economic growth across a variety of business and industry sectors, acting as a gateway to new markets providing trade and investment and supporting our Perth-based organisations in developing international economic partnerships.
Both the City of Perth and City of Houston are members of the WECP and maintain considerable collaboration in the resources and energy, and medical industry sectors. Houston is the US energy headquarters and a world centre for segments of the oil and gas industry including exploration, production, transmission, marketing, supply and technology. Almost 5,000 energy-related firms are located in the Houston area and Houston also boasts the second largest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the US, outside of New York.
More information on the City of Perth’s Sister City relationships and international engagements is available here.
Why is the City of Perth a member of WECP?
The World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) connects leading energy cities on all continents that are committed to fostering the transition to a more sustainable energy future. Ongoing since 1996, WECP member cities have met on an annual basis to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities associated with the energy sector, the green transition and liveable cities.
WECP mayors and officers attend meetings to share expertise and explore collaboration opportunities between the cities, to drive the transition to a more sustainable energy future.
The City of Perth is the only Australian member city of the WECP and understands the importance of bringing Western Australia’s unique insights and renowned energy transition expertise to this global forum.
City delegation - who's going from Perth?
Lord Mayor, City of Perth
Basil Zempilas was first elected Lord Mayor of the City of Perth in October 2020 and re-elected in October 2023. He became the 18th Lord Mayor, entering Local Government after a successful and ongoing broadcasting career in television and radio. Basil is also a regular columnist in The West Australian which is Australia’s second oldest newspaper.
As the Lord Mayor, Basil works with Council to provide strategic leadership to the City of Perth. He is committed to a City with more residents, more visitors and more workers, a greener City and a City for everyone, achieved through the framework of a liveable, sustainable and prosperous strategic vision.
Basil is the chair of the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief fund which under his stewardship, has raised over $40 million in four separate appeals for communities impacted by natural disasters.
Since 2010 Basil has been host of Channel Seven Perth’s Telethon, the world’s most-successful television charity fundraiser. Since its inception, Telethon has raised more than $600 million (AUD) for sick children and medical research and in 2023 raised a record $77.5 million dollars (AUD).
Councillor, City of Perth
Bruce Reynolds is an accomplished business owner and community advocate from the City of Perth Western Australia where he serves the community as a City Councillor.
Bruce is deeply committed to the city’s development and the welfare of its residents. His entrepreneurial activities span 27 years of business ownership that currently include founder of Crush Creative, where his team has delivered exceptional design and marketing solutions to major brands and small businesses alike. He is also the owner of Braddock’s Dispensary, a specialty coffee house that serves as a community hub.
Bruce also leads Crush Realty, with an expertise in property marketing, administration and sales. His passion for community service extends to non-profit work he has served as a volunteer, board and chair roles.
As the current president of Rotary City he helps facilitate significant community engagement and fundraising efforts with a dedicated team of likeminded members.
Chief Executive Officer, City of Perth
Michelle Reynolds has been at the helm of the City of Perth since August 2020. With an emphasis on establishing strong foundations, Michelle is focused on creating a City that is more liveable, sustainable and prosperous.
Michelle oversees a capital city agenda with a local lens to drive strong economic development and investment that benefits the City and the State. With the City sharing daylight with over 60 per cent of the world’s population, Michelle has a focus on planning a sustainable global city of the future that supports a vibrant and connected community. The City of Perth is also the gateway to Western Australia and beyond.
Over the last 15 years, Michelle has held several Chief Executive roles and served as both a Chair, and member to multiple Boards and committees. Her career has been defined by her strong leadership of organisations undergoing significant change and reform.
Chief Executive Officer, Infinite Green Energy
|Stephen Gauld is the co-founder, CEO and Managing Director of Infinite Green Energy. He has over 20 years’ experience within the oil & gas sector, working for some of the largest global service companies and operators including Baker Hughes, GE, Weatherford, ENI, ExxonMobil, Chevron & Woodside.
Max van Someren
Founder, Net Zero Network
Max is the founder of the Net Zero Network, a not-for-profit which helps members identify how they can have the greatest impact in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.
Max specializes in working with industry and government to accelerate the pace of industrial de-carbonisation. His background is as an energy systems analyst, R&D team leader and (in a former life) ship designer. He has held leadership roles at KBR, AEMO, Austal Ships and Frazer-Nash Consultancy.
His current professional roles include leading the techno-economic modelling of a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct (REIP) at Oakajee in the Mid-west for WA+, and the development and implementation of the decarbonisation strategy for Arafura Rare Earths. Max is also Chair of the Engineer’s Australia WA Working Group for Energy Transition.
Max spoke on behalf of WA+ about the SuperchargeWA REIP project at the Perth WECP AGM in November 2023. He will be representing WA+, SuperchargeWA and the REIP project, as well as the Net Zero Network.
Principal Applications Engineer, Pacific Energy
Principal Applications Engineer at Pacific Energy, Owen has been actively involved in the global large-scale Battery Energy Storage (BESS) industry since the first MW-scale systems were installed in the USA over 15 years ago. Over this time, he has worked in a wide range of technical and commercial roles for Energy Storage suppliers and manufacturers.
Owen’s involvement with many world-first BESS projects has fostered a passion for the role BESS plays in the decarbonisation of large power systems and transitioning the world to a clean energy future.
In his current role, Owen specialises in the implementation of advanced technologies to decarbonise power systems, form BESS, to Renewables, Hydrogen, digital control systems and power system modelling.
Director, Curtin Institute for Energy Transition
Professor Ashworth OAM is Director of the Curtin Institute for Energy Transition. She is a renowned expert in energy, communication, stakeholder engagement, and technology assessment. She has researched public attitudes towards climate and energy technologies, including wind, carbon capture and storage (CCS), solar photovoltaic, storage, geothermal and hydrogen, for almost two decades. An accomplished speaker and educator, she actively promotes energy literacy globally and contributes to policy briefings and educational events.
Prior to joining Curtin University, Professor Ashworth was the Director of the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, and Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures at The University of Queensland (UQ). She was also Chair of the Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce and is a member of CSIRO Hydrogen Mission Advisory Board. Professor Ashworth brings over thirty years’ experience working in a range of senior management, consulting and research roles.
Director, Policy & Advocacy, Chamber of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia
As a member of the CME leadership team, Adrienne (Adi) LaBombard is responsible for the development of industry policy positions and supporting the delivery of CME’s policy and advocacy strategy. She works closely with CME member companies and engages collaborating and constructively with government and other stakeholders across a diverse range of diverse range of issues relevant to the Western Australian resources sector. Adi is passionate about genuine consultation and evidenced based and solutions focused approaches. Prior to her current role, Adi managed CME’s Industry Competitiveness portfolio with a focus across the areas of economics and productivity, strategic industry development and infrastructure.
Adi joined CME over ten years ago, commencing in the Environment portfolio in September 2012. Previously, Adi worked with the strategic policy team at the Western Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Prior to relocating to Perth in 2008, Adi worked in Human Resources at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.
CEO & Managing Director, Hazer Group Limited
Glenn Corrie is CEO & MD of Hazer Group Limited, a leading-edge ASX tech development company commercialising the Hazer Process, a low cost, low carbon emission hydrogen and graphite production process.
Glenn Corrie holds over 25 years of international energy industry, private equity and investment experience, with a proven track record of successfully leading large listed and PE-backed companies.
Previously CEO of ASX-listed Sino Gas & Energy and UK focussed PE-backed NEO Energy, Glenn has held senior executive positions with Ophir Energy PLC and Temasek International, Singapore’s state-owned investment company responsible for global energy and renewables investments. Between 1998 to 2010, he held a variety of senior positions within Shell International.
Director, CORE Innovation Hub
|Brodie McCulloch is the Founder and Managing Director of Spacecubed and a Director at CORE Innovation Hub. He is dedicated to building ecosystems that support entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers, with a focus on driving transformation across various sectors, including mining, energy, resources. Brodie is a Churchill Fellow and has developed skills through courses and MIT and Oxford focused on innovation ecosystems and infrustructure.