Discussing all things transition at Enlit Australia 2023


Over two days, you can expect to hear leaders from CSIRO, Siemens, Origin Energy, Western Power, Arup, AGIG, Schneider Electric and more tackle head on the contentious issues in Australian energy right now and seek to find solutions.

Enlit understands that Australia faces a significant uphill battle to reduce its carbon emissions, increase the production and uptake of renewable energy sources, and transition an entire grid equitably without leaving consumers or workers behind.

With a new Federal government in place and a renewables industry rearing to go, Enlit are seeking to light the spark that will fuel the acceleration towards net-zero by placing the best disruptors from the industry in one room.

Australia’s PV industry has grown significantly over the past two decades. With policy decisions, government incentives and increased investment, the industry was able to accelerate production and encourage domestic uptake, creating one of several pathways to net-zero.

This acceleration would not have been possible without bringing key players from the PV industry together and having practical conversations about facilitating such a transition.

While the PV industry has accelerated, there is still a long way to go, particularly for other forms of renewable energy that are yet to be given the same level of interest and investment.

Transitioning to any form of renewable energy requires long-term thinking and collaboration across the entire energy chain, bringing together corporates, consumers, policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and activists.

The trickiest part is often getting the right people, in the right room, at the right time. Long term success depends on identifying the practical measures, or a combination of actions and changes, which will enable Australia to meet its emissions reductions targets and position the country for a long term, zero carbon future.

Current projections show that Australia is not on track to achieve its 43% reduction on carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. In fact, Australia’s transition pathway to 2030 and beyond continues to be inherently uncertain.

Policy decisions and sector action must allow scope for adaptation to new information, and for different decarbonisation pathways to emerge as their relative economic and technical feasibility becomes clearer over time. Recent experience has taught us that the cost and technical feasibility of various technologies will change, possibly dramatically, as will investment trends, social licence, and consumer preferences.

That’s why Enlit has split their summit into four important streams designed to produce real conversations and real solutions about the different pathways and technology options available in the sector.

Accordingly, the role of the customer, the transition of the grid, and the respective roles of hydrogen and electrification will be discussed over two days of keynotes and panels.

More specifically, the programme will touch on what the transition involves, how we will get there, who it will affect, how do we ensure industries and workers are not left behind, who is leading the charge, what types of energy source are available and what we need from government.

With moderators like former ABC Melbourne presenter Jon Faine, there is sure to be some lively debate that could help shape the transition in 2023.

Enlit will take place on March 22 and 23 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and registrations are still open.

For more information on the event, click here.