Dr Mary Stewart has been named President of the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC). She replaces Professor Tony Arnel, who stepped down after six years.
A recognised expert in sustainable development, Dr Stewart is a trained chemical engineer, and CEO of energy and climate risk advisory firm Energetics.
“It is a great honour to take the reins from Tony, who has steadily grown the Council’s influence and impact,” says Dr Stewart. “Tony helped shape a strong national voice for energy efficiency – a voice that is more crucial now than ever. I am looking forward to building on these efforts by articulating the central role of energy efficiency in a net zero world.”
EEC CEO Luke Menzel paid tribute to Arnel.
“Tony is a longstanding industry leader who took the helm at a critical moment for the Council,” Menzel says. “During his six years as President, Tony oversaw significant growth, and raised our profile and our impact. Behind the scenes, he played a crucial role in building coalitions with other industry bodies that have broadened the Council’s scope and reach. Tony leaves us in great shape. And we are thrilled that Dr Mary Stewart is stepping up to the plate. Mary is a passionate advocate for energy management, and the role it can play in a more flexible, 21st-century energy system.”
Professor Arnel said: “I’m very proud of the Energy Efficiency Council’s progress over the last six years. Luke leads an incredible team that is driving the national conversation around energy management. We’ve worked hard to put structures in place that will support the Council’s continued growth.
“Dr Mary Stewart is a highly capable and passionate industry leader, and I am confident she will build on this momentum to ensure our industry plays its full part on the road to net zero emissions.”
The 10-member board recently achieved gender parity for the first time since its establishment in 2009.