Why Us

We are the perfect combination of technical geek and strategy guru. We understand that when you start to consider what net zero means for your organisation, it isn’t just you on the journey. By the very nature of the environmental challenge ahead for organisations, you will need to deal internally with your team and externally with your suppliers. You are going to need to understand the sums and how to prioritise the projects. You will also need to know how to win the hearts and minds of those around you.

Accelerating towards net zero is work that we can help you to integrate into your existing processes and utilise the skills of the people around you. We understand the complexities of this and we will share all of our 25+ years of experience in energy and carbon management, stakeholder engagement, capacity building and communication.

Our experience includes many different sectors:

  • agribusiness
  • manufacturing
  • wine
  • local councils
  • retail
  • mixed-use precincts
  • property portfolios
  • tourism and hospitality
  • education
  • state government

After working with hundreds of businesses already, we have developed as many net zero strategies. Using this knowledge and experience to develop our accelerator programs means we are also the best to address the personal and organisational transformational challenges. Because trust us, accelerating towards net zero is transformational.

Meet our co-founders

Nick is not shy to talk to people, in fact he has worked with over 700 businesses and governments and delivered well over 500 workshops and board-level presentations on net-zero emissions, circular economy, sustainability and energy management.

He is recipient of a national British Council Eureka Prize, an ADC Australian Leadership Award, and was an advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Driving Sustainable Consumption Project. 

Nick is founder and managing director of 2XE and cofounder of Accelerate Zero. Under his leadership, 2XE received the South Australian Premier’s Climate Change Award.

Mel is passionate about action on climate change, human rights, and ethical supply and gets her kicks out of working collaboratively with organisations who are willing to tackle the wicked problems and who put their hands up to change.

Mel has extensive experience leading strategic sustainability and ESG projects in retail, manufacturing, healthcare and FMCG as well as in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Mel is the founder and director of Eighty20 Communications and cofounder of Accelerate Zero. Mel served on the Board of Directors for Oxfam Australia for 10 years. She holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Meet our facilitators

Emma Avery

Emma Avery is a sustainability educator and facilitator with over 15 years experience working in and for local and state government collaborative projects and delivering adult community education in the fields of waste prevention and sustainable living. 

Emma is described as someone who can take the technical and make it understandable and is able to apply the concepts of sustainability to a broad range of topics communicating to a variety of audiences. 

Emma is an Independent Consultant with EA Sustainability and works collaboratively with other organisations, assisting them in achieving their sustainability and communication goals.

Dr Kaushik Sridhar

Dr. Kaushik Sridhar is an experienced and purpose driven corporate sustainability leader with over 18 years’ experience developing and implementing sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs, strategies, and initiatives focusing on improving business’ financial bottom line and contribution to society while reducing their environmental impacts.

Formerly a professional tennis player, Dr. Kaushik Sridhar is the Founder of Orka Advisory, a boutique consultancy that partners with individuals and organisations locally and globally to develop and implement impactful sustainability projects. Kaushik advises organisations on sustainability strategies, sustainability reporting, net zero emissions, and human rights working closely with CEOs and senior executives.

His previous industry experience includes working in senior sustainability roles at Levande, Evolution Mining, Regis Healthcare, KPMG, EY and Unisys where he has built and led multi-million-dollar and award-winning sustainability programs & strategies.

Rachel Brdanovic

Rachel Brdanovic founded Tandem Energy in 2010 and specialises in identifying opportunities and creating sustainable change in businesses and organisations.

Her Master of Sustainability degree provides a broad understanding of sustainability based issues, and as a Climate Active registered consultant she collects and analyses data to assist clients to understand their greenhouse gas emissions and make informed decisions relating to optimal emissions reduction practice.

She is a qualified trainer and Living Smart facilitator, providing impactful and engaging presentations from the board room to the factory floor.