Directors of Energy Farmers Australia have combined their agriculture and engineering skills to design and develop bioenergy in WA.
Co founder/director of Energy Farmers Australia, Tom grew on a farm near Lancelin. Since studying Mechanical Engineering at UWA and graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering. Tom has worked in the mining industry as an Engineer and Project Manager in construction and maintenance of heavy engineering plants for 11 years. More recently Tom has spent 6 years working for a large engineering consultancy gaining experience in feasibility studies and project development.
Through his construction experience, Tom has gained experience in fabricating, constructing and commissioning process plants. In addition, Tom’s recent experience has provided him with a good understanding of the requirements for project development including environmental, technical and economic project drivers.
Tom believes that there are vast opportunities to become more sustainable through smarter use of resources and reduction of waste and likes to quote Arthur C. Clarke: “wastes are only raw materials we’re too stupid to use”.
Tom has taken a personal interest in renewable energy and waste-to-energy processes, investigating a number of potential opportunities and has a desire get involved in the renewable energy industry. Tom lives in Perth with his wife and two children.
Originally a farmer from Mullewa, Western Australia, Euan is the other co-founder of Energy Farmers Australia.
Euan holds a degree in Agribusiness, a diploma in Farm Management and has over 20 years experience in agriculture. Euan leases his farm to local farmers from Mullewa and takes a keen interest in the West Australian agriculture industry. He has also travelled and worked throughout the world in various logistic and construction roles with the French aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres or Doctors without Borders.
Euan has extensive experience in the Australian carbon market and a strong knowledge of the bioenergy sector, having taken an active interest in both after attending a carbon trading conference in Europe. Euan has since worked for a large offsetting company in WA and has studied carbon accounting and reporting. More recently Euan has been conducting presentations on the Carbon Farming Initiative and waste to energy projects to professional audiences and farmers throughout Western Australia.
Always passionate about the land and environment, Euan believes that a price on carbon provides farmers with opportunities to become self-sufficient in energy and fuels which will ulitmately lead to more sustainable communities.