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Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group Monday 1st December Ian Dunlop- A nation building response to climate change and peak oil

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on November 13th, 2008

Topic: A nation building response to climate change and peak oil
Guest Speakers: Ian Dunlop * Via video conferencing link- up
When:Monday December 1, 6.30pm
Where: Top Floor, Kindness House 288 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Charge: By donation

Australian business is often perceived as being resistant to policies aimed at making serious reductions to greenhouse gas emissions, nowhere more so than in the fossil fuel and emissions intensive industries.

Ian Dunlop is one of Australia’s most prominent and respected business leaders. He has been a senior oil, gas and coal industry executive. He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88, chaired the AGO Experts Group on Emissions Trading in 1999-2000 and was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1997-2001. His writing on climate change and peak oil are widely published in the media and academic journals.

He is also one of the strongest and most respected advocates in this country of policies to tackle the twin threats of peak oil and climate change. His background gives him an in depth understanding of both the damaging consequences of our dependence on fossil fuels, and the path toward transitioning to a clean energy economy. He also addresses the wider context of the global sustainability crisis, including population, food and resource scarcity and geopolitical pressures.

Recently he has called for an “emergency, nation building response plan to place the economy on a low carbon footing” drawing parallels with the Snowy Hydro scheme and the Marshall plan, which reconstructed Europe after WW2

When a previous head of the Australian Coal Association calls for a rapid transition to renewable energy, we should all listen. The Beyond Zero Emissions Forum/ Discussion group offers a great opportunity to hear in detail Ian Dunlop’s vision for Australia’s transition to a clean energy future.

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