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Planning for Low Carbon Development

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on January 30th, 2013

6 February , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Photo by Al Jazeera English via Flickr CC.

The twin challenge of poverty eradication and emissions reductions.

In developing countries, where most of the world’s population lives, the daunting challenge for governments and policy makers is to reduce both poverty and greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Harald Winkler from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre will offer his perspective on how this challenge might be tackled in South Africa, a country that, like Australia, has a heavy dependence on coal-based electricity generation. Prof Winkler argues that taking more ambitious action to reduce emissions can result in socio-economic advantages, or ‘co-benefits’, which should be considered primary rather than secondary benefits.

Professor Winkler will be joined by panellists, Tony Wood and Malte Meinshausen, to discuss the Australian parallels to South Africa’s experience.

Date: Wednesday 6th February, 2013, 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Venue: Carrillo Ganter Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre,
Corner Swanston Street and Monash Road,
The University of Melbourne.

Hosted by the Grattan Institute.

Sustainable Energy At What Cost? Seminar

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 19th, 2011

25 May , 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Sustainable Energy At What Cost? Presented by The Grattan Institute

The debate on how to make the transition from the current carbon intensive energy system to one that is sustainable and low-carbon largely centers on cost. This seminar will explore various zero or low-carbon technologies, the cost of bringing them online and what people will end up paying for their electricity under the different scenarios. Experts from industry and academia will also investigate what carbon pricing signal will promote the best long term strategy, other complementary mechanisms we might need, and what impact these might have on the economy.

The Melbourne Energy Institute’s Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review, prepared for the Garnaut Review Update, will be launched at this seminar. This report looks at how innovation in wind and solar energy production will shape the future cost of zero-carbon technologies.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:30

Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Carrillo Gantner Theatre
The University of Melbourne


Mr Robyn Williams AM, Science Journalist, The Science Show, ABC


Mr Patrick Hearps, Energy Research Fellow, Melbourne Energy Institute
Mr Andrew Stock, Executive General Manager, Origin Energy Australia
Mr Terry Teoh, Power Project Development, Pacific Hydro


Prof Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Scientific Engineer and Chair, Australian Centre for Renewable Energy
Mr Ric Brazzale, Managing Director, Green Energy Trading
Dr Jenny Hayward, Research Scientist, Energy Technology, CSIRO
Mr Tristan Edis, Energy Research Fellow, Grattan Institute

Bookings and event link here.

Carbon 101 Briefing: Low-Carbon Economy & Business

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 9th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Image: larryvincent via flickr CC

Keeping track of current national and international developments towards a low-carbon economy can be challenging. Businesses that understand how the transition to a carbon-constrained economy will impact upon their business operations will not only save money, they will also be better placed to capitalise on new business opportunities.  The Carbon 101 information session was developed in response to the requirements of small and medium-sized businesses. The briefing will help you cut through the ‘carbon jargon’. Carbon 101 is an essential guide to measuring and managing your business’s carbon footprint, and identifying opportunities for making environmental and financial savings.

What will be covered:

* Navigating the labyrinth of terms, research, facts and figures.
* An outline of new government regulation and legislation.
* Identifying steps to start reducing carbon emissions immediately.
* An explanation of the effects of a low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.
* Energy-efficiency information specifically tailored to small and medium-sized enterprises.

2-hour sessions running on: 11/02, 22/03, 16/04, 3/05, 17/05

Venue: 486 Albert Street East Melbourne

Cost: $52.80/ $44 for VECCI Members

Contact: VECCI on 8662 5333, or visit the website for more information.