Tuesday 26 May, 2015
8am-9.30am (Registration from 7.30am. Coffee & light refreshments provided)
EY Australia, Room 33.02, Level 33, 680 George Street, Sydney
How business can take action in an uncertain policy environment
The business environment continues to evolve, and the opportunities and expectations for businesses in addressing climate change are no different. Innovative businesses are embracing the challenge of addressing climate change as an opportunity to evolve their own business processes, and to engage with their customers. In the lead-up to the international climate conference in Paris this December (COP21), there is an increasing focus on the role and opportunity for business to take a leadership position on climate change. While the broad international political consensus over limiting global warming to two degrees exists, the policies to deliver this ambition continue to evolve both domestically and internationally.
Join this free CitySwitch event to find out how your business can demonstrate leadership on climate change in the current climate policy environment and the practical actions being taken by those businesses that are leading by doing.
The Café Series will focus on:
- Australia’s climate change policy landscape
- The global context to climate policy
- evelopments in Australian and international energy markets
- The changing energy market and what this means for your business
- Why businesses need to stand up and be counted
- How you can send a strong message to your customers and our politicians that good business is sustainable business.
Dr Graham Sinden - Senior Manager: Climate Change & Sustainability Services, EY Australia
What is the climate policy landscape and what are the opportunities for business?
Graham has over 18 years’ experience in energy, climate and wider sustainability issues including significant international experience. Graham is a doctoral-level scientist with published research in renewable energy and emissions pricing, and a leading expert on energy efficiency with particular expertise in macro-economic assessment of national energy efficiency programs, sector-based efficiency opportunities, and finance models for delivering energy efficiency. Graham will provide an overview of the current Australian climate change environment, including the outcomes of the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction which took place on the 16-17 April. He will also speak about the renewable energy market in Australia, as well as emerging opportunities for business sustainability such as through Green Bonds.
Hugh Bromley – Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
How is the energy market changing and how does this affect business?
Hugh’s experience covers current and future energy system developments including solar and storage integration, to business and financing models for distributed technologies, and the changing demand paradigm. Hugh’s presentation will give participants an overview of the latest investment trends in large-scale renewables and distributed energy and how utilities in Australia and around the world are adapting to the changing dynamics. Taking this into consideration, Hugh will provide insight into how business is best placed to take a leadership role in shaping the future of Australia’s energy market.
Monica Richter - Climate Change Business & Industry Engagement Manager, WWF
How can business show leadership on climate change?
Monica is an economist and Social Ecologist with 23 years post-graduate experience in environmental policy and advocacy with business and government. In conjunction with CDP, the UN Global Compact and the World Resources Institute, WWF are inspiring businesses to set greenhouse gas emission targets that are in line with climate science. Monica’s presentation will reveal the importance of shifting the decision framework for corporate sustainability goals from cost saving and company reputation to a science-based approach. Adopting a science-based approach is an opportunity for companies to truly revolutionise the current pace of change and become leaders in their field. Drawing from CDP data the presentation will highlight the benefits that companies’ already taking strides in this area have achieved.