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Policy Priorities to Reach Net Zero - ONLINE ONLY


From: Monday January 29, 2024, 12:00 pm

To: Monday January 29, 2024, 1:00 pm

There is concern that Australia may not reach its net-zero goals, due to challenges in energy generation, transmission and storage, and the uneven decarbonisation of different sectors of the economy.

State and Commonwealth governments have undertaken large interventions in markets to progress the transition, but opinions differ as to their effectiveness.

Please join Dr Jotzo, Dr Colvin and Dr Leslie for a discussion of what the policy priorities should be. How can firms have enough certainty to undertake green investments? How can energy markets resolve incentive problems in transmission and the location of energy generation? How can engagement with consumers and communities help resolve some of the community tensions created by green power projects, transmission projects, and reductions in employment in regions with fossil fuels?

This webinar will be moderated by ESA National President, Dr Catherine de Fontenay.

About the Speakers

Dr Frank Jotzo is Professor of environmental economics and climate change economics at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, where he directs the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy. He is also Head of Energy with the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions and director of the ANU Zero-Carbon Energy for Asia-Pacific grand challenge initiative.

Frank Jotzo's research and research leadership spans decarbonisation strategies, policy instruments for climate change and environment, economics of energy transition, trade and investment, and political economy and international dimensions of climate and energy policy.
He has held lead author roles with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has advised national and state governments, including through formal roles in high level advisory to Ministers and in technical advisory to government departments and agencies, and has advised international organisations and businesses. He currently leads the Australian government's Carbon Leakage Review.

Dr Rebecca Colvin is a social scientist and associate professor with the Resources, Environment & Development Group at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Bec researches the social and political dimensions of contentious issues associated with climate policy and energy transition. Her research is focused on understanding the complexity of how different people and groups engage with social, policy, and political conflict about climate and energy issues, particularly through the theoretical lens of the social identity approach. She has explored conflict about wind energy, coal seam gas, coal, and climate policy and energy transition more broadly, in settings ranging from the public sphere through to local communities.

Bec is lead investigator on a 2022-2025 Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project that seeks to understand the influence of ‘unconventional advocates’ – like farmers, business people, and political conservatives – on public opinion about climate policy, and holds a 2023-2026 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award that aims to identify ways to establish constructive and community-led dialogue on regional futures in coal-producing areas.

At the Crawford School of Public Policy, Bec teaches courses on the role and practice of communication in climate and environmental policy, quantitative social research methods, independent research on climate policy, and is Co-Convener of the Master of Climate Change and Convenor of the Graduate Certificate of Climate Policy. Bec is on the editorial board of leading journal Environmental Research Letters, and is a regular contributor to the media on issues to do with climate and energy.

Dr Gordon Leslie is an economist at Monash University, with fields of study in industrial organisation and energy economics. His research examines competition, consumer engagement, policy and regulation in energy markets, particularly in the context of the clean energy transition.

Gordon holds affiliations with Monash’s Australian Electricity Market Initiative, and Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. He often contributes to regulator-convened Technical Working Groups that provide input to market design reviews for Australia’s National Electricity Market. He also currently serves Associate Editor at The Electricity Journal and as the President-elect at the Transportation and Public Utilities Group (TPUG). 



When: Monday 29 January 2024
Time: From 12.00pm until 1.00pm AEDT (SYD/CBR/MEL)
Where: Online via Zoom  (link will be in your auto generated confirmation)
Cost: Free of charge

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