Climate in recovery: building back better

Climate in recovery: building back better

Sep 11
How are businesses and governments harnessing the COVID disruption to accelerate the decline of carbon-intensive industries, investment, technologies and practices?
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The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment
Ingrid Southworth, Acting British High Commissioner to Australia, British High Commission
Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion, United Nations

Event Overview

Across jurisdictions and sectors there are important players working towards an agreed opportunity to build back better as part of global economic recovery.  Pathways to net zero emissions are being activated now as governments and global heavyweights in the private sector commit to the United Nations Race to Zero Campaign.

Leaders and policy makers from across the country and across the globe will present analysis, discuss work being undertaken and push for a clean and resilient economic recovery. 

Join CEDA to hear how efforts to rebuild our societies and economies are progressing - how those will impact business, the new opportunities before us and why getting it right matters to our long-term recovery and success.

Livestream start times: 
SA/NT: 3.30pm
WA: 2:00pm


Meet the speakers

The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Minister D’Ambrosio oversaw the passage of the Climate Change Act, Victoria’s landmark climate legislation which saw it become the first Australian state to legislate in line with the Paris Agreement for net zero emissions by 2050.  She has also overseen an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Act, is an advocate for a clean, reliable, and affordable energy future and remains Lily remains the only woman responsible for energy across the nine national and sub-national governments in Australia.

The Hon. Matt Kean MP
NSW Minister for Energy and Environment

Matt Kean is the NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, a portfolio that was first combined after the Berejiklian Government’s re-election in March 2019. Minister Kean was elected as the member for Hornsby in 2011. Prior to entering politics, the Minister, a chartered accountant, worked as a senior manager for Price Waterhouse Coopers. In his new role as Energy and Environment Minister, the Minister wants to ensure the community has access to energy that is affordable and reliable. He’s also determined to tackle climate change and eager to leave the planet in a better state than the one we inherited.

Ingrid Southworth
Acting British High Commissioner to Australia, British High Commission

Ingrid Southworth has been British Deputy High Commissioner to Australia since January 2017. Ingrid joined the Civil Service in 2002 and has worked in a number of roles in the Cabinet Office, Foreign Office and Home Office. Ingrid has mainly worked on national security issues including counter-terrorism and as Head of Organised Crime Strategy and International in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism. Ingrid was also the Deputy Programme Director for the National Crime Agency programme which established the Agency in 2013.

Nigel Topping
High Level Climate Action Champion, United Nations

Nigel was appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020 to strengthen collaboration and drive action from businesses, investors, organisations, and cities and regions on climate change, and coordinate this work with governments and parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Nigel was most recently CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of businesses working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy and Executive Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Meet the facilitator

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors. Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.
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