Net zero: jobs & opportunities in a climate positive future

Net zero: jobs & opportunities in a climate positive future

Mar 24
This first in our series of important conversations planned for the year outlines the considerable economic opportunities in shifting to net zero, and details what it means for transitioning existing industries, developing new industries and creating new jobs.
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Professor Ross Garnaut AC, Author, Economist and Co-Founder, Sunshot Energy
Dr Pradeep Philip, Partner and Head of Deloitte Access Economics, CEDA Board of Directors
Casper Frost Thorhague, Chief Executive Officer, Star of the South
Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA

Event Overview

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has identified a $26 trillion opportunity with over 65 million new jobs by 2030 from transitioning to a low-carbon and sustainable growth world.

The benefits of committing to and reaching net zero are resonating across the world. Business is already looking ahead and repositioning to take advantage of rapid technological advancements to create jobs and new growth markets right now. How do we ensure that Australia does not miss the opportunities from a net zero future?

Join the first event in CEDA’s Climate Change series to hear how it’s being done right here at home, what the drivers of the new economy will be and lessons for those seeking to thrive in the inevitable low carbon future.

Livestream start times:
NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS: 12.30pm
SA: 12.00pm
NT: 11.00am
QLD: 11.30am
WA: 9.30am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speakers

Professor Ross Garnaut AC
Author, Economist and Co-Founder, Sunshot Energy

Ross is one of Australia’s leading economists and thinkers. His recent works have outlined how Australia can tap into economic opportunities in lowering emissions, increase renewable energy and achieve zero net emissions before 2050. He is currently Chairman of Sunshot Energy, and has served as Australia’s Ambassador to China; Principal Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. He is a founding Director of both the Lowy Institute of International Policy and Asialink, and has chaired the Bank of Western Australia, the Primary Industries Bank of Australia, and Simec ZEN Energy.  In 2010, he was commissioned by the Australian Government to provide an independent update to his 2008 Climate Change Review and appointed as an independent expert adviser to the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee.

Dr Pradeep Philip
Partner and Head of Deloitte Access Economics, CEDA Board of Directors

On launching Deloitte’s report A new choice, Australia’s climate for growth, Pradeep noted “For Australia, the reality is that we stand to lose the most from unanswered climate change, but also stand to gain significantly from action.”
Pradeep has had a long and successful career in public policy, with deep expertise in economics and proven leadership experience. He has been a senior bureaucrat, working at the highest levels of public policy, across three jurisdictions in Australia. Pradeep has served as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria, CEO of LaunchVic, and Associate Director General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Queensland. He is a Member of CEDA’s Board of Directors and State President of the Queensland State Advisory Council.

Casper Frost Thorhague
Chief Executive Officer, Star of the South

Casper is the CEO of Australia’s first proposed offshore wind project. He has successfully led the development and delivery of offshore wind projects in Europe and Asia totalling more than $10 billion. He has held senior roles and board positions at Denmark’s biggest energy company, a world leader in offshore wind. Most recently, Casper led the multi-billion-dollar 900-megawatt Greater Changhua 1 and 2a Offshore Wind Farms in Taiwan.

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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