Towards Net Zero: financing Australia's clean energy sector

Towards Net Zero: financing Australia's clean energy sector

Jul 29
Join this CEDA roundtable to hear from CEFC Chief Executive Officer Ian Learmonth and discuss the challenges and opportunities of financing Australia’s clean energy sector.
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Ian Learmonth, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Richard Bolt, Principal, Nous Group

Event Overview

As momentum grows in Australia towards reaching a net zero emissions goal, renewable energy is firmly in the spotlight. And not just in terms of its ability to reduce carbon emissions, but also as a source of economic growth.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is a government-owned agency focused on increasing investment to lower emissions. The CEFC is seeking to address some of Australia’s toughest emissions challenges – in agriculture, energy generation and storage, infrastructure, property, transport and waste.
Join this CEDA roundtable to hear from CEFC Chief Executive Officer Ian Learmonth to discuss the challenges and opportunities of financing Australia’s clean energy sector.

‚ÄčRoundtable start times:
SA/NT: 11.30am
WA: 10.00am

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.


Meet the speaker

Ian Learmonth
Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Ian Learmonth joined the CEFC as Chief Executive Officer in May 2017 with more than 30 years' experience as a financier and investor across markets in Asia, Europe and Australia. He has worked in asset finance and securitisation, clean energy and major infrastructure projects, as well as pioneering social impact investments. Prior to taking the role at the CEFC, Mr Learmonth established Social Ventures Australia’s Impact Investing business which included raising impact and affordable housing funds as well launching Australia's first Social Impact Bond in 2013. Previously an Executive Director of Macquarie Group for 12 years, Mr Learmonth has investment banking experience in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He established and led various Macquarie businesses, notably European renewable energy and carbon credit investments, as well as cross-border structured finance and asset financing in Asia and Europe. Mr Learmonth has degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Queensland.

Meet the moderator

Richard Bolt
Principal, Nous Group

Richard joined Nous after a diverse career in public advocacy and government. He has led organisations ranging from a community-based advocacy group to one of the largest government departments established in Australia. His achievements include lead roles in national carbon and energy policy reform; driving technology innovation in energy, resources and agriculture; tackling corruption in education; gaining justice for victims of child sexual abuse; and building inclusion and collaboration in large government departments.

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