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The politics of coal: cheap, dirty and difficult to replace?

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Level 8, Building H, Caulfield Campus

900 Dandenong Road

Caulfield East, VIC 3145

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Policy-makers around the world are grappling with the role that coal should play in a low-emissions future. Despite the identified climate risks that our continuing consumption of coal presents, coal’s low cost – and the contentious politics around energy versus environmental protection – may keep it around for some years to come.

“We use coal because it is cheap: cheap to scrape from the ground in Borneo or Wyoming or Queensland, cheap to move in ships and rail cars, cheap to burn in power plants with inadequate environmental controls,” argues Stanford University energy policy expert and author of The Global Coal Market, Dr Mark Thurber.

Dr Thurber will discuss the local, national and international policy barriers to major shifts away from coal, as well as what a coal-free future might look like, in a special lecture being jointly held by Monash Business School, in partnership with Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI), on Wednesday, 21 November 2018.

Dr Thurber is the Associate Director for Research, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University. He conducts research on fossil fuel, electricity, and environmental markets, as well as how energy services can be more effectively delivered to low-income populations.

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Event Commences: 6.30pm
Event concludes with networking drinks and canapes

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