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When it comes to climate action, is industry leaving our politicians in the dust?

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The age of zero carbon is coming, but the question remains: will it be fast enough to mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis?

While politics in Australia is still struggling to accept this much needed energy shift, there is cause for hope when we look to our fast-moving industry leaders, researchers and innovators.

The pace at which things are changing is genuinely jaw-dropping. There is the plummeting cost of solar power, which has happened decades ahead of previous estimates; a similar trajectory now forecast in the wind power and battery storage fields; and the view of hydrogen on the horizon. And in all these things, investors are voting with their money.

But is the hype getting ahead of the science and technology? What are the big-ticket items that could hasten a zero carbon future? What are the risks and rewards of this new age?

Join passionate experts Justine Jarvinen, Andy Pitman, Emma Herd and former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a discussion where they seek to answer these questions and more.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and UNSW Engineering, and supported by Inspiring Australia as a part of National Science Week.

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This digital event will be available on the UNSW Centre for Ideas website, Facebook, and the UNSW YouTube channel. Closed captions will be available on each platform.

A link to watch the event will be sent on the day of the event to registered attendees.

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For event enquiries or to discuss your access requirements, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au.

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 9065 0485.

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Justine Jarvinen is the CEO of the UNSW Energy Institute. She is an energy executive with international experience spanning the energy, finance, education and non-profit sectors. Jarvinen has worked in operational, strategy and advisory roles in Australia and the UK for energy organisations such as Exxon, Shell, JBWere and AGL Energy.

Professor Andy Pitman is a leading climate science researcher and the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes at UNSW Sydney. His research focuses on terrestrial processes in global and regional climate modelling, model evaluation and earth systems approaches to understanding climate change. His leadership, collaboration and research experience is extensive, both nationally and internationally.

Emma Herd is an EY Oceania, Climate Change and Sustainability Partner. She is a skilled professional with 20 years’ experience in climate change and sustainability practice. Emma is a known figure in the Australian and global climate change arena having worked within business and industry associations. Emma has direct experience in the development and delivery of commercial climate change finance and investment solutions as well as in campaign and political advocacy strategies. Emma has been directly involved in the development of global climate investment and advocacy programs. Emma is a regular media contributor on climate matters, and a respected voice on climate transition implications for business. She is a member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative Steering Committee and a member of the Queensland Climate Change Advisory Council and Land Restoration Fund Investment Panel.

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull AC was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia from 2015–2018. Prior to entering politics, he enjoyed successful careers as a lawyer, investment banker and journalist. He has a deep interest in energy issues and renewable energy and has recently become the Chair of Fortescue Future Industries, the new venture created by Andrew Forrest to invest a proportion of Fortescue’s iron ore business profits in clean energy.

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