Towards Carbon Neutrality Workshop
Climate change remains one of the single greatest environmental and social challenges that we face.This workshop will provide detailed and practical insights on how your organisation can take positive action and be part of the global response that is needed.
Early in your carbon management journey? Seeking to establish credible carbon reduction targets? Already on a trajectory towards carbon neutrality? This workshop will prove equally relevant to all these scenarios. You will hear from a range of industry professionals working in the Tertiary Education, Council and Healthcare sector in Australia and New Zealand, including those working within certified carbon neutral organisations, specialist service providers and relevant government experts. The workshop will cover everything from developing a carbon emissions inventory, identifying solutions to reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint, building the business case for certified carbon neutrality, selecting suitable finance options and tips on marketing your success.
This event is delivered by ACTS and developed by carbon experts from Charles Sturt University, RMIT University, University of Tasmania and Victoria University of Wellington and proudly supported by Beca, CO2 Australia, Honeywell and the South Pole Group.
ACTS is excited to announce that this workshop will be delivered as a certified carbon neutral event under the Australian Government’s Carbon Neutral Program. This is another example of the options that are available to us to take leadership on the issue of climate change and fits perfectly with the workshop theme. We’d like to acknowledge support received from our sponsors CO2 Australia and South Pole Group for making this possible.
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Date and Location
The City Convention Centre
300 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Facilitators / Speakers
Andrew came from the energy efficiency industry to join Victoria University in 2006. Since then he has led a range of carbon saving initiatives leading to Victoria reducing CO2e emissions by 14% despite a growing campus. In 2015 Victoria won the Australasian Green Gown Award for carbon reduction and their commitment to sustainability is increasing through the establishment of dedicated Sustainability Office.
Carmen has a background in marine environmental sciences, discipline in which she worked as a lecturer and researcher for ten years in both Spain and Australia. As Sustainability Officer at the University of Tasmania, Carmen is heavily involved in the development and continuous improvement of the University’s Greenhouse Gas inventories because of her expertise in carbon accounting. She also supports NGER and TEFMA reporting processes.
Carmen has six years’ experience in sustainability and possesses formal qualifications in Environmental Science (PhD) and Carbon Management (Certificate IV).
Daniel is a policy officer within the Carbon Neutral Team at the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy. The Carbon Neutral Team is responsible for maintaining the National Carbon Offset Standard, which provides a framework for organisations, products, services, events and soon buildings and precincts to achieve carbon neutrality. Technically proficient in carbon accounting, Daniel is the team’s life-cycle assessment expert and the member responsible for overseeing certifications of products and services against the Standard. Prior to working for the Australian Government, Daniel worked across a range of not-for-profit organisations primarily focusing on climate related policy issues. He holds a dual Bachelor in Arts and Science and a Masters of Sustainability.
Debbie is a Registered Mental Nucurrently leading the Environmental Sustainability Carbon reduction programme at CM Health. Her Doctoral studies with Auckland University of Technology explored sustainable healthcare practice and researched the outcomes of the organisations waste minimisation programme, within the context of wide scale organisational change management. Incorporating the elements of ‘green’ healthcare delivery with carbon reduction strategies, the impact of carbon intense activities are lessened in the face of growing economic, environmental and social issues.
Steve joined ICLEI Oceania in 2008 as Director International Programs. He was based in Jakarta for the next 7 years coordinating climate change and disaster risk reduction programs with cities in Indonesia and other parts of Asia. Steve established the Indonesia ICLEI Office during this time. In July 2015 he returned to Australia to take up the position of Regional Director. Before joining ICLEI Steve held senior management positions in Australian local governments for over 20 years, including 7 years as CEO for the City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia and Frankston City Council in Victoria.
James has spent the past 12 years working at the cutting edge of greenhouse emissions accounting, reduction initiatives and offsetting. CO2 Australia have pioneered carbon project development both domestically and internationally, having delivered emissions reducing projects within Australia under the various state and Commonwealth carbon reduction programs of the past decade, and internationally into New Zealand under the NZ Emissions Trading scheme and south-east Asia under the Clean Development Mechanism. CO2 Australia have delivered high quality carbon offsetting solutions to a wide range of organisations and James currently manages a portfolio of projects, including reforestation, wind and hydro, that are set to deliver over 10 million tonnes of GHG abatement.
Judy is Senior Research Fellow at the Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, undertaking research on decision-making under uncertainty and institutional responses to climate change impacts. She is currently Co-Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group providing advice to the New Zealand Minister of Climate Change Issues on options for an economy wide plan for adaptation in New Zealand in response to the Paris Agreement. Judy is also a co-author of the revision to the Ministry for the Environment Coastal Hazards Guidance (forthcoming). She has extensive experience in the use of climate change science in policy and planning and works collaboratively with research networks in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and USA.
Justin is a qualified professional who specialises in helping organisations realise the potential of sustainability. As the Sales Director for the South Pole Group his mission is to fight climate change and achieve sustainable development outcomes through solutions such as carbon credits, renewable energy certificates, investment risk screening and sustainable supply chains.
Matthew brings extensive experience and leadership to the Balance Carbon team and clientele developed over more than 20 years in a range of environmental policy and advisory roles in industry and government. Since starting Balance Carbon in 2008, Matthew has worked with public and private sector organisations across Australia to build energy and greenhouse gas inventories and management systems under compliance and voluntary energy and carbon reporting schemes, environmental management standards and sustainability programs.
Melanie is Director of the Carbon Neutral Team in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy. Her team looks after the National Carbon Offset Standard for organisations, products, services, events, and soon buildings and precincts. The team also provides certification against the Standard and promotes leading organisations that have achieved carbon neutral status. Melanie has over 14 years of experience in various areas of national climate change policy, including the Carbon Farming Initiative, the Asia Pacific Partnership Renewable Energy Taskforce, and a range of emission reductions policies and programs in the agriculture, local government and community sectors. Melanie has an interest in driving innovation and building partnerships on climate action.
Naomi Martin is the Senior Manager, Strategic Products and Services for the Green Building Council of Australia. Naomi is responsible for shaping GBCA strategy to drive resilient, carbon positive and healthy places for people and the natural environment. She has over 15 years’ experience in sustainability and building management including eight years as the Manager of Environmental Sustainability for Sydney Opera House. She has also worked for the NSW Minerals Council, SKM, RPS Group (UK), EPA Victoria and a bar in the Yukon Territory.
Scott Noyes is an Energy Specialist for Honeywell based in Auckland, New Zealand, with over 25 years experience managing a broad range of technical solutions within Commercial Building and Industrial environments. Scott is responsible for the development of Energy Performance Contracts in New Zealand, and as a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, provides M&V expertise to projects across Australia and New Zealand. Scott is Chairman of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) and as such is influencing the direction of Energy Management best practise in New Zealand. His passion for the efficient use of Energy Resources is a key component in the development Honeywell’s Energy Solutions and Services.
Shaan has over 5 years’ professional experience assessing the thermal and energy performance of buildings. He has an in-depth knowledge of thermal and energy simulation, assessing and optimising energy efficiency upgrade options, building tuning, and monitoring and verification across commercial buildings in Wellington.
Tom has several years of private sector experience in a corporate strategy context. Since earning his Master’s in Public Policy in 2014, he has worked for Wellington City Council primarily in the research and sustainability areas. Tom currently works in the council’s sustainability team, responsible for Wellington City Council’s annual carbon inventory and our four-yearly community carbon inventory done in conjunction with partner councils across the region. In addition, he has been leading partnership efforts on building an EV charging network and pilot projects like our “Virtual Power Plant”.
Victoria Adams is a Director and Community Housing Sector Lead at the CEFC in Australia. Victoria is leading the CEFC’s energy efficient Community Housing Program, a nationwide initiative to deliver over 1,000 new energy efficient social and affordable housing dwellings. In addition to energy efficiency, Victoria also has experience in utility scale solar projects and green bonds for CEFC. Prior to joining the CEFC, Victoria worked at Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital. She has a wide range of corporate finance experience in mergers and acquisitions for both advisory and principal transactions across a broad range of industries including Infrastructure and Industrials. Before moving into investment banking, Victoria worked as a Civil Engineer, specialising in tunnel design and construction.
- CO2 Australia
- Institute of Healthcare Engineering Australia (IHEA)
- ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
- International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
- Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
- South Pole Group
- Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA)
ACTS Member: $700.00
Non-ACTS Member: $900.00
ACTS Member: $400.00
Non-ACTS Member: $500.00
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