summit program


policy & corporate leadership

Five months on from Paris, we sit down with domestic & international policy and business leaders to discuss the state of play globally, nationally, and at a sub-national level.
With a global agreement now set, what are we doing to manage the drivers that are now leading Australia’s transition to a low carbon economy?
7:45 – 8:30


8:30 – 8:45

welcome & opening address

Peter Castellas – Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Market Institute

8:45 – 10:50
Keynote Q&A

opening plenary: the state of play

National and international leaders share their thoughts on the key developments and trends that are shaping the policy, technology, economic and environmental landscapes that are creating the platform for growth in a low carbon world.

Keynote Speakers:
• Anote Tong, Former President, Kiribati
• James Grabert, Coordinator Sustainable Development Mechanism, UNFCCC
• Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
• Venkata Putti, Program Manager, Climate & Carbon Finance, World Bank Group
• Richard Chatterton, Head of Climate Policy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
10:50 – 11:20

morning tea

11:20 – 12:40
Panel Discussion

industry leaders plenary:

Industry Insights – reconciling the twin goals of economic growth & emissions reduction
Business leaders share insights and strategies with their peers on how their companies are managing the risks and investing in opportunities to profit from the transition to a low carbon economy.

Moderator: Dr Matthew Bell, Oceania Climate Change & Sustainability Services Leader, EY


  • Andy Vesey, Chief Executive Officer, AGL Energy
  • Luis Neves, Chairman, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) 
  • Graham Winkelman, Senior Environment Manager, BHP Billiton
  • John Valastro, Executive Manager Shared Services, Qantas Airways
12:40 – 13:20

networking lunch

13:20 – 14:10
Parallel Sessions
workshop 1.1

decoupling economic growth & improving sustainability through ICT

Enabled cross-sector collaboration and the implications and opportunities for Australia.

Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability Oceania, Fujitsu Australia

Steve Lennon, Principal Advisor Technology, Innovation & Solutions, Fujitsu Limited

Tim O’Leary, Chief Sustainability Officer, Telstra

Anthony Wilmott, Managing Director Mining & Agribusiness, Accenture Strategy

Luis Neves, Chairman, Global e-Sustainability Initiative

workshop 1.2

public private partnerships in the land sector

The workshop will discuss the important role public/private partnerships can play in addressing high priority environmental areas of community, state and national significance. In particular the workshop will explore how environmental markets can be used as a catalyst for broader landscape environmental outcomes over and above carbon abatement. Including water quality, biodiversity, and protection of high value ecosystems.

Dave Moore, General Manager & Head of Business Origination, Greencollar

Simon Ingram, Head of Environmental Markets, GreenCollar

John Lane, Director of Environmental Planning, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection QLD State Government

Dr Daniel Ramp Senior Lecturer School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Jenny Sinclair Head of Research & Project Services, GreenCollar

Dr Paul Maxwell, Principal Scientist, Healthy Waterways

workshop 1.3

how to participate in the emissions reduction fund

The Emissions Reduction Fund provides opportunities for people to undertake carbon abatement projects that gain Australian carbon credit units. This session will provide information on participating in the Emissions Reduction Fund including opportunities for entry into the scheme, obligations for participants and the assistance provided by Government agencies.

Michelle Crosbie, General Manager,  Clean Energy Regulator

Sam Wagstaff, Acting Assistant Director, Department of the Environment

Steve Harris, Emissions Reduction Fund Project Facilitation, AusIndustry

14:15 – 15:05
Parallel Sessions
workshop 2.1

aligning your strategy for a 2 degree future

Understanding the implications, and modelling the impacts, of global and domestic climate action at the national, State, and company-level

Fred Papon, Director Climate Change and Sustainability, EY

Kim Farrant, Director Climate Change and Sustainability, EY

Graham Sinden, Director Climate Change and Sustainability, EY

workshop 2.2

the business case for going carbon neutral

This workshop will showcase CNP participants (both certified organisations and/or those with carbon neutral products/services) and the value they have gained from becoming carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard.

Dr Tim Richards, General Manager, Carbon Market Institute

Martin Exel, General Manager, Environment & Policy, Austral Fisheries

Suzanne Ridding, Beyond Carbon Neutral Program Manager, Uniting Communities

Pete Brownstein, Sales ExecutivePowershop

Dr Melanie Kaebernick, Director Carbon Neutral Program & National Carbon Offset Standard, Department of the Environment

workshop 2.3

case study – australia’s first ERF funded industrial electricity, fuel efficiency (IEFE) project

Hear first hand from scheme participants Ndevr Environmental and MSM Milling on the ins and outs of their ground-breaking ERF biomass fuel switching project.

This case study will detail the barriers to entry, complexities and hurdles faced by Ndevr and MSM, and how these were overcome for this project to be Australia’s first funded industrial scale energy efficiency project, contracted at Auction 2.

Phil Link, Principal Consultant (Sydney), Ndevr Environmental

Bob MacSmith, Managing Director, MSM Milling

Matt Drum, Director, Ndevr Environmental

Tori Lamb, Technical Lead, Melbourne, Ndevr Environmental

15:05 – 15:30

afternoon tea

15:30 – 16:45
Presentation & Keynote
Panel Discussion

plenary: international developments in climate policy

In a post-Paris world Australia’s major trading partners move to implement a raft of climate and emissions reduction policies that are creating economic opportunties and new markets. This session will explore some of the major market developments in Australia’s key trading partners.

Moderator: Brendan Bateman, Partner, Clayton Utz


  • Lee Won, PresidentKorea Legislation Research Institute
  • Matt Murray, Counselor for Economic Affairs, US Embassy, Canberra
  • Caroline Lambert, First Counsellor for Climate and Environment Policies, EU Delegation to Australia
  • Jeff Swartz, International Policy Director, International Emissions Trading Association
  • Erwin Jackson, Deputy CEO, Climate Institute

16:45 – 18:00
Keynote Q&A

plenary: Labor’s plans for Australia’s transition to a clean energy future


  • Hon Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Water

16:45 – 18:00
Great Debate

plenary: the great debate

Does the Paris Agreement spell the Death of Coal?

The coal industry is in the midst of a major transition across the world. In addition to the rapid growth in renewables, the uncertainty in commodity pricing, tougher environmental requirements, and a world-wide divestment campaign, the Paris Agreement has set the framework for a long term decarbonisation of the world economy. But many see that coal fired power will remain central to energy requirements in the foreseeable future and the cries that it game over for coal are premature. Our panel will face off up to debate this hot topic.

Moderator: Peter Castellas, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Market Institute


  • Kobad Bhavnagri, Head of Australia, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Elisa de Wit, PartnerNorton Rose Fulbright
  • Freddy Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Friendly
  • Helen Szoke, Chief Executive OfficerOxfam Australia
  • Tristan Edis, Director, Analysis & Advisory, Green Energy Market
  • Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Climate Campaign ManagerAustralian Conservation Foundation
18:00 – 19:15

cocktail reception

19:15 – 22:30
Dinner Sponsor
Baker & McKenzie

2016 summit dinner – olympic room

MC: Andrew Grant, Chairman, Carbon Market Institute

Introduction: Martijn Wilder, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Keynote Speaker: Reverend Tim Costello, Chief Executive Officer, World Vision Australia