[MEDIA RELEASE] Accelerating to Zero, 7th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit, December 2-4

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Monday November 30: This week the Carbon Market Institute, the independent peak industry body for large emitters, will host a raft of national and international speakers at its 7th annual Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit.

Going online for the first time due to COVID-19, the Accelerating to Zero summit will focus on climate action as countries grapple with the concept of a green economic recovery.

The full program can be accessed here. International speakers include:

The Rt Hon Alok Sharma, COP26 President and UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum
Christiana Figueres, Convenor Mission 2020
Marissa Santikarn, World Bank climate change specialist
Prof. Jim Skea, Co-chair, Mitigation Working Group, International Panel on Climate Change
Fiona Reynolds, CEO, UN Principles for Responsible Investment
Laura Cozzi, Chief Energy Modeller for the IEA, International Energy Agency
Kelley Kizzier, Associate Vice President for International Climate, Environmental Defense Fund
Kay Harrison, Climate Change Ambassador, NZ Government
Dirk Forrister, CEO International Emissions Trading Association
Hon Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Economy responsible for Climate Change, Republic of Fiji
Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26 and UK Government

Australian speakers include:
Hon Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction
Hon Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Energy
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Vic Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change
Hon Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Energy & the Environment
Hon Zali Steggall, Independent Member for Warringah
Shayne Elliot, CEO ANZ
Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO Atlassian
Geoff Summerhayes, APRA member
Ian Learmonth, CEO Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Darren Miller, CEO Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Wendy Craik, Chair, Climate Change Authority
David Parker, Chair, Clean Energy Regulator
Emma Herd, CEO Investor Group Climate Change

The full list of speakers is available here.

Hosting over 600 attendees and featuring more than 100 speakers, the summit will examine nine areas of emissions reduction in detail:

  • The state of play
  • Corporate climate leadership
  • Climate risk and opportunity
  • Global developments in nature-based climate solutions
  • The new global carbon market
  • State-based action for net zero emissions
  • Responsibility, activism, liability and litigation
  • Clean technology and carbon market pathways a
  • The future vision for carbon markets


John Connor, CEO of the Carbon Market Institute
says: “Despite the pandemic, 2020 has been a year of unexpected growth and focus on climate action. The Paris Agreement is moving into operation and the decade ahead will be the most critical yet.

“The innovation and behaviour shifts we’re experiencing right now bode well for a stronger, more ambitious response to the intensifying climate crisis. Australia, our regional allies, and the global economy must look towards a #netzero2050 future.

“Being at the centre of Australian business and climate action, the Carbon Market Institute’s summit will provide delegates with everything they need to access the intelligence and relationships required to manage the emerging risks and realise the opportunities that lie ahead.”

For media registration and inquiries about Accelerating to Zero, the 7th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit, please contact Clare Price on 0490 252 743 and clare.price@carbonmarketinstittue.org.

The Carbon Market Institute is the independent industry association for business leading the transition to net-zero emissions. CMI has more than 90 corporate members.

To interview CMI CEO John Connor contact Clare Price on 0490 252 743 or clare.price@carbonmarketinstitute.org

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