Carbon Conversations 2023

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CMI’s 2023 Carbon Conversation Series


CMI again convened its popular Carbon Conversations webinar series throughout 2023. The first installment took place over January and February, and convened experts to discuss key Australian policy reforms that were underway, namely: the Independent Review into ACCUs, the Safeguard Mechanism reforms, and the proposed Nature Repair Market. For NAIDOC Week in July, we are pleased to bring together an Indigenous-led panel to discuss the opportunities and challenges for Indigenous participation in the carbon industry.

NAIDOC Week Special Carbon Conversation

Taking inspiration from the prosaic nature of our well-known Carbon Conversation series, we are delighted to  deliver CMI’s inaugural NAIDOC Week Carbon Conversation. Featuring Indigenous leaders from across Australia, we seek to unravel the unique challenges and benefits facing Indigenous engagement with the carbon industry.


  • Clark Conovan, Gumbaynggirr and Gunditjmara, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Rodney Carter, Dja Dja Wurrung & Yorta Yorta, DJAARA
  • Shilo Villaflor, Wagiman & Torres Straight Islander, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
The first instalment of our 2023 series of Carbon Conversations took place over January and February.


This short series tackled three key climate policy and submission developments, as Australia collectively began a substantial period of domestic climate policy reform. In the wake of the Chubb Review, as well as ongoing negotiations around the Safeguard Mechanism Reform, and the proposed Nature Repair Market, we explored the likely reflection of these in both international and domestic carbon relations for Australia, alongside industry and government experts. These discussions provided viewers with the unique opportunity to connect with key decision makers, and those implementing, as we entered this new era of important domestic climate policy.

Recordings of these webinars are freely available below.

The Safeguard Mechanism

Watch session one of this series held on January 25th, 2023. Government and business experts explore the draft rule changes and implications for at-source industrial decarbonisation and broader emission reduction, through ACCU and SMC investment in an enhanced Australian carbon market.


  • Ilona Millar, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
  • Kath Rowley, Division Head, DCCEEW
  • Raphael Wood, Principal, Sustainability and Climate Change, Aurecon
  • Kurt Winter, Director Corporate Transition, Carbon Market Institute (host)

The Chubb Review

Watch session two of this series held on February 3rd, 2023. Experts unpack the outcomes of the “Chubb Review” – the Independent Review in Australian Carbon Credit Units – including a consideration of how the Review’s recommendations may be implemented in practice.


  • Prof Ian Chubb, Chair, ACCU Review Panel
  • Skye Glenday, Co-CEO, Climate Friendly
  • Kath Rowley, Division Head, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
  • John Connor, CEO, Carbon Market Institute (host)

The Australian Nature Repair Market framework

Watch the third session of this series, held on February 17. In this session experts considers the Government’s proposed Nature Repair Market Framework, including  some areas remaining to be ironed out such as integrity assurance, fostering demand and integration with the carbon market.


  • Anthony Bennie, Division Head, Biodiversity Markets, Economics & Environmental Science, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
  • Laura Waterford, Director, Pollination
  • Adrian Ward, CEO, Accounting for Nature
  • Janet Hallows, Director of Climate Programs and Nature-Based Solutions, Carbon Market Institute (host)