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Environment & Climate Change, Bite-sized Learning, Video

EVENT RECORDING | Transition to Net Zero

Kylie Porter | November 6, 2020

The Global Compact Network Australia, the Institute for Sustainable Futures and National Australia Bank (NAB) invite you to watch a recording of the launch of the Just Transition: Implications for the Corporate Sector and Financial Institutions in Australia report.

Over 130 financial institutions globally have announced exit dates from financing, investing in or insuring thermal coal. Almost 1000 businesses have set or committed to set targets aligned with the Paris Agreement under the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The question is no longer ‘if’ there will be a transition from coal to renewable energy but ‘when’ and ‘how’.

For coal producing countries such as Australia, the challenge is how to avoid a ‘disruptive’ transition that results in job losses, stagnant wages and stranded assets and instead capitalise on the social and new economic opportunities that will emerge for businesses and their communities.

This recording features a discussion that addresses the role that the Australian corporate sector and financial institutions can play in the transition to a net zero economy and how organisations can best respond to the economic and social opportunities and risks that flow from the clean energy transition.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Chris Briggs, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr. Sasha Courville, Executive, Social Impact, NAB; Director and Chair, Environment and Climate Change, Global Compact Network Australia
  • David Gall, Group Executive, Corporate and Institutional Banking, NAB
  • Kylie Porter, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Australia

 

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Kylie Porter

Kylie is a sustainability expert with over 18 years of experience in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy roles across a broad range of industries. During her career, Kylie has helped numerous companies develop and implement responsible business strategies, managed reputation risk for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and wrote and managed policies across various thematic areas including climate change and human rights.