In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November, the Australian Government is coming under international pressure for failing to commit to a credible emissions reduction target.
The government has instead committed to the accelerated expansion of coal and gas exports. It is pushing for a new subsidy to coal-fired power in the National Electricity Market. It is funding a ‘gas-led recovery’ for the economy as we emerge from the Covid pandemic.
In this panel discussion, leading climate and energy experts will explain where global climate action is heading and why Australia is so out of step. The panel will explore how renewable energy could lead Australia towards a sustainable emissions pathway, breaking the fossil fuel hegemony that controls national climate policy.
Dan Cass, The Australia Institute
Dr Tanya Fiedler (Chair), University of Sydney
Professor Christopher Wright, University of Sydney
This event is part of the Sydney Environment Institute's Extraction Seriesthat probes the use, impact and future of gas, coal and lead extraction in Australia at a critical point in our changing climate. This event series is part of the Unsettling Resources research project that investigates the dependence of our energy use and systems on conventional energy and the global shift to renewables. Professor Susan Park, Research Lead on the Unsettling Resources project, will open the event.