Climate and Energy - Risks and Opportunities

Transformations to Australia's energy generation and consumption are being driven by the twin imperatives of climate change mitigation and technology innovation. Our electricity systems are under unprecedented scrutiny in the wake of the September 2016 blackout in South Australia. We are committed as a nation to achieve emissions reductions made following the 2015 Paris climate conference.

How will these commitments be delivered by Engineers and what are the transition risks? What scope is there to improve energy efficiency in key sectors such as buildings and transport. What policy measures are needed to meet challenges of the future?
This seminar will focus on these crucial issues.

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Registration will start at 5.30pm for 6.00pm start. 


Ian Thomas is a chemical and environmental engineer with 25 years of industrial experience and 27 years to date as Principal Partner of I F Thomas & Associates, Consulting Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA). In September 2016, he submitted a thesis for examination towards the degree of PhD by Research entitled, ‘An assessment of the technical and economic feasibility of using vegetable oil fuels in compression ignition engines, with comments on more fundamental ways to offset the impending post fossil fuel dilemma’. He has presented a number of papers on this and other risk and sustainability oriented projects. His consulting business assesses and remediates contaminated sites and ensures safety and environmental compliance in the chemical and allied industries. He provides expert reports and evidence to courts, tribunals & planning panels on risk associated matters.

Dr Graeme Pearman joined CSIRO, in 1971 where he was Chief of Atmospheric Research, 1992–2002. He contributed over 200 scientific journal papers primarily on aspects of the global carbon budget. He is now a consultant, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University and Professorial Fellow, Melbourne University. He was awarded the CSIRO Medal (1988), a United Nation’s Environment Program Global 500 Award (1989) and a Federation Medal (2003). Graeme is a member of the Board of the Climate Institute (Sydney) and past board member of START International (Washington) and Greenfleet Australia (Melbourne). He is a Science Advisory Panel member of the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (Canberra) and until recently the Singapore National Research Foundation (Singapore) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Berlin). Current interests include describing holistic strategies that build resilient energy futures and emissions reductions appropriate for specific nations or communities; transport technologies and limitations and risks associated with bio-fuels; dimensions of human behaviour in the climate-change issue; and the role of science in modern societies.

David Blowers has been Energy Fellow at the Grattan Institute since 2014.  He has extensive experience developing both energy and broader public policy in both Australia and the UK. Prior to joining Grattan, he spent three years working on energy and earth resources policy for the Victorian State Government, where he led the review of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme.

CPD Hours

This session is worth 1.5 Engineers Australia CPD hours. 

Event Details

Event Status



Mon 20 Feb 2017 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Registration Closes

Mon 20 Feb 2017 - 6:00 pm


Engineers Australia Victoria
Level 31, 600 Bourke street
Melbourne Victoria 3000



EA, RES & SENG Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
Other Society Member Rate: $40.00 ($36.36 excl. GST)
Student Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
Non-Member Rate: $40.00 ($36.36 excl. GST)


Sustainable Engineering Society (SEng) and Risk Engineering Society (RES)

Key Speaker(s)


Maximum CPD Hours

1.5 hour(s)

Event Contact

Engineers Australia Member Services
1300 653 113