Decarbonising the economy to address climate change will disproportionately impact Queensland relative to the rest of Australia, particularly given the importance of coal mining to some of our regional economies and to our state Treasury through royalties. I’m holding a seminar on Decarbonising the Queensland Economy on Tuesday 9 November (from 4.30pm for 5pm commencement of presentation) at HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Waterfront Place, Brisbane.
The seminar will be held in conjunction with Effective Governance, HG’s corporate governance practice, and will include some words from the EG CEO Cate Jolley. Drinks and canapes will be provided. You can book via the Eventbrite page for the event:
The seminar presentation (by me) and following discussion will consider a range of complex issues, including:
- Which Queensland industries and major companies will be most impacted by decarbonisation?
- How should company boards be preparing for decarbonisation?
- What is the future for coal mining and coal-fired power in Queensland and how will regions adapt to future structural change?
- Will structural adjustment assistance be required for the most-affected regions (e.g. Biloela and Bowen Basin mining communities)?
- What are the implications for agriculture in Queensland, particularly given cattle are a substantial source of greenhouse gas emissions?
- How rapidly can renewables replace coal-fired power given their implications for the reliability of the electricity network? Will battery technology prove sufficient in conjunction with renewables to ensure reliable and cost-effective power? Or will we need to consider other technologies (e.g. pumped hydro or nuclear)?
- What are the real prospects for Queensland developing a hydrogen economy?
Please come along if you’re interested and available. I’d love to see you there.
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