University of Canberra
CURF Annual Forum 2017
Posted 5 June 2017 11:06am


When: Thursday 30 November 2017

Where: Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra

'Towards a Carbon-Neutral Society: Canberra and the Region'

Canberra and the region have four major sources of emissions – energy, transport, the built environment and agriculture. We are tackling these challenges and have collectively commenced significant steps towards a carbon neutral society. The ACT target of 100% renewable energy by 2020 and the introduction of a mass transit light rail system are just two examples. However, there is still much to be done.

The 2017 CURF Forum focused on implementing sustainable solutions for transforming to a carbon neutral society. Green growth, zero carbon precincts and innovative solutions to water, waste and energy were presented and debated.

This very important discussion provided a critical contribution to the next plans for Canberra and the wider region. 

Professor Andrew Blakers delivered the Keynote Address.  Andrew is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. His research interests include photovoltaic energy systems; silicon solar cell technology, solar concentrators, energy storage, integration and sustainable energy policy. He led the teams that developed PERC and Sliver cell technologies. He is a leading figure in discussions of 100% renewable energy futures, including pumped hydro energy storage.

FINAL PROGRAM at the following link: PROGRAM




The full list of speakers included the following.  Follow a hyperlink where included to download a .pdf version of the speaker's Powerpoint presentation.

Prof Steve Basson (University of Canberra) 

Geoffrey Rutledge (Deputy Director-General ACT Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate)

Andrew Blakers (Professor Engineering ANU)(Keynote)

Catherine Carter (Indigo Consulting)

David Maxwell (Riverview Group)

Steve Blume (Australian Institute of Energy)

Heather Cook (Carbon Neutral Government Program Manager with ACT Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate)

Prof Saul Cunningham (Fenner School ANU)

Prof Kate Auty (ACT Commissioner for Sustainability & Environment)

Prof Rob Roggema (University of Technology Sydney)

Dr Angus Finlay (Doctors for the Environment Australia)

Shane Rattenbury (ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability)(Keynote)

Prof Hilary Bambrick (Head of School Faculty of Health QLD University of Technology)

Anna Gurnhill (Active Travel Office, ACT Government)

Kareena Arthy (Preventative Health ACT Government)

Christopher Lee (CEO Climate-KIC Australia)

Dr Mark Stafford-Smith (CSIRO)

Dr Matthew Nott (Clean Energy for Eternity, Tathra)

Simon Corbell (University of Canberra)

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