Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Re-energise Australia: A clean jobs summit for local government

This event will bring together local government leaders and industry experts to chart the best course for a sustainable recovery in local economies, focusing on solutions that address challenges like COVID-19 job losses, while also tackling the long-term issue of climate change.

Over the course of seven concise presentations by experts in economics, climate change, policy, local government and investment, Councils can benchmark their own plans against expert advice, as well as learn about sustainable recovery opportunities identified in the Clean Jobs Plan recently released by the Climate Council. 


Event Agenda

10:05am | Keynote address by Simon Corbell, Chief Adviser, Energy Estate: The key role of cities and regions in driving jobs growth and investment in a clean economic recovery through local procurement.

10:15am | How regional communities can achieve energy independence, economic growth and increased resilience through community and council energy collaborations.
Speaker: Helen Haines MP – Independent Federal Member for Indi

10:35am | How 76,0000 jobs can be created across Australia, getting people back into the workforce quickly and at the same time tackling climate change. An overview of The Clean Jobs Plan and how local government fits in.
Speaker: Ella Weisbrot, Researcher, Climate Council

10:55am | An international perspective: How cities around the world are tackling the economic recovery.
Speaker: Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities

11:15 BREAK

11:30am | The role of Australia’s local government sector in meeting the challenges and opportunities of climate change and economic recovery.
Speaker: Mayor David O’Loughlin, President of the Australian Local Government Association

11:50am | How to assess the effectiveness of climate initiatives in stimulating economic activity.
Speaker: Richie Merzian, Director of the Climate & Energy Program, The Australia Institute 

12:10pm | Attracting Private Investment: How councils can attract investment to sustainable projects in a local government area.
Speaker: Zoe Whitton, Head of ESG Research Citi and board member at Investor Group on Climate Change

12:30pm | How rolling out a council-wide energy efficiency strategy can help stimulate local economies.
Speaker: Holly Taylor, Senior Manager, Projects and Partnerships, Energy Efficiency Council

12:50pm | Closing remarks on the crucial role of local government in a sustainable economic recovery.
Speaker: Amanda McKenzie, CEO, Climate Council

Note: This event will be recorded, please register to receive a copy of the recording if you cannot make the live event.

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