Paris and Beyond: Climate and Energy Pathways for Australia and the European Union

Paris and Beyond: Climate and Energy Pathways for Australia and the European Union

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, 23 October 2015 - 1:00pm

The Paris and Beyond: Climate and Energy Pathways for Australia and the European Union symposium is a 1.5 day event exploring the opportunities, challenges and dynamics to political, social and economic action required to address climate change and energy transitions.

Climate and energy experts expect an agreement from the Paris COP21 in December to establish carbon targets to limit rises in global surface temperatures. The carbon intensive energy sector in the Australian and global economy must have a well-developed and co-ordinated plan to prepare for this transformational change in energy production and use, and the anticipated social impacts and investment risks. 

Bringing together Australian and European leaders from critical sectors of climate and energy transitions in business, academia, civil society and government, Paris and Beyond will examine the different features and perspectives of the global transformation of energy resources and transitions in energy consumption.

Hear influential thought-leaders and speakers with problem-driven research detail how governments, industries and individuals are responding in terms of economic impacts, social consequences and consumer demands.


Distinguished speakers include:

Prof. Ross GarnautProfessor of Economics, University of Melbourne 

Fergus GreenPolicy Analyst and Research Advisor, Grantham Institute

Helga BirgdenPartner and Global Business Leader, Responsible Investment, Mercer 

Prof. Mary Ritter, Professor Emeritus and International Ambassador, Imperial College London and Climate-KIC

Andrew ThomsonManaging Director, ACCIONA Energy 

Prof. Stefan RahmstorfProfessor of Physics of the Oceans, Potsdam Climate Institute

Prof. Kate Auty, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, University of Melbourne

Katerina Gaita, CEO, Climate for Change

Stefano de Pieri, Mildura Restauranteur, Stefano's


Co-hosted by the European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, MSSI, MEI, AGCEC, and the Grattan Institute. 

The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges is co-funded by the University of Melbourne and the European Union. 



Web tools and Projects we developed

  • Open-NEM

    The live tracker of the Australian electricity market.

  • Paris Equity Check

    This website is based on a Nature Climate Change study that compares Nationally Determined Contributions with equitable national emissions trajectories in line with the five categories of equity outlined by the IPCC.

  • liveMAGICC Climate Model

    Run one of the most popular reduced-complexity climate carbon cycle models online. Used by IPCC, UNEP GAP reports and numerous scientific publications.

  • NDC & INDC Factsheets

    Check out our analysis of all the post-2020 targets that countries announced under the Paris Agreement.