24 Mar 2021

ANU/The Canberra Times Meet the Author series

Alan Finkel will be in conversation with Professor Brian Schmidt on Alan’s Quarterly Essay, Getting to Zero: Australia’s Energy Transition, an essential guide to how Australia can tackle the climate crisis

The world is overheating, and despite good intentions and significant efforts, emissions increase nearly every year. The challenge is immense, but there are solutions.In this lucid, persuasive essay, Alan Finkel maps Australia’s energy transition. He focuses strongly on clean technologies, including the use of hydrogen, and addresses the challenge of intermittent supply. He shows how we can build a zero-emissions world. Taking into account economics, science and emotions, Getting to Zero is an essential guide to how Australia can tackle the climate crisis with realism and ingenuity.

“Change is in the air. I sense we will be living through a technological revolution this decade as exciting as the conquest of space in the 1960s. If Australia handles the challenge well, we can build an economy that takes advantage of the transition. If we cling to the past, we will miss opportunities that the rest of the world will seize” – Alan Finkel.

Dr Alan Finkel AO FAA FTSE was Australia’s chief scientist from 2016 to 2020. He is a neuroscientist, engineer and entrepreneur. He led the 2017 National Electricity Market Review and the 2019 development of the National Hydrogen Strategy, and chaired the 2020 panel developing the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap. He is currently Special Advisor to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology.

Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.

– Location- Kambri Cinema

– Date- 24 March  2021

– Start Time- 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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