Book Launch: Transitioning to a Prosperous, Resilient & Carbon-Free Economy

somethingnew Transitioning to a prosperous resilient carbon-free economy

How can we make better decisions to address the issues around human caused climate change?

This event will discuss a new book Transitioning to a Prosperous, Resilient and Carbon-Free Economy: A Guide for Decision-Makers.

The book will be introduced by former Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, who wrote the foreword for the book, and Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, Prof Brian Schmidt.

The book's editors will then discuss its key themes and the implications for those working towards a carbon-free economy.

This event can be attended either in person or online. If you register to attend in person and your plans change, please cancel your ticket to allow others to attend.


Welcome - Prof Brian Schmidt, ANU Vice -Chancellor

Opening Address - The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, former Australian Prime Minister

Panel discussion with Editors and Authors moderated by Dr Cathy Foley, Australia's Chief Scientist:

  • Prof Ken Baldwin, Director, ANU Grand Challenge, Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific
  • Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
  • Dr Michael H Smith, Honorary Lecturer, ANU
  • Prof Karen Hussey, Honorary Professor, University of Queensland
  • Peter J Dawson, P. J. Dawson & Associates
  • Dr Fiona Beck, ANU Grand Challenge, Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific

Followed by audience Q&A

About the book

This book is a comprehensive manual for decision-makers and policy leaders addressing the issues around human caused climate change, which threatens communities with increasing extreme weather events, sea level rise, and declining habitability of some regions due to desertification or inundation.

Blending technological insights with economics and policy, the book presents the tools decision-makers need to achieve rapid decarbonisation, whilst unlocking and maintaining productivity, profit, and growth.

About the Speakers

Professor Brian P. Schmidt is Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and was appointed the 12th Vice-Chancellor of ANU in January 2016.

Professor Schmidt is one of Australia's most eminent scientists. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, alongside many other academic awards and distinctions, Professor Schmidt spent most of his academic career as an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor. Professor Schmidt makes a significant contribution to public debate through the media, and via his membership of bodies including the Prime Minister's National Science and Technology Council.

The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull AC. Australia’s 29th Prime Minister (2015-2018) had international careers in law, business and the media before entering politics at the age of 50.

As Prime Minister, he reformed Australia’s personal income tax, education and childcare systems, oversaw the legalisation of same sex marriage and announced the construction of Snowy Hydro 2.0 the biggest pumped hydro scheme in the southern hemisphere. Mr Turnbull embarked on the largest peacetime investment in Australian defence capabilities and set out Australia’s first national cybersecurity strategy.

Globally, Mr Turnbull played a leading role in reviving the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP-11 or CPTPP) after the United States withdrew. He also struck deals with US Presidents Obama and Trump to accept refugees who tried to arrive in Australia illegally by boat.

As a young lawyer, Mr Turnbull successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government in the 1986 “Spycatcher” trial before entering business where he ran his own investment banking firm for a decade before joining Goldman Sachs as a partner in 1997. Both before and after his political career, Mr Turnbull has been a successful venture capitalist. He co founded OzEmail Limited, the first Australian tech company to be listed on the NASDAQ.

Since leaving politics, Mr Turnbull has resumed his business career. He is a senior adviser to KKR and an investor in, and adviser to, many Australian technology businesses. He is a director of the International Hydropower Association and Chairman of Australian Fortescue Future Industries. Mr Turnbull speaks and writes on a range of issues including cyber security, geopolitics and renewable energy.

Editors and Authors:

Prof Ken Baldwin is the Inaugural Director of the former Australian National University (ANU) Energy Change Institute and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. He is also Director of the ANU ECI Grand Challenge Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. Prof Baldwin won the 2004 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science for initiating and championing ‘Science meets Parliament’. He received the Australian Optical Society medal and the Barry Inglis Medal of the National Measurement Institute.

Prof Mark Howden is Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University. He has researched climate impacts, adaptation, and emission-reduction for food security, energy, water resources and urban systems. He has partnered with many industry, community, and policy groups. A major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1991, he is now a Vice-Chair of the IPCC. He shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore and IPCC colleagues.

Dr Michael Smith has been a Research Fellow or Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University since 2006. He has co-authored or contributed to over 200 publications on climate change, including Climate, Energy and Water: Managing Trade-offs, Seizing Opportunities (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Factor Five (Routledge, 2010), Cents and Sustainability (Routledge, 2010), Whole System Design (Routledge, 2009), and Natural Advantage of Nations (Routledge, 2005).

Prof Karen Hussey is an Honorary Professor with the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland. As an academic, Karen's research and teaching focused on the policy, institutional and governance arrangements needed to address issues including climate change, water resource management, waste management, biodiversity conservation, and the 'trade-environment' nexus. Karen currently works in the Queensland Government.

Peter Dawson is a consultant and writer and former senior officer for the Australian Government. He has worked on international trade, industry development, technology transfer, and government procurement policy. He has consulted internationally on Small and Medium Enterprise development for the World Bank and other agencies, mainly in Indonesia.

Dr Fiona Beck leads a research group focused on integrating nanophotonics and optoelectronic device design for applications in solar fuels and the next generation of photodetection technologies. She is also Convener of the Hydrogen Fuels Project in the ANU Zero-carbon energy for the Asia-Pacific Grand Challenge. 

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