2017 Climate Alliance National Conference - Melbourne
Oct
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

2017 Climate Alliance National Conference - Melbourne

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A New Scenario For Business

Climate change means business change and social change. Every business and organisation will face new challenges.
 
As the heat turns up and the momentum toward policy and commercial change builds, the impacts of climate related risks and opportunities intensify.  
 
Energy, transport, water, manufacturing, agriculture, mining, financial services and FMCG – every sector that matters in Australian commerce will undergo seismic shifts.  The complexity and diversity of change will be unprecedented.
 
The Climate Alliance 2017 National Conference offers you the opportunity to learn more about some of the key dynamics that will shape new operating scenarios for business.
 
This year's conference will focus on the assessment and disclosure of climate related risk.

We have an excellent line up of speakers:

  • Fiona Wild, VP Climate Change and Sustainability at BHP outlines the work the TCFD has done to-date, provides an overview of their recommendations and a snapshot of what is coming.
  • Dr Paul Fisher will speak about the wider policy risks from the transition. In particular how the EU is developing a comprehensive policy agenda on Sustainable Finance.
  • Chloe Munro, former Chair of the Clean Energy Regulator and member of the Finkel Review panel will cover how the Australian energy market could tackle the transition risks to a lower carbon economy.
  • Dr Karl Mallon, Director, Climate Risk will discuss hostile analytics - how the physical climate change risks to infrastructure and property can now be assessed by investors and competitors - with or without the disclosure of their corporate owners.

Each speaker will address the conference and then participate in a Panel moderated by our MC, Mr Adrian King, Partner in Charge, Sustainability Services, KPMG Australia. 


The winners of the 2017 Leadership Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the conference. The awards recognise Australian business leaders and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change. Four categories of business leadership awards are available:

  • Board Leadership of the Year
  • Company Secretary of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Innovator/Exporter of the Year

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2017 Climate Alliance National Conference - Sydney
Oct
26
3:00pm 3:00pm

2017 Climate Alliance National Conference - Sydney

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A New Scenario For Business

Climate change means business change and social change. Every business and organisation will face new challenges.
 
As the heat turns up and the momentum toward policy and commercial change builds, the impacts of climate related risks and opportunities intensify.  
 
Energy, transport, water, manufacturing, agriculture, mining, financial services and FMCG – every sector that matters in Australian commerce will undergo seismic shifts.  The complexity and diversity of change will be unprecedented.
 
The Climate Alliance 2017 National Conference offers you the opportunity to learn more about some of the key dynamics that will shape new operating scenarios for business.
 
This year's conference will focus on the assessment and disclosure of climate related risk.

We have an excellent line up of speakers:

  • Fiona Wild, VP Climate Change and Sustainability at BHP outlines the work the TCFD has done to-date, provides an overview of their recommendations and a snapshot of what is coming.
  • Dr Paul Fisher will speak about the wider policy risks from the transition. In particular how the EU is developing a comprehensive policy agenda on Sustainable Finance.
  • Chloe Munro, former Chair of the Clean Energy Regulator and member of the Finkel Review panel will cover how the Australian energy market could tackle the transition risks to a lower carbon economy.
  • Dr Karl Mallon, Director, Climate Risk will discuss hostile analytics - how the physical climate change risks to infrastructure and property can now be assessed by investors and competitors - with or without the disclosure of their corporate owners.

Each speaker will address the conference and then participate in a Panel moderated by our MC, Mr Adrian King, Partner in Charge, Sustainability Services, KPMG Australia. 


The winners of the 2017 Leadership Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the conference. The awards recognise Australian business leaders and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change. Four categories of business leadership awards are available:

  • Board Leadership of the Year
  • Company Secretary of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Innovator/Exporter of the Year

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2016 Climate Alliance National Conference - Melbourne and Sydney
Oct
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

2016 Climate Alliance National Conference - Melbourne and Sydney

Managing Investment Risks

The G20 Financial Stability Board (FSB) chaired by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has become worried about the systemic implications of climate change.  One of the major risks they have identified is that the market capitalisation of fossil fuel companies and associated industries may have been substantially overvalued because of the strong likelihood that they will not be able to extract and sell much of their proven reserves. 

As investors realize this, sharp and sustained changes in asset prices could impact a wide range of investors and intermediaries and potentially cause systemic problems.

The first step in mitigating these risks will be greater disclosure so that asset managers have greater information and investors can make better informed choices. 

The FSB has appointed Michael Bloomberg as Chairman of a high-powered, private sector Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) - whose goal is to improve the consistency and scope of disclosures relating to concentrations of carbon related assets in the global economy.

The TCFD will develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in all sectors; providing information to investors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders. 

It is very likely that these new reporting requirements will impact Australian businesses. 

Keynote speaker, Dr Paul Fisher, until recently Executive Director at the Bank of England, with experience on many policy issues including climate change, will speak about these and other initiatives at its National Conferences to be held in Sydney and Melbourne.  By the time he arrives in Australia in October, Dr Fisher will have retired from the BoE and will be free to speak broadly about the risks affecting the financial sector.

He will address the thinking behind regulators’ actions to date on climate change and the possible implications for Australian investment managers, including what actions investors should take now.

The conference Master of Ceremony in Melbourne is Mr Rob Gell AM, coastal geomorphologist, company director and environmental and communications consultant.

Ms Sarah Barker, Special Counsel at Minter Ellison, will address the fiduciary duties of company directors in light of this risk in Melbourne and Mr Maged Girgis, Partner at Minter Ellison will address the Sydney audience.

Ms Pauline Vamos, former CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia will provide a perspective from the superannuation industry and the latest development of its thinking and practices in relation to climate change risk (Sydney only).


Further reading


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Dr Paul Fisher talks about Managing Investment Risks
Oct
19
to Oct 26

Dr Paul Fisher talks about Managing Investment Risks

At the end of September 2015, Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England) made a speech at a Lloyd’s of London dinner. During this landmark speech, he elevated an issue to a new level. The issue is a consequence of the Paris Accord. In signing the Paris Accord, the world’s governments have agreed to limit global warming to 2oC. This decision may result in fossil fuel companies being unable to extract and sell all of their proven reserves of fuel.

In the recent past, there have been examples where changes in government policy have had a dramatic impact on the value of equity prices. The fortunes of the top five largest US listed coal companies are a salutary reminder of how quickly markets act. In the space of five years, the share prices of these companies were dramatically reduced - with some of the companies filing for Chapter 11.

Mr Carney was concerned that the investments of UK insurance companies would be placed at risk if the share prices of the fossil fuel companies suffered a downward correction. This is because insurance companies are heavily invested in fossil fuel company shares. Addressing this risk has now entered the mainstream of regulators, risk managers and asset managers.

As a result of this concern, an eminent task force, chaired by Mr Michael Bloomberg, was established earlier this year to address this issue. The Task force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) will develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in providing information to investors, lenders, insurers, and other stakeholders.

In order to address the various aspects of this issue, Climate Alliance was very fortunate to secure the services of Dr Paul Fisher, until recently an Executive Director at the Bank of England. During a whirlwind tour in October, Dr Fisher addressed many organisations in Melbourne and Sydney. See here for details of the press coverage. His talks addressed the policy, transitional and physical risks facing organisations as a result of the agreements reached at the Paris Accord.

Climate Alliance hosted its conferences in Melbourne and Sydney. Dr Fisher was the Keynote at each event, with Mr Rob Gell the MC in Melbourne. Sarah Barker, of Minter Ellison addressed this issue from the perspective of directors’ fiduciary duties. She addressed their duties as required in the Corporations Act and suggested that their fiduciary duty is the sum of their actions taken in good faith and best interests of the corporation plus their competence – demonstrated by due care and diligence. In summary, Ms Barker said directors had little choice but to consider climate change risk in the same manner as any other business risk.

In Sydney, Pauline Vamos (until recently CEO of Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia) addressed the Conference audience and spoke about this issue from the perspective of an investor. Mr Maged Girgis, Partner at Minter Ellison addressed directors’ fiduciary duties.

CAL encountered considerable interest from a broad section of the business community. The two primary areas of interest were investment risk and directors' fiduciary duties. 

Investors have ample information to enable them to thoroughly assess the risks associated with climate change and the resulting policy changes that may ensue.

Directors of entities that invest funds on behalf of their shareholders or customer have a duty to take this risk seriously and are no longer able to claim that climate change is not real; or that they were unaware of the risk.

As Dr Fisher was quoted in The Saturday Paper:  “This is a financial risk if you’ve got a long-term asset portfolio. Forget the ideology, do the risk analysis, otherwise you’re not meeting your responsibilities. We need to sweep the politics to one side and say this is just a commercial business risk, like any other, that we need to take into account. It’s coming, and ignoring it or pretending it isn’t there is not going to help.”


Media Coverage


ABC Business presenter - Elysse Morgan

Alan Kohler's The Constant Investor:

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UK Independent

Sydney Morning Herald

Bloomberg

The Saturday Paper

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2015 Climate Alliance National Conference
Sep
4
to Sep 5

2015 Climate Alliance National Conference

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Theme: Stranded Assets in the Fossil Fuel Industry - Implications for Australian Business and Company Directors

Dr John Hewson, former politician and businessman will be the Keynote speaker. He will address the implications of this issue on the Australian investment industry.

Sarah Barker, Special Counsel at Minter Ellison will address the potential liability for company directors.

Tim Buckley is an experienced industry analyst and he will speak about the outlook for the first potential victim of this issue - Australian coal exports.

Alex Frankel, experienced communications strategist will address the coming transition to clean energy.
 
In addition, Climate Alliance will also announce the winners of the 2015 Leadership Awards. The awards recognise Australian business leaders and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change. Four categories of business leadership awards are available:

  • Board Leadership of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Innovator/Exporter of the Year
  • Company Secretary of the Year

Further reading


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2014 Climate Alliance National Conference
Apr
11
7:00am 7:00am

2014 Climate Alliance National Conference

The 2014 National Conference featured presentations from a high-profile panel of speakers, including:

  • Geoff Cousins
  • Tony Kelly, MD Yarra Valley Water
  • Mark Joiner, Chairman, JB Were
  • Alison Verhoeven
  • Rob Jamieson, Partner, Ashurst
  • Heinrich Eder, MD Munich RE

In addition, Climate Alliance announced the winners of the 2014 Business Leadership Awards. The awards recognise Australian business leaders and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change. 

  • Board Leadership of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year

Further reading


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2013 Climate Alliance National Conference
Mar
15
8:00am 8:00am

2013 Climate Alliance National Conference

The 2013 National Conference featured both presentations from a high-profile panel of speakers, including:

  • Tony Kelly, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water
  • Nathan Fabian, Chief Executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change
  • Alison Rowe, Global Executive Director Sustainability, Fujitsu Limited
  • David Shelmerdine, Company Director
  • Simon Holmes a Court, Chairman, Hepburn Wind

In addition, Climate Alliance announced the winners of the 2013 Business Leadership Awards. The awards recognise Australian business leaders and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change. 

  • Business Executive of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Company Secretary of the Year

Further reading


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Seminar: EU Carbon Markets and NAB Carbon Neutral
Nov
26
to Nov 27

Seminar: EU Carbon Markets and NAB Carbon Neutral

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Liz Bossley, author, carbon trader and expert witness in the UK will talk about the state of the EU carbon market, outlook for the Durban talks and the background to the registry thefts in the EU.

Rosemary Bissett, Head of Sustainability at the NAB will talk about why the NAB decided to go carbon neutral and the impact this decision had on staff engagement. Climate Alliance will be releasing this fascinating story on the day. This is mandatory reading for anyone interested in mobilising staff engagement.

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2011 Climate Alliance National Conference
Sep
16
7:30am 7:30am

2011 Climate Alliance National Conference

Theme: Where to from here? The new rules for business

The 2011 National Conference featured both stirring and startling presentations from a high-profile panel of speakers, including:

  • Mark Joiner Executive Director Finance, National Australia Bank (keynote speaker)
  • Tony Coleman Non-Executive Director, AMP and Low Carbon Australia
  • Ian Dunlop, former CEO of the AICD
  • Jon Jutsen Director, Energetics

In addition, Climate Alliance announced the winners of the 2011 Leadership Awards. The awards recognise Australian business leaders and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change. 

  • Board Leadership of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Innovator/Exporter of the Year

Further reading


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Seminar: Business Continuity on Port Phillip Bay
May
6
6:30am 6:30am

Seminar: Business Continuity on Port Phillip Bay

On May 5, 2011 Climate Alliance hosted a very successful seminar that considered the risks from sea-level rise to businesses with assets located near Port Phillip Bay. Dr John Church was the Keynote speaker and he provided an overview of the state of the science that supports the current projections. Representatives from the legal, insurance, mapping and transport industries contributed to a very informative and insightful afternoon.

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Roundtable
May
6
to May 7

Roundtable

The Round Table is being organised by Climate Alliance Limited, a not-for-profit, membership based company that engages with Australia’s company directors and communicates the opportunities and risks of climate change. Our goal is to make it easier for Australian directors to inform themselves about this important issue.

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Climate Alliance Launch
Nov
20
9:00am 9:00am

Climate Alliance Launch

Climate Alliance Limited was formally launched in November, 2009. On the 17th November, Mr Ivan Deveson AO was the keynote speaker in Melbourne. On the 18th November, General Peter Cosgrove AC MC (Retd) was the keynote speaker at the launch in Sydney. Both events included a video message from Mr Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company.

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