The 2014 Solar Oration: Greg Bourne [recording available]

Date & time

6–8am 17 November 2014


Manning Clarke Theatre 2 Australian National University


Mr Greg Bourne, Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency


 Adhityani Putri
 02 6125 6599

ARENA Chair Greg Bourne will share his views on the future of renewables from both a technological and commercial perspective.

Recording of this event is now available and can be viewed here. A pdf version of Greg's presentation is also available here (slides only) and here (slides and text)

Dare to dream! – Icarus rewritten!

But what happens when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?” is the favourite question of those who dare not to dream or who foresee a nightmare in the march of renewables. Greg Bourne will talk about the future of renewables, the creative disruption they bring and the types of responses expected from incumbent players. He will talk from a global and local perspective and cover some of short-term challenges and the longer-term opportunities and threats. Greg will bring technological and commercial perspectives from his business experience and also views from the environmental and climate change dimensions.

The 2014 Solar Oration will be held at 1700-1900 on Monday 17th November 2014 at Manning Clarke Theatre 2, Australian National University. The orator is Mr Greg Bourne, Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The ACT Minister for Environment & Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell MLA, will briefly discuss Canberra’s renewable energy target of 90% by 2020.

About the speaker

Greg Bourne graduated with honours in chemistry at the University of Western Australia. With BP he spent 30+ years living and working in the UK, Middle East, USA, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, China, Venezuela and Australia. For two years he was Special Adviser on Energy and Transport to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He returned to Australia in 1999 as Regional President. Greg was CEO WWF-Australia for six years and later a non-executive director of Carnegie Wave Energy. He is Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and is on the BHP Billiton Forum on Corporate Responsibility. He was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the environment and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia for services to international business.

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