Energy Conversations: The future of sustainable transport

Presentations from this event are now available here:

Dr Matthew Stocks - Will electric vehicles break the network?

Dr Paul Burke - Road-use pricing

The electric vehicle revolution is on its way to Australia.

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, has likened the scale of disruption to be caused by the imminent revolution to the introduction of the iPhone.

Electric vehicles will be a game-changer for the transport industry and Australia needs to prepare.

Hear experts from the Australian National University and the ACT Government discuss the future of sustainable transport at the Renewables Innovation Hub, 5 - 7pm, Tuesday 20 March.

  • Dr Matt Stocks, Convenor, Energy Change Institute Sustainable Transport research cluster, Australian National University - Will electric vehicles break the network?

Electric vehicles are expected to contribute significantly to carbon emissions reductions, driven by rapidly decreasing battery prices and increased renewable electricity usage. While vastly more energy efficient than internal combustion engines, electric vehicles will substantially increase electricity consumption. In this presentation, Matt will discuss the implications of increased electricity demand and the importance of charging decisions in supporting this transition.

  • Dr Paul Burke, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University - Pricing approaches for improved road transport

Traffic congestion is a mounting problem in Australia’s cities. Paul’s talk will explore the potential to adopt a modern system of road-use pricing to replace the current fuel excise regime. Such a system could provide appropriate incentives for both managing traffic congestion and reducing emissions from road use. The economic benefits of more efficiently-managed roads would be large.

  • Meghan Oldfield, Deputy Project Director of Light Rail Stage 1, ACT Government will discuss future options for decarbonising the ACT’s transport sector.


5.00   Welcome

5.10   MOU  (Renewables Innovation Hub + ECI)

5.20   JWLand Announcement (partnership between JWLand & ECI)

5.30   Dr Matt Stocks, Convenor, Sustainable Transport research cluster, ECI, ANU

5.45   Dr Paul Burke, Crawford School of Public Policy, and ECI member, ANU

6.00   Meghan Oldfield, Deputy Project Director of Light Rail Stage 1, ACT Government

6.15   Discussion session involving Toby Roxburgh (Australian Institute of Energy) and presenters

6.30   Drinks and networking

7.00   Close

This event is part of 'Energy Conversations', a series of ongoing public events, run by the Energy Change Institute and the Canberra branch of the Australian Institute of Energy (AIE). 'The future of sustainable transport' is the first of three ‘Energy Conversations’ to be held at the ACT Renewables Innovation Hub in 2018.

This event is kindy sponsored by Electromotiv (

Electromotiv - Specialists in Zero-Carbon Transport

We make zero-carbon transport happen for our customers by packaging finance, energy supply and infrastructure for electric bus and truck fleets. Electromotiv removes cost and technological barriers to make it easy to move people using renewable energy.

Electromotiv works with local governments and other fleet operators to help make mass transit, lower cost, pollution-free, quiet, and easy to roll out.