Energy Conversations: Zero-carbon energy for the Asia-Pacific

In 2018 a team led by the ANU Energy Change Institute won the Australian National University's Grand Challenge Scheme receiving $10 million in funding over five years for its project: Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific.

You are invited to learn more about what this project means, not only for our Asian-Pacific neighbours, but for Australia and the ACT.

The Grand Challenge – Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific – recognizes that Australia is a renewable-energy, resource-rich nation, whose immediate neighbours in the Asia-Pacific will account for two-thirds of the world’s energy demand growth in the coming decades. Decarbonizing that additional energy use and cutting existing emissions from the region are essential if the world is to have any chance of meeting its goals for limiting climate change.

In a rapidly decarbonizing world, Australia’s carbon-based exports will soon have to be replaced by zero-carbon embedded energy exports in order to maintain our role as an energy superpower. The Grand Challenge team is undertaking inter-disciplinary research to underpin a transformation in the way Australia trades with the world and with the Asia-Pacific – based on renewable energy.

Our researchers are investigating four pathways that integrate social, legal, economic, political and technological solutions. The first two pathways involve reducing the carbon content of electricity consumed in the region via:

  1. Large-scale renewable electricity generation for North West Australia, and also for export via subsea cable.
  2. Policies and frameworks for renewable electricity generation and use in other Asia-Pacific countries.

The other pathways embed our zero-carbon energy in exports via:

  1. Large-scale renewable electricity production of hydrogen-rich fuels and other products.
  2. Large-scale renewable refining of metal ores (especially iron).


5.30pm   Welcome by Professor Ken Baldwin, Energy Change Institute

5.35pm   Keynote speaker Dr Emma Aisbett, Transdisciplinary Research & Collaboration Leader, Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific Grand Challenge, ANU

6.05pm   Panel discussion moderated by Mr Steve Blume, Australian Institute of Energy. (Five mins per panel member)

  • Dr Paul Burke, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
  • Mr Andrew Dickson, CWP Renewables (via Zoom)
  • Mr Stephen Devlin, Evoenergy
  • Mr Shane Rattenbury, ACT Government    

6.25pm Q&A

7.00pm Refreshments and networking

7.30pm Close

This event is part of 'Energy Conversations', a series of ongoing public events, run by the ANU Energy Change Institute and the Canberra branch of the Australian Institute of Energy (AIE).