Conference Day One - 31 August

Registration and welcome coffee

Opening remarks from the Chair

Ben Eade
Chief Executive Officer
Manufacturing Australia

Policy to support trade-exposed manufacturing and industry

Supporting businesses as they move to net zero

The Hon Matt Kean
Treasurer, Minister for Energy
NSW Government

The net zero hero: Australian industry in a zero carbon economy
  • Net zero: the pitfalls and the prize
  • What is carbon resilience? And why you need it
  • Lessons from Snowy Hydro's Commercial and Industrial business
  • Sustainability for you, and the planet

Sal Tringali
Head of Commercial and Industrial (C&I)
Snowy Hydro

The future of Australian steel – working together to deliver the transition
  • Understanding the decarbonisation pathway for iron and steelmaking, global developments and key enablers
  • Embedding stewardship and transparency, working with our stakeholders
  • Activating our vision, strategy and plan to unlock Australia’s potential across the value chain

Gretta Stephens
Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability

Realising the rewards of whole-of-business transformation
  • Justifying the expense of pivoting an entire organisation to eliminate emissions
  • Defining the benefits of shifting to net zero production or manufacture
  • Designing resilience into business operations so that it can thrive in a post-carbon economy
  • Collaboration as a tool to achieving ambitions

Steve Porter
Head of Sustainability, Innovation & Trade

Morning tea

Decarbonising emissions-intensive processes and operations whilst working towards a goal of net zero emissions by 2050 (PRE RECORDED MESSAGE)
  • Building a viable pathway to zero emissions manufacturing for lime and cement
  • Linking executive remuneration to both financial performance and sustainability targets
  • Working with partners on technology for CO2 capture in manufacture

Rebecca Irwin
Chief Sustainability & People Officer

Net zero industrial precincts - a manufacturing perspective
  • Unlocking the potential for net zero industrial precincts
  • Laying a foundation by decarbonising hard-to-abate manufacturing processes
  • Public-private collaboration as a mechanism to achieving ambitions
  • Ensuring regional communities thrive and grow

Troy Powell
Head of Sustainability

Update from the Queensland government on support for businesses reducing emissions (Pre-recorded message)

The Hon Steven Miles
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure
Queensland Government


PANEL DISCUSSION: What kind of policies would make net zero by 2050 possible?
  • How can government emissions reports be sharpened to provide more accurate and useable data on emissions?
  • Which levers can the federal government press without driving manufacture offshore?
  • Can carbon reduction mandates force technological innovation?
  • Are market-based mechanisms or carbon prices necessary?
  • What kind of policy will provide the certainty needed to justify investment?


Jackie McKeon
Program Director
Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A)


Pauline Kennedy
Low Carbon Policy and Advocacy Manager, ANZ

Susie Smith
Chief Executive
Australian Industry Greenhouse Network

Brian Morris
Division Director, Green Investment Group
Macquarie Capital

Abhi Nithyanand
Head of Advisory - Sustainability and Energy
Renewable Energy Hub

Mel Rohan
Senior Public Affairs Officer, Australia
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


Developing net zero pathways for Australian industry and industrial regions
  • Recognising the scale of opportunities and challenges for emissions reductions in heavy industry supply chains
  • Ensuring decarbonisation plans are practical and achievable through coordination and collaboration
  • Quantifying the large-scale investment and the deployment of renewable energy and infrastructure required for industry to transition to net zero

Rob Kelly
Program Director
Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI)

Technology as a key to emission reduction/elimination in the alumina industry

Ray Chatfield
Global Technical Manager of Refining Energy

Afternoon tea
Investigating whether renewable energy can be used instead of gas
  • Making processes more efficient and less resource-intensive
  • Finding practical, sustainable alternatives to natural gas
  • Combining efficiencies, innovation and partnerships to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040

Jarrod Leak
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity

PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways to reduce emissions in heat energy-intensive manufacturing processes?
  • How can stationary combustion (scope 1) emissions be reduced or eliminated?
  • What are the practicalities of replacing natural gas with hydrogen and alternative gases?
  • How far can electrification take industrial processes on the journey to net zero?


Margie Thomson
Chief Executive Officer
Cement Industry Federation



Marghanita Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Aluminium Council

Linden Birch
Group Sustainability Manager
CSR Limited

Felicity Lloyd
Chief Executive Officer
Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HiLT CRC)

Jarrod Leak
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity

Closing remarks from chair
Close of day one and networking drinks