Planning for low-carbon development: the twin challenge of poverty eradication and emissions reductions

In developing countries, where most of the world’s population lives, the daunting challenge for governments is to reduce both poverty and greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Harald Winkler from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre discusses how this challenge might be tackled in South Africa, a country, like Australia, with a heavy dependence on coal-based electricity generation.

Professor Winkler was joined by Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood and Dr Malte Meinshausen of Melbourne Energy Institute, who discussed the Australian parallels to South Africa’s experience.

About the speaker

Professor Harald Winkler has led the research work underpinning South Africa’s ‘Long Term Mitigation Scenarios’ and has been a member of the South African delegation to the United Nations Climate Change negotiations.

Chair:
David Green – Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council

Panellists:
Tony Wood – Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute
Malte Meinshausen – Honorary Senior Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne (Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research)

Date: Wednesday 6 February 2013

Time: 6.30 to 8.00 pm

Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne

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