Webinar: Reducing emissions and adapting infrastructure for Victoria’s changing climate
Our changing climate impacts the lives of all Victorians. The increasing frequency of bushfires, flooding and other extreme weather events require us to think differently about adapting our infrastructure.
Recent events, like large grass fires and flooding across northern Victoria, demonstrate the need for proactive adaptation of infrastructure to prevent injuries, loss of life, and significant disruption to communities. It is also critical we reduce emissions across all sectors over the coming years as we transition to a low carbon economy
Watch a panel of experts as they discuss the planning and investment required to reduce emissions and adapt infrastructure for Victoria’s changing climate.
Facilitated by Infrastructure Victoria CEO Jonathan Spear, the panel includes Lauren Rickards, Professor at Latrobe University and a lead author on the Australasia chapter of last year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report; Dr Scott Rawlings, Director, Science and Reporting at Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria and Duncan Paterson, Director of Investor Practice at the Investor Group on Climate Change.
Meet the panellists:
Dr Scott Rawlings, Director, Science and Reporting, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Scott has worked in numerous roles across the environment portfolio including climate change policy, land health and biodiversity strategy, and natural resource management. He managed research and development for the former Department of Sustainability and Environment – focusing on procurement, partnerships, knowledge exchange and the research-policy interface. Scott has a PhD in environmental studies.
Lauren Rickards, Professor at Latrobe University
Lauren is an internationally renowned expert on climate change impacts and adaptation. A human geographer by training, Lauren advises a wide range of groups in government, business and the NGO sector on climate change issues. Lauren was a lead author on the Australasia chapter of last year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.
Duncan Paterson, Director of Investor Practice, Investor Group on Climate Change
Duncan is a responsible investment executive with more than 2 decades of experience in senior roles that support a sustainable and resilient financial system. He joins the Investor Group on Climate Change in a newly created role focused on accelerating climate-aligned investment towards a net zero economy.
Jonathan Spear, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria (Host)
Jonathan is Infrastructure Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer. He has led Infrastructure Victoria’s work on Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy, research program and provision of independent advice to the Victorian Government. Jonathan has held senior leadership, policy, strategy and legal roles with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Justice, Victoria Police and Slater and Gordon Lawyers.