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Dr Bill Hare2017 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture

The Paris Agreement and its Implications for Energy Transformation Globally and in Australia

Presented by: Dr Bill Hare, Director - Climate Analytics

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The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2oC above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5oC. To achieve this limit, scientific assessments suggest that global CO2 emissions need to peak by 2020, and reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Set against the context of rapidly reducing costs for major renewable energy and storage technologies, this talk will look at the opportunities for Australia (and Western Australia) to take advantage of the coming transformation of the global energy system.

Dr Bill Hare

Bill Hare is a physicist and climate scientist, a graduate of Murdoch University with 30 years’ experience in science, impacts and policy responses to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion. He is a founder and CEO of Climate Analytics, a non-profit research and policy institute with headquarters in Berlin, Germany and branches in Lomé, Togo; New York, USA; and now in Perth, Australia. Climate Analytics was established to synthesize and advance scientific knowledge on climate change and provide state-of-the-art solutions to global and national climate change policy challenges. Bill has contributed actively to the development of the international climate regime since 1989, including the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement in 2015, as well as participated in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessments. Bill has regularly advised and presented science and policy assessments to Ministers and Heads of Government, including from the most vulnerable countries.