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POSTPONED | Zero Carbon World

27 July 2021
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney
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Unfortunately this event is POSTPONED due to the NSW Health restrictions on public events. As the current COVID-19 situation develops we will endeavour to reschedule this event and will be in touch as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email

Whilst we endeavour to reschedule these events, we encourage you to register your interest below so that you can be notified about event updates.

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The age of zero carbon is coming, but the question remains: will it be fast enough to mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis?  

While politics in Australia is still struggling to accept this much needed energy shift, there is cause for hope when we look to our fast-moving industry leaders, researchers and innovators. 

The pace at which things are changing is genuinely jaw-dropping. There is the plummeting cost of solar power, which has happened decades ahead of previous estimates; a similar trajectory now forecast in the wind power and battery storage fields; and the view of hydrogen on the horizon. And in all these things, investors are voting with their money.  

But is the hype getting ahead of the science and technology? What are the big-ticket items that could hasten a zero carbon future? What are the risks and rewards of this new age?  

Join passionate experts Justine Jarvinen, Andy Pitman, Emma Herd and former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a live panel discussion where they seek to answer these questions and more. 

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and UNSW Engineering, and supported by Inspiring Australia as a part of National Science Week. Head here to see full program.

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Please read the COVID-19 visitor safety information prior to registering for this event. Check back closer to the event date as information is frequently updated. Information can be found here.


Physical Access

Wheelchair Accessible

The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (E6 on this map). You can be dropped off close to the Roundhouse north entrance (D5 on map). Vehicles need to arrive via Gate 2 on High Street, follow the road to Third Avenue, and turn onto 1st Avenue West. The closest accessible parking is available in the Western Campus Car Park on Anzac Parade (G2 on map).

Hearing Loop Available

Hearing Loop Available

The Roundhouse has a hearing loop.


The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request. 


There are multiple carparks at UNSW Sydney including:

  • Western Campus carpark with entry off Day Avenue
  • Barker Street Carpark with entry through Gate 14
  • Botany Street Carpark with entry through Gate 11

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and 'pay by plate meters'. For more information head here.


To discuss your access requirements and to book selected access services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485.

Justine Jarvinen

Justine Jarvinen

Justine Jarvinen is the CEO of the UNSW Energy Institute. She is an energy executive with international experience spanning the energy, finance, education and non-profit sectors. Jarvinen has worked in operational, strategy and advisory roles in Australia and the UK for energy organisations such as Exxon, Shell, JBWere and AGL Energy.

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Andy Pitman

Professor Andy Pitman is a leading climate science researcher and the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes at UNSW Sydney. His research focuses on terrestrial processes in global and regional climate modelling, model evaluation and earth systems approaches to understanding climate change. His leadership, collaboration and research experience is extensive, both nationally and internationally. 

Emma Herd

Emma Herd

Emma is an EY Oceania, Climate Change and Sustainability Partner. She is a skilled professional with 20 years’ experience in climate change and sustainability practice. Emma is a known figure in the Australian and global climate change arena having worked within business and industry associations. Emma has direct experience in the development and delivery of commercial climate change finance and investment solutions as well as in campaign and political advocacy strategies. Emma has been directly involved in the development of global climate investment and advocacy programs. Emma is a regular media contributor on climate matters, and a respected voice on climate transition implications for business. She is a member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative Steering Committee and a member of the Queensland Climate Change Advisory Council and Land Restoration Fund Investment Panel.

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Malcolm Turnbull

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull AC was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia from 2015–2018. Prior to entering politics, he enjoyed successful careers as a lawyer, investment banker and journalist. He has a deep interest in energy issues and renewable energy and has recently become the Chair of Fortescue Future Industries, the new venture created by Andrew Forrest to invest a proportion of Fortescue’s iron ore business profits in clean energy.

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Sarah Dingle (Chairperson)

Sarah Dingle is a dual Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter and presenter with the ABC, working across radio and TV current affairs. She has investigated everything from indigenous affairs and human rights to defence and sport. Her work has also won the Walkley Foundation’s Our Watch award for reporting on violence against women and children, the UN Media Peace Prizes, the Amnesty Media Prizes, the Voiceless Media Prize, and the Australian College of Educators Media prize. Her radio documentaries for the ABC’s Background Briefing have been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Sports Commission Awards and the National Press Club. In 2010 she was the ABC's Andrew Olle Scholar. In 2021 she released her first book, Brave New Humans.