IMPORTANT NOTE
Given the high vaccination rates in NSW and the positive Government guidance on business conferences and events, the SMH Sustainability conference will be held as a face-to-face event at the ICC Sydney on 11 November 2021. The NSW Roadmap allows for indoor business events to run now that we have hit the 70% vaccination rate and fast approaching the 80% mark. We will continue to provide attendees with a safe networking environment following the Informa Connect AllSecure Key Commitments. All attendees must be able to prove that they have had the COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the NSW Government Roadmap.

11 November 2021 | ICC Sydney & Delivered Virtually

Overview

How can the world mitigate the worst effects of climate change and limit global warming to 1.5°C? How can we turn polluters of the planet into its protectors? Go from carbon neutrality to carbon negativity? Shift from ambition to action?

The Sydney Morning Herald, in partnership with Informa Australia, will run the second instalment of The SMH Sustainability Summit in a face-to-face format on Wednesday, 11 November at the ICC Sydney.

From droughts to flooding rains, from a domestic recycling emergency to the horror bushfire season of 2019/2020, there is no doubt that across Australia, the impacts of climate change are already being felt. Citizens, investors and companies large and small, are demanding – and taking – urgent action now.

It is the corporate sector that is taking the lead. With businesses trialling circular economy solutions and achieving ambitious energy reduction targets, even Australia’s largest and more energy-intensive businesses are finding a way to balance profit and responsibility.

In this science-focused Summit, sustainability leaders from Australia and abroad will share their ambitions, strategies and actionable insights for a net-zero future. Join us as we connect Australia’s business leaders and policymakers to catalyse immediate climate action.

Speakers


Professor Jim Skea
Co-Chair, Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London


Liz Chatwin
Country President,
AstraZeneca Australia


The Hon. Matt Kean MP
NSW Treasurer, and Minister for Energy and Environment


Emily Woodland
Co-Head Sustainable Investing APAC,
BlackRock


Brad Banducci
CEO,
Woolworths Group


Matthew Halliday
Managing Director and CEO,
Ampol Limited


Steven Worrall
Managing Director,
Microsoft Australia


Alex Holt
Chief Sustainability Officer,
Woolworths Group


Janette O’Neill
Group Head of Sustainability,
QBE Insurance


Ian Learmonth
CEO,
Clean Energy Finance Corporation


Paul Gleeson
Group Director, Sustainability and Managing Director – Energy, Resources & Water,
Aurecon


Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology,
UNSW Sydney


Gyanam Sadananda
Director, Government & Public Sector, Supply Chain and ESG,
PwC


Richard Smith
Director of Sustainability,
Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific


Sanjay Dayal
Managing Director and Group CEO,
Pact Group


Sally Reid
Executive General Manager, Global Client Solutions, Institutional Banking & Markets,
Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Chris Foley
Head of Energy and Environment,
Kmart Group


Emma Herd
CEO,
Investor Group on Climate Change


Alex Toone
Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities and Trade, Institutional Banking & Markets, Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Meredith Banks
Head of Sustainability,
Vicinity Centres


Tom Penny
Head of Environment,
Telstra


Michael Bartsch
Managing Director,
Volkswagen Group Australia


Dr Alan Finkel AO
Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology and Chair, Technology Investment Advisory Council, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources


Lisa McLean
CEO,
NSW Circular


John Tomac
Partner,
PwC


Rory Lonergan
Executive Director – Head of Infrastructure,
Clean Energy Finance Corporation


Katie Barnett
Partner and Energy lead,
PwC Australia


Davina Rooney
CEO,
Green Building Council of Australia


David Craig
TNFD Co-Chair and Strategic Advisor to London Stock Exchange Group

2021 Agenda

11 November 2021

All times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

8:00

OPENING | Opening Remarks from the Chair

Tory Maguire, Executive Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


CLIMATE EMERGENCY


8:05

ADDRESS FROM THE IPCC | The science, the risk, and the opportunities
Please note this is a pre-recorded session

Professor Jim Skea, Co-Chair, Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London
Moderator: Nick O’Malley, National Environment and Climate Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

8:35

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Treasurer, and Minister for Energy and Environment
Moderator: Tory Maguire, Executive Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

8:50

TACKLING NATURE-RELATED RISKS

David Craig, TNFD Co-Chair and Strategic Advisor, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)


EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY IN THE BUSINESS


9:00

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE | The view from the top: transforming business for the better

  • Sustainability in culture, strategy and corporate identity: how businesses made the transformation
  • How to harness the power of employees
  • The perspective of the board
  • What courageous leadership looks like

Panellists
Liz Chatwin, Country President, AstraZeneca Australia
Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia
Sally Reid, Executive General Manager, Global Client Solutions, Institutional Banking & Markets, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Paul Gleeson, Group Director, Sustainability and Managing Director – Energy, Resources & Water, Aurecon

Moderator: John McDuling, National Business Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

9:40

THE STATE OF THE CLIMATE: COP26 REVIEW

Caroline Mara, Partner, PwC Australia

10:20

Networking and refreshment break


NET ZERO EMISSIONS


11:00

PANEL | The tools, strategies and capabilities needed for a low carbon transition

  • How are companies measuring, estimating and tracking GHG emissions and carbon offsets?
  • What are the tools and technologies that the most sustainably-minded companies are using?
  • Examining the role of the Chief Sustainability Officer and how it is evolving
  • Social license: balancing responsibility and profit
  • Learning and engagement beyond the organisation, collaboration with partners
  • Linking business strategy, sustainability and SDGs

Panellists
Tom Penny, Head of Environment, Telstra
Janette O’Neill, Group Head of Sustainability, QBE Insurance
Chris Foley, Head of Energy and Environment, Kmart Group
Meredith Banks, Head of Sustainability, Vicinity Centres

Moderator: John Tomac, Partner, PwC

11:40

CASE STUDY

Brad Banducci, CEO, Woolworths Group

12:10

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT | Waste as a renewable resource: a new materials revolution

  • Green steel and green tiles: Australian inventions shaking up construction
  • The path to commercialisation in Australia and partnership possibilities for corporates
  • How companies apply innovative, sustainable materials and processes today
  • The need to align recycling and manufacturing through new technologies
  • Creating circular economies and turning problematic waste into valuable materials
  • Green SteelTM and Green CeramicsTM innovations and the need for greater cooperation and partnership with researchers and businesses

Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, UNSW Sydney
Moderator: Matt Wade, Senior Economics Writer, The Sydney Morning Herald

12:30

Lunch and networking break


ENERGY


13:30

SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT | Australia’s energy transition

Dr Alan Finkel AO, Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology and Chair, Technology Investment Advisory Council, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

13:50

ENERGY EXECUTIVES ROUNDTABLE | Partners and pariahs in the new age of energy

  • Stress-testing strategies for different climate scenarios
  • The technologies and timeline behind Australia’s energy transition including carbon capture and storage, green hydrogen and gas
  • How is the renewable energy sector ensuring supply and price stability?
  • How are our energy generators, resource extractors and other heavy emitters reducing their emissions, and is this enough?
  • Is Australia the automotive third world? What’s getting in the way? What government regulations and actions are needed for a robust EV strategy?

Panellists
Matthew Halliday, Managing Director and CEO, Ampol Limited
Michael Bartsch, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Australia
Davina Rooney, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia
Katie Barnett, Partner and Energy lead, PwC Australia
Moderator: Elizabeth Knight, Senior Finance Columnist, The Sydney Morning Herald

14:30

Networking and refreshment break


CIRCULARITY


15:00

PANEL | What will it take to create a self-sustaining circular economy?

  • Circularity in product design
  • Where are we up to with a circular economy in NSW, and in Australia? What progress can we build on?
  • What is the state of recycling infrastructure in Australia?
  • Avoiding landfill: Which avenues do specific industries have to reduce waste, particularly industries such as e-waste?
  • What is the role of government, industry and brand owners?

Panellists
Sanjay Dayal, Managing Director and Group CEO, Pact Group
Lisa Mclean, CEO, NSW Circular
Richard Smith, Director of Sustainability, Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific
Alex Holt, Chief Sustainability Officer, Woolworths Group
Gyanam Sadananda, Director, Government & Public Sector, Supply Chain and ESG, PwC

Moderator: Matt Wade, Senior Economics Writer, The Sydney Morning Herald


CLIMATE FINANCE


15:40

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE
Please note this is a pre-recorded session

Emily Woodland, APAC Co-Head of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock

16:00

PANEL | Sustainable investment and low-carbon banking

  • How can we fast-track a zero-carbon economy through climate finance and responsible investment in Australia?
  • Restructuring the financial system: what kinds of reforms are needed? Are Australia’s financial institutions, the government and the market ready? How do we get there?
  • Engagement versus divestment and the role of investors
  • Expectations from customers, corporates and from within the company
  • Applying and using SDGs to develop strategy and engage employers
  • Measuring and tracking financed emissions

Panellists
Rory Lonergan, Executive Director – Head of Infrastructure, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)
Emma Herd, Former CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change
Charles Davis, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance and ESG, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Moderator: John McDuling, National Business Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

16:40

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:50

END OF SUMMIT | Networking drinks

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Venue

ICC Sydney & Delivered Virtually
ICC Sydney
Level 3, Cockle Bay Conference Room
14 Darling Drive
Sydney NSW 2000
www.iccsydney.com.au

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Media – 2020 Summit

2020 Promotional video – How Businesses are Spearheading Meaningful Change | The Sydney Morning Herald Sustainability Summit 2020

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