Discussion Group – April

'Decarbonising our Regional Cities' - A Ballarat Case Study

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Tue, 20 Apr 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST

Many regional cities and towns around Australia have set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or reach carbon neutrality over the next one to two decades. However, the large-scale projects and planning needed to reach these targets will require an understanding of the cities emissions profile, coordinated community action, as well as significant commitment and funding.

The Committee for Ballarat approached Beyond Zero Emissions to help gain a better understanding of the types of zero-carbon projects and financial models that will attract financial investment.  With the fantastic support of National Australia Bank, via its Skilled Volunteer Immersion Program, Beyond Zero Emissions was able to support the Committee in undertaking an investigation into Ballarat’s industrial emissions – the largest component of its emissions profile. It is a true collaboration, drawing on skills from a diverse set of project organisers, engagement with many of Ballarat’s largest emitters and informed by BZE’s own Snapshot Tool

Beyond Zero Emissions looks forward to being able to share and replicate learnings from this initiative in similarly profiled locations across the country.

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Tue, 20 Apr 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST

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Michael Poulton, Beyond Zero Emissions

Michael Poulton

CEO - Committee for Ballarat

Michael is an expert collaborator with an enthusiasm for developing ambitious and thought leading strategy, to deliver outstanding outcomes. He is described as an eternal optimist with infectious positivity! Michael has a passion for bringing people together to achieve, and helping people reach their potential. He has a background in sports management, coach education and coach development and has been CEO for the Committee for Ballarat since July 2019.

Joel Bentley, Beyond Zero Emissions

Joel Bentley

Senior Associate, Divisional Controls - NAB

The risk taker’s risk professional, Joel brings energy and millennial impatience to this relatively conservative corner of the finance industry, informed by time in fast moving customer facing roles in small business banking and the hospitality industry. A skilled communicator and facilitator, he enjoys engaging with people to further knowledge and action on climate change, especially at the community level.

Scott White, Beyond Zero Emissions

Scott White

Project Manager, ANZ CO2 Reduction - McCain

Scott White is the technical director at Environmental Evolution, a sustainability consultancy. He is a passionate renewable energy and energy efficiency professional, with a drive to push through barriers in order to get sustainable results. With an engineering background, Scott has a practical approach to solving difficult problems, something which he relies on continuously in pursuing CO2 reduction activities.

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Presentation from Michael Poulton, CEO at the Committee for Ballarat

Presentation from Joel Bentley, Senior Associate at NAB

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