Vale Chloe Munro AO
We are saddened to mark the passing of one of our team, Chloe Munro AO, visionary pioneer of a clean energy future and Professorial Fellow at the Monash Energy Institute, the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and the Monash Business School, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Chloe was a close advisor and a dear mentor to many of us at Monash University, working on climate change policy and energy sector transformation.
Prior to working with us, Chloe had a broad impact on Australia’s energy sector. She led the Victorian Electricity sector reforms that eventually extended beyond Victoria to creating the National Electricity Market. Then becoming the federal government’s Clean Energy Regulator (CER) inaugural chair, Chloe oversaw Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, leading Australia to over 25% renewable electricity at the end of 2020. In this time, she governed the short-lived Australia emission trading scheme in 2013, proving a carbon price can deliver an affordable reduction in CO2 emissions. After leaving the CER, Chloe again helped transform the energy sector, joining previous Monash Chancellor and then Australian Chief Scientist Alan Finkel on the expert panel for the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market.
Following on from all these roles, and despite her health challenges, Chloe still found the time and energy to help us with many important strategic initiatives. Most notable of these was the further development of the Net Zero Initiative that led to Monash’s alliance with international energy utility Engie to accelerate the Net Zero Initiative.
We will miss Chloe’s guidance, humour and positivity, and are eternally grateful to have had her on our team. To Chloe.