Energy Leadership and Australia’s Energy Transition

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9 Dec 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The fourth of a four-part Webinar series on the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership.

Focussed on Energy Leadership Research Theme of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership, this webinar was joined by panel members Peter Metcalfe (General Manager Climate Engagement at Woodside Energy), Dr Emma Aisbett (Associate Director for ANU Grand Challenge – Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia Pacific), and Rob Kelly (Industry Lead at ClimateWorks Australia), where they discussed the role of policy, energy security and the interplay of economics and governance on transitioning energy systems.

Professor Fang Lee Cooke (Energy Leadership Theme Leader for the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership at Monash University), hosted the event.

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Meet the host

Professor Fang Lee Cooke
Energy Leadership Theme Leader, Woodside Monash Energy Partnership, Monash University

Fang Lee Cooke (PhD, University of Manchester, UK) is Associate Dean (Graduate Research) and Distinguished Professor at Monash Business School, Monash University, Australia. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Energy Leadership Theme Leader of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership. Previously, she was a full professor at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. Fang’s research interests are in the area of employment relations, strategic management, knowledge management and innovation, and strategy of multinational firms. She has been involved in more than 30 externally funded projects, leading many of them. Funding bodies include, for example, International Labour Organization; National Natural Science Foundation of China; Department of Health, UK; European Social Fund, European Union; and Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Australia.

Professor Fang Lee Cooke

Meet the speakers

Peter Metcalfe

Peter Metcalfe
General Manager, Climate Engagement at Woodside Energy

Peter Metcalfe is General Manager Climate Engagement at Woodside Energy Limited, a role he has held since August 2020 having joined Woodside as GM Government and External Relations in June 2017. Previously he was Director of Upstream External Affairs for BP Australia, working at BP for 16 years.

He is currently also Company Secretary and Board Director at CO:3, the Western Australian Contemporary Dance Company. From 2004-2006 he was Chairman of the Deckchair Theatre Company, from July 2005 to August 2011 he was Chairman of the Perth Zoological Parks Authority (the Board of Perth Zoo); and from 2014-18 a member of the Animal Ethics Committee at Curtin University.

Peter grew up in the United Kingdom and studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at the University of Leeds. He moved to Western Australia in 2001.

Dr Emma Aisbett

Dr Emma Aisbett
Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Associate Director, Research for ANU Grand Challenge – Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia Pacific.

Emma Aisbett is a Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Associate Director, Research for ANU Grand Challenge – Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia Pacific. Emma’s research is characterised by a set of recurring themes, which include economic globalization, environmental policy, developing countries, and political economy. She is best known for her work on international investment agreements where she has influenced both academic debate and policy.

Emma contributes to Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia Pacific both as a researcher and as the Associate Director, Research. In the latter role Emma helps a diverse team of social and physical scientists, legal scholars and engineers work with each other and collaborate with external stakeholders to achieve trans-disciplinary research outcomes. Her own research on the project focuses on how international governance – especially international economic law – can support trade and investment toward a rapid, just and sustainable transition to zero-carbon energy.

Rob Kelly

Rob Kelly
Industry Lead at ClimateWorks Australia

Rob leads ClimateWorks’ Pathways and Investment program, supporting better decision making on long-term climate change strategies for businesses, governments and investors.

Rob was a co-author and senior analyst for ClimateWorks’ Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050 report, the first comprehensive technical and economic assessment of the potential for Australia to reach net-zero emissions while maintaining strong economic growth. He also led the Natural Resources and Energy stream of CSIRO’s Australian National Outlook 2019, which developed a strategy for Australia to realise a more inclusive, resilient and prosperous economy. Rob has developed climate risk assessments for some of Australia’s largest companies, and advised state and federal governments on appropriate long-term energy and emissions targets.

Prior to ClimateWorks, Rob worked at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, analysing the potential for carbon offset schemes in Australia; and as a Senior Accountant at KPMG specialising in audit and advisory.