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In this month’s ‘What on Earth...’  James, Tennant and Paul again examine the ‘issues of the day for the last month’ as we in Australia and globally transition to the post-carbon emissions business environment.

The podcast asks  ‘What on Earth’…. is going at a policy, economy, global and at the enterprise level as we race to Net Zero carbon requirements for our businesses and for the economy.

Topics covered this month include:

  • China’s apparent new and emerging economic growth strategy, and what it might mean for Australia and for the transition,
  • The need to diversify our economy, especially as we and the world transition away from carbon-based fuel and export products,
  • Why business is pushing back in the U.K. and elsewhere as politicians get skittish about carbon targets and/or are faced with changes brought about by political concerns and geo-politics (delaying just add cost and politician pain down the line)
  • What’s happening with Australian energy, petrol and electricity prices and possible cost trends for business  (Spoiler Alert: According to Tennant, prices are likely to ‘drop to still-historic highs-quite a trick!)
  • The now-rapid arrival of EVs in Australia and what is means for existing and planned infrastructure: and what this means for critical minerals, vehicle charging times and locations and other issues,
  • Victoria government’s announcements regarding gas connections to new homes, and what it means for individuals and business,
  • Why there is a need for policy discipline in electricity prices going forward,
  • And the need to see the emerging hydrogen industry as a total value chain, and how it compares to existing fuel and energy value chains.

Another jam packed episode of crunchy transition and business issues- the three amigos never fail to deliver non-stop thought-provoking observations and insights.

Well worth a listen!

James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Minerals, Energy & Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group.

A skilled communicator and analyst, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the mining industry and supply chain across the board for over 25 years.

    Tennant Reed

    Tennant Reed is Director - Climate Change and Energy at Ai Group.  He has worked on these issues since 2008, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy; coordinating joint research and advocacy with wider energy stakeholders; facilitating the Australian Climate Roundtable; developing reports on energy prices, carbon border adjustments and business energy use; reviewing emissions targets for the State of Victoria; and closely observing international climate negotiations.

    Paul Hodgson

    Paul Hodgson is an advisor in innovation, the energy transition and economic growth with diverse experience and insights gained over a 30 year career. Amongst his current roles, he is Interim CEO of the Scaling Green Hydrogen Cooperative Research Centre Bid, a member of the Australian Government’s Low Emissions Technology and Services Working Group, and a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Manufacturing Institute Ltd.

    With a Bachelor of International Business and a Master of Sustainable Development, he is passionate about developing and connecting local talent and enterprise capability into global ESG and net zero market opportunities. From 2019-2021, he led the development of a national hydrogen technology cluster network, which now has 18 regional clusters across Australia.