Webinar

A panel discussion between:

- Poland

- Australia

- European Union

April

29th

10 a.m. Poland (CEST) / 6 p.m. Australia (AEST)

Key discussion points:

  • Energy and Emissions Reduction policies in Poland and Australia– overview of the global and national commitments;
  • Breakdown of national emissions per sector and possible pathways to the Net Zero;
  • Electricity sector overview and targets on renewable energy generation;
  • Overview of technologies needed in the journey to the Net Zero;
  • Synergies between Poland and Australia and critical points of collaboration.

Facilitator:

Speakers:

Agenda:

*Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

6.00 - 6.05 pm  | Welcoming remarks

Ms. Grazyna Van Egmond, CEO, Banksia Foundation

Mr. Jakub Wilchelm, Head of Australian Trade Office, Polish Investment and Trade Agency

6.05 - 6. 35 pm | Presentations: overviews of emissions reduction policies and targets in energy sectors
Mr. Chris Bolesta, Policy Officer and Team Leader, European Commission

Ms. Marta Babicz, Director, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Poland 

Ms. Anna Skarbek, CEO, ClimateWorks Australia

6.35 - 7.05 pm | Panel discussion: synergies between Poland and Australia and critical points of collaboration
Chair:  Ms. Grazyna Van Egmond

Panelists: Mr. Chris Bolesta, Ms. Marta Babicz, Ms. Anna Skarbek

7.05 – 7.20 pm | Showcasing technologies

Ms. Marta Piszcz, GreenEvo Project Coordinator, Poland’s Ministry of Climate and Environment

7.20 - 7.30 pm | Closing remarks

Mr. Philip Link, Polish, CEO, EnergyLink Services

Polish Australian Energy Dialogue

It is of the highest importance to recognise that climate change, and its consequence – the global temperature rise that we are currently experiencing, is a direct result of human activity. Every day, our actions are shaping the future of the next generations living on this planet.

The increase in global temperature is attributed to the accumulation of so-called greenhouse gasses (GHGs) in the atmosphere. These include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases. Human activity and rapid civil development over the last few decades have given rise to an imbalance in natural concentrations of GHGs in the atmosphere.

Globally, the electricity and heat generation sector accounts for roughly 30% of the total GHGs emissions, followed by 16% generated by transportation. Therefore, decarbonising these two sectors are among the most important tasks of our times if we are to control and curtail the effects of Climate Change.

Global electricity generation has increased rapidly over the last few decades at an almost linear rate of 450 billion kilowatt hours per year, with no sign that this trend will slow down in the foreseeable future. This is due to increases in both the number and wealth of the global population. Additionally, with the decreasing price of energy storage solutions, the electrification of the transport sector is expected to become more prominent over the next decade, shifting even more emissions to the electricity and heat production sector.

The growing need for supplying higher amounts of electricity, along with the consequences of its production, has forced people to search for alternative and more sustainable generation sources. This has led to incredible growth in the renewable energy industry, which currently accounts for generating roughly 26% of the global electricity demand.

A rapid transition requires innovation and is very often based on unprecedented partnerships. The collaboration between The Banksia Foundation, The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) and The Polish Australian Business Forum (PABF) was established to provide a communication and engagement platform between Poland and Australia within the emission reduction and energy areas. It aims to identify the synergies between these two countries and explore critical points of collaboration and technology exchange in the race to a Net Zero future.

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