Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference

FACING DISRUPTION: the leading climate change conference for business, government and civil society

10-11 October 2017: Diary this important event now!

The 10th in the series, the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference is an essential forum for policy-makers, local government and business addressing climate change with a focus on domestic and international policy, disruptive technologies, adaptation planning and litigation risks.

The programme outline is now available and registration is live:

Topics being covered include:

  • The Economic Revolution – Add climate change to globalisation, political upheaval and rapid technological development and you’ve got a world like we’ve never seen before. Disruptive change is triggering a global economic revolution. What does this mean for New Zealand?

  • The shape of the New Order – What does it look like? Does New Zealand business have the capacity to transition to and profit from a net-zero carbon economy?

  • Climate change and litigation – As awareness about climate risk increases so does the litigation risk. Where does international experience show business and government are most exposed? How real is the risk in New Zealand?

  • International disruption – On one hand the USA pulls out of the Paris Agreement. On the other the UK leads the charge with national legislation with real teeth. What does this mean for COP23 where the detail of the Paris Rule Book will be written? What is New Zealand’s role?

  • Revolutionising land use – Intensification of the primary sector is central to the Government’s Business Growth Agenda. But we’re running into environmental limits, and not just from climate emissions. It’s clear New Zealand’s land use patterns have to change. But what will that look like?

  • Adaptation – It’s not only about emissions reductions. Changing temperatures have physical impacts: on the sea, soil, biodiversity, and weather. To avoid getting caught short, business and government need to know what those impacts are and then plan for them. The question is, how?

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