Symposium highlights carbon skill opportunities

Australian industry is experiencing a paradigm shift with the introduction of a carbon price on 1 July 2012.

To support industry effectively transition to become competitive in a global low carbon economy, the Carbon Market Institute is bringing together industry and academia to identify and address the skills, competencies and capabilities required.

In a first-of-its-kind one day carbon skills symposium, industry representatives will share their views and expertise about the carbon skills for the future. Leading industry players will outline the capabilities they see as key to operating in a new low carbon world.

“With carbon pricing present and real in Australia, businesses are all too aware there are skills gaps to be filled,” says Carbon Market Institute executive director Mike Tournier.

“At the same time, employees see there is an opportunity to participate in this new market and want to understand what skills they will need to make their mark,” says Tournier.

“Australia’s leading educators are also keen to understand exactly what industry needs so they can develop their coursework to fill the gaps.”

All aspects of business will be impacted by the carbon price, and industry leaders from legal, accounting, engineering, energy, finance, commerce, environment and agribusiness sectors will discuss their organisation’s strategies to deal with the carbon price and their organisation’s future human capital needs.

CMI education and professional standards manager Peter Robertson says: “We’ve got a great line up of speakers and I think this offers a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting to plan their career progression and gain a competitive advantage in the future.”

  • Paul Simshauser, AGL, Chief Economist and Group Head of Corporate Affairs
  • Emma Herd, Westpac, Executive Director Emissions and Environment
  • Chris Mitchell, CO2 Group Limited, Executive Director Corporate Development
  • Brendan Bateman, Clayton Utz, Partner
  • Chris Raine, Alstom, President and Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand

With global carbon markets forecast to grow to over $20 trillion by 2020, this symposium offers an important strategic forum to discuss the educational needs of this rapidly developing international and domestic market.

“With a skills gap to be filled, there are opportunities for universities to obtain a strategic advantage through the provision of high quality education that meets industry’s needs,” Robertson says.

The CMI Academic Symposium, ‘Building Capacity for the New Low Carbon Economy’ will be held in Melbourne on 3 July 2012.

The program and registration details are available at www.carbonmarketinstitute.org

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For more information, please contact:

Carbon Market Institute Communications Manager Gabrielle Callahan
Phone: 03 9245 0960 or 0408 997 486
Email: info@carbonmarketinstitute.org

The Carbon Market Institute is an independent membership-based not-for-profit organisation. Our aim is to assist Australian businesses in meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with the developing national and international carbon markets and thereby build capacity to grow in a low-carbon world.

Established with support from the Victorian Government, our Asia-Pacific wide membership represents a broad range of professionals, organisations and industry providers for whom carbon will have a direct impact on their businesses both in terms of liabilities and potential opportunities.

The Institute has a strong research program and provides market analysis, education and training, business networking and information services and international engagement. CMI is also developing professional standards and an accreditation program.

CMI incorporates and builds on the networks, partnerships and services developed by the former Asia-Pacific Emissions Trading Forum (AETF) which began operations in 1998. CMI commenced operation on 1 January 2011 with a mandate to assist Australian business with the implementation of climate-related markets, both in terms of managing risk and realising business opportunities.

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