Finalists announced for CMI Awards 2012

Australia’s peak body for carbon market professionals has announced the finalists for its inaugural annual awards which recognise excellence, leadership and outstanding achievement in carbon markets.

The Carbon Market Institute says there are a number of individuals and business – both in industry and in government – that have contributed significantly to building capacity in carbon markets to enable growth in a low-carbon world.

The CMI Awards recognise the considerable effort that has been made in progressing the transition to a new low carbon economy.

“There are some inspiring individuals who have the passion and drive to make a difference. We recognised there are some really good stories that can be told and the CMI Awards allow that to happen,” says Carbon Market Institute executive director Mike Tournier.

“The number and quality of nominations received has been impressive to say the least and finalists can take great pride in their selection,” says Tournier.

Held in conjunction with the southern hemisphere’s largest carbon trade fair and conference, Carbon Expo Australasia, the Carbon Market Institute’s awards ceremony will recognise the importance of people and their positive impact on building capacity in carbon markets to enable growth in a low-carbon world.

There are three award categories.

Most Outstanding Contribution to Carbon Markets for the Year
This is an award for quantifiable excellence and is open to individuals and organisations who demonstrate outstanding, innovative and/or entrepreneurial business achievements in carbon markets or related activities that significantly benefit the market. The winner will be recognised as someone that has influenced the future growth and success of carbon markets.

The finalists are:

  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Climate Friendly
  • CO2 Group
  • Elisa de Wit, Partner and Head of Climate Change, Norton Rose Australia
  • Ernst & Young
  • Shayleen Thompson, First Assistant Secretary, Land Division, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
  • David White, Manager Sustainability and Climate Change, Virgin Australia
  • Martijn Wilder AM, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Journalist of the Year
Awarded for journalistic excellence for a body of work published or broadcast in any medium in the past year, the award recognises the positive contribution by a journalist to the future of carbon markets through fair and balanced reporting.

The finalists are:

  • Murray Griffin, Carbon + Environment Daily
  • Adam Morton, Fairfax – The Age
  • Marcus Priest, The Australian Financial Review

Personality of the Year
This award highlights the personalities that have achieved cut-through in and for the market with their passion and drive that will underpin the transition to a low-carbon world.

The finalists are:

  • Nick Armstrong , COzero
  • Michelle East, Certainty Compliance
  • Anthony Hobley, Norton Rose
  • Jennifer Lauber Patterson, Frontier Carbon
  • Freddy Sharpe, Climate Friendly
  • Wayne Sharpe, Carbon Trade Exchange
  • Martijn Wilder, Baker & McKenzie

The winners will be announced at the CMI Awards Dinner on Thursday, 8 November in Melbourne at Showtime Events Centre at South Wharf, just a short walk from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre where Carbon Expo Australasia is being held.

For more information, please contact:

Carbon Market Institute Communications Manager Gabrielle Callahan
Phone: 03 9245 0960
Twitter: @CarbonMarketIns #CMIawards

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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