Conference Day Two - Wednesday 4 September

Registration and welcome coffee

Opening remarks from the Chair

Kylie Turner
System Lead - Sustainable Economies

Evolution of technology to reduce or capture emissions
Exploring technology to progress towards lower emissions steel

Gretta Stephens
Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability

Reducing carbon in manufacturing to yield a low emissions product
  • Examining the approach GFG Alliance is taking globally and across its two primary Australian businesses (Whyalla and InfraBuild) to reduce its emissions, led by the transition from Blast Furnace to Electric Arc Furnace-based steelmaking techniques
  • Exploring how these techniques adhere to the principles of material efficiency, which is something the market is demanding of manufacturers
  • Understanding the impact of emissions reduction on overall business performance and profitability

Steve Porter
Head of Sustainability Trade and Innovation
InfraBuild – a member of GFG Alliance

PANEL DISCUSSION: Approaching emerging technologies that are not yet commercially proven
  • What is the most useful way to analyse the financial risks associated with investing significantly in unproven technologies?
  • How do organisations move from the research and development or demonstration phase and into commercial deployment?
  • When to invest? - Balancing ‘jumping the gun’ and investing too early with the urgent need to find solutions that can reduce emissions now
  • How can companies achieve scale while remaining cost-competitive?


Blair Pritchard
Virescent Ventures


Andrew Cleland
General Manager, Distributed Energy & Site Solutions
Origin Zero

Andrew Cheah
Head of Group Energy
Borg Manufacturing

Paul Matuschka
"Sustainable in a Generation" Operations Lead
Mars Petcare Australia

Damien Dwyer
Director – Policy and International Relations
Low Emission Technology Australia (LET Australia)

Morning tea

Heat energy – alternative gases and hydrogen as replacements for natural gas
Examining the commercial feasibility of renewable gas / bio gas in an industrial facility
  • Exploring biomethane and renewable methane as immediate replacements for natural gas
  • Switching existing infrastructure to biogas and biomethane without costly re-tooling of manufacturing processes
  • Creating biomethane for onsite use

Melissa Perrow
General Manager Energy
Brickworks Building Products

Balancing risks and opportunities in the transition to low carbon heat energy (pre-recorded message)
  • Quantifying increases in the cost of production and the potential to reduce energy demand
  • Coping with the growing regulatory pressure to reduce emissions resulting in increased expenditure for abatement technologies
  • Exploring heat energy alternatives to reduce operating costs

Karen Durand
Corporate Sustainability Manager
Incitec Pivot

Networking lunch

PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the most realistic alternatives to high emission fuels for heat energy?
  • How should alternative gases and hydrogen be deployed (can they be retrofitted to existing facilities, or do they require whole new systems)?
  • What are the timelines for the kind of economies of scale and wide availability that will make low emission fuels viable?
  • What are the carrots and sticks that are going to make replacing natural gas attractive?


Linden Birch
Group Decarbonisation Manager
CSR Limited


Ross George

Melissa Perrow
General Manager Energy
Brickworks Building Products

Dominic Zaal
Director, Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI)

Building a workable net zero pathway
Stepping off: setting up a net zero plan that has achievable goals (and isn’t going to bankrupt the business)
  • Defining the financing needed to support the transition to a net zero
  • Effectively implementing and monitoring a net zero plan
  • Importance of transparent reporting and accountability mechanisms

Taku Ide
Head of Carbon
Cleanaway Waste Management

Creating clear, long-term development plans to support the implementation of a robust and resilient transition roadmap
  • Providing certainty and investment confidence for all stakeholders
  • Coordinating across levels of government to align the regulatory and policy mechanisms needed
  • Collaboration for shared infrastructure developments
  • Streamlining development approval processes

Tjakko Dijk
Technical Director Resilience

Afternoon tea
Call for industry partners to join World Green Building Council’s publication focusing on water conservation in the built environment

Mars Wodonga Energy Net Zero Roadmap, our journey – learnings, challenges, and achievements
  • Focussing on energy reduction through operational efficiency improvement and alternative technologies
  • Renewable energy considerations and our thermal energy toolkit
  • Technologies in our roadmap (and key considerations)

           - Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) with Thermal Energy Storage (TES)
           - Graphite Energy (GE) eTES (Thermal Energy Storage using electrical energy) to store heat and generate operational steam
           - Bioenergy
           - Renewable hydrogen
           - Geothermal
           - Energy sharing

Paul Matuschka
"Sustainable in a Generation" Operations Lead
Mars Petcare Australia

PANEL DISCUSSION: Using carbon credits without getting burnt
  • What is the impact of the Chubb Review and the government’s position paper on changes to the Safeguard Mechanism for Australia’s carbon market?
  • What are the risks that carbon purchased on the voluntary carbon market (carbon offsets) might not be delivered? What can be done to address this?
  • How should producers of carbon offsets manage the risk of natural catastrophe exposure?
  • How can ACCU’s overcome legitimacy issues?
  • What are the best ways of addressing future supply and pricing issues?


Jackie McKeon
Program Director
Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A)


Scott Cooper
Director, Commodities Trade & Carbon
Commonwealth Bank

Taku Ide
Head of Carbon
Cleanaway Waste Management

Tjakko Dijk
Technical Director Resilience

John Philipsz
Chief Executive Officer
Lockton Advisory

Sam Marshall
Development Director

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of day two and close of Industrial Net Zero 2023