VIC | Session 2: How smart cities will tackle a new energy landscape

    Business Forum 2017, VIC  | 

    Session 2: How smart cities will tackle a new energy landscape

    Urban populations are expected to grow by 63% between 2014 and 2050 and this creates unprecedented sustainability challenges including social instability.

    Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide.

    The opportunity is that people living in larger cities tend to have smaller energy footprints, require less infrastructure, consume less resources, and have higher productivity levels. A city of 8 million has 15% more productivity and 15% less infrastructure needs than do two cities of four million each.

    Governments and industry leading ‘smart city’ policies are investing in sustainable, efficient energy systems by integrating renewable power with conventional sources through an array of technology and innovation measured by sensors and the interconnectedness of networks in real time.

    It is through the interconnection of buildings, factories, vehicles, power generation plants and lighting, that cities will be "smart".

    This requires working on open and non-proprietary standards with governments, industry and consumers collaborating on new systems, retraining and integration of solutions.


    The panel will discuss the issues and opportunities, highlighting some of the planning and work that is already underway in this country.


    Prof. Petrina Coventry, Industry Professor - University of Adelaide

    Petrina Coventry is Industry Professor at Adelaide University Faculty of Professions and Business school based in Singapore.

    Her work in the area of cultural transformation, organization systems, sustainability ethics and governance has led to increased involvement with governments, industry associations and consulting groups across the Asian region.

    Petrina has spent over twenty years working in Asia, the United States and Europe with The General Electric Company, The Coca Cola Company, Proctor and Gamble and Santos Ltd. She has worked across multiple industry sectors including energy (renewable and fossil fuels), technology and innovation, fast moving consumer goods and financial services.

    On a regional and global level she has led a number of initiatives including due diligence, governance and organizational and system design for hydro, nuclear, solar, wind, biogas, oil and gas, controls and distribution businesses.

    Petrina is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute. She is a Non-executive director of AHRI, a Non-executive director of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, and a Non-executive director of Beston Global Food Company Ltd.


    Michel Masson, CEO - Infrastructure Victoria

    Michel started his career at Deloitte before joining the Bollore Group where he held various senior finance positions in the transport and logistics division in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2005 he joined Keolis as head of Finance and Operations for the International Division where he was responsible for leading public transport operations in seven countries and held various non-executive director positions in UK and German rail franchises.

    Michel was appointed CEO of Yarra Trams in 2009 and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia, before joining the Calibre group in 2014 to create and lead its Transport Infrastructure business.

    Michel is a graduate from the Harvard Business School (AMP), the EDHEC Business School in France, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential and is a member of the US CFA Institute.

    Jonathan Cartledge, Senior Manager, Government and Industry - Green Building Council Australia

    Jonathan leads the GBCA’s government relations and stakeholder management to drive the uptake of more liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable buildings, cities and communities. Jonathan brings over 15 years experience in senior management, government relations, strategy and project management roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the UK. Jonathan is Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Cities Task Group, he has a Master of International Studies with Honours from the University of Sydney, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Kieran Jacka, Manager, Power - Victoria - GHD

    Kieran is Principal Consultant and Manager of the Power Group in GHD’s Melbourne office. Kieran has 15 years’ experience in renewable energy project development, working for national and international project developers and consulting firms. Kieran’s experience includes all phases of development, design, construction and operation of large-scale wind farms and solar farms.

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