De-carbonising for growth: why everyone is wrong about the costs of addressing climate change

Event type: 
Public Lecture
29 April 2014

Rex Vowels Theatre (F17)

Dr Michael Molitor
Professorial Visiting Fellow Climate Change Research Centre

We will rapidly de-carbonize the global energy system not because we care sufficiently about the enormous risks flowing from a climate system profoundly modified by human activity but because, in the absence of this gigantic infrastructure investment opportunity, we will never generate sufficient economic growth between now and 2050.  

This inevitable outcome has dramatic implications for Australia’s future energy supply and prosperity.

Dr Michael Molitor
Professorial Visiting Fellow
Climate Change Research Centre

Date: Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - 18:15
Where: Rex Vowels Theatre (F17)
Audience / Guests: Alumni
Cost: Free

About Dr Michael Molitor

Michael Molitor has a PhD from Cambridge University, England and was a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He has also held academic appointments at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University.

He is the founder of CarbonShift Ltd, an Australian company with a focus on helping companies develop, implement and communicate strategies to respond to the challenge of a climate system modified by human activity. CarbonShift, which is based in Sydney, has partnered with PricewaterhouseCoopers to deliver corporate carbon management strategies that both protect and enhance shareholder value.

Before entering the business world, Michael was a leading earth systems academic for 10 years. Dr Molitor was a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego and the Climate Research Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He also served as an external advisor to BP on the development of the company's climate change strategy and attended most of the United Nations negotiations on climate change since 1991.