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Creating a Zero Emission Community Pilot for the Hunter Region

8 June 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Online and in-person event

How might the Hunter region transition to net zero emissions?

CSIRO, Fulbright Australia and The University of Newcastle will convene an expert panel to consider the necessary steps, featuring:

  • Engineer/entrepreneur/inventor Dr Saul Griffith proposing a compellingly simple formula for the Australian energy transition
  • Energy economist Dr Jenny Hayward considering the cost of available technology options
  • Consumer representative Brian Spak outlining how Australian consumers decide and how well they are informed
  • Local government voice Catherine Pepper speaking about multi-stakeholder collaboration in a Hunter Region community
  • State government representative Adam Clarke describing evolving higher-level policy initiatives in New South Wales and Australia.


  • Dr. Subbu Sethuvenkatraman | Research Group Leader, Energy Systems CSIRO


  • Dr. Jessica Allen | University of Newcastle
  • Prof. Gregor Henze | University of Colorado & NREL | Fulbright Distinguished Chair at CSIRO


Dr Saul Griffith

Dr. Saul Griffith
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor
Founder of Rewiring Australia
Founder of Otherlab, San Francisco USA
Dr Jenny Hayward

Dr. Jenny Hayward
Energy Economist
Energy Economist at CSIRO Energy Centre, Newcastle

Mr Brian Spak

Mr. Brian Spak
Consumer Representative
Director for Energy System Transition at Energy Consumers Australia

Ms Catherine Pepper

Ms. Catherine Pepper
Local Government
Manager Environment & Sustainability
Maitland City Council
Mr Adam Clarke

Mr. Adam Clarke
State Government
Manager Planning and Policy,
Energy Corporation of NSW


CSIRO Energy Centre, 10 Murray Dwyer Cct, Mayfield West NSW