A panel of experts from Switzerland and Australia will discuss, compare and contrast opportunities for energy innovation across various urban centres.
Ten years ago, a vision of a "2000-Watt Society" was developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. Energy consumption is limited to a maximum of 2000 watts per person and at least 75% of energy needs are met using renewable energy, meaning that only one tonne of greenhouse gas is given off per capita per year. Swiss energy efficiency experts, Roland Stultz, Martina Blum and Andreas Luzzi, will discuss how this vision can be achieved.
In Australia, the ACT government is committed to reaching a 90% renewable energy target and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020. Jon Sibley, Director of Energy and Waste Policy at the ACT's Environment and Planning Directorate, will outline their next generation renewables strategy incorporating an innovative pilot program of distributed energy storage. Dr Mike Smith of ANU Energy Change Institute will explore opportunities for energy efficiency in Australian cities.
This event is co-hosted by the ANU Energy Change Institute and the the Embassy of Switzerland.