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22 - 23 March 2021
BCEC, Brisbane

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Arron Wood, Conference MC

The conference program was the highlight of NCTCE2019 and we are proud to bring an even more comprehensive speaker line-up to Brisbane in 2021. Arron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and former Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year will return as MC bringing a strong, knowledgeable voice to provide the link between the corporate, industry government and community.

The theme for 2021 will be Cleantech: Fast tracking sustainable growth and focus on the opportunities for the Cleantech industry as an instigator of innovation, economic development, creative collaborations and inclusive prosperity.

Program Highlights

  • Learn from case studies across energy, waste, water, built environment , agriculture, manufacturing and circular economy
  • Exclusive investment Master Class with Creel Price
  • Over 40 speakers across 3 breakout streams
  • Breakout streams: Business & Industry Growth | Sustainable Solutions
  • Dedicated waste-to-energy / waste-to-resource stream
  • Exhibition floor Knowledge Hub for technical demonstrations and research insights
  • Networking opportunities throughout to meet and do business with cleantech producers, innovators, buyers and investors

DAY 1: Monday 22th March 2021

09.00 - 09.10.

Welcome to Country

09.10 - 09.20

Conference Open

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Arron Wood, MC, Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne
Arron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and former Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year will return as MC again in 2020.
09.20 - 09.40

Welcome

09.45 - 10.30

Opening Keynote

Cleantech: Fast Tracking sustainable growth

MORNING TEA
11.00 - 11.45

Panel Discussion

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Facilitator: John O'Brien, Partner, Energy Transition & Decarbonisation, Deloitte Financial Advisory
John joined Deloitte in 2018 with over 20 years’ experience in the Australian and Asian clean energy and clean technology sectors. He is a strategic advisor to industry, government andinvestors on energy transition, decarbonisation, renewable energy and the cleantechnology sector. His expertise includes strategy development, commercial and financial analysis, project development, project financing, risk and opportunityassessment and policy and acquisition advice. John is a current member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Technical Advisory Panel. In 2007, John established Australian CleanTech, a strategic and corporate advisory firm focussed on the growth of energy and environmental technologies. During this time he represented South Australia at global climate change conferences through his role on the Premier’s Climate Change Council.

What's good for the planet is good for business

11.50 - 12.30

Case Study:

From Promise to Reality - aligning business strategy with SGDs to solve global challenges

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Audrey Barucchi, General Manager - Marketing, Calix Limited
Audrey joined Calix in 2012 and is responsible for all marketing and communication activities including developing Calix’s brand, customer relationship management, public relations, sales support and events. Audrey specialises in the fields of marketing and communications for engineering businesses and has a thorough understanding of the engineering industry. Audrey holds a Master of Business (SKEMA Business School), an MBA in International Business, speaks four languages and is a certified Yoga Instructor. I like to believe that, no matter what we do for a living, we can impact for positive change. If marketing can sell more cars, promote financial services or create social phobia to increase pharmaceutical sales, it can also inspire people to contribute to a better world.

Session Overview

How an Australian company found purpose in aligning its purpose, business strategy, investment, innovation, technology and collaboration with the SDGs. A thriving society requires a thriving environment. Everyone deserves clean air, human rights, safe housing, access to food, and peace but this is not always the reality. Governments and businesses make decisions that have a real impact on our society and our environment, and many places around the world struggle to provide even the basics for their people. Governments drive policies and regulations while businesses define their own strategies.

By aligning innovation and development initiatives with the UN SDGs, Calix is driven to make an impactful and meaningful contribution towards preventing future harm to our planet. The core technology is an innovative (and Australian) process that produces new, highly active, safe and earth-friendly minerals. Driven by a purpose of solving global challenges, Calix uses these minerals to: improve the sustainability of water treatment; tackle carbon emissions from polluting industries like cement and lime manufacturing; create renewable energy; protect ageing infrastructure; improve food production without compromising the planet; and develop new battery materials.

Key Takeaways

  1. It’s not so much what we do, it’s why we do it - the importance of business purpose.
  2. While a brand can be defined as the outward manifestation of a company's DNA, the culture is where your brand is born.
  3. How we use the UN SDGs to seize opportunity.
12.30pm LUNCH
Stream One:
Business and Industry Growth
Stream Two:
Sustainable Solutions
13.30 - 14.00

Move for Less: making clean transport technologies tangible for consumers

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Angela Heck, Senior Manager Sustainability Marketing And Communications, CitySmart
Angela has an extensive marketing and communications track-record and particularly deep expertise around engaging end-users effectively and ensuring they stay connected and engaged. While at CitySmart, Angela has helped to significantly grow our sustainability communications channels and platforms, including Live For Less (audience 40,000+), Green Heart Life (audience 48,000+), and Green Heart Fairs (25,000+ attendees per event). Through major engagements with the Queensland Government, Angela has also delivered communication strategies for the ground-breaking Energy Savvy Families, Reduce Your Juice and Flood Resilient Homes Programs, collectively connecting with over 7,000 individual households. Prior to working at CitySmart, Angela worked in senior roles at finance institutions, where she focused on customer loyalty programs, as well as WWF, where she played a key role in delivering climate change initiatives like Earth Hour. Angela holds an MBA specialising in Sustainable Environmental Marketing.

Brisbane organisations fast tracking sustainable growth

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Brad Jeavons, Principal Consultant, SA Partners
Brad Jeavons is an Organisation Improvement Leader whose purpose is helping people reach their potential to help socially and environmentally focused organisations achieve excellence and ultimately help their customers, society and the environment. Brad believes that an excellence journey conducted in the right manner will bring organisations multi-faceted results including profit, environmental gains and social benefits. Brad and SA Partners have worked with many organisations ranging from Government, retail, packaging, supply chain, Manufacturers, Medical and Social. Brad as part of SA Partners helps organisations take a Lean and Green journey towards the Circular Economy as well as greater outcomes for their customers, employees and the organisation.”
14.00 - 14.30

Investing in Innovation

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Ben Gust, Executive Director - Innovation Fund at clean Energy Finance Corporation
Ben Gust leads the Innovation Fund at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. He is responsible for managing the CEFC’s portfolio of investments in innovative, fast growth businesses with the ability to make a significant contribution to the growth of the clean energy sector. Before joining the CEFC Ben was a Managing Director of GBS Venture Partners, one of Australia’s leading life-science Venture Capital firms where he worked for 15 years and remains a Director. He has held a number of board roles with companies such as Hatchtech Pty Ltd, Spinifex Inc, Ivantis Inc. and many others, including the winners of two AVCAL best early stage investment in 2015 and 2016. Ben holds a Victorian legal practicing certificate, earned his Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Science degrees from Monash University and has a GDip. in Applied Finance and Investment.

Redefining Sustainability in the Construction Model

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Harley Weston, Managing Director, Solaire Properties
14.30 - 15.00

EleXsys™ - Unlocking Commercial Rooftop Solar’s Limitless Potential

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Richard Romanowski, Director - Stakeholder Engagement & Strategy, Planet Ark Power

Session Overview

The emergence of voltage instability from exporting surplus solar energy back into the grid is impacting energy reliability across communities. As grids were not constructed to allow for substantial reverse energy flows, network operators have implemented measures to curtail the export of DER such as rooftop solar to ensure voltages remain within statutory limits. These measures act as a financial disincentive for large-scale commercial and industrial building owners to invest in rooftop solar PV and batteries beyond meeting their on-site energy needs. This results in the largest, least-cost opportunity to decarbonise energy grids to remain unrealised.

This session examines Planet Ark Power's AI and advanced power electronics platform eleXsys™ which allows the seamless export of large-scale rooftop solar thereby strengthening the case for commercial rooftop solar.

Key Takeaways

  1. Commercial rooftop solar farms are key to faster decarbonisation of grids
  2. Australian technology accelerating global transition to distributed renewable energy networks
  3. New financing and business models to spur investment in VPPs/microgrids

Partnerships and collaboration are the foundation of a circular economy.

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Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO & Co-Founder, The World's Biggest Garage Sale
Award-winning Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder of the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), is on a mission to turn Australia’s circular economy aspirations into reality while at the same time providing social good. In 2017 she ditched a lucrative salary to commit full-time to her role as CEO and Co-founder of WBGS, a Brisbane based organisation designing solutions to commercialise the circular economy through the activation of dormant goods for good. She is living proof that we can make a positive impact on people’s lives and the future of the planet through the events and experiences we create.

Session Overview

With global idle assets exceeding $4 trillion USD and dead inventory costing US retailers $50 billion annually, new partnerships and collaborations are needed to create the foundations required for a thriving circular economy. Executing on their big vision of activating dormant goods for good and impact,the World’s Biggest Garage Sale’s most recent project ‘If The Shoe Fits’ has focussed on repurposed dead inventory or obsolete goods while making a profit for purpose. Additionally, a project commenced in September 2019, where WBGS partnered with a major retailer in Australia to help them deliver a more sustainable outcome for their shareholders, focusing on the diversion of returned goods from landfill. These project demonstate innovation and agility to deliver tangible and measurable outcomes at scale. Both projects were born out of strong and proactive partnerships and collaborations, including local government, small business, big corporations, charities andcommunities joining together to collaborate for collective impact.

Key Takeaways

  1. Partnerships and collaborations are fundamental to create the supply-chain connections required for a thriving circular economy.
  2. Why mainstream retail is ready for circular economy shopping.
  3. There is a circular economy market for 'Retail Returns'.
AFTERNOON TEA
15.30 - 16.00

The Green New Deal: Fossil Fuel Divestment and Renewable Reinvestment

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Matthew Rimmer, Professor Of Intellectual Property And Innovation Law, QUT
Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is a leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law research program, and a member of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QUT DMRC), the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research (QUT ACHLR), and the QUT International Law and Global Governance Research Program (QUT IP IL). Rimmer has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, and Indigenous Intellectual Property. Rimmer is the author of a monograph, Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies (Edward Elgar, September 2011), and the editor of the collection, Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice (Springer, 2018).

Session Overview

This thought-provoking presentation discusses the concept of a Green New Deal, the growth of fossil fuel divestment and how such resolutions could be implemented in the Australian context. Drawing on the socially transformative Green New Deals that have been proposed in Europe and North America, QUT’s Dr Matthew Rimmer will discuss the increasing push by cities and local governments to adopt fossil fuel divestment policies, the move towards ethical and impact investment by philanthropic organisations, religious institutions and national sovereign wealth funds. The fossil fuel divestment strategies of the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund will be discussed as an example of the reinvestment movement in respect of renewable energy, climate action, and sustainable development.

Key Takeaways

  1. What could a Green New Deal look like for Australia?
  2. What would the implications be on fossil fuel divestment and renewable energy reinvestment?
  3. How does a Green New Deal aim to mitigate climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pay for itself whilst simultaneously addressing social inequities?
16.00 - 16.45

Renewable energy developments for Indigenous Land owners

16:45

Day One wrap up Close Day One

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Arron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne
Arron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and former Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year will return as MC again in 2020.

DAY 2: Tuesday 23th March 2021

7.00am - 8.15am

Breakfast Event

To empower a sustainable planet

Providence Asset Group

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Alan Yu
Alan Yu, Chief Investment Officer, Providence Asset Group
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Paul Hodgson
Paul Hodgson– General Manager, NERA
Paul Hodgson is General Manager, Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement (East Coast) for the National Energy Resources Australia industry growth centre. He works with stakeholders to increase the productivity, competitiveness and export potential of the energy resources sector. He has a Bachelor of International Business, a Master of Sustainable Development and has recently commenced a part-time PhD in Small to Medium Enterprise Succession. He has spent over 20 years exploring the competitiveness of businesses, industries and regions, and designing and implementing strategies to improve performance through innovation and collaboration.
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Professor Nicholas Fisk
Professor Nick Fisk, Deputy vice Chancellor Research, UNSW
Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) provides strategic leadership and support to the Vice-Chancellor and President in the generation of external research income and improving UNSW’s overall research performance, and in attracting and retaining outstanding academic staff, research only staff and higher degree research students to UNSW.
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Prof Glen Wightwick
Prof Glen Wightwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UTS
Professor Glenn Wightwick is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Technology Sydney where he has responsibility for the university’s strategy around innovation and entrepreneurship as well as industry engagement. Prior to this Professor Glenn Wightwick was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at UTS for 3.5 years and previously spent 27.5 years working at IBM in Australia, the USA and China in a variety of technical and leadership roles in systems engineering, development and research.
08.30 - 08.40

Day Two Welcome and Introduction

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Arron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne
Arron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and former Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year will return as MC again in 2020.
08.50 - 09.30

Cleantech Growth: Insights from the Edge of Tomorrow

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Creel Price
Creel Price had launched ten businesses before finishing high school and a further two at university. At age of twenty-five, he co-founded Blueprint Management Group with $5,000 dollars and grew it to over a 1,000 employees - exiting a decade later for a $109 million. Since then Creel has dedicated his time fostering entrepreneurship on a global scale. His Club Kidpreneur Foundation has helped launch 14,000 micro-businesses in 700 schools across Australia. He is the author of best-selling business book The One Thing to Win at the Game of Business and through his latest venture, Investible, he has invested in over 70 companies including seed investments in unicorns Canva and Ipsy and holds founder development programs across five countries. Sir Richard Branson, in his book Screw Business As Usual, described Creel as ‘the living, breathing definition of an entrepreneur’."

Session Overview

The case for rapid innovation and iteration in the Cleantech industry has never been greater, with the sector uniquely positioned to actively fulfill the objectives of sustainable growth. In this thought-provoking keynote, Creel Price will give a front row seat into the fast-paced world of early stage tech innovation and investment. Combining learnings from his own eventful entrepreneurial journey building and selling one of Australia’s fastest growing tech businesses with his more recent journey as one of Australia’s most active angel investors, Creel will give insight into how the Cleantech industry can seize upon disruption to accelerate alternative funding and business models. These insights will address the urgency to find a new way of driving economic growth in Australia.

09.35 - 10.30

Panel Discussion:

Environment right for sustainable/ESG Investment

MORNING TEA
Stream One:
Business and Industry Growth
Stream Two:
Sustainable Solutions
Stream three:
Waste to Energy and Resources
Masterclass
11.00 - 11.30

Business Growth session to be announced

A Blueprint for driving sustainable change across the built environment

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Carlos Flores, Director, NABERS

Session Overview

The past decade saw Australia experience a sustainable revolution in buildings. Government policies, investment drivers and industry leadership helped Australian commercial property companies achieve record carbon emission reductions and top all major global building sustainability rankings. In this masterclass, NABERS Director Carlos Flores will untangle the complex web of financial, technology and environmental drivers that lead to such rapid change in Australian commercial buildings. In doing so, he will explore how these lessons can be distilled into a blueprint to drive sustainable change across the rest of the Australian economy and beyond.

Key Takeaways

  1. The path some Australian property companies took to become world leaders in sustainability in the past decade.
  2. How organisations in other sectors of the economy could use some of these lessons to become global sustainability leaders.
  3. A blueprint for how Australia could build on current strengths to be the world leader in sustainable finance and technology by 2030.

Bioenergy Australia Panel Discussion
How bioenergy is driving new industry, innovation, jobs and sustainable growth

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Shahana McKenzie, Bioenergy Australia
Shahana McKenzie is the CEO of Bioenergy Australia. Since joining Bioenergy Australia in 2017, Shahana has the responsibility for leading Bioenergy Australia’s contribution on matters such as climate science, jobs creation, regional development, and energy supply, to ensure national benefits for the next decade and beyond. An immediate priority for Bioenergy Australia is to ensure bioenergy features prominently in considerations at all levels of government as they plan and implement energy strategies and policies. Shahana has been appointed as:
  • International Energy Agency Bioenergy, Australian Exco Joint Committee Member
  • Member of the Commonwealth Fuel Standards Consultative Committee
  • Member of the NSW Forest Industries Taskforce R&D Advisory Group
  • Member of the ACCC Fuel Consultative Committee
  • Member of the NSW Government Biofuels Expert Panel
  • Member of the QLD Bio futures Industry Advisory Group

Session Overview

Global decarbonisation is reliant on the development of alternative and sustainable fuels to support all transport sectors such as road, aviation and marine. Globally, biofuels production is projected to increase 10-fold by 2060, making it a major player in decarbonisation of transport worldwide. Sustainable bio-based fuels present therefore an opportunity for the development of a new industry in Australia that could potentially transform regional economies. Hear from industry leaders, airlines and fuel producers on how a local industry would create jobs, enhance fuel security, reduce emissions and build stronger regional economies.

Master Class:
How to be Investible

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Creel Price
Creel Price had launched ten businesses before finishing high school and a further two at university. At age of twenty-five, he co-founded Blueprint Management Group with $5,000 dollars and grew it to over a 1,000 employees - exiting a decade later for a $109 million. Since then Creel has dedicated his time fostering entrepreneurship on a global scale. His Club Kidpreneur Foundation has helped launch 14,000 micro-businesses in 700 schools across Australia. He is the author of best-selling business book The One Thing to Win at the Game of Business and through his latest venture, Investible, he has invested in over 70 companies including seed investments in unicorns Canva and Ipsy and holds founder development programs across five countries. Sir Richard Branson, in his book Screw Business As Usual, described Creel as ‘the living, breathing definition of an entrepreneur’."

Session Overview

As Australia’s most active early-stage investment group, Creel’s team at Investible assess over 2,500 pitch decks annually in order to invest in 25 companies. This Master Class draws from the insights and data from the work Investible has done with thousands of startup founders around the world and in their own early stage investments Creel Price will share the 16 key elements of investibility to help maximise your chances of securing investment. Key take-outs include:

Key Takeaways

  1. A founder assessment methodology that considers 48 founder attitudes and motivations
  2. A business model framework to increase the desirability, feasibility, viability and durability of your business
  3. The four deal factors that will determine which investor is suited to your business
11.30 - 12.00

How strategic management of IP is underpinning cleantech's rapid growth

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Gareth Dixon, Principal, Shelston IP
Dr Gareth Dixon is a Principal at Shelston IP, a patent attorney with more than 16 years’ experience – and a cleantech IP specialist. Among other portfolios, he is lead IP counsel for Hazer Group Limited, and regional/Australasian counsel for a number of international cleantech companies including Nalco Water, Ecolab USA and Lonza. He also works closely with universities and their spin-out enterprises throughout the cleantech/chemistry space. Gareth is a staunch advocate of the patent system facilitating efforts to clean up the planet, and encourages clients to view IP as a tool, rather than a hindrance.

Session Overview

As a cleantech SME or start-up you have most likely committed tens of thousands of dollars to developing a new product, which you need to be able to recoup when you enter the market. There’s only one problem: your competitors, who haven’t spent a cent, can swoop in, copy your product and undercut you – unless, of course, you have a patent (or other forms of IP). Creating tangible value leads to a paradigm shift in the way innovation comapnies come to view their IP, something that is particularly true of the Australian cleantech industry. This presentation will drill down on how IP can be an effective strategic business tool and identify where your company's IP may reside.

Key Takeaways

  1. IP as a “necessary evil”. How to justify expenditure on intangibles when there are plenty of other things to worry about.
  2. How strong patent protection, existing in the intersection of science, law and commerce, can add real value to an enterprise’s bottom line.
  3. Patent and IP myth-busting. Does changing a patented technology by 5% avoid infringement? Is there a “world” patent? Can you be sued for simply experimenting?

Case study:

South Australian Produce Markets – An Innovative Hybrid Energy Solution

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Damian Edwards, Senior Energy Specialist, CQ Energy
12.00 - 12.30

Opportunities for cleantech in agriculture

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Cass Mao, Principle Advisor, Agthentic

Case Study:
AI-Driven Energy and Operational Efficiency

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Roy Arindam, Vice President, BuildingIQ
Roy Arindam, Vice President & MD - Construction Services at BuildingIQ, is responsible for direct and channel activities across Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has extensive experience across building technologies such as energy optimization technologies, building automation systems, integrated extra low-voltage systems (IELVS- OBSI), energy metering and reporting solutions, fire detection, and fighting solutions, and security solutions. With his background spanning across the new construction business and services business, Roy understands where the gaps exist. He is working diligently to drive analytics and efficiency technologies to close the gap thereby delivering improved customer experience.

Adding value to waste and reducing landfill with MIHG technology

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Dennis Doucet, Managing Director, Wildfire Energy
LUNCH
Stream One:
Business and Industry Growth
Stream Two:
Sustainable Solutions
Stream Three:
Waste to Energy and Resources.
13.30 - 14.00

How to engage with CRCs as an SME

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Dr Tony Peacock

Session Overview

This session is a 'must attend' for any cleantech producer wanting to know how to work with Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). Australia's CRC Program supports Australian industries' ability to compete and produce by helping industry partner with the research sector to solve industriy-identified issues. Hear from the Cooperative Research Association CEO on the programs objectives and how clenatech innovators, businesses and researchers can tap into CRC funding to help drive the industry forward. This presentation will demystify the CRC Program, include examples of existing and past CRC programs and the impact they had on those industries.

Case study:

Energy mobility - driving global business opportunities and environmental benefit

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Dr David Finn, CEO and Founder, Tritium
David is one of Tritium’s co-founders and CEO. He aligns the company’s products and technology development with emerging market needs and manages the company’s growth. David led Tritium’s expansion from 10 employees to more than 300 from 2014 to 2019. The company now has three global locations with products installed in more than 29 countries. An engineer by trade, David was a key architect of Tritium’s DC fast charging technology. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at international engineering, cleantech and electric vehicle events, including the Queensland Energy Storage Summit (2016), EV Roadmap in Portland (2017), and the EV Charge Point Symposium in Nice (2018). He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Session Overview

From Brisbane start-up to world-leading developer of electric vehicle charging technology, Tritium is an exciting case study in the opportunities available from the rapidly growing e-mobility segment. The e-mobility economy is more than just passenger vehicles. The charging infrastructure for these vehicles is essential in the transition to clean, zero-emission transport across all vehicle sectors. Hear from Tritium CEO Dr. David Finn about how the company he founded with two Brisbane university mates has achieved global success on their mission for cleaner, healthy and more convenient cities. Learn about Dr. Finn’s vision for a future of true energy mobility and the many new business opportunities that will come from this segment.

Key Takeaways

Learn about the opportunities in the zero-emission mobility space. Understand what energy mobilisation and the opportunities that will arise from this. How health benefits and economic opportunity come from mass uptake of e-mobility.

13.30 - 13.50

What to do with plastic? Innovations in recycling and production

1) Chemical recycling as a circular solution for End-of-Life Plastic

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Len Humphrys, CEO, Licella
Dr Len Humphreys is the inventor of a number of patents around the Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) and is Co-Founder and CEO of Licella Holdings. Len is also a Director of Mura Technologies, global Cat-HTR plastic partners and of iQ Renew, Australian Cat-HTR plastic partners. Len is also Director and Co-Founder of battery start-up Gelion. Len is a chartered chemist and the former Director and Managing Director of several renewable energy companies including Novera Energy and ASX listed IBA Health (now I-Soft), a healthcare IT software provider. Len held Managing Director and Regional President roles inside the European Invensys Group. In Europe, Len was a senior executive inside the Mannesmann Group; in particular he was CEO of the Hartmann and Braun process Analytical Division based in the UK. Len is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry..

2) Introducing A Technology to Manage New Plastic Waste

3) Plastic Roads - A circular Economy Game Change

4) Case study: TBA

14.00 - 14.30

R & D grant and incentive processes and pitfalls

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Dave Smith, Associate, BDO
Dave has a background in scientific R&D that has led to curiosity and interest in innovation leading to working in industry across the world for over 10 years. He has been advising on grants and the R&D Tax Incentive for over 10 years.

Session Overview

Government grant and incentive programs are often confusing, providing limited or complex guidance materials regarding eligibility and merit criteria. This makes it difficult for businesses to determine if they should invest the time and resources into the application process. This session will provide valuable guidance on navigating the R & D grant process, discussing the common pitfalls applicants make, what to avoid and suggested inclusion items to strenghten your application.

Key Takeaways

  1. Understand what the grant or incentive is targeting
  2. Have the right supporting documentation
  3. Why grant process and government decisions take time

Getting cleantech into fleets - it's not about the tech

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Mark Gjerek, Director, Mov3ment

Session Overview

New vehicle technologies are exciting, sometimes confusing, and often expensive. Adopting cleantech into a fleet – an area of the business that is traditionally quite conservative and operationally focussed – often requires a paradigm shift. It requires the right motivation and the right foundations for success. Hybrids, electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel, even new safety systems, all require behaviour change and support. No fleet has transitioned to EVs using a bottom-up approach: nearly all start with an executive leadership commitment or target. Even after that, there is a need to change systems and behaviours like procurement rules, business case considerations, finance and accounting, data collection, and staff training (to name a few). Some fleets have discovered the hard way what they need to do, others don’t even know where to start. The tech is ready but the organisations aren’t. This session will cover the main strategic issues and barriers to consider in preparing your organisation for a clean fleet transition – both cars and commercial vehicles.

14.10 - 14.30
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Peter Tamblyn, Sales & Marketing Manager Asia Pacific
Peter joined Close the Loop (CtL) in May 2014 with a broad experience in senior sales leadership roles working with Ricoh, Lexmark and Computershare. As part of CtL’s commitment to the resource recovery, recycling and circular economy sector, Peter takes an active industry role and is the current President of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR). Close the Loop has become a recognised leader in the development of innovative asphalt and sprayseal additives using recycled polymers to make high performance roads, and Peter has led the engagement with all levels of Government and corporates to champion circular economy solutions.

Session Overview

Why are plastic roads a circular economy game-changer? Climate change is top of mind for global communities but there is a general sense of helplessness in terms of how an individual can make a difference other than to demonstrate against the lack of climate action. This presentation highlights a great example of the circular economy in action where communities can participate directly to manufacture low carbon asphalt using mixed soft plastics that were otherwise destined for landfill.

Key Takeaways

  1. Why using recycled polymers in roads builds better quality roads
  2. How individuals can make a daily difference to climate change through active participation in the circular economy
  3. Why ratepayers should demand low carbon asphalt containing recycled household mixed soft plastics from their local governments as a simple and tangible solution to better recycling and climate change
14.30 - 14.50

Case study: To be announced

14.30 - 15.00

Panel Discussion:

The road to export holy grail

Case Study:

Mobility

AFTERNOON TEA
15.30 - 16.00

Plenary Case Study

16.00 - 16.30 Closing Keynote
16.30 - 16.45

Close Day Two