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Achieving net zero emissions is the task of this generation.


Canvassing the actions and investments we’ll need to make net zero practically achievable for all, the Technology to Zero Summit brings together public and private-sector leaders to build momentum toward the Glasgow Climate Summit and ensure we can deliver on the global ambition of the historic Paris Agreement.

Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, The Hon George Brandis QC, said getting to net zero was no longer a debate of if or why — but a challenge of how.

“To translate our ambition into action, we must build historic partnerships between businesses, researchers and governments right across the world,” High Commissioner Brandis said.

“The Clean Technology Partnership we signed with the United Kingdom in July was an important first step toward rolling out priority technologies like clean hydrogen, green steel and aluminium, battery storage and carbon capture; but so much of the heavy-lifting on this critical journey will be done by the private sector.

From critical mineral supply chains to transmission infrastructure and green energy generation, sharing knowledge between our two energy sectors will led to investment in new jobs and enhanced opportunities for emissions reduction.

By convening a summit in the United Kingdom in the days before COP 26, we are building momentum toward Glasgow and providing a practical demonstration of how cooperation between our two world-leading energy economies can successfully lead the transition to a prosperous net zero future.

Australia’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ireland & Nordics and Acting General Manager Europe, Jennifer Mackinlay, welcomed the high level of collaboration between Australian and UK low-emissions technology firms.

“In the run up to COP 26, we look forward to continuing to support the bilateral trade and investment relationship in the transition to our net zero emissions future,” Jennifer Mackinlay said.

I look forward to welcoming our participants and guests to Australia House for this important opportunity to build further links between our two world-leading energy economies and showcase the remarkable work taking place today.

The Hon George Brandis QC


Our keynote speakers


Across Australia and the United Kingdom, creative solutions are being deployed to expand industries, create jobs and get emissions down. Join world-leading innovators and investors to hear how a prosperous net zero future is within reach.

Welcome: Our ambition for a net zero world

Mr Brandis has had a distinguished career in law and politics in Australia. A barrister by profession, he served as a Senator in the Australian Parliament for 18 years. He was a Minister in the Governments of John Howard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull. His ministerial appointments included Minister for the Arts, Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate. As Attorney-General, he was responsible for the reform of Australia’s espionage and foreign interference laws, and played a leading role in the introduction of marriage equality in Australia in 2017.

The Hon George Brandis QC

High Commissioner for Australia to the United Kingdom, Australian Government

The Legacy of our Generation

We all know the question before us is no longer if or why we should act urgently on climate change — it’s about how. The challenge before us, while technically complex, is rather simply articulated like this: how do we affect the greatest commercial transformation of our world since the Industrial Revolution in a way which preserves and enhances our natural world and prosperity? I sincerely hope that today's Summit represents a significant moment in rising to this most-urgent of occasions.


Session 1: Achieving an electric planet

We need an ambitious plan to change the practices of our civilisation, and to achieve the rapid commercial transformation of our economies. In this session, Australia's clean-technology leader, Dr Alan Finkel and BHP's Chief Technical, Laura Tyler, about how Australia is bringing government, researchers and industry together to transform our energy sector.

Dr Alan Finkel AO

Special Adviser on Low Emissions Technology, Australian Government

Laura Tyler

Chief Technical Officer, BHP


Session 2: Driving to zero in global business

We are inexorably moving toward a zero-emissions future, and our region is transitioning to a new energy economy with opportunities and implications for both Britain and Australia. In this session, hear from the Net Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith MP and the CEO of SunCable, David Griffin, on how the private-sector is leading the transition to new regional energy economies.

Andrew Griffith MP

Net Zero Business Champion, UK Government

David Griffin

Chief Executive Officer, Sun Cable


Session 3: Creating a green investment and industrial future

Investors and industries are moving toward a green future that sustains jobs, creates opportunity and gets emissions down. In this session, hear from the CEO of Worley, Chris Ashton, and Kate Vidgen, Head of Industrial Transition and Clean Fuels at the Green Investment Group, on the future of industry in a net zero world.

Chris Ashton

Chief Executive Officer , Worley

Kate Vidgen

Head of Industrial Transition & Clean Fuels , Green Investment Group


Session 4: Transforming our world

Transforming our world will require new technologies and an unprecedented wave of innovation. In this session, hear from the Chairman of Fortescue Future Industries, Dr Andrew Forrest AO, and the CEO of Octopus Energy, Greg Jackson, on the power of green hydrogen and renewable innovation to transform our world

Dr Andrew Forrest AO

Founder and Chairman , Fortescue Future Industries

Greg Jackson

Founder and CEO , Octopus Energy


Our panels


Collaboration between businesses, governments and researchers around the world will be vital to achieving a prosperous net zero future. Join the discussion and hear from our best-in-class panelists on the transition to net zero.

The electric planet: Dr Alan Finkel, Dr Jemma Green and Matina Papathanasiou

Joining Dr Alan Finkel to unpack how we can achieve the electric planet are Co-Founder of QIC Global Infrastructure, Matina Papathanasiou, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Power Ledger, Dr Jemma Green.

Dr Alan Finkel AO

Special Adviser on Low Emissions Technology, Australian Government

Dr Jemma Green

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Power Ledger

Matina Papathanasiou

Co-Founder, QIC Global Infrastructure


Critical and energy transition minerals: Laura Tyler, Amanda Lacaze and Jennifer Mackinlay

Joining Laura Tyler to unpack how critical and energy transition minerals are essential to our net zero future are the CEO of Lynas Rare Earths, Amanda Lacaze, and Australia's Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Jennifer Mackinlay.

Laura Tyler

Chief Technical Officer, BHP

Amanda Lacaze

Chief Executive Officer, Lynas Rare Earths

Jennifer Mackinlay

Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian Government


Business to zero: Andrew Griffith MP, Gabrielle Giner and Rachel Everard

Joining Andrew Griffith MP to unpack the role of businesses on our net zero journey are the Head of Environmental Sustainability at BP, Gabrielle Giner, and Rachel Everard, Head of Sustainability, Rolls-Royce.

Andrew Griffith MP

Net Zero Business Champion, UK Government

Gabrielle Giner

Head of Environmental Sustainability, BP

Rachael Everard

Head of Sustainability, Rolls-Royce


Indo-Pacific green energy: David Griffin and Svante Kumlin

Joining David Griffin to explore the opportunities for clean energy in the growing economies of the Indo-Pacific, is the Chief Executive Officer of Eco Energy World, Svante Kumlin. Australia's Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Jennifer Mackinlay, will moderate this session.

David Griffin

Chief Executive Officer, Sun Cable

Svante Kumlin

Chief Executive Officer, Eco Energy World

Jennifer Mackinlay

Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian Government


Green hydrogen and the future: Dr Andrew Forrest AO, Kate Vidgen, Graham Cooley and Elizabeth Skerritt

Joining Dr Andrew Forrest to explore the opportunities for green hydrogen to decarbonise and transform our world are the Head of Industrial Transition and Clean Fuels at Green Investment Group, Kate Vidgen, CEO of ITM Power, Graham Cooley and Director of Ceres Power, Elizabeth Skerritt.

Dr Andrew Forrest AO

Founder and Chairman , Fortescue Future Industries

Kate Vidgen

Head of Industrial Transition & Clean Fuels , Green Investment Group

Graham Cooley

Chief Executive Officer , ITM Power

Elizabeth Skerritt

Director , Ceres Power


Innovating for zero: Greg Jackson, Dr Enass Abo-Hamed and Paul Jordan

Joining Greg Jackson to explore the opportunities for innovators to lead the way in transforming our world are the Founder and CEO of H2GO Power, Dr Enass Abo-Hamed and Energy Systems Catapult's Paul Jordan.

Greg Jackson

Founder and CEO , Octopus Energy

Dr Enass Abo-Hamed

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, H2GO Power

Paul Jordan

Business Leader, Energy Systems Catapult


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To explore participation in the Technology to Zero Summit, learn more about the High Commission’s engagements across the United Kingdom in the leadup to COP 26 or submit a media enquiry, please contact Zachary August at Zachary.August@dfat.gov.au

To explore investment opportunities in Australia across low-emissions technologies, please contact Kathleen Devereaux from the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in the United Kingdom at Kathleen.Devereaux@austrade.gov.au

To explore participation in programmes run by the Australian Government at COP26, please contact the Office of the Climate Coordinator at climatecoordinator@pmc.gov.au