The Environmental Defender’s Office WA and UWA’s Centre for Mining Energy and Natural Resources Law invite you to join us for a legal seminar on Carbon Budgets and the Law. The Paris Agreement’s 1.5-2C temperature goal implies a global carbon budget which presents challenges to every economy and industrial sector. These are particularly acute in areas like mining and energy and create important dilemmas for lawyers and other professionals advising in this area.
This seminar is an important opportunity to hear from experienced speakers on the concept of the carbon budget and its legal implications.
The Seminar will take place on Tuesday 10 October 2017 from 5:30-7PM at the Law Lecture Theatre, UWA.
Light refreshments will be served after the seminar.
CPD points will be allocated for attendance as follows:
Category 3 – Ethics – 0.5 points
Category 4 – Substantive Law – 1 point
About the speakers:
Greenpeace Australia Pacific, UWA & Sydney University
As a former lawyer practising in mining, energy and native title WA, the current CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, David Ritter is in a unique position to give insights into some of the challenges arising for mining and petroleum lawyers working in a carbon constrained world.
Professor John Chandler
Co-director of the Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources
“High value, low carbon” is how one CEO of a major international oil company described its strategy going forward. This encapsulates the dilemma for companies which must balance obligations to their shareholders with complying with the UN’s sustainability goals. John will consider the efforts made by companies to achieve this balance, and what the implications are.
UWA PhD Candidate, formerly Commonwealth Department of Environment
The Paris Agreement’s 1.5-2C temperature goal implies a global “carbon budget”, or limited quantity of greenhouse gas emissions that can be emitted consistently with that goal. National emission reduction goals are also increasingly being expressed in carbon budget terms.
Michael will consider the emergence of the concept of the carbon budget, its use in theClimate Change Act 2008 (UK), and the case for the enactment of Commonwealth and Western Australian legislation of this kind.