Director,Energy Change Institute
Australian National University, Australia

Our Climate and Energy Future

Post the 2015 Paris Climate Change conference, the next few decades will see a transformation in the international energy mix as the world moves towards a low-carbon economy. Changes will arise from advances in technology, as new sources of energy are introduced, and from changes in human behaviour and other global trends. This presentation will examine the prospects for our energy future using the Australian economy as an exmaple.

Australia is poised at an interesting moment in its history as an energy power where large and fundamental shifts in our use, generation, distribution and export of energy are not only possible, but likely by the middle of this century. This talk will present some of the potential future scenarios and their links with global energy trends.


Professor Ken BALDWIN is the Director of the Energy Change Institute at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, and Deputy Director of the university's Research School of Physics and Engineering. Since 2011 he is a member of the Project Steering Committee for the Australian Energy Technology Assessment (AETA) produced by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE). In 2015 he was appointed as a member of the Socio-Economic Modelling Advisory Committee to the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Prof Baldwin is an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow, and winner of the 2004 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science, for his role in initiating and championing "Science meets Parliament". In 2007, he was awarded the W.H. Beattie Steele Medal, the highest honour of the Australian Optical Society. In 2010 he was awarded the Barry Inglis Medal by the National Measurement Institute for excellence in precision measurement. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society of America, and the Australian Institute of Physics.