Environmental researchers say the Hunter region should focus on the opportunities presented by climate change, not only the challenges.
Three researchers will this week tell a forum at the University of Newcastle that the Hunter can take the lead in developing innovative solutions to reduce CO2 emissions.
The forum - Implications and opportunities in a carbon-constrained world - is presented by the University's Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment.
"Responding to the challenges of reducing CO2 emissions is a huge task, and the critical role coal plays in our region's economy poses an extra challenge for Newcastle and the Hunter," Institute Director Professor John Rodger said.
"Rather than simply focus on the negative aspects of climate change and past practices, we must also look to the opportunities for future innovation presented by this challenge.
"The forum will consider the current regulatory debate on carbon reduction strategies but, importantly, it will place a greater emphasis on practical, innovative solutions that make good business sense."
The former head of BHP's corporate research laboratories in Newcastle, Dr Joe Herbertson, will outline his views on the role renewable energy can play in the Hunter's economic future Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development, Mr Ian Dunlop, will focus on climate change, the future of energy supplies and global sustainability.
University of Newcastle lecturer in environmental law, Mr Jeff McGee, will outline the current regulatory environment, including the proposed national Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, and the current state of international climate negotiations.
Implications and opportunities in a carbon-constrained world is part of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment's "Futures Series".
The forum is on Friday 4 September from 2pm to 5pm at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus, room CT202. The forum is open to the public and admission is free.
Vision/interview opportunity: Friday 4 September at 1.45pm outside the CT building at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus.