The City of Sydney will bring government and industry leaders together at its CityTalk event in November,  to discuss how Australia can become a renewable energy superpower.

The free CityTalk event aims to develop strategies for collaboration between Federal and State Governments, businesses and communities to reach further, act faster, and work together to reshape Australia’s economy with sustainability at its core. 

City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said, “This is an opportunity for everyone to hear about the government’s plans to provide energy security and investment certainty, while enhancing and meeting global emission targets.

“Joining me for CityTalk will be leaders from business, finance, the community and all levels of government including Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen. 

“Together we will discuss decarbonisation and how the time is right for Australia to transition into a renewable energy superpower.

“We will also hear about actions the Federal Government will take to present a policy framework and consensus for urgent climate change.”

ABC journalist and presenter, Patricia Karvelas, will host the event, which will take place at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 2 November from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Speakers and members of the discussion panel include:

  • Clover Moore, City of Sydney Lord Mayor  
  • Chris Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and Energy 
  • Matt Kean, New South Wales Treasurer and Minister for Energy
  • David Griffin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sun Cable – Australia – Asia Powerlink
  • Shemara Wikramanayake, Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group, workstream lead for the United Nations Climate Finance Leadership Initiative and Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero
  • Rowan Foley, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation

“We’ve hit the ground running, but it’s only the beginning. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do after 10 years of denial, delay and dysfunction,” Mr Bowen said. 

“I’m looking forward to discussing at CityTalk what the government will continue to do for all Australians in combating climate change, while boosting jobs in renewables and putting downward pressure on energy prices.”

Rowan Foley said he was looking forward to being part of the panel and sharing his views on carbon credits. 

“Genuine action from the Australian government means formally recognising cultural fire credits in proposed biodiversity markets and designing a system that enables high integrity Australian carbon credits,” Mr Foley said. 

“These actions directly address bushfires, threatened species, jobs, climate change and reconciliation. There are no longer any excuses.’” 

The event is the second CityTalk for 2022, a series of free City of Sydney hosted talks designed to inspire, inform and engage Sydneysiders by examining significant local, national and global issues. 

Event details 

CityTalk: Making Australia a renewable energy superpower 

Date: Wednesday, 2 November 

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm Where: Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall

For more details on CityTalks, including previous events visit


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