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This seminar will focus on some of the more difficult aspects of the transition to renewable energy; what’s likely to be needed and what’s likely to be possible. Through the different perspectives and viewpoints we hope to interrogate more thoroughly what’s needed and by when.
Dr. Eric Martinot is an internationally recognized scholar and teacher on renewable energy. He is lead author and research director emeritus of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, an annual synthesis of the state of renewable energy worldwide. He serves as senior research director with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Japan, teaching fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, and senior visiting scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is also chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE). He was formerly a senior energy specialist with the World Bank and is author of 70 publications on sustainable energy. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Bob Lloyd is from Australia, he came to New Zealand in 2002 after having worked for the Australian Coo-operative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), based at Murdoch University in Perth. He has also worked on renewable energy systems in China and the Pacific Islands and taught at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. His current research interests at Otago University, where he is the Director of Energy Studies and Associate Professor in the Physics Department, lie in energy conservation in residential housing and energy management including world energy resources and peak oil. His PhD from Flinders University in South Australia was completed in the field of experimental atomic physics.
Caroline Ryder is a senior policy analyst at the Ministry of Economic Development. She currently works on renewable energy and RMA policy.
Eion Scott, Eco Design Advisor in the Building Policy unit of Auckland Council, has a background in communications and social marketing, is currently chairman of the Sustainable Living Education Trust and is actively involved with efforts to green the Christchurch rebuild. Eion specialised in energy efficiency while promoting Environment Canterbury’s Clean Heat Project, and is one of a dozen Eco Design Advisors trained by BRANZ to give free, practical, tailored advice to homeowners, architects and the building trade. He helped develop Auckland Council’s policy around solar hot water building consents and is involved in piloting the Council’s eco-loans programme, Retrofit Your Home, and the Green Building Council’s new Homestar© certified rating.