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Climate tech, renewable energy on Hunter IF menu


Innovation in climate tech and renewable energy are considered growth sectors for the Hunter economy.

So, thought leaders will meet to discuss the trends and opportunities in the industry at the Hunter IF innovators’ lunch, from noon, at the 12N Hub on Friday 12 August.

Panellists include Beyond Zero Emissions head of projects Monica Tan, SwitchDin CEO Dr Andrew Mears, MGA Thermal CTO Alexander Post and PWC’s managing partner at Newcastle Caroline Mara.

The forum is also a precursor to the Hunter Innovation Festival, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 12 October.

Hunter IF chair Alex Brennan said if we were going to achieve ambitious net zero emission targets then innovation in both sectors was going to be critical.

“Solving our climate crisis isn’t a one-pony show,” he stated.

“We need the best thinkers and creators to come together to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

“That’s what this panel is about – getting people to think beyond the boundaries of their businesses and connect with the broader innovation ecosystem.

“This is the second in the series of Hunter IF innovator lunches, in readiness for the Hunter Innovation Festival.

“We are actually putting the program together for that right now.”

The discussion will be facilitated by Climate Salad CEO and co-founder Mick Liubinskas.

“There are lots of businesses out there doing great things,” he said.

“The missing ingredient is them joining forces to solve climate challenges and that’s where events like the Hunter IF innovators series comes in.

“This panel includes critical members required to build a local industry.

“Beyond Zero Emissions is an internationally-recognised think tank, SwitchDin is creating technology to better manage energy, MGA Thermal is developing storage for energy and PWC brings it all together with effective business systems.”

Spaces for the free event are limited, so RSVP is essential.

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