4 APRIL 2024 - EABC Corporate Lunch & Industry Forum with Commissioner Kadri Simson

EU-Australia Ministerial
Corporate Lunch & Industry Forum

Thursday 4 April 2024 from 12.00 to 4.00pm, The Four Seasons, Sydney

On the occasion of the visit of EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson to Australia, we are delighted to invite our members to join us for a Ministerial Corporate Lunch and Industry Forum on Thursday 4 April 2024 at the Four Seasons Sydney.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Commissioner Kadri Simson, European Commissioner (Minister) for Energy. Former Estonia’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure.
  • The Hon Chris Bowen MP,  Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy

Following the Ministers’ keynote speeches over lunch an expert panel of leaders will discuss Europe and Australia’s joint ambitions and capabilities for achieving energy and sustainable transition, including:

  • Professor Mary O'Kane AC, incoming Chair of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and former Chief Scientist & Engineer of NSW
  • Brett Wickham, Managing Director, ACCIONA Energy Australia
  • Professor Ross Garnaut AC, Director, ZEN Energy; Member, Net Zero Economy Agency Advisory Board
  • Martin Merrick, CEO, Volvo Group Australia
  • Stephen Forshaw, Chief Representative, Airbus Australia, New Zealand and Pacific

The transition to net-zero emissions by 2050 is one of the greatest challenges Australia, Europe and the global economy face. The transformation required is unprecedented in scale and complexity, underpinned by the transition of energy systems.

For Australia, it is estimated that investments totalling $1.9 trillion will be required in the energy sector alone to reach net-zero by 2050. For the European Union on the other hand, an estimated €1.5 trillion of investment will be need every year to reach its mid-century target. Investment in the energy sector alone will be required to reach €396 billion per year to achieve its 2030 targets and €670 billion per year from 2030 to 2040.  

We hope that you can join us for this unique opportunity to hear from European and Australian counterparts Kadri Simson and Chris Bowen on their vision for enhancing EU-Australia cooperation to overcome the critical challenges and seize the enormous opportunities of collaboration to achieve net-zero. 

Participants at the event will include senior representatives of EABC members, and a diverse range of European and Australian stakeholders including European ambassadors, trade promotion agencies, chambers of commerce, industry associations and companies.


Please mention EACCI in the “additional notes” section of the registration process. 

Registrations close March 27!