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Affordable and clean energy – are these mutually exclusive?

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March 20
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Melbourne Athenaeum Library
L1, 188 Collins St
Melbourne, V3000 Australia

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Communities around the world, including Victoria, are coming to terms with extreme weather, increasing energy costs and threats to reliability of supply.

So, it is clear that we need to discuss what has to be done to ensure that it is possible to access affordable energy in the future. And this must be achieved in a context of developing and adopting new technologies which ensure that our future energy is clean and sustainable.

Come along and be part of a discussion using two UN Sustainable Development Goals as the starting point: SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy and Goal 10: Reduced equalities.


Dr Adrian Panow, Director, Deakin Energy
As a senior executive and advisor in the resources, agriculture, manufacturing and renewable energy fields across government, private and research sectors, Adrian brings broad technical, commercial and governance expertise to the new role of Director, Deakin Energy.
He is providing leadership in positioning Deakin University as a preferred partner for industry and government in the delivery of innovative solutions to the sustainable energy supply challenges facing modern society. The Deakin Energy initiative brings together capabilities from across the University in a collaborative network that addresses industry- and government-identified issues relating to energy generation, distribution, storage, energy demand management and the corresponding economic policy, and social and regulatory frameworks that impact on those systems.

Luke Barbagallo, Partnerships and Program Manager, Pollinate Energy 

Luke is a firm believer in the importance of collective action to promote and implement social, economic and environmental sustainability. Driven by an inquisitive nature, he has worked across multiple sectors, with studies in entrepreneurship and performance arts helping him act and think with empathy and business acumen.
Luke ​is passionate about ​activating strong partnerships between ​the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and believes that creating personal and economic agency in marginalised communities is essential to creating meaningful change in our communities.

Donna Luckman, CEO, Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

Donna is the CEO of the Alternative Technology Association, a not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. ATA provides policy analysis, advocacy, research and consulting to government, industry and community organisations on climate and energy related issues.

Donna has 20 years’ experience working for government, not-for-profit and research organisations. She specialises in leading teams and developing innovative strategies to enact change, from large international programs right down to local community initiatives. Donna has extensive networks in the sustainability sector, is a director of Embark and on the steering committee of the Coalition for Community Energy. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University.

Mary Sayers, Deputy CEO, Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)

Mary works in close partnership with the CEO, to support the organisation, members, the development of policy and sector sustainability activities. Prior to VCOSS she was Manager Family, Children and Young People at the City of Whittlesea between 2012 and 2014. Up until 2012 Mary worked nearly 9 years at the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) responsible for early childhood policy, translation of research into practice, workforce development, service development and evaluation projects and initiatives. Mary is on the Board of QEC Early Parenting Centre.

This discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Jinks, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Cushman & Wakefield.

17 SDGS in 2018 Program
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”.

The 17 goals – and their related targets – are, by their nature, based on a global agenda so are they relevant to Victoria? If so, what is being done or planned? Can we set and achieve local targets?

In 2018, Deakin University and UNAA Victoria are running a year of events to discuss the SDGs in a local context. Check our website – www.unaavictoria.org.au for details.

Enquiries For Affordable and clean energy – are these mutually exclusive?:

Sophie Arnold
9607 1364



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