The role of fossil fuels in our renewable energy future

What is the role of fossil fuels in the net zero transition?

Oct UNSW resources

As our climate continues to change, reducing our carbon emissions and environmental footprint has become the moral imperative of our generation. To achieve this, the Australian Government has set a target of 82% renewable electricity by 2030 and has set a legislated target to achieve net zero by 2050. But what is the role of fossil fuels in this transition? What part can coal and gas play? And how can we build out the infrastructure we need, while keeping the carbon costs low?

Presented by UNSW Engineering and the UNSW Energy Institute as part of the Engineering the Future series, join the expert panellists for a thought-provoking discussion on the rocky road to net zero.


  • Host: Dani Alexander, CEO of the UNSW Energy Institute
  • Dr Kerry Schott AO, Chair of the Carbon Market Institute
  • Amy Kean, Director of Stride Renewables & Advisory Board Member of the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub
  • Professor John Fletcher, Director of the UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute
  • Professor Iain MacGill, Co-Director of the UNSW Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets


This event will also be available for on-demand viewing. Please register for an 'on demand recording' ticket to receive the link.

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