This two-day event is themed Profiting from biogenic carbon as we move towards net zero, where we will explore opportunities for industry and business in Australia in managing carbon better as our economy transitions to a future with net zero emissions.

The enormity of the challenge in transitioning our economy to net zero emissions by 2050, as set out in the Paris Agreement, is just being realised. The Australian Government has made a commitment under the Climate Change Act 2022 to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 – meaning that all fossil fuel carbon emissions will be offset by abatement programs or no emissions technologies, resulting in no “new” fossil fuel carbon being released into the atmosphere by 2050.

Whilst Government can set the policy framework and ambitious targets to help drive progress towards a future with less carbon dioxide to reduce the impacts of climate change – investment by business and industry in low carbon emissions technologies, clean manufacturing, sustainable farming systems, renewable fuels and green electricity is fundamental. Without this investment, net zero is likely to be extremely difficult to achieve by 2050.

Our conference will help highlight and explore the business case and new technologies to drive change to a low emissions future. Successful case studies from Australia and overseas will be explored to help highlight practical and relevant new investment opportunities to reduce emissions. Managing carbon as part of the wider ‘bioeconomy’ is critical if we are to mitigate the impacts of climate change and increase renewable electricity production as we move away from fossil fuels in a world moving towards net zero.

Conference venue

Rydges Newcastle
Wharf Rd &, Merewether St
Newcastle NSW 2300

Sitting amongst the waterfront boutiques, cafés, bars and eateries of the iconic Honeysuckle promenade, Rydges Newcastle is the ideal destination to take this lively city head on. With sweeping views of the stunning harbour and only moments from the major tourist attractions, this premium Newcastle hotel is the perfect blend of vibrant coastal city and luxury holiday escape.

Rydges Newcastle is conveniently located in the heart of Newcastle’s Honeysuckle precinct, only a short 30-minute drive from Newcastle Airport, and only two hours drive from Sydney.

Host organisation

The Australian Industrial Ecology Network (AIEN) is a vibrant network of like-minded individuals, companies, and institutions with a common interest in sustainable development through the study and practice of industrial ecology.

AIEN aims to bring industry, government, and community stakeholders together to capitalise on Industrial Ecology opportunities and resolve emerging issues with coordinated solutions.