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OERC Seminar Series: COVID-19, disruption and new energy futures (via Zoom)

Jinty MacTavish, Principal Policy Advisor (Sustainability) DCC, gives a high level overview of work currently underway at the DCC in response to the Council's adoption of a Zero Carbon 2030 target, in June 2019.

Jinty started in her role as the Principal Policy Advisor (Sustainability) at the Dunedin City Council in February 2020, with a focus on developing a work programme to support the city’s Zero Carbon 2030 target, and on implementation of the city’s Energy Plan 1.0. She is known to many people for serving as a Dunedin City Councillor for two terms, from 2010-2016. Since then, she has worked as an independent commissioner on the city’s Second Generation District Plan, and as a ranger within the Department of Conservation’s Kākāpō Recovery Team. She also chairs Predator Free Dunedin in a voluntary capacity.

COVID-19 has turned all aspects of our world upside down. Our ‘normal’ lives in lockdown would not have been imaginable just months earlier. Energy systems have been significantly affected by COVID-19. Industrial and commercial electricity demand has been significantly reduced and the demand for transport fuel has shrunk dramatically.

As we emerge from lockdown, it is critical to question what our experiences during the lockdown might mean for how we reimagine and reconstruct our future ‘new normal’.

In this OERC seminar series we invite a range of speakers from across the energy system – from industry, academics, community groups and government to reflect on what lessons we can draw from the COVID-19 pandemic that might help to accelerate a transition to a zero-carbon energy future in NZ. This series will consist of a 20 minute talk by speakers followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

Zoom details

Password: 582894

Date Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
Password: 582894
Contact NameMary-Jane Campbell

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