About the series

This speaker series aims to deepen our understanding of the dynamics at play in New Zealand around energy. Bringing together some of the world’s most respected thinkers and commentators we hope to inform debate and challenge current paradigms around the use and exploitation of fossil fuels.

“The fortunes of the world’s human population, for better or for worse, are inextricably interrelated with the use that is made of energy resources." - M King Hubbert, Geo Scientist

Global demand for energy resources is at an all-time high. Driven by a changing world, an increasing global population, and economic growth that requires ever more fossil fuels. Competition for resources will only continue to intensify, and is likely to be marked by increased political and economic instability. As resource and production challenges increase, carbon emissions, primarily from fossil fuel consumption, are also rising. They are widely considered to be a major contributor to climate change with potentially dire consequences for our planet.

Policies to deal with these challenges have been proposed but are they the right policies? What more can be done? What should New Zealand do?

Energy Matters brings together some of the world’s most respected thinkers, consultants and commentators to inform the debate on these issues - deepening understanding of the dynamics at play, fostering the development of policies that will not only address New Zealand’s needs effectively, but also enabling the country to contribute to meeting this global challenge.

About the Energy Centre

The Energy Centre aims to be widely regarded as the independent and balanced authority on New Zealand’s energy priorities and initiatives.

Based in the Economics Department of the University of Auckland Business School, the Energy Centre was founded in late 2004 and is part-funded by a private trust and other industry partners.

For more information, please visit Our research centre page.

Venue information

All Energy Matters events are held at the University of Auckland Business School:

Sir Owen G Glenn Building
12 Grafton Road
New Zealand

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