On 5 November 2015, 25 days before the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Australian Climate Leadership Summit provided a forum for business and government leaders to showcase climate commitments, demonstrate strong climate leadership and began a new climate conversation.

The Summit was an official COP21 lead-in event accredited by the French Government.

About the Summit


The summit aimed to:

  • Provide a platform for Australian companies to highlight their leadership on climate change
  • Provide a forum to facilitate business collaboration and knowledge-sharing on climate action
  • Connect companies with governments creating the conditions for a low carbon economy
  • Connect Australian companies with the global context of business action on climate change
  • Highlight the strong growth opportunities from the transition to a low carbon economy


Summit delegates were senior representatives of:

  • Companies: CEOs, board members & senior executives
  • Institutional investors
  • Industry associations
  • Governments creating the conditions for a low carbon economy
  • NGOs and academics creating pathways to a low carbon economy


  • Stories of strong climate leadership – CEOs and senior business executives shared how and why businesses have made climate commitments
  • A new conversation on climate change: How should we drive the transition to a strong low carbon economy? What will the new low carbon society + economy look like?
  • Examples of creative disruption from within mainstream business and from innovative start-ups
  • Case studies from states, regions and cities that are leading action

Ultimately, the Summit consolidated the increasing alignment on climate action across diverse sectors and helped to shift the conversation towards how Australia can exploit the tremendous opportunities that arise from the transition to the low carbon, future economy.


Andrew Vesey, CEO, AGL Energy

Trevor Clayton, CEO, Nestlé Oceania

Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for the Environment (by video message)

Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP, NSW Minister for the Environment

Hon. Ian Hunter MLC, SA Minister for Climate Change

The Right Hon. Clover Moore, Lord Mayor, City of Sydney

Miles George, Managing Director, Infigen Energy

Rod Naylor, Executive Director – Growth, Veolia Australia

Dermot O’Gorman, CEO, WWF-Australia

Keith Tuffley, Managing Partner and CEO, The B Team (Switzerland)

Dr Matthew Bell, Oceania Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader, EY

MC: Ellen Fanning, award-winning journalist

H.E. Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia

H.E. Peter Woolcott, Ambassador for the Environment, Australian Government

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (by video message)

Phil Craig , Executive General Manager – Corporate Affairs, Origin Energy

Phil Vernon, CEO, Australian Ethical Investment

Anna Skarbek, CEO, ClimateWorks Australia

James Chin Moody, CEO, Sendle and CEO, Tushare

John Wood, CEO, Ecoult

Steve Lambert, Executive GM – Capital Financing, National Australia Bank

John Connor, CEO, The Climate Institute

James Day, Director – Australia & NZ, CDP


Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf is a spectacular waterfront venue on Sydney Harbour, with stunning views of the Harbour Bridge, city skyline and Darling Harbour. It is a unique heritage venue situated on a restored historic finger wharf in Pyrmont.

Jones Bay Wharf is within minutes of the CBD and easy walking distance of restaurants, shopping and all the attractions that Sydney has to offer. A variety of accommodation options are available nearby that suit a range of different lifestyles and budgets.

The venue is around 10km from Sydney Airport, and may be accessed by light rail, bus, ferry or private transport, and parking is available directly across the road from the venue in the Jones Bay Wharf Car Park or at The Star casino.

Photo: Jones Bay Wharf



For further information about how to make a climate commitment like those companies featured at the Summit, please contact Gareth Johnston, Senior Climate Change Engagement Officer-Asia Pacific, CDP on +61 (0)2 8005 4313 or email gareth.johnston@cdp.net

For information about the Summit, please contact James Day, Director – Australia & NZ, CDP on +61 (0)2 8213 2452 or email james.day@cdp.net

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        In partnership with

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Engagement partners

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