Energy Security: The Real Story

Where does our energy come from? What are the implications of using fossil fuels, nuclear power and renewable energy? And what does all of this mean for energy policy and climate change?

In 2008 the Whitlam Institute and the College of Health and Science within the University of Western Sydney brought together leading Australian and international scientists to share their best scientific knowledge about energy security now and into the future at a series of forums at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

The Energy Security Series is an excellent resource for academics, teachers, students, journalists and other interested people. The material from the series is already being used widely within the University of Western Sydney.

All presentations are available to view on the Whitlam Institute YouTube Channel.

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The Whitlam Institute is grateful to Riverside Theatres for its support of this series.  

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SESSION 1: SETTING THE SCENE

The opening session of the Energy Security public forum series set the scene on Australia's energy generation, storage and consumption.

View Session 1 on the Whitlam Institute YouTube Channel.

Speakers:

Dr Hugh Saddler Professor John Bartlett Mr Martin Thomas

 

SESSION 2: FOSSIL FUELS

This session looked at the role of fossil fuels in supplying energy and includes sources, consumption, patterns of usage and new technologies.

View Session 2 on the Whitlam Institute YouTube Channel.

Speakers:

 

SESSION 3: NUCLEAR POWER

This session examined the science behind the nuclear energy debate.

View Session 3 on the Whitlam Institute YouTube Channel.

Speakers:

Dr George Collins Dr Tony Vassallo Professor Andrew Cheetham

 

SESSION 4: RENEWABLE ENERGY

This session examined the role and reliability of renewables and looks at the latest science on solar, wind and other potential energy sources.

View Session 4 on the Whitlam Institute YouTube Channel.

Speakers:

  • Dr Mark Diesendorf, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of NSW  DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION (PDF)
  • Dr Martin Poole, Joint Managing Director, EPURON P/L  DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION (PDF)
  • Ms Andrea Gaffney, National Government Relations Manager – Solar, Clean Energy Council  PRESENTATION NOT AVAILABLE

 

SESSION 5: THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE

Wrapping up the series, this session covered energy challenges and opportunities and the role of good science literacy and communication in the development of energy policy.

View Session 5 on the Whitlam Institute YouTube Channel.

Speakers:

  • Dr Bert Drake, Senior Research Plant Physiologist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian Institution, USA  DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION (PDF)
  • Dr Lorraine Stephenson, Partner, National Leader Climate Change, Ernst & Young  PRESENTATION NOT AVAILABLE
  • Professor John Bartlett, Head of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Western Sydney  PRESENTATION NOT AVAILABLE

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