GEN 2021 Annual Conference

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GEN 2021 Annual Conference

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator][vc_row_inner el_class=”grad”][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”GEN2021: The economics of climate mitigation” heading_tag=”h3″ main_heading_color=”#ffffff” alignment=”left”][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]

What a fantastic conference. GEN extends a warm ‘thank you’ to all speakers and participants for contributing to a thought-provoking, lively and engaging day.

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For the full programme with speaker and session descriptions, click here

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For the first time ever, GEN is releasing both the session slides and full video recordings of the speeches – scroll down for the links.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%7D%7D”][us_image image=”5496″ align=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fgen.org.nz%2Fwp%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F02%2FGEN_2021_Handbook_WEB.pdf|title:Annual%20conference%202021″][us_separator size=”small”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_row_inner el_class=”grad”][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”GEN2021: Resources” heading_tag=”h3″ main_heading_color=”#ffffff” alignment=”left”][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]1 Welcome – Tamara Linnhoff[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518467134″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]GEN’s Tamara Linnhoff welcomed all to the GEN2021 conference.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]2 Ministerial Address, Hon James Shaw[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518467911″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]GEN2021’s opening address was from Hon James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, with a rousing address about the importance of robust economics underpinning for climate policy – with a focus on ensuring the modelling we use is ‘built to spec’, and suitable for modelling out to 2035 or 2050.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]3 Prof Michael Grubb[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518470671″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]Professor Michael Grubb joined us from Cambridge, UK and gave an overview of the key pillars of the framework for climate policy presented in his seminal 2014 book Planetary Economics. Professor Grubb also highlighted the development of thinking behind the UK’s energy market reform – from a pure efficiency objective, to a wider lens incorporating broader objectives and the need for coordinated innovation and investment policy to achieve, eg, climate, policy objectives. The UK economy has continued to grow (until Brexit) while substantially reducing carbon emissions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]4 Dr Suzi Kerr[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518477541″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]Dr Suzi Kerr then considered what others could usefully learn from the Kiwi approach to transitioning to low emissions. While some people in New Zealand are frustrated with our pace, many other nations look to this country as an example: the Zero Carbon Act sets in place an institutional design and a process (of emissions budgets and an Emissions Reduction Plan) that other countries laud. At the same time, progress on climate action is accelerating globally and New Zealand can benefit from the evolving international experience with technological innovation, with approaches to international transfers of mitigation and corporate offsetting, planning for critical infrastructure and a just transition.

GEN greatly appreciates Professor Grubb and Suzi Kerr’s involvement, acknowledging their unique contributions for GEN conferences: zooming in from a garden office and laundry-office, under lockdown conditions in Cambridge and New York. Thank you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]5 Dr Tanira Kingi[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]We heard from Scion’s Dr Tanira Kingi, on a Māori perspective on climate change, including He Waka Eke Noa and Māori response/adaptation, with insights into land ownership models and the potential for Māori economic contributions via forestry and enhanced productivity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]6 Simon Coates[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518483412″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]Simon Coates explained Concept Consulting’s ENZ tool – the bottom-up modelling that supports the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice on emissions budgets and policy direction. Simon highlighted the EV uptake levels we’ll need to pursue.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]7 Prof Niven Winchester[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518485803″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]Professor Niven Winchester (Auckland University of Technology/Motu/Vivid) then presented his C-PLAN CGE model (without showing the equations!), which was recently built specifically for the Climate Change Commission’s forward-looking emissions budgets. It allows for greater structural shifts than previous NZ CGE models, links to downstream distributional impact assessment modelling, and can link to global modelling of international trade flows and other countries’ climate policies (critical when considering carbon leakage).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]8 Ben Gleisner[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518487762″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]CoGo founder Ben Gleisner presented the evolution of CoGo, an app that links to banking records – across the top 5 banks in NZ and 35 banks in the UK – to calculate the user’s carbon impact. By providing emissions data in the back pocket, and applauding success, CoGo aims to enable users to make choices to reduce their individual carbon footprints.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]9 Matthew Ellingsen[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518489206″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]Matthew Ellingsen, co-founder of Empathy Design, took delegates back down to earth with a practical and introspective session considering what lies beneath – how to uncover what actually drives individual behaviour and decision making – critical for policymakers to understand for effective policy design. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]10 – Mike Gwyther[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]Mike Gwyther, Creative Director at Clemenger BBDO/EECA’s GenLess campaign shared the GenLess story and its evolution – from the expansive pre-Covid messaging to today’s innovative and nuanced approach of asking us what we can give up that we don’t like doing – looking for win-win outcomes for individuals and the climate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]11 Fraser Morgan[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518492624″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]Dr Fraser Morgan of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research then built on the human-centred strands by looking at the cross-over between economic and geospatial modelling. He shared recent research across Landcare and collaborators about what drives farmers’ decision making, extending this to spatial agent-based models of land use and land cover change – a critical component of the emissions mitigation jigsaw here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]12 Martin Grant[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518494300″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]Martin Grant of Thinktank shared guidance gleaned from his experience working across many complex human systems on wicked problems: bringing a practical and pragmatic seven-point framework for cutting through complex systems theory.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]13 Jo Hendy[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518496068″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]The Climate Change Commission’s Jo Hendy closed the conference with a comprehensive overview of the work underway, highlighting what conference delegates, as government policymakers, could support in future: namely New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan. Jo focussed on the ‘why’ behind the work we do, sometimes under challenging circumstances – we are looking to the future, and to the wellbeing of our children and future generations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]14 Closing remarks –  Mark Lea[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/518498260″ align=”center”][us_separator size=”custom” height=”4px”][vc_column_text]GEN’s Chair Mark Lea closed the conference with some perceptive final remarks[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_row_inner el_class=”grad”][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”GEN2021: Thanks” heading_tag=”h3″ main_heading_color=”#ffffff” alignment=”left”][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%226%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%2300639f%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text]The GEN Board thanks all conference speakers for giving their time to take part in and help with this conference. GEN is a voluntary organisation and we are only able to deliver an event of the calibre of today’s conference because of their help.

The GEN Board would also like to thank the GEN conference team (Tamara Linnhoff, Nick Smith and Grant Andrews), OnCue and also the organisations who have supported us throughout the year.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”small”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_class=”grad”][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”GEN2021: Gallery” heading_tag=”h3″ main_heading_color=”#ffffff” alignment=”left”][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][us_separator size=”small”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_image image=”5553″ size=”us_600_600_crop” align=”center”][vc_column_text]

Hon James Shaw, Minister of Climate Change, delivers the opening address

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Rosie Collins (centre, holding her prize certificate) with members of the Hearnshaw family

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The Dr Ed Hearnshaw Prize for Economics and the Environment – award to Rosie Collins

[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”small”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]GEN2021 also included a session awarding the inaugural Dr Ed Hearnshaw Prize for Economics and the Environment, a prize for young economists writing on environmental economics co-sponsored by the Hearnshaw family and GEN.

In two decades of professional life, the late Ed Hearnshaw made a significant contribution to environmental economics in this country, initially in academia then in policy. Delegates heard from Tamara Linnhoff (a friend and colleague), from Professor John Hearnshaw (his father) about Ed as a younger man and economics student, and from Geoff Simmons (a close friend). Geoff shared stories of Ed’s eagerness to debate economics and policy (sometimes late into the night!), his keen sense of fun, and the brilliance of his most recent work at the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment: Farms, Forests and Fossil Fuels.

The question posed for the inaugural prize was: Nudging us: How can government policy interventions encourage Kiwi consumers to make choices that result in lower greenhouse gas emissions? Five outstanding entries were shortlisted, with the award going to Rosie Collins, for a superb essay Flexiwork: a nudge proposal.

Rosie articulated her ideas to the conference in a clear and compelling presentation. Her proposal is elegant in its simplicity: flipping the default in employment law towards flexible working, to reduce demand for transport. Rosie delved into the legislative framework, leading to a proposal to reframe the default to working 2 days a week from home. She calculated the resulting emissions reductions, acknowledged the potential distributional impacts and considered implementation.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”small”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/522226215″ align=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]See Rosie’s presentation here and read Rosie’s essay here.

For summaries and links to Rosie’s and the other shortlisted essays, click here

For more on the Dr Ed Hearnshaw Prize for Economics and the Environment click here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

The next GEN annual conference will be held on 25 February at Te Papa, Wellington

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][us_image image=”5329″ align=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fgen.org.nz%2Fwp%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F12%2Fgen_2021_annual_conference_flyer.pdf|title:Annual%20conference%202021″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column][vc_row_inner el_class=”grad”][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Keynote Speakers” heading_tag=”h3″ main_heading_color=”#ffffff” alignment=”left”][/ultimate_heading][us_separator][vc_column_text]We’re delighted to announce Professor Michael Grubb as our GEN2021 keynote speaker. Michael is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London’s Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources, previously University of Cambridge, and author of the seminal book Planetary Economics book. The book reviews the development of economic thought and towards climate policy, and argues an important reason for inadequate progress lies fundamentally in the lack of integration between different schools of thought and policy prescriptions. Michael will discuss his four policy pillars, across distinct domains of socio-economic progress, designed to support effective and more comprehensive climate policy design.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator size=”huge”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%224%25%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%224%25%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][us_image image=”263″ size=”us_200_200″ align=”center”][vc_column_text]

Lord Gus O’Donnell
Former British Cabinet Secretary

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Professor Stephen Jenkins
London School of Economics and Political Science

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Professor Allan McConnell
University of Sydney

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Professor Jeroen van der Heijden
Victoria University of Wellington

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Danielle Wood
Grattan Institute

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Murray Sherwin
Productivity Commission

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Judge Andrew Becroft
Children’s Commissioner

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Contact: Oncue Conferences | PO Box 1193 Nelson | P. 03 9280620 | E. info@on-cue.co.nz

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