Image courtesy: ACCIONAA

Decarbonising Construction In Conversation with Bede Noonan, CEO of ACCIONA's Infrastructure Business in Australia and New Zealand

Fri 28 Jul 23, 5.30pm–10pm

Image courtesy: ACCIONAA
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NGV International

Garden Restaurant (enter via main Waterwall entrance)
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Presented by NGV’s Sustainability Partner, ACCIONA

The building and construction sector accounts for 39%1 of global emissions and represents a great opportunity to help Australia transition to a low emissions economy. But what are the drivers for low embodied carbon construction projects and how do we accelerate change?

Join us for an engaging evening with Bede Noonan, CEO of ACCIONA’s Infrastructure business in Australia and New Zealand, as we explore the road to decarbonisation in Australia’s construction sector. Drawing on recent projects and future vision, Noonan welcomes a pivotal discussion on how we can transform one of Australia’s largest industries.

Beginning with refreshments in the NGV Members Lounge, this in conversation with NGV Senior Curator Ewan McEoin, will advocate for pathways to decarbonisation major civic projects, mainstream construction, and the associated $64b2 per annum construction materials sector.

With an open audience Q&A, this event is an opportunity to engage a leading CEO on the crucial role of business and government, market, and policy, in accelerating the shift towards net-zero in the construction sector.

From macro to micro – deep dive into the reality of Australia’s construction industry’s carbon emissions, environmental impacts, and solutions. Understand how infrastructure and construction sector leaders can foster creative solutions for a more sustainable future.

Following the in conversation, guests will be invited to attend NGV Friday Nights and enjoy after-hours access to Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi alongside bars, French-inspired cuisine and performances by Swooping (Hiatus Kaiyote) and DJ Miki.

5.30pm – 5.45pm: Refreshments
5.45pm – 6.30pm: Conversation
6.30pm – 10.00pm: NGV Friday Nights

About the speaker

Bede Noonan is the Chief Executive Officer of ACCIONA’s infrastructure business in Australia and New Zealand, with projects under construction of approximately $15 billion. ACCIONA is one of the unique companies worldwide that are championing solutions to humanity’s most pressing challenges – rising energy demand, water scarcity, and urbanisation – in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They are at the forefront of advocating for ambitious climate action and decarbonisation commitments by companies and governments.

1/2 Australian buildings and infrastructure: Opportunities for cutting embodied carbon, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, 2021

Sustainability Partner

Contemporary Design Environment NGV International