How do we transition to net zero in ten years?
Shouldn't we be having that conversation? All of us? Together?
Put 26 November 2020 in your diary and register now for the New Zealand National Convergence for Carbon Transition. Everyone. We will have a national day of conversations, thinking, and questions. Engineers from all Disciplines, Managers, Policy Analysts, Investors, Leaders, Community Activists, and Scientists - The Convergence is a day of discussion, realisation and strategy.
No-Travel, Low Carbon Conference
The conference will be live-streamed to multiple venues around the country. Local convergences arrange their own welcomes, and have local cafes for tea breaks, and lunch. Watch the information below to find the venue and other arrangements at different locations such as dinner and drinks after the day to keep the conversations going.
If you are not in one of the locations with a venue, then you can also organise your own convergence group with colleagues in your workplace, or watch remotely. All participants can join group chat and ask questions of panelists. Transition Engineers will spend a day together showcasing the professional practices, new and challenging perspectives, innovations and Shift Projects.
The 2020 Convergence is the fourth no-travel, low-carbon conference organised by Transition Engineers. The first was Signs of Change in 2010 which had attendance of 275 at seven venues from Invercargill to Kerikeri, saving 400 hours in travel $140,000 in travel cost, and was 1000 times lower emissions than if all of the attendees travelled to Christchurch.
We are a volunteer group of Transition Engineers in academia and industry. The cost of the digital platform and IT personnel of the convergence is being met by the registration fees and koha. CEO and leadership level participants and Academic Participants are encouraged to provide support for students and unwaged engineers.
The programme below will be regularly updated. Please check back often.
Thursday, 26 November 2020
||Online Registrations: Login & Sound Check
For those attending at a physical venue: Tea, Coffee, Health & Safety briefing
Welcome by the Organisers
Introduction and housekeeping of how the Convergence Works
The 2020ies will see the explosion of Transition Engineering
Daniel Kenning - Co-President, Clobal Association of Transition Engineering (London) TBC
What if the Prime Minister had a Chief Transition Engineering Advisor?
Helen Clark - Patron, The Helen Clark Foundation - TBC
||Overview of Transition Engineering
Core Concepts: The Mission and the Methodology and the Workflow Process
Prof. Susan Krumdieck, Professor of Energy Transition Engineering at Heriot Watt Univeristy, Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury
Wicked Problem 1 - Natural Gas Firming and Peak Generation - Taranaki
Wicked Problem 2 - Low Standard, Unhealthy Homes - Ruapehu
Wicked Problem 3 - Wood Home Heating and Air Pollution - Masterton
||Kaitiakitanga, Intergenerational Thinking and Balancing Kaitiaki Stewardship and Commerce
Gerry Te Kapa Coates, Ngai Tahu, Engineering NZ, ESR
Optional video on demand: Can you change the future?
Wicked Problem 4 - Petrol Personal Vehicles - Metropole Grenoble
Wicked Problem 5 - Moving our Stuff in Trucks
Wicked Problem 6 - Coal Heat for Buildings at University of Canterbury
Moving to Action
Grant Symons, Transition HQ
David Kidd, WSP Opus
Panel Discussion with Contributions from the Audience
The Context of the Carbon Transition and Reflections on the Morning’s Presentations
Prof Juliet Gerrard, NZ Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
Dr Russel Norman, Executive Director Greenpeace Aotearoa
Craig Price, Chief Technical Officer, Beca
Attendees at the 2020 Transition Convergence vote on the next urgent actions.
- Engineering and climate action groups converge
- Government and Chambers of Commerce endorse all engineers to undertake InTIME training
- Prime Minister's Transition Engineering Advisor
Poroporoaki and Farewell
||Drinks: All participants are welcome to gather at a local bar for informal networking & discussion in your region.
||Dinner: All participants are welcome to gather at a local restaurant for informal networking & discussion in your region.