The future of Australia's economy is green

Professor Mike Young

Professor Mike Young
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Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Australia will need to invest heavily in green industries if it wants to keep pace with the new economic paradigm of the 21st century, according to the Executive Director of the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide, Professor Mike Young.

Professor Young says governments and industries around the world are changing their investments and business models to comply with environmental needs.

"There is enormous global investment in new ways of recycling water, in renewable energy and environmental monitoring and unless Australia follows suit, its economy will be left behind."

Professor Young is in charge of four centres and two programs at the University of Adelaide's new Environment Institute, which will be officially launched tomorrow at the National Wine Centre by the SA Minister for Environment and Conservation, the Hon. Jay Weatherill.

Minister Weatherill and Professor Young will be among several speakers, including the Federal Member for Port Adelaide, Mr Mark Butler; Professor Robyn Williams from the ABC's Science Show; and the University's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha.

The Environment Institute brings together expertise in economics, water, renewable energy, environmental change, biodiversity, engineering and policy to develop new solutions to the world's most pressing environmental problems.

The Director of Climate Change in the Environment Institute, Professor Barry Brook, says that Australia must be bold in developing new energy solutions.

"Australia is one of the countries that have the most to lose from global warming, yet we are also perfectly placed to establish ourselves as a renewable energy leader on an international scale."

Minister Weatherill says the South Australian Government leads the nation in attracting investment for alternative energy sources such as geothermal energy, wind power and solar energy.

"We will continue to support research and investment in the green sector but it is up to all of us, nor just governments, to lead the way. How we make our purchasing and investment decisions and where we apply our creative energies will determine how well Australia takes advantage of the new economic realities."

WHAT: Launch of the Environment Institute
WHERE: Hickinbotham Hall, National Wine Centre, University of Adelaide
WHEN: Thursday 4 June, 4.30pm-7pm


Contact Details

Professor Mike Young
Executive Director
The Environment Institute
University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5279
Mobile: 0408 488 538

Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762