David Pocock & Saul Griffith
ACT Senator David Pocock and author Saul Griffith

Date: Friday 21 April 2023

Time: 5.30 – 7.30 pm

Speakers: Senator David Pocock, Saul Griffith, Alex Sloan, Dr Kathryn Lucas-Healey, Sarah Reid & Jon Sibley

Location: Kambri Cultural Centre, Australian National University

Contact: Sarah Wilson, Communications Manager, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, ANU.

Watch the recording here.

A consortium of local stakeholders is developing a pilot project proposal that aims to reduce the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions. Under the trial, an existing ACT suburb would be electrified. The yet-to-be-chosen Canberra suburb will have its own set of unique challenges and will ideally include multi-occupant dwellings, social housing and stand-alone residences.

The proposed trial will seek to test solutions to the social, technological, regulatory and economic challenges associated with rapid decarbonisation of existing housing and apartments. The trial would also seek to demonstrate full, retro-fitted, electrification of large, complex buildings, cold climate electrification and smart technology integration.

Join Independent Senator for the ACT, David Pocock, inventor and author Saul Griffith and a panel of local energy experts as we discuss this initiative and the ideas behind it.


5.30 pm – Refreshments

6 pm – Welcome and introduction by Professor Lachlan Blackhall, Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Australian National University

6.05 pm – Senator David Pocock; inventor and author, Saul Griffith and Deputy Chair of The Australia Institute, Alex Sloan, in conversation.

6.35 pm – Panel discussion moderated by Alex Sloan. Panel members:

  • David Pocock, Independent Senator for the ACT
  • Saul Griffith, inventor and author
  • Sarah Reid, Suburb Zero ACT community volunteer
  • Jon Sibley, Director with energy consultancy, enX
  • Dr Kathryn Lucas-Healey, Research Fellow, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Australian National University

7.05 pm – Q&A

7.30 pm – Close

Find out more about Suburb Zero ACT here: https://www.suburbzeroact.au/