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Who We Are

CarbonLab is a carbon and energy management collaboration which aims to deliver innovative research and training to industry & government. The CarbonLab team is made up of leading researchers and industry experts and is based at the University of Queensland (UQ). We have extensive research, business, economics, policy and engineering experience in developing carbon, energy and sustainable management solutions.

Essentially, CarbonLab is a collaboration of leading experts working in a variety of disciplines (e.g. economics, science and energineering) from UQ, government and industry. CarbonLab facilitates the sharing of research and delivery of advisory projects accross a number of areas including energy systems and management, climate policy and carbon finance.

CarbonLab members have worked with many organisations to understand, manage and implement carbon and energy solutions to improve productivity and sustainability outcomes. These organisations have included: One Harvest, Billabong International, Xstrata Coal, Dairy Australia, the International Energy Centre, Goldfields Ashanti, International Council on Minerals and Mining, Arrow Energy, Australian Country Choice, Sugar Research Development Corporation, various Queensland State Government departments, LCR Group, Low Carbon Australia, the Fitzroy Basin Association, Queensland Murray Darling Basin Association and Utilitas Bioenergy.Our UQ-SMART collaboration initiative with industry and government won us the prestigious BHERT Award in 2012.

From Australia to the EU and from China to the US, emission trading is increasingly being chosen as the preferred public policy option to manage greenhouse gas emissions. Organisations of all types will need to adapt to a price on carbon. The CarbonLab acknowledges that emissions trading, and more broadly carbon management, as a new and significant challenge for government and business. As such it has prioritised the development of a number of learning tools to help organisations build capacity to adapt and prosper under a low carbon economy.

One such tool is CarbonGameTM, an interactive emissions trading simulation for policy makers and industry leaders, which has been delivered to over 4000+ participants areound the world. CarbonGame was developed in collaboration with UQ's Global Change Institute as an engaging 3 hour workshop that aims to teach participants: how carbon pricing works: how companies develop carbon management plans; and; how policy makers can tweak cap-and-trade schemes to meet emissions reduction objectives while ensuring economic sustainability. We are currently in the process of revising CarbonGameTM into an exciting online game that will be available in multiple languages

Solutions



CarbonGame, our emissions trading simulation is available in English and Chinese, and has been delivered to over 4,000 people in over 15 countries

Training



In partnership with a number of organisations, our energy and carbon solutions and courses have been delivered in many parts of the world


Our Research & Advisory Team

Dr Paul Dargusch Paul's primary research interest is in the political economy of climate change mitigation, and the implications for how organisations develop strategies and capacity to manage carbon emissions and enhance their corporate legitimacy and resilience. He is particularly interested in how we can facilitate the development of climate mitigation activities that support sustainable management of forest and marine ecosystems, and the interplay between carbon markets, food security and energy systems. Dr Dargusch's research has been funded through grants from the Australian Research Council, the World Bank and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (totalling more than US$3 million 2012 to 2015).

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Dr Yan Liu Yan's research interests lie in the field of complex systems modelling and geo-simulation focusing on cellular automata (CA) and agent-based modelling (ABM) to describe, understand, model and predict environment and human change processes and interactions, including urban growth, land use change, and regional sustainable development. The value of this research is to advance the constitution of these systems and assist with informed and evidence based decision support. She is also actively engaged in social geographic research using GIS technologies, including travel behaviours, transportation network, spatial accessibility modelling and social inequalities associated with access to resources and services.

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Adrian Ward Adrian has 10+ years experience in both the private and public sectors, and, as a consultant on many carbon, energy and corporate sustainability projects with government and large multinationals e.g. Billabong, Xstrata, Cement Australia, Australian and Queensland Government. He has worked extensively in the development of land-based carbon offsets and clean technology focused start-up companies within the solar and bioenergy sectors. His areas of speciality include international climate policy and carbon finance, working with organisations such as the World Bank, PEMSEA, FAO and the United Nations Mountain Partnership Program.

PhD Research: "The Ecological Economics of White Carbon: Using Carbon Finance to Support High Mountain Landscapes & Communities"

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Sebastian Thomas Sebastian lectures in sustainable business practice, systems thinking, energy and environmental policy mechanisms. His research and peer-reviewed publications are in the areas of climate policy, sustainability and the political economy of carbon markets. He is a recipient of the prestigious Prime Ministers Australia-Asia Endeavour Award which supports innovative research in the Asia-Pacific region and is leading the development of Blue Carbon offset methodologies and projects in Australia and Asia. He has provided strategic policy advice to a number of organisations, including for the UNFCCC, World Bank and Asia Development Bank.

PhD Research: "Creating Integrated Systems for Carbon Management in Marine and Coastal Environments"

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Martha MaulidiaMartha Maulidia has been working on climate change, climate finance, carbon market and sustainability in different organizations including NGO, consulting companies, the United Nations, and university for more than 10 years. She worked for various climate mitigation activities in power, palm oil, waste, and forestry (REDD+) sector. She has been engaged in authoring publication on climate change in Indonesia. She is a lecturer at Environmental Engineering Program and senior researcher at Center for Climate Finance, Surya University. Her recent works include enhancing private sector engagement in climate finance, climate finance effectiveness, and feasibility of waste and carbon tax in oil and gas industry.

PhD Research: "Designing climate policy for Indonesia: Managing the risk of carbon tax impacts on industries"
Benton WeckerBenton is a Senior Advisor with the Queensland Government and was an Expert Reviewer for the recently released IPCC AR5 – Working Group 1 report. While a Climate Scientist at the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence, Benton contributed to the CSIRO climate modelling that was included in the CMIP5 and IPCC AR5. He is also the lead author of 13 Regional Climate Change Summaries that utilised internal climate modelling, the IPCC AR4 and a thorough review of the latest peer-reviewed climate science to outline how changes in the climate will affect Queensland's urban and regional communities in different ways. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physics and Applied Physics) and is currently completing a Master of Energy Studies (Carbon Management).
Kat Grigg Kat has been involved in a number of commercial and not-for-profit technology projects (including the CarbonGame) across many different sectors including the music industry, energy sectors, financial industry, creative and government sectors. Her research is focused on establishing the significance of software tools to ecosystem service policy-making and the extent to which these tools influence policy-making. She is also seeking to derive a technology platform to improve the use of evidence-based science in the creation of ecosystem services policy.

PhD Research: "How can Software Tools Improve the Role of Evidence-based Science in Policy Making for the Management of Ecosystem Services"

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Surjan SinghSurjan is the Director at Green Energy & Carbon Management Sdn Bhd based in Malaysia. Activities of the company include include formulating the business strategy and framework for the implementation of Energy, Ports & Marine Infrastructure, Mining and Palm OIl projects combined with GHG mitigation activities. Type of services include development of new Green Field Investment Portfolio, M&A Activities, Capacity Expansion, Contract Management, Energy Projects (Biomass, Carbon Capture & Utilization, Co-Firing, Gasification & Torrefaction, Energy Efficiency and Solar PV) plus Sustainability Reporting. Activities of the company include training and development plus liaison with local and federal government authorities. Surjan is currently studying a Master of Energy Studies at the International Energy Centre.
Alue Dohong Alue is very experienced in Indonesian policy, industry and academia, with a focus on forests, the REDD+ mechanism and carbon finance. He was the 2007 recipient of Wetlands International Presidents Medal for Staff Excellence (for providing outstanding leadership in Wetland Management and for developing relationship with and encouraging the involvement of local stakeholders).

PhD Research: "Acessing the Success of Tropical Peatland Restoration: A Case Study from Central Kalimantan, Indonesia"

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Medrilzam Medril is works in the area of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Indonesia. He has been a senior official in the Indonesian Government, responsible for forestry services and conservation. He has also represented Indonesia at several UNFCCC COPs as a chief negotiator on REDD. Indonesia has prioritized the need for GHG emissions reductions from the management of peatland areas, which are the country's main source of GHG emissions. Medril's research addresses these complexities by assessing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in peatland areas.

PhD Research: "Dynamics of Land Cover and Livelihood at the Degraded Peatland Ecosystems: Case Study at the Ex-Mega Rice Project, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia"

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Le Quyen Luu I Le Quyen has been working as a researcher and assistant to the Director of the Institute of Energy Science in Vietnam since 2010. As a researcher she participated in projects of "energy systems development" at provincial levels. Her focus is on environment and energy fields such as the development of energy systems with consideration to environment protection and controlling pollution in energy projects. Last year she received an AusAID scholarship to study environment management, majoring in sustainable development. Le Queyen's research thesis is on the life cycle assessment of bio-electricity from rice residue. She hopes that the research will identify the advantages of bio-electricity compared to conventional electricity and help solve the problem of energy security.
Da Binh Tran Da is a Vietnamese PhD student who holds a Bachelor of agronomy in Ha Noi University of Agriculture and a Master degree of Agricultural Science from The University of Adelaide. He has also been a lecturer in Vietnam Forestry University for around 10 years. Da has an interest research area is in carbon stocks of the palustrine Tea-tree forests, which have great potential to generate carbon offsets in Australia and other countries of the Asia Pacific region.

PhD Research: "A Study on Carbon Stocks of the Melaleuca Forests in the Coastal Region of South-East Queensland, Australia"

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Kwong-san Yin Kwong has worked in Aeronautical Research Labs (Melbourne), Telstar Systems (Melbourne), Rockwell Australia (Sydney), Boeing Australia (Sydney, Seattle), Boeing Research and Technology (Seattle). Kwong's interest is in carbon marketing in the commercial aircraft-airline Industry.

PhD Research: "The Political Economy of Carbon Management in the International Aviation Industry: How can the International Aviation Industry more Effectively Reduce its Greenhouse Gas Emissions?"

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Giorgio Grusso Giorgio has a Master Degree of Environmental Engineering from the University of Cagliari (ITA), a Master Degree of International Environmental Law from ISGI-CNR (ITA) and a Graduate Certificate of Geographic Information Systems from QUT (AU). He is a PHD candidate at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", working on the integration of biodiversity indicators in Papua New Guinea's National Forest Inventory in the framework of REDD+ preparedness activities implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Since 2006 he has been employed as a Programme Officer with IUCN and UNEP and is currently a Programme Officer in the Forest Management Division of FAO in Rome. He is also an advisor to the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Government (DGCS).
Andrew Wilson Andrew (aka "Roger") is a distinguished environmental professional specialising in carbon management, energy management and sustainability. He has experience in both the government and private sectors and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development major) (Hons 1) from the University of Queensland. His key professional interests lay in carbon management strategy and utilising environmental market finance to achieve triple bottom line outcomes. Andrew has undertaken engagements across Australia as well as in South Africa, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, for clients in the resources, energy, education, government, NGO and corporate sectors.
Belinda Wade Belinda has extensive experience working in Queensland's energy markets as an electricity trader and analyst at one of the State's biggest state-owned distributors. Her PhD is focused on the attributes that make up Best Practice Carbon Management (BPCM) from a theoretical and practical perspective, examines what drives their adoption by firms and questions whether the legislated price on carbon is promoting BPCM within affected Australian organisations. Through comprehensive case studies the research will develop an understanding of the state of carbon management and the drivers behind their decarbonisation actions with future implications for strategic management within firms and policy development and reform.

PhD Research: "Exploring Best Practice Carbon Management Within Australian Firms"

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John Revie John's background includes some 15 years experience within climate change, renewable energy, corporate sustainability and finance/accounting recruitment working from Australia and abroad in London. Established in 2008, carbonjobs has developed into a highly specialised management and executive level recruitment firm dedicated to assisting job seekers and clients within the fields of Climate Change Risk, Adaptation & Mitigation; Corporate & Environmental Sustainability; Social Licence to Operate as well as Cleantech & Renewable Energy Investment/Development.John is currently completing the International Energy Centre's Master of Energy Studies program, focusing on topics such as Low Emission Technologies, Climate Change Risk, Economics, Power Generation and Carbon Management.
Dr Beth Fulton Beth is a Principal Research Scientist with the CSIRO where she is the head of ecosystem modelling. She developed many modelling tools for exploring the sustainable multiple use management of complex coastal socioecological systems. Beth received a BSc Hons I, majoring in Marine Biology and Mathematics, from James Cook University, Townsville (1997) and a Ph.D. on ecosystem model complexity from the University of Tasmania (2001). She has more than 60 publications and has provided the ecosystem modelling analysis behind international initiatives attempting to define the status of the world’s marine fish stocks. Beth is a contributing author to the latest IPCC WG2 report, a member of the Australian Antarctic Science Advisory Committee and her contribution to marine resource management and science have also been recognised with numerous awards, including Ecological Society of America Sustainability Science Award (2011); a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship (2010-2014); and the 2007 Australian Science Minister’s Prize for "Life Scientist of the Year"

Muhammad Ilman As the global market demand for shrimp continues to rise and given that mangrove degradation has reached such a vast area, the rate of mangrove degradation in Indonesia will be difficult to reverse with the current approach.Ilman's research will formulate a new mangrove-shrimp farm management model that implement global shrimp certification standards, combined with carbon trade investment mechanism. The model is expected to bring a fair-shared responsibility between shrimp consumers and producers to improve mangrove ecosystem condition, shrimp production sustainability, and to empower poor shrimp farmers in Indonesia.

PhD Research: "Improving Mangrove Ecosystem Condition in Indonesia through Global Shrimp Certification Mechanism and Carbon Trade Investment."

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Sadrah Devi Forest certification has become major issue in forest policy. Certification is an instrument to promote sustainable forest management. HOwever, only 10% of world forest areas are certified, and only 13% of this is in developing countries. In developing countries, problems and challenges in establishing certification are varried, for example poor forest governance, weak ability in formulating appropriate forest policy, inefective law enforcement, land tenure conflict and certification cost. By evaluating the timber certification in improving forest governance and sustainable forest management, this research will provide knowledge and understanding of the Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System and also a stakeholder perspective on the success of TLAS.

MPhil Research: "Timber Certification, the Impact and Perception (Case Study of Indonesia)"

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Hoang Nguyen Huu Hoang's study is focused on the spatial differences in the adaptation to the flood of the local farmers and communities before and after the construction of dyke system on the basis of social-economics. The beneficiaries and the population which are expected to be affected from the dyke system in the protected floodplains will be discussed. The project also tries to answer how the policies of climate, land use and resilience for the MD can be improved.

PhD Research: "Climate Change and Resilience: the Improvement in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam"

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Scott Agnew Scott has nearly a decade of experience in the energy sector and has held senior positions in the Queensland Government developing key flagship energy strategies. Scott is currently analysing optimal integration of distributed generation technologies to help ensure that they can be incorporated into the existing electricity supply system in the most economically efficient manner. This research has applications in developed countries to more efficiently augment demand in centralised energy systems. It also is applicable in developing countries where the opportunity exists to bypass emissions-intensive, expensive infrastructure and move straight to a decentralised energy grid.

PhD Research: "Effectively integrating distributed electricity generation technologies: determining an optimal deployment model for solar photovoltaic systems with battery storage"

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Don Burtt Don has extensive experience in the Australian and NZ energy markets, working in senior roles for some of the sector's biggest organisations. Don's research aims to understand the effectiveness and cost efficiency of how carbon pricing mechanisms reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and, to suggest recommendations to provide a more cost effective outcome. This is to be achieved by developing an emissions model, to analyse subsidies, incentives and penalties and their relationships with actual GHG emissions, initially on a static basis, year by year, and then on a dynamic basis to test the sensitivities of changes to inputs on levels of GHG emissions.

PhD Research: "Comparative Cost Efficiencies of Carbon Pricing and Renewable Schemes in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Electricity Sector in Australia."

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Kate Perry Kate is in her final year of a Bachelor of Environmental Management degree majoring in Natural Systems and Wildlife at the University of Queensland. Her Honours Research Thesis is on assessing the economic value of carbon offset projects which will be implemented on lands operated by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC). Through the Carbon Farming Initiative carbon offsetting has recently become an economic opportunity for ILC landholders to participate in. Her study aims to assess the economic value of potential sequestration projects by determining whether the emission reduction potential outweighs the costs required to reduce emissions.
Tom Paris The ability to cope with climate change impacts is critical to our survival. Understanding how climate change mitigation initiatives can better support the capacity of local communities to adapt to climate change is very important. Tom's thesis focuses specifically on how REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) initiatives can be designed to support for the successful adaptation of local communities to climate change while simultaneously ensuring emission reduction outcomes.

PhD Research: "How can REDD initiatives in Central Kalimantan Indonesia be Designed to Support the Successful Adaptation of Local Communities to Climate Change?"

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Eleanor Ogston Eleanor is a business leader with more than 15 years broad experience in sustainability, strategic planning, procurement, and client engagement. Her diverse experience both professionally and academically provides her with a foundation in leadership and strategy implementation, linking organisational visioning with measurable actions. Eleanor was the CEO of a services organisation that assists local government in their supply chain strategies and practices. In this role she worked across a variety of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, ICT and transport. Eleanor has a Masters degree in Sustainable Systems, majoring in environmental markets, a post-graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Directors and has attained an Order of Merit in completing their Diploma course.
Jean-Francois Rochecouste As the National Executive Officer of the Conservation Agriculture Alliance of Australia and New Zealand (CAAANZ), John's study focuses on how an increasingly popular set of agricultural production practices, known as Conservation Agriculture (CA), which can be used to reduce GHG emissions from broad-acre grain farming enterprises in Australia. Supported by the Food Agriculture Oranisation, CA practices reduce a farmers' reliance on various inputs including water, fuel and fertilisers. This study uses systems dynamics modelling to estimate the enterprise-level emissions reduction and financial performance implications of using various combinations of Conservation Agriculture practices under various biophysical, macroeconomic, ethnological and policy scenarios.

PhD Research: "Developing a Policy Framework for GHG Management of Conservation Agriculture Practices in the Australian Grain Industry using Systems Dynamic Modelling"

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Ammar Abdul Azziz Ammar was previously engaged in the capital markets of Malaysia as a Fund Manager. In 2006, he made a major decision to utilize his financial and economics background and heed the nation's call to participate in agriculture and became a farmer. His passion for farming, risk management and the multi-dimensional issues of sustainability has led him to pursue a research higher degree with UQ. He is currently working on the financial and economic outcomes in managing natural assets in the context of Blue Carbon in Malaysia. His study aims to address these gaps in the literature by investigating whether the integration of blue carbon into the management of the Matang mangrove forest reserve in Malaysia can enhance financial and economic outcomes.

PhD Research: "An analysis of the financial and economic performance of integrating blue carbon into the management of mangrove forests in Malaysia"

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Francois Visser Francois is investigating the greenhouse gases arising from the production of cotton accross the value chain. His innovative work will result in an online application that can be used by producers and consumers alike to identify the environmental impact of different types of cotton production methods based on growing region and other variables such as fertiliser application. This allows the consumer to make more informed decisions about where to source more sustainable cotton, and, the producer to find cost-savings and improve profitability.

PhD Research: "The Application of a Whole System Approach to Determine the Economic Viability and Feasibility of Fresh Produce Value Chain for Biologically Produced Product"

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Pascale Gresse Graduated with a Master in Energy & Environmental Engineering, Pascale has extensive experience in carbon management, energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental compliance, environmental management, renewable energy and climate change. She is currently working as a consultant in Brisbane on the development, implementation and reporting of Origin Energy's and Australia Pacific LNG's sustainability targets associated with carbon and energy efficiency. She has also conducted environmental assessments for the $35 billion APLNG and the $20 billion QCLNG Projects. Her previous experience includes environmental management in a construction project for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, solar energy implementation and design for the Solar Cities National Project, as well as project management and technical studies on worldwide clean energy projects for developing countries.
Bhumika Selot Bhumika is a sustainability and climate change professional with over 5 years’ experience in Carbon market in Australia, China and India. She has experience working across variety of industry sectors and roles including areas such as Energy, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM - originating/developing projects under Kyoto Protocol), Climate Change impact/risk analysis, Carbon Mitigation projects, Carbon advisory/strategy, GHG inventory/Carbon footprinting, GHG auditing (including CDM Validation/Verification and NGERS audits and World Compliance on Dams WCD audits including both social and environmental audits), Compliance audits. Bhumika is well versed with ISO-14064 GHG accounting systems, GHG Protocol and IPCC Guidelines, Sustainability strategy development and implementation.
Angus McDonald Angus has over 15 years' experience in environmental and energy economics. His past positions include Director of Economics with a state-based Environmental Protection Agency in Australia, and Director of the Queensland Government's advisory group Ecofund. Angus setup Ecofund to provide Carbon and Renewable Energy services and Environmental Offsets advice and the establishment of offset projects. Ecofund clients included national and State based private and government owned corporations, and government departments and bodies seeking to engage in the carbon and renewable energy markets, to improve environmental outcomes and corporate standing. Angus is currently Lead of Economics at the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA), focusing on two economic regulatory reviews in relation to rural irrigation water pricing in Queensland. Angus is currently completing a Master's of Energy Studies.


Research, Training & Advisory Projects





Solutions & Partnerships

Services and Solutions

CarbonLab offers a number of solutions focused on meeting carbon and energy related challenges.Our services and solutions include:

  • CarbonGame
    An engaging tablet-delivered simulation designed to train participants on the fundamentals of carbon pricing.
  • Carbon Footprinting
    GHG emissions inventories for all organisation types based on globally and nationally accepted standards e.g. GHG Protocol, NGERs Act and NCOS.
  • GHG Auditing
    Our team includes an Australian Government Registered Greenhouse & Energy Auditor - we are experienced in both compliance and voluntary verification and assurance audits.
  • Energy Auditing
    Level 1,2 and 3 energy efficiency audits in-line with industry standards for all types of facilities using our team of engineers and finance experts.
  • Carbon Offset Methodologies and Projects
    We have developed numerous CDM, VCS and CFI methodologies and projects in Australia and internationally.
  • Climate Change Physical & Economic Impact Assessments
    Our members are experienced in ecosystem adaptation, GIS analysis and IPCC scenario modelling. We also have capacity in input-output and CGE modelling at the global, regional, national and local levels.


Partnerships

CarbonLab is interested in partnering with organisations engaged in innovative carbon and energy policy/management through its award-winning UQ SMART initiative. The general objectives of establishing a partnership are to: collaborate on new research and advisory projects; provide students with valuable work experience; develop networking opportunities; and; invite partners to guest lecture in CarbonLab's courses. Ultimately, we seek to meet the duel outcomes of: 1) high-qulaity research/advisory benefits to the partner, and 2)real-world experience for the student.
If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Adrian Ward (a.ward@uq.edu.au)



Journal

CarbonLab Journals

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CarbonLab are in the process of developing two new journals; Energy Management Perspectives (EMP) and the Carbon Farming Journal(CFJ). EMP will focus on contemporary carbon and energy issues for business and government e.g. energy security, carbon pricing, renewable energy systems. CFJ on the otherhand will centre on what, how and where innovative and sustainable agricultural and natural resource management practices can be supported by carbon markets and climate finance. Both journals aim to showcase the best research undertaken by carbonlab course and early career researchers.

The objective is to encourage high-quality output through providing a reputable forum that exclusively accepts submissions from student and early career researchers. At the end of each university semester (June and November each year), students will be invited to submit thier articles via a competitive process. Only articles of the highest standard presenting innovative and well-supported conclusions will be accepted. All articles published in the journal will be peer-reviewed by our editors.

The journal will also draw attention to recent publications in other journals by CarbonLab's MPhil and PhD students.

The inaugural issues will be published in July 2014.


University Courses & Tools

Why Study CarbonLab Courses

Our teaching team has over 50+ years experience between them in the areas of climate change, carbon, energy and sustainability. CarbonLab courses are also very well connected with industry and government. Our courses aim to teach both relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills. Perhaps most importantly however is that our courses are taught in a fun and engaging environment offering internship opportunities, guest lectures, field trips and practical exercises aimed at maximising the learning experience.We also teach into the International Energy Centre's Master of Energy Studies programme.

  • Practical Learning
    Our courses are not just about developing theoretical knowledge. We have an emphasis on developing practical skills which will be invaluable in our students' careers. The skills we teach include: carbon footprinting, renewable energy project analysis, energy auditing, carbon offset project design, economic benefit-cost analysis and carbon trading.
  • Industry Support
    Over the years we have been fortunate enough to have strong industry support for the courses we deliver. UQ students undertaking CarbonLab courses will have the opportunity to attend regular guest lectures from business leaders and also field trips to interesting locations around South East Queensland.
  • Domestic & International Studies
    Our courses are suitable for both domestic and international students - our focus is not only on Australian policy and management perspectives as the course content reflects our experience working in Myanmar (Burma), China, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Italy, France, Cambodia, Vietnam and Chile.
  • Internships Opportunities
    From time-to-time CarbonLab is able to offer internships or project officer roles to its students on a competitive basis. Past internships have included Billabong, Cement Australia, the IRRDB in Malaysia, CS Energy, Queensland Government, Mt Hotham Resort, the Queensland Murray Darling Basin Committee and LCR Group (just to name a few!).


Students can also access the following online tools to assist in their studies:


  • Carbon Management Learning Tools
    Our courses utilise innovative teaching tools to maximise learning outcomes for students. Students can access carbon footprinting, MACC development and emissions trading simulation tools via the |CARBONGAME| website.

  • Media Player
    Students can find interesting podcasts on energy and carbon related issues via the |MEDIA PLAYER|.

  • CarbonLab Library
    Over the years we have developed a database of relevant, informative and interesting journal articles, books and media items that students can search and use in their assignments. The CarbonLab Library currently has around 2,000 references related to carbon and energy management. It can be accessed |HERE|.

Courses & Research Options

ENVM2522
ENVM2522 - Carbon & Energy Management

This course studies contemporary carbon and energy management issues and practices in both global and regional contexts. Students will develop skills in a series of important carbon and energy management tools. Students will participate in a range of practical learning exercises including, developing a carbon footprint, conducting an energy audit, appraising emissions abatement activities, designing carbon offset projects, and participating in an emissions trading simulation game. The course teaches students how to manage the risks and take advantage of the opportunities arising from various international and Australian climate change mitigation and energy industry legislation (including the Australian National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act; Clean Energy Act (Carbon Pricing Mechanism), Carbon Credits Act (Carbon Farming Initiative) and Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act). The course also includes guest presentations from industry experts and field trips to prominent renewable energy installations.
ENVM3524
ENVM3524 - Business Management in a Carbon Contrained World

Understanding the carbon cycle, the uses for carbon in the economy, business exposure to carbon constraints, the transition from hydrocarbon to new sources of energy, the business case for first movers versus ignorers, carbon trading, the Kyoto Protocol and the future of business.
ENVM3525
ENVM3525 - Sustainable Business Practice

Environmental and social information in business strategy and decision processes, societal expectations and community licence to operate, intergenerational issues, business and industry life cycles, value chain analysis, and evaluating eco-efficiency outcomes.
ENVM7524
ENVM7524 - Carbon & Energy Management (Masters)

This course provides an advanced level of instruction and analysis on carbon and energy management principles and practices. The course covers climate policy and reviews the rules, key stakeholders and dynamics of global carbon markets. The course also includes instruction on a number of important carbon and energy management practices, such as carbon foot-printing, abatement and offset project design and appraisal, energy use auditing, alternative energy pathway design and appraisal, and emissions trading.
MPhil & PhD
CarbonLab is always open to innovative research projects at the Masters or PhD level. If you have a relevant project in mind please contact us to arrange a meeting and discuss it in detail.
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Master of Energy Studies
Master of Energy Studies

Energy managers around the world are facing increasingly complex and intertwined challenges. Successfully addressing these challenges will require energy literacy and understanding of the issues and associated economics to help society to move to a low carbon future efficiently and cost effectively. The International Energy Centre's Master of Energy Studies (MES) program develops leaders with the shared skills, knowledge and expertise to devise sustainable solutions. MES energy professionals will learn how to communicate across scientific, environmental, economic, and governance boundaries to create innovative, sustainable solutions to complex global challenges.


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Email: a.ward@uq.edu.au

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