Michael Li
ClimateWorks Australia

The role of buildings in supporting a net zero emissions future

The global community has agreed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. ClimateWorks Australia's Decarbonisation Futures research shows that buildings must play a key role in the transition to net zero emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, and can do so using technology that is either mature or has been demonstrated at scale. Li will present on ClimateWorks’ research on decarbonising buildings, reflecting on outcomes of the Glasgow COP26 climate negotiations and the policies that can help realise these opportunities.

About Li:
Li is the Senior Project Manager (Cities) at ClimateWorks Australia, and advises on opportunities to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and infrastructure. He has strong stakeholder engagement and communication skills, and a proven track record in translating research into sustainability advice for business and government. He managed the technical analysis, stakeholder facilitation, content delivery and publication of Built to Perform, a landmark initiative led by ClimateWorks and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council to strengthen minimum energy standards for new buildings. Before joining ClimateWorks, Michael worked as a sustainability consultant at global integrated services firm AECOM.

Li holds Bachelor’s degrees in engineering and science from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of Cambridge. In 2014 he was recognised by collaborative sustainability community 2degrees as one of the global “Top 25 Under 25s” transforming the world of sustainable business, and he was named Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2018 at the National Energy Efficiency Awards.