Towards a Lower Carbon Economy | Perspectives from the Coal Face

28 June 2019 - 4:00pm
John Niland Scientia, Leighton Hall, UNSW Sydney

UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering presents the 2019 Mitsubishi Development Sustainability Lecture.


This year's lecture will be presented by Nicole Brook, General Manager of Business Development and Technical Services at Glencore Coal Australia.
This lecture will explore how the resources sector is poised to play a pivotal role in the transition to a lower carbon economy. The lecture will run for about 1.5 hours and includes a Q&A session with Nicole.

5.30pm Doors open
6.00pm Lecture and Q & A


Towards a Lower Carbon Economy – Perspectives From the Coal Face

Fossil fuels have been essential to the original industrial revolution and indeed to the economic prosperity of many countries over the last 200 years. Looking forward, electricity has been described as the “fuel of choice” for economies relying on light industrial, services and digital technology sectors*. In 2017, nearly 65% of world electricity generation was powered by fossil fuels*.
Against a backdrop of an estimated 1.3 billion people living in the world today without access to electricity, the International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook 2018 New Policies scenario models that world energy demand is set to increase more than 25% over the next 23 years*. Even with the rapid uptake of renewables and accelerated international climate action, fossil fuels continue to make up a very significant part of this energy mix.

This scenario presents one of the most complex challenges of our time – how do we continue to support economic development and meet future energy demands in an affordable, reliable and sustainable way? A key question facing mining leaders is how can we support an orderly transition to a lower carbon economy and what are the technologies and strategies we must develop and employ?

*International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook 2018

About Nicole Brook

With a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of NSW, Nicole has over 25 years experience in the mining industry. After starting her career as an underground coal miner, Nicole held a number of technical and commercial roles until taking on her current position as General Manager – Business Development and Technical Services for Glencore Coal Australia in 2013. Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource commodity companies, producing and trading more than 90 commodities. 

Nicole is a member of the JORC Committee, Chair of the AusIMM Hunter Region branch and sits on a number of industry advisory boards for tertiary mining education. In 2018 Nicole was named Exceptional Woman in NSW Mining and received Highly Commended in the Women in Resources National Awards. She has also been recognised as one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

About the Annual Mitsubishi Development Sustainability Lecture

The Lecture acknowledges the support of Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd to mining education. Mitsubishi Development is supporting minerals tertiary education at UNSW through a range of initiatives that include undergraduate scholarships and an annual public lecture on a topical aspect of mining and support for educational infrastructure in the School.