Normally we are sad when multinationals pull out of Australia. Not this time:
The Climate Group, which has offices in the US, China, Europe and India, founded its Australian offices in 2005. It has been heavily involved with federal and state governments in the development of policies on climate change and clean energy, including energy efficiency and electric vehicles, and hosted Queensland’s first climate summit.
However, the offices are to be closed, Climate Group CEO Mark Kenber said. “This decision has been made in the light of the increasingly challenging political environment for action on climate change in Australia, despite the exceptional efforts of our local representatives,” he said in an email.
Former Victorian Deputy Premier John Thwaites has been appointed chair of The °Climate Group in Australia. Recently retired from politics, Mr Thwaites was Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. He will be joined on The °Climate Group’s Australian Board by 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery, who will be vice-chair…
Mr Flannery said he was impressed by the way The °Climate Group had effectively engaged some of the most influential individuals on the planet. “We need strong leadership on this issue. With The °Climate Group I hope to play a role in encouraging more business and political leaders of the need to take urgent action,” said Mr Flannery…
The °Climate Group’s Australian Director Rupert Posner said he was delighted the two had volunteered to work with the not-for-profit group.”You couldn’t ask for two more qualified people to help advance action on climate change,” said Mr Posner.
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