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Does Cloud Co$t the Earth?

ACS NSW and Climate Action Week Sydney 2024

Event Start: Thu 16 May 06:00 PM AEST
Event Finish: Thu 16 May 08:00 PM AEST


Registration End Date: Wed 15 May 12:30 PM

<p>Join ACS for a thought-provoking discussion on the intricate relationship between business decisions, technology, and the environment in the era of cloud computing, AI, and digital transformation. Are businesses unknowingly burdening themselves and the planet with unnecessary costs, or is it time to reevaluate how we harness the power of technology?<br><br>In a world where every decision made in the cloud carries economic and environmental implications, enterprises are at a crossroads. The challenge lies in balancing technological advancement with environmental stewardship to meet sustainability goals effectively.<br><br>Be a part of the ACS NSW branch event during Climate Action Week Sydney, in collaboration with the Australian Computer Society, where we will dive deep into the realm of sustainability, GreenOps, and the obstacles faced by enterprises in managing emissions data and transitioning to Net Zero. Learn how strategic alignment and unwavering dedication are essential in harmonizing tech innovation with eco-responsibility for a brighter, greener future.<br><br>Our distinguished panelists, including <strong>Kate McHugh</strong>, a Sustainability professional and Founder/CEO at, <strong>Mark Butcher,</strong> Founder &amp; CEO of Posetiv,<strong> Lee Stewart</strong>, a seasoned ESG professional with significant experience in startups, consulting, and large multinationals, and <strong>David McEwen</strong>, an expert in climate risk, mitigation, resilience, and business strategies, will lead a captivating discussion on the real-world implications of technology on sustainability. Discover why emissions data may initially spike before declining and challenge the notion of whether the true cost of IT accurately reflects its sustainability impact.<br><br>Don&#39;t miss this opportunity to gain insights, ask questions, and be part of the conversation that will shape the future of sustainable technology practices. Together, let&#39;s explore the transformative power of technology in building a more sustainable and prosperous world for all.</p> <p> </p> <p>AGENDA:<br>18:00 – Pre-Event Networking<br><br>18:30 – Welcome and Introductions<br><br>18:35 – Panel Introduction &amp; Discussion<br><br>19:10 – Audience Panel Q&amp;A<br><br>19:20 – Post Event Networking<br><br>19:45 – Event Close<br> </p> <p> </p>

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Tim Prosser

Tim Prosser

Innovative and forward-thinking transformative leader with over 20 years of experience including 5+ years in Energy Retail, Innovation and startups. Demonstrated consistently high levels of professionalism, innovation, precision of project execution, and proactive problem solving. Passionate about using innovation & technology to help sustain and scale the impact of purpose inspired organisations. Articulate communicator with strong interpersonal skills; able to cultivate robust professional relationships with stakeholders and building communities. Skilled at supporting and promoting the entrepreneurial sector in Australia to help bring innovative technology to scale.

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Kate McHugh

Kate McHugh

I am a sustainability leader with a background in strategy, transformation and supply chain. I help businesses develop sustainability strategies and manage projects for climate-related financial disclosures. 

Entrepreneurial by nature, I enjoy connecting the dots and people to create positive change and shared value.

Having earned my corporate stripes at A.P. Moller–Maersk on their prestigious, global management program, I established a reputation for improvement and change strategies with a focus on customer outcomes and business growth. Since then, I've worked in sustainability, supply chain, strategy and change management, to deliver improvement and transformation focused on growth, customer and profit across a wide range of industries. 

I am passionate about sustainability and food. I have built, to help households save time, effort and money while reducing the amount of food they discard.

A competitive sailor and a very ordinary recreational runner, I love good food, coffee, wine, conversation, seas, trails, humour, and travel - although not necessarily all at the same time...
I'm an ambassador for EyeSea, a Climate Reality Leader and an organiser at Sydney Sustainability Lunchers.

Sustainability | ESG | CSR | Climate | Purpose | Strategy | Transformation | Implementation | Change

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Mark Butcher

Mark Butcher

Building and scaling businesses, particularly sales and marketing operations is what I enjoy, with a long track record of successfully operating highly successful sales, marketing and product development teams. Also exceptionally proud of having consistently delivered significant and profitable growth within competitive, cost constrained and often volatile environments.

In my role today I help transform how organisations deliver and consume IT & cloud services, enabling them to make fact based decisions and plan for a successful and sustainable future.

My passion is sustainability and I’m glad to be heavily involved in many initiatives across the world that are focused on reducing the impact that IT is having on the environment. Digital pollution is a real problem and by working together as a community we can address it.

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Lee Stewart

Lee Stewart

Lee Stewart - is a highly experienced sustainability professional with nearly 20 years of expertise in Australia, the UK, Japan, and New Zealand. He is a qualified climate reality speaker and mentor trained by Al Gore. Lee has led sustainability initiatives at Fujitsu, developing award-winning solutions like the Digital Owl. At Fonterra, he was Head of Sustainability, overseeing strategy, communication, governance, and climate disclosures. Lee is known for his leadership and communication skills, engaging with media, government, and NGOs as a key sustainability spokesperson and soon to be published author.

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David McEwen

David McEwen

David McEwen - a seasoned management consultant and program manager with over 30 years of experience. He specializes in working at the intersection of climate risk, mitigation, resilience, and business. David helps major enterprises and communities develop and implement strategies that enhance business performance, manage risk, reduce emissions, and adapt to climate change challenges. He was an inaugural member of the Technical Advisory Board that was consulted in the development of the NABERS data centre energy rating tool. He is also the author of "Navigating the Adaptive Economy - Managing Business Risk & Opportunity in a Changing Climate." David's expertise includes climate risk assessment, climate change adaptation, resilience planning, net-zero emissions, energy efficiency, sustainability, corporate property, data centres, and risk management.

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Level 27, Tower One, 100 Barangaroo Ave,Barangaroo, Sydney,NSW,Australia

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  • ACS Barangaroo
    Level 27, Tower One, 100 Barangaroo Ave
    Barangaroo, Sydney NSW 4000
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    Thu 16 May 06:00 PM AEST

    Event Finish:
    Thu 16 May 08:00 PM AEST
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