Sydney, 18 October 2010: The co-head of Clayton Utz's Climate Change & Sustainability practice, Environment and Planning partner Brendan Bateman, has been appointed as an initial board member to the new national Carbon Market Institute.
A Victorian State government initiative, Carbon Market Institute will help Australian businesses identify opportunities and risks arising from the introduction of climate-related markets and will be operational by 1 January 2011. The Institute will operate as an independent not-for-profit national body with strategic national and international partnerships and affiliations.
Mr Bateman will be joined on the board by AGL director Les Hosking, AETF chairman Tony Beck, ClimateWorks Australia executive director Anna Skarbek, and Alstom vice-president and former Australian Greenhouse Office CEO Gwen Andrews.
Commenting on his appointment Mr Bateman said: "It is a privilege to be part of Australia's first Institute specifically created to assist businesses to effectively prepare for a carbon constrained future. I commend the Victorian Government for the financial support they have provided to the Institute and look forward to making a positive contribution to the future development of Australia's low carbon economy."