New Zealand’s low emissions future – Rod Carr, Chair, Climate Change Commission

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we will face during our generation. Challenges bring with them opportunities that often spur innovation and change. Rod will speak about the work the Commission has been doing to mitigate climate change, adapt to its effects and use the challenge as an opportunity. He will also address what climate change means for New Zealand and how we will need to work together to reach the 2050 target set by the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act.

Dr Carr has extensive experience in both public and private sector governance and leadership. He served as Chair and non-executive director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and served as Deputy Governor and for a time Acting Governor of the Bank. Dr Carr was the founding Chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board and for over a decade was a non-executive director of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. He led the University of Canterbury as Vice Chancellor for ten years before retiring in February 2019 having completed the recovery from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
Rod holds a PhD in Insurance and Risk Management, an MA in Applied Economics and Managerial Science, an MBA in Money and Finance and honours degrees in law and economics. His real-world experience, academic training and breadth of experience provide an excellent background for the critical task in taking a leadership position in leading climate change mitigation and adaptation.