Mitsubishi Development Sustainability Lecture

Nicole Brook, UNSW Engineering Alumni and Women in Engineering Ambassador delivered the 8th Annual Mitsubishi Development Sustainability Lecture to an audience of Alumni, Industry partners, staff and students on Monday 29th July 2019. This took place in the Leighton Hall at the John Niland Scientia building, on UNSW’s Kensington campus.

Her lecture, “Towards a Lower Carbon Economy – Perspectives from the Coal Face”, highlighted the need for any solution to focus on the twin objectives of limiting temperatures and providing universal access to affordable energy. Nicole stressed the need for a strong and varied mix of energy technologies to ensure that industry and governments alike strive to achieve the twin objectives to ensure the growing demands for energy are met. In quoting Sir David King, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government – “Carbon capture and storage is the only hope for mankind”, Nicole reinforced this statement and called for the continued investment and application of carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies.

Nicole’s presentation slides

About Nicole Brook

Nicole is a UNSW Engineering alumna, with a degree in Mining Engineering and 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, before 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 in 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.

In addition, Nicole is also a Women in Engineering ambassador for the Faculty of Engineering’s newly launched WIE CAN initiative. This movement aims to showcase UNSW female alumni who are role models within the engineering profession, demonstrating authentic leadership, excellence and innovation in their field.

About the Mitsubishi Development Sustainability Lecture

This keynote event is designed to inspire and challenge the way we perceive mining, pushing back on preconceived stereotypes and broadening our view of the sector. The lectures inform our audience on how the mining industry is evolving to become more sustainable, affordable and renewable, and UNSW is proud to partner with the mining industry to support and enhance these areas.

The School is proud of our association with Mitsubishi Development and acknowledge their support of minerals tertiary education at UNSW through a range of initiatives that include undergraduate scholarships and this annual public lecture on a topical aspect of mining.

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