Media release 24 June 2017
The Climate Institute has selected The Australia Institute to take on remaining funds and intellectual property from the disbanding organisation.
“I am pleased to announce that, following the closure of The Climate Institute on 30 June, its significant remaining funds and intellectual property will be transferred to The Australia Institute, to help carry forward important climate change-related research and advocacy,” Chair of The Climate Institute board, Mark Wootton.
“The Climate Institute selected The Australia Institute from a short-list of strong candidates. The Australia Institute shares our commitment to relevant, robust research, innovative communication and well-targeted advocacy.
“Its expanded role in the climate change debate comes at a pivotal moment for policy development, economic transformation, and public expectations.
“The Australia Institute is now in a position to set up a dedicated Climate and Energy Program. We are delighted that we can pass on our legacy to an organisation with such a strong commitment to societal and economic leadership,” Wootton said.
“The Climate Institute has been a key player in the climate policy debate in Australia for over a decade. The Australia Institute is privileged to have been selected to help take forward its legacy,” said John McKinnon, Chair of The Australia Institute Board.
“We are pleased to announce that we will be using this opportunity to establish a specialist Climate & Energy Program that will allow us to carry forward The Climate Institute’s highly regarded work,” said Ben Oquist executive director of The Australia Institute.
“This will allow a consolidation and expansion of The Australia Institute’s own research into energy, fossil fuels and renewable energy policy. Establishing a Climate and Energy Program within the Australia Institute will secure the legacy of the Climate Institute efficiently and effectively.
“It is an honour to have been selected to take on vital work pursued for more than a decade by the Climate Institute,” said Oquist
The Climate and Energy Program at The Australia Institute will also house the recently launched National Energy Emissions Audit.
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