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How do we transition to net zero in ten years?

Shouldn't we be having that conversation? All of us? Together? 

Put 26 November 2020 in your diary and register now for the New Zealand National Convergence for Carbon Transition. Everyone.  We will have a national day of conversations, thinking, and questions. Engineers from all Disciplines, Managers, Policy Analysts, Investors, Leaders, Community Activists, and Scientists - The Convergence is a day of discussion, realisation and strategy.

No-Travel, Low Carbon Conference

The conference will be live-streamed to multiple venues around the country. Local convergences arrange their own welcomes, and have local cafes for tea breaks, and lunch. Watch the information below to find the venue and other arrangements at different locations such as dinner and drinks after the day to keep the conversations going.

If you are not in one of the locations with a venue, then you can also organise your own convergence group with colleagues in your workplace, or watch remotely. All participants can join group chat and ask questions of panelists. Transition Engineers will spend a day together showcasing the professional practices, new and challenging perspectives, innovations and Shift Projects.

The 2020 Convergence is the fourth no-travel, low-carbon conference organised by Transition Engineers. The first was Signs of Change in 2010 which had attendance of 275 at seven venues from Invercargill to Kerikeri, saving 400 hours in travel $140,000 in travel cost, and was 1000 times lower emissions than if all of the attendees travelled to Christchurch. 


We are a volunteer group of Transition Engineers in academia and industry. The cost of the digital platform and IT personnel of the convergence is being met by the registration fees and koha. CEO and leadership level participants and Academic Participants are encouraged to provide support for students and unwaged engineers. 



Conference Programme

The programme below will be regularly updated. Please check back often.

Thursday, 26 November 2020



0800 Online Registrations: Login & Sound Check 
For those attending at a physical venue: Tea, Coffee, Health & Safety briefing

Welcome by the Organisers 
Introduction and housekeeping of how the Convergence Works

0850 Keynote Discussion 
The 2020ies will see the explosion of Transition Engineering
Daniel Kenning - Co-President, Clobal Association of Transition Engineering (London) TBC
0910 Keynote Discussion

How can the policy makers facilitate the transition?
Helen Clark - Patron, The Helen Clark Foundation - TBC

0930 Overview of Transition Engineering

Core Concepts: The Mission and the Methodology and the Workflow Process
Prof. Susan Krumdieck, Professor of Energy Transition Engineering at Heriot Watt Univeristy, Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury

1000 Morning Tea

InTIME Examples

Wicked Problem 1   - Natural Gas Firming and Peak Generation - Taranaki

Wicked Problem 2   - Low Standard, Unhealthy Homes - Ruapehu

Wicked Problem 3   - Wood Home Heating and Air Pollution - Masterton

1200 Kaitiakitanga, Intergenerational Thinking and Balancing Kaitiaki Stewardship and Commerce 
Gerry Te Kapa Coates, Ngai Tahu, Engineering NZ, ESR
1230 Lunch 
Optional video on demand: Can you change the future?

InTIME Examples 

Wicked Problem 4   - Oil Companies - Todd Energy

Wicked Problem 5   - Freight - New Zealand Supply Chain

Wicked Problem 6   - Coal Heat in Commercial Buildings - University of Canterbury


Moving to Action 
Grant Symons, Transition HQ 
David Kidd, WSP Opus

1500 Afternoon Tea

Panel Discussion with Contributions from the Audience 
The Context of the Carbon Transition and Reflections on the Morning’s Presentations 
Panel Members: 
Prof Juliet Gerrard, NZ Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
Dr Russel Norman, Executive Director Greenpeace Aotearoa
Craig Price, Chief Technical Officer, Beca


Closing Remarks 
Next steps for Transition Engineering, Your role in it. 
Susan Krumdieck, Professor of Energy Transition Engineering at Heriot Watt University, Adjunct Professor at the Univeristy of Canterbury.


Poroporoaki and Farewell 

1700 Drinks: All participants are welcome to gather at a local bar for informal networking & discussion in your region.
1830  Dinner: All participants are welcome to gather at a local restaurant for informal networking & discussion in your region. 


Convergence 2020 Locations and Supporters

Details  Christchurch - University of Canterbury 
Auckland - Auckland University of Technology
Wellington - Victoria University 
Dunedin - University of Otago
New Plymouth - Western Institute of Technology
Nelson -