Andrew Petersen

CEO - Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia


Andrew has over 25 years’ environmental and planning law and policy experience as well as 10 years at a CEO and Director level in the not-for-profit sector initiating and driving systems change in policy and sustainable development through project design and delivery.

He has been a qualified environmental and planning litigation practitioner and policy advisor with roles at Sydney City Council and holding the position of Partner at Gadens Lawyers and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was also was one of the founders of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Sustainability & Climate Change practice. His specialist law and policy expertise in the environmental includes litigation and advisory experience in commercial, residential and infrastructure (water, waste management, renewable energy) project development, resource planning and acquisition, program roll out of energy conservation projects, biodiversity and water market policy and trading market development, as well as environmental protection.

His current career focuses on the strategic delivery of 6 workstreams (Circular Economy, Cities and Mobility, Energy & Climate, Food, Nature and Water, People, and Redefining Value) for over 60 private, public and academic members at the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (known prior to 2018 as Sustainable Business Australia) as network partner with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the We Mean Business Coalition and the Business for Nature Coalition. He holds a Non – Executive Director role at the Banksia Foundation and is on Board of Advice at the University of Sydney Business School.  His current Government appointments include as a member of the National Advisory Industry Reference Group to the Australian Government’s National Waste Review, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation and representation on the Sustainability Industry Reference Committee of the Australian Industry Skills Committee, and appointment to the Australian Business and Biodiversity Initiative. He also was member of the 2017 – 2018 co-design group that provided guidance on the delivery of the Australian Government’s Environmental Partnerships Initiative.

Session details

Friday 2 October

1:00 pm

Responding panel to Keynote

SDGs, Cities Acting on Climate Change, Encouraging a Circular Economy - Claire Ferres Miles, CEO - Sustainability Victoria


Brendan Gleeson, Director - Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne


Claire Ferres Miles, CEO - Sustainability Victoria

Patrick Cobbinah, Lecturer in Urban Planning - Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Andrew Petersen, CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia

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