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Mark Thomson

Partner, PwC Australia

Mark Thomson is a Partner with PwC Australia. As a consulting Partner Mark collaborates with Government, Utility and Mining clients to work smarter and grow faster. He consults to build effective organisations, innovate & grow, reduce costs and manage risk & regulation. His aim is to support you in designing, managing and executing lasting beneficial change.

As an economist and accountant Mark has a particular passion for how the understanding of markets, legislation, regulation, rational choice and increasingly an understanding of human behaviour can help open opportunities for commerce and government.

Mark’s combined experience and expertise has seen him play a key role in transformational projects including as lead commercial advisor on the South Australian Government’s Energy plan supporting the deals closed with:
– Telsa/Neoen for the world’s largest Lithium Ion Battery in Jamestown
– Solar Reserve for the world’s largest Solar Thermal Plant in Port Augusta
– APR Energy for the provision of nine new dual-fuel GE aeroderivative TM2500 turbine gen-sets

Mark has also previously had lead roles advising various parties on the transition of Compulsory Third Party Insurance to the private sector, the concept and design of an Investment Attraction Agency, Human Services reform, precinct development, corrections programs, various port and rail projects and Victoria’s Desalination Project.

Mark also works with industry and communities through roles such as the Treasurer of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (SA).

Session: The Future is Electric, planning for low carbon transport

Topic or “Chair”: The Economic Impact of a High Growth Uptake scenario of Electric Vehicles

Australia’s transport sector represents the third highest source of emissions; its contribution to emissions in 2015 was 18.1 per cent. PwC has been working in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) to detail the economic impact of a high growth uptake scenario of electric vehicles.

Mark Thomson will discuss the following key themes:
1. Description of the EV market in Australia including the contribution of the transport sector to the National Energy Guarantee and the current barriers to EV uptake in Australia.
2. EV growth scenario defined for the purpose of this economic impact assessment. The scenario assumes an EV growth rate for Australia based on the Norwegian experience.
3. An Assessment of the economic impact of a high EV growth scenario using Norway as a reference case, in particular, the impact of:
a. Investment in charging infrastructure (net of capital investment in the petrol fuel network)
b. Emissions reductions and associated tax cuts
c. Consumer savings as a result of lower maintenance costs and running costs
d. Reduced reliance on fuel imports