Roland Short

Roland Short

Principal Consultant - Social Performance
SLR Consulting

Roland is an experienced social performance consultant with over a decade of experience in community development, social impact, and stakeholder engagement. He has worked on some of Australia's most significant energy and infrastructure projects, supporting clients such as AEMO, Acciona Energia, Alinta Energy, TransGrid, Hydro Tasmania and Origin Energy with strategy, assessments and audits that manage change and achieve improved social performance throughout the project life cycle. His project resume includes national strategy such as the Integrated Systems Plan, organisation-level strategy and framework development for major energy generation businesses, as well as delivering comprehensive project level Social Performance services across the entire suite of energy generation project types, including over 4GW of Wind, multiple Pumped Hydro facilities, over 1000km of new build Transmission and Battery Energy Storage.

Roland is passionate about improving economic and social outcomes in regional and remote Australia. He believes that only by focusing on robust social performance processes, including rigorous strategic planning and social impact assessment, can Organisations manage projects that would have a transformational impact on adjacent regional communities.

Speaker agenda

11:50 am
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Bridging the Gap: Social Realities in WA's Energy Transition

Social License to Operate & Performance
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This presentation talks about key social considerations that continue to affect the scale and pace of the energy transition, the social realities that every organisation working on a project should be aware of and plan for, as well social performance perspectives to overcome social realities.

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12:10 pm
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Understanding different electricity consumer perspectives

Panel: Social License to Operate & Performance
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Topics to be discussed: 

  • Understanding different electricity consumer perspectives, e.g., consumers who are socially impacted by large generation, storage and transmission projects but don't directly receive any benefits in return.
  • Managing modern slavery issues within the supply chain, e.g., battery minerals sourcing.
  • Managing stakeholder fatigue.
  • Hidden costs for stakeholders (e.g., farmers' legal fees for sign-off on land use agreements).
  • Project partnerships with First Nations peoples / other landowners.
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