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Beyond Neutral ensures that all its projects have the personal attention of its director, Mark O’Brien.

Highly experienced, accredited climate change specialist with 25+ years of wide-ranging climate experience.

Provides specialist services and advice to Australian and international businesses, Governments and research institutions.

Real-world experience of dealing with climate change developed across various sectors and from moving innovative abatement projects from concept into reality.

Beyond a comprehensive knowledge of climate change, he is across a broad range of environmental issues

    • sustainability, energy, water and wastewater, transport, industrial processes, waste,
    • biodiversity, natural resource management, agriculture and land use change

His experience and expertise have been recognised for many years.

Accredited, Awarded, Recognised, Specialist

Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) since the scheme started in 2005.

2009 Certified Environmental Practitioner of the Year, Australia and New Zealand.

“outstanding contribution to environmental practice in recent years,
particularly in the areas of carbon emission assessments and climate change mitigation”

Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and NZ since 2011.

    • EIANZ is the peak professional association for environmental practitioners in both countries

2015: first Climate Change Specialist in Australia or New Zealand, recognising his

track record and experience in the field of climate change”.

The Specialist accreditation is the highest level of certification available under the CEnvP scheme.

Previously, Mark was also an accredited:

    • independent verifier for the Australian Government’s emissions reporting and climate action program
    • independent verifier for the Australian Government’s carbon abatement project and carbon neutral certification scheme
    • ACT Building Energy Efficiency Rating Assessor

An author/ co-author of nearly 30 publications on climate change and energy topics:

    • renewable energy
      • energy efficiency
        • carbon sequestration
          • climate change science and policies
            • carbon footprints and climate actions to reduce them
              • carbon offsets
                • climate change impact assessment
                  • aspects of Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts

He was a contributing author to the IPCC’s Special Report on LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry).