Is the Energy Transition Failing?
With the timeframe for emission reduction shrinking, what are our hopes of decarbonising energy within the next two decades? Is it possible? What action are leaders in the Energy industry calling for?
Alex Schneiter CEO & President Lundin Energy
John Pettigrew Chief Executive National Grid
Mary Quaney Group CEO & Executive Director Mainstream Renewable Power
John Keppler Chairman and CEO Enviva
Valerio Battista Chief Executive Officer Prysmian Group
Reuters News In Conversation with Christiana Figueres
Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large of Reuters interviews Christiana Figueres, Founding partner of Global Optimism and former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Widley acknowledged as the architect of the Paris Agreement of 2015, for this achievement Ms. Figueres’ has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.
*Please note: This interview is conducted by Reuters Editorial, which operates independently from the Reuters commercial operations. Reuters journalists have the sole right to determine who they interview and the questions they ask, with no regard to sponsorship and in keeping with the Trust Principles of integrity, independence, and freedom from bias.
Christiana Figueres Founding Partner Global Optimism Former Executive Secretary UNFCCC
Axel Threlfall Editor-at-Large Reuters
The Bursting Bubble, Stranded Assets & Pivot Portfolios
The exhaustion of the global ‘carbon budget’ has already had serious consequences for coal asset evaluation. Are we sitting on a similar hydrocarbon bubble? How will incumbents create pivot portfolios and build new partnerships whilst servicing the needs of the O&G community?
Pratima Rangarajan Chief Executive Officer OGCI Climate Investments
Franck Bruel EVP, supervising UK, LATAM and NORAM ENGIE
Kingsmill Bond Energy Strategist Carbon Tracker
Colette Cohen Chief Executive Offcie The Oil and Gas Technology Centre
The Global Energy Transition in the Light of the Economic Recovery
Renewable energy has entered a virtuous cycle of falling costs, increasing deployment and accelerated technological progress. As the pandemic continues, how can we ensure that stimulus pledges, public policies and investment decisions align with the vision of a sustainable and just future, and what kind of global governance and cooperation would be needed to accelerate the shift to a more sustainable, decarbonized, resilient and inclusive society?
Dolf Gielen Director IRENA Innovation & Technology Centre
The European Energy Transition in the light of the economic recovery
The Green Deal puts the EU on a path to climate neutrality by 2050, through deep decarbonisation of all sectors of the economy. The energy system is crucial to delivering on these goals. Is today’s energy system up to the task, how can value chains adapt and will a new integrated energy system provide the building block for economy recovery in the aftermath of Covid-19?
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt Deputy Director-General European Commission
The Decade of Paris Policy Making: Translating Targets into Action
The 2020s will be defined by nations, regions, and cities translating net-zero targets into regulation and targeted funding. Ascertaining which policies will be enacted and where the funding will be allocated is critical for energy companies across Europe. We explore the implications of likely policy and investment scenarios, outlining how they will inform company strategy.
Tom Greenberg Co-Head of O&G and Head of ESG Advisory, Investment Banking and Capital Markets Credit Suisse
Leonardo Moreno President AES Clean Energy
Tom Glover Chief Commercial Officer RWE Renewable GmbH UK Country Chair RWE
Deirdre Michie OBE Chief Executive OGUK
Energy Transition & Development in Emerging Economies
While globally the energy transition mostly intersects climate and public action, in developing countries clean energy could be the means of providing energy access, enhanced rural productivity, industrial growth and jobs. Recognising this could become an important driver for government action on advancing the energy transition
Abhishek Jain Fellow & Director – Powering Livelihoods Council on Energy, Environment and Water
Accelerating the Transition; what will it take?
Financing the energy transition in the current context will require swift prioritisation and the scaling up of investments – chiefly those designed to decarbonise electricity and accelerate electrification. Policy makers, corporates and financiers will all have an important role to play to galvanise the public and private and cross-border investment flows. What will it take to finance the energy transition, foster innovation, and build greener, more resilient economies?
Nandita Parshad Managing Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Group European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Financing the Energy Transition
The OECD estimates that limiting global temperature rise to 2 degrees will require $6.9 trillion worth of infrastructure spending. The EU’s Green Deal plans to “crowd-in” private investment through careful spending and regulation. We explore whether this will be the model that other economic blocks and nations will follow, explaining how companies can benefit from the lucrative contracts that will be on offer.
Olivier Warnan Investment Director, Energy Transition Capital BNP Paribas
Alex Brierley Co-Head Octopus Renewables
Abyd Karmali OBE Managing Director, Sustainable Finance Bank of America
Dr. Arunabha Ghosh Chief Executive Officer Council on Energy, Environment and Water
Accelerating Energy Transition in Europe Post Pandemic
How effective has EU energy transition planning been and how has this been translated into policy post COVID-19? Explore what governance hurdles, innovation models, and technological options exist to transition Europe to an all-purpose 100% renewable energy system, featuring comparative analysis from Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, the UK and more
Professor Peter Strachan Professor Robert Gordon University
Investor Engagement, ESG, and Aligning with Paris
The last 12 months have seen a rapid transformation in the asset management industry. Climate change has become a defining factor in what many are calling a fundamental realignment of the investor sector. We outline how company alignment with the Paris climate accords and the setting of stringent science-based targets, as agreed through board and investor ‘climate partnerships’, is allowing companies the stable long-term finance that they need to adapt to the future energy system.
Fiona Reynolds Chief Executive Officer United Nations PRI
Joern Hackbarth EVP Sonnedix
Andrew Grant Head of Oil, Gas and Mining Carbon Tracker
Scaling Sustainability within the New Energy Ecosystem
Low-carbon energy supply and consumption will need a radical overhaul of infrastructure as well as the current energy business system. As well as revamping the old, we’ll need entirely new assets and new systems of energy delivery. Where will this money be spent, who will spend it, and how can we prepare for the future energy mix, today?
Nick Boyle Group CEO Lightsource bp
Paddy Padmanathan President & CEO ACWA Power
Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet Executive Vice President, responsible for Renewables & North America ENGIE
Matthew Harwood Global Vice President of Strategy, Risk and Sustainability McDermott
Time is money: The cost-optimal net zero pathway
Wasting time in Europe’s energy transition is already costing us greatly - but how can we accelerate change to deliver cost-optimal transition? Explore how immediate renewable energy growth, increase investment flexibility and future-proofing decision will ultimately prove the most cost efficient way to achieve 100% renewables by 2050 or sooner.
Pekka Tolonen Energy Business Director, Europe Wärtsilä
Digital Transformation Meets Energy Transition
With the future energy system set to be highly digitalised and interconnected, energy companies face an increasing necessity to become more digitally expert and agile organisations. See what companies are doing now to prepare for the future energy system, including out of HQ innovation centres and workforce ‘digital license’ enforcement.
Chris Peeters CEO Elia Group
Paolo Gallo CEO & General Manager Italgas
Joana Freitas Executive Board Member EDP Produção
John Wilson Partner & Founding Member Energy Growth Momentum
Torbjørn Folgerø SVP & Chief Digital Officer Equinor
First Mover or Fast Follower? Your Role in the Energy Transition...
Energy companies face an existential crisis, typified by their own dual challenge. They need to carve out their position in the future energy system whilst maintaining their operations in the status quo. Learn what it means to be a company in transition. When do you change? How fast do you go? Timing is everything!
Joost Bergsma CEO & Managing Partner Glennmont Partners
Michael F.H. Bonte-Friedheim Founding Partner & Group CEO NextEnergy Capital
Martyn Link Chief Strategy Officer Wood Group
Darius Maikštėnas Chairman of the Board and CEO Ignitis Group
The New Energy Ecosystem
The future energy system will mark a radical overhaul of the current energy business ecosystem, with the traditional industry dividing lines set to be blurred. Understand why incumbents will need to pivot portfolios and create new partnerships and services to capitalise from the $Trillion transition opportunity. Anticipate who the new disruptors will be and plan your next move; partner, acquire, compete?
The Hydrogen Economy: H 2 NH3?
Hydrogen has long been touted as a crucial energy carrier in a clean energy system. Is Hydrogen a crucial part of the future energy system or is it another round of hype? Can ammonia, produced with green or blue hydrogen, be the fuel of the future? Understand what companies are doing now to prepare for a potential hydrogen boom in the 2030s in terms of R&D, strategic acquisitions and partnerships.
Pierre-Etienne Franc VP, Managing the Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit Air Liquide
David Burns VP Clean Hydrogen Linde
Paul Bogers VP Hydrogen Shell
Ben Sawford Vice President, Global Consulting KBR
The Refinery of the Future
How can oil refineries play a part in a carbon neutral future? With the UK Government setting its 2050 target in law, explore how the Humber facility is becoming part of the solution, not the problem, whilst promising to con-tinue to make vital products for our society through 2050 and beyond.
Darren Cunningham Lead Executive UK Phillips 66
Carbon Capture & Storage: Crucial Solution or Pipe Dream
For areas of heavy industry where sourcing clean energy is not to yet technologically achievable, CCS will be fundamental to mitigate carbon emissions. Despite this, CCS companies received less venture capital spending last year than Dog Apps. We evaluate whether there will ever be an economically viable form of CCS, whether it can be scaled, and whether companies should invest in CCS now in anticipation of a change in circumstances.
Guloren Turan General Manager Global CCS Institute
Alan Baker Global Head of Power Societe Generale
Declan Burke Director – Clean Power Strategy & Deployment BEIS
Martin Towns Director, Carbon Capture, Usage & Storage bp
Aberdeen: A City in Transition
As a city widely regarded as Europe’s Energy Capital, Aberdeen has long been renowned for technological developments and innovative solutions. But what progress has been made in developing sustainable wind and hydrogen projects, how can the city continue to support the O&G community and what does it really mean to be a city ‘in transition’?
Barney Crockett Lord Provost Aberdeen City Council
Supply-Chain Readiness: What does the data say?
New data prepared by the EIC reveals secrets about energy supply chain capability, not just in existing energy technologies, but also our readiness to expand into new transition technologies. What are the implications of this new data to policy, investment, exports and is the supply-chain ready accelerate the achievement of net zero?
Stuart Broadley CEO Energy Industries Council
Tara Schmidt VP Strategic Planning Wood
Bill Cattanach Head of Supply Chain Oil and Gas Authority