ET Europe Agenda: Providing Leadership, Exploring Solutions, Delivering Your Net Zero Strategy


Opening CEO & Executive Keynotes

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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



Governance & Cooperation

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

Financing the Energy Transition

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

Opening CEO & Executive Keynotes

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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



Business Model Innovation

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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?

New Energy Infrastructure

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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

11:00am–11:15am

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