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Wednesday, 6 November, 2019
7:45 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Pre‐opening breakfast session: The role of the youth in business for the energy transformation

The “Friday for Future” youth movement on climate change, initiated by the 16 year old Greta Thunberg, demonstrated the power of young people in shaping public opinion and putting pressure on businesses to react to the growing threats of climate change.
This panel will discuss the perception of future challenges and opportunities the energy sector faces with the younger generation workforce and the change of customer awareness.

8:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Keynote on energy transition

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Strategies of business transformation across the energy industry

As the evidence of the effects of climate change continues to grow, so does the pressure on both governments and corporations to act. The UK and France have recently legislated to target ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050, and it seems likely the EU as a whole will follow suit at some point. Meanwhile, lobby groups and activist investors are demanding change. So what is the business response to these pressures? What are the risks and what are the new opportunities this change brings? Does this require a shift in geographical focus and what new business models might emerge? Should business take the lead, or should governments and regulators?

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Morning networking break

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Concurrent sessions I

IA | Developments in Sustainable Finance – Implications for future capital markets engagement with the energy sector

This session will examine the significant developments taking place in the world of sustainable finance and in particular will discuss the implications for how capital markets (banking, insurance and investment management) will interact with the energy sector in the future.
The overall thrust of the various sustainable finance initiatives is to encourage the capital markets to increase the flow of funding and other financial products to certain types of business organisations that will be regarded as conducting sustainable activities. This raises the question as to whether businesses in the  conventional energy sector who do not meet the required definitions to be regarded as sustainable will find it more challenging to access the capital markets in the future. We will also discuss whether the various initiatives which are underway will have the intended impact of mobilising the vast amount of capital required to finance the energy transformation.

IB | Building Resilience – The Art and Science of the Possible

Energy infrastructure is everything you don’t think about, the rigs and refineries that turn fossil fuel into the gas that makes your car go, the electricity that powers the streetlights, and to lamps that guide your way. This infrastructure vanishes into the oblivion of normalcy. Until it breaks. Then everyone notices.

The energy grid is getting increasingly complex, volatile and smart. Is digitalization and decentralization of systems combined with aging assets making them more vulnerable to operational risks and climate change threats? What actions should companies be taking to make the infrastructure that operates to millions be more resilient?

IC | Workforce of the future

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

Summary of concurrent session I to the plenary

1:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker 2

1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Panel 2: Renewable investments, where next?

Investment in renewable energy has grown exponentially in recent years with strong interest being shown by all investor classes.  This session examines emerging trends in renewable energy investment over the next five years, new areas of focus for investors, emerging issues which will impact the investment thesis.

2:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Afternoon networking break

3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

Concurrent sessions II

IIA | Emerging markets / Energy access

Emerging markets are moving away from fossil and coal energies and shifting to renewables: a dynamic which puts them at the forefront of the green energy transition. Emerging economies have a huge potential in installing renewable energy capacities to cover their growing energy needs required to support economic and social development. New developments are an opportunity for them to take on the role of testing and adopting new technologies and infrastructure solutions, contributing to driving down production costs while also enabling a wider and better access to energy, to consumers and industries. Improved energy access will enable emerging economies to support economic growth. Increasingly, development finance and multilateral activity is focused on tackling climate change in the wider context of sustainability in emerging economies.

IIB | Energy efficiency – Big potential, too little attention?

The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that energy efficiency can reduce global consumption by up to 23% by 2040. Energy efficiency is a substantial lever to reduce GHG emissions, yet it is a field that has not been given sufficient attention by the industry. There is huge potential in new technologies to be deployed to improve industry processes, shape the way consumers use energy and reduce the required energy utilization.

IIC | Infrastructure / mobility

Decarbonisation, digitization and automation are driving convergence across a range of sectors but none more so than energy and mobility. In this panel we bring together leading mobility and energy speakers to discuss the short, medium and long term outlook for convergence of the sectors, collaboration, and what more needs to be done to deliver a sustainable, cost-effective low carbon economy.

4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Summary of concurrent sessions II to the plenary

4:45 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker 3

5:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

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