World Energy Council played central role at COP24

5th December 2018

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Ahead of the 24th World Energy Congress in 2019, the World Energy Council played an active role at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. World Energy Council was live streaming  the events listed below including the Council’s official side event  organised in partnership with MIT ‘ Pathways to Paris – Policy, environmental & technological innovations to balance the energy Trilemma’.  The Council also participated  in two sustainability Innovation Forum panel sessions, among other panels.  As a UN accredited body since 1953, the World Energy Council is recognised as a reliable source of thought leadership and information to the UNFCCC process, negotiating teams and stakeholders:

Sunday 9 December

Sustainable Innovation Forum, 16:15 - 17:05

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Title: Driving Innovation Panel: Accelerating Innovation for a Low Carbon Future
  • What are the most promising emerging technologies? How can barriers to their deployment be reduced?
  • How can clean energy technologies be effectively and equitably integrated into existing energy systems?
  • Exchanging trends and best practices to enable the transition towards clean energy markets.
Moderator: Marzia Zafar, Director of Innovation and Issues Monitor, World Energy Council. Speakers include Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO, German Energy-Agency (dena); Initiator, Start Up Energy Transition among others.


Monday 10 December

Korean Pavilion, 13:00-14:30

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Title: Current situation and tasks of climate change mitigation in the power generation sector

Marzia Zafar, Director of Innovation and Issues Monitor, World Energy Council, will present on  'The global current situation of GHG emission in power generation sector and plan of GHG mitigation.'


Sustainable Innovation Forum, 14:15- 15:05

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Title: Whole Systems Thinking for Low Carbon Energy Transition
As urgency around climate change increases and technology costs fall, energy systems need to rapidly adapt to increasing renewables integration, decentralised generation and innovations in electric vehicles and battery storage. This panel explores how this can this transition be accelerated as quickly as possible.
  • How are policymakers and the private sector engaging to build future energy systems?
  • Which technologies are having the greatest impact?
  • What regulatory frameworks need to be in place to enable the transformation?
  • How will increasing digitisation impact efficiency, data collection and system security?
  • How can we engage wider society in embracing low carbon approaches?
Moderator: Sir Philip Lowe, Executive Chair, Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council  Speakers include; Patrick Child, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission and E. ENG. Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity and Future Energy, UAE Ministry of Energy.


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Side-event organised by GEIDCO and UNFCCC, 18:00-19:30, Press Conference Room Krakow (MCK Theatre)

Title: Building Global Energy Interconnection, Promoting the Implementation of Paris Agreement

• Mr. Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNFCCC
• Mr. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of GEIDCO
• Opening Ceremony of Think Tank Alliance

Report Release: 'Global Energy Interconnection Promoted Implementation Action Plan'
• Mr Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative of China Climate Change Affairs
• Mr Woochong Um, Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asia
Development Bank
• Mr Liu Guoyue, Vice President State Grid Corporation China
• Sir Philip Lowe, Executive Chair, Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council


Wednesday 11 December 

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World Climate Summit, 13:30-14:30, Vienna House Easy Angelo Katowice, Ulica Sokolska 24
Title: Innovative Solutions for A Renewable-Powered Future

•Decarbonising end-use sectors is a particular challenge – how significant will electrification be and what is
the role for renewable gases and electric fuels (e.g. hydrogen or hydrogen derived fuels)?
• Who needs to do what to accelerate and broaden the adoption? Is this for governments, companies or both?
If so,  what are their respective roles?
• Finance is an issue but is being discussed elsewhere – what are the other factors? Is a lack of awareness
amongst key decision makers an issue, or a lack of confidence?
• What can far-sighted governments do to assist innovation and its adoption –
how significant are regulatory hurdles?

Moderator: Dolf Gielen – Director Innovation & Technology, IRENA
• Sir Philip Lowe, Executive Chair, Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council
• Audrey Quehen, Mission Director, Engie
• Szymon Byliński, Director of the Innovation Department, Poland Ministry of Energy
• Anton Koller, Divisional President of Danfoss District Energy
• Andrew Prag, Head of the Environment and Climate Change Unit, IEA


Wednesday 12 December

World Energy Council / BDI / WEC Poland organised breakfast briefing, 8:00-9:30

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Title: Transferring energy innovation from business lab to global scale
Private breakfast session for approximately 30 participants, by invitation only

Moderator: Carsten Rolle

H.E. Dr Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Energy will be invited to make a few remarks towards the end to link the breakfast briefing theme to 2019 Congress.


Side-event organised by GEIDCO and UNDESA, 9:00-10:30

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Title: Building Global Energy Interconnection to accelerate Sustainable Development

Discussion on the significant role of building GEI in sustainable development, solution to power poverty, poverty elimination, energy transition and regional synergies.

Moderator: Jeffrey Sachs, Head of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network and Professor of the University of Columbia.

  • Ms Feikitamoela Utoikamanu, UN-OHRLSS
  • Mr Bi Yaxiong, Vice President of China Southern Power Grid Corporation
  • Mr Minoru Takada, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN-DESA
  • Mr Riccardo Pulti, Senior Director  for Energy  an Extractives, World Bank
  • Christian Ruby, Secretary General of Eurelectric
  • Mr Yang Kun, Deputy Secretary General of China Electricity Council

  • Marzia Zafar, Director of Innovation and Issues Monitor, World Energy Council
  • Dr Hans Friederich, Director-General of International Bamboo and Rattan Organization
  • Dr Huang Han, Vice Dean of Economic and Technical Research Institute, GEIDC
  • Mr David Koranyi, Senior Fellow for Energy Diplomacy, Atlantic Council


The Council's  official side-event organised in partnership with MIT, 15:00-16:30

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Title: Pathways to Paris: Policy, environmental, & technological innovations to balance the energy trilemma

What roles are national and local policy, technological, and environmental innovations playing in balancing energy for prosperity with ambitious NDCs? This session will highlight the broader landscape of innovation factors that are triggering and accelerating new energy solutions.
  • At what level is policy innovation most needed to ensure energy for prosperity and ambitious NDCs can be delivered simultaneously? Global, Regional, National, State/ City, all of the above?
  • Where have we seen some of the key environmental innovations and what has made them successful?
  • What are the key gaps and barriers to scale – financial, skills based, policy?
Moderator: Sir Philip Lowe, Executive Chair, Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council 
  • Hon James Shaw, Minister of Environment and Climate Change New Zealand
  • HE Dr Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, UAE Minsistry of Energy
  • George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
  • Christine FAURE-FEDIGAN, Head of Corporate climate strategy, ENGIE
  • Sergey Paltsev, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative; MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change



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