Energy Transition 2018

Energy Transition Conference 2018 took place in Trondheim on February 27th at Clarion Hotel Congress.

Watch the keynotes and discussions on YouTube

The main topics of the conference is energy transition strategies for a sustainable future. The Energy Transition Conference is a meeting place for leaders from industry, NGO´s, government, research and education. The format of the conference is a blend of keynotes, panels and discussion where an important component is interaction with an international expert group and the audience. The conference is organized by NTNU, CenSES and Statoil in cooperation with Technoport. 

  • Mid-century strategies: Are we on track towards the 2-degree target?
  • The need for flexible energy - The role of natural gas  
  • Funding the transition -  Financial risk and strategic planning.
  • Radical innovation in the energy sector








All confirmed keynotes and panel participants

Ingvil Smines Tybring‐Gjedde
State Secretary
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Dr Robert Ritz

Assistant Director
Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG)
Cambridge University

Irene Rummelhoff
Executive Vice President
New Energy Solutions

Dr Sergey Paltsev

Deputy Director
Joint Program on the Science
and Policy of Global Change

Dr Jae Edmonds

Chief Scientist
Joint Global Change Research Institute 

Benjamin Sovacool
Professor of Energy Policy
University of Sussex

Idar Kreutzer

Finans Norge

Ellen Williams
Distinguished University Professor
University of Maryland

Knut H.  Johansen

eSmart Systems

Kristina Edström
Uppsala University

Liv Hovem

DNV GL Oil & Gas

Francesco Cherubini


Thina Margrethe Saltvedt
Chief Analyst
Nordea Markets

Gunnar Luderer

Senior Researcher
Potsdam Institute for
Climate Impact Research

Volker Krey
Deputy Program Director
International Institute for
Applied Analysis (IIASA)


Johannes Trüeby
Senior Energy Analyst
International Energy Agency

Sonja Chirico Indrebø
Vice-President for Strategy and Innovation 
New Energies Solutions, Statoil

Aidan Cronin
ETIPWind chair
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Trude Sundset

Michael Hayne
Senior Analyst
The 2 degrees investing initiative

Nisha Pillai

Conference moderator

Ståle Gjersvold

Alexandra Bech Gjørv

Jean Andrè, PhD
International Expert
Air Liquide

Andreea Strachinescu
Head of Unit C.2
New energy technologies,
innovation and clean coal
DG Energy
European Commision







About the speakers 

Irene Rummelhoff

Portrait Irene Rummelhoff

Rummelhoff is the EVP for New Energy Solutions (NES) in Statoil. NES focuses on building a profitable renewable portfolio as well as developing lower carbon business opportunities for Statoil’s core products.

She started her career in Statoil in 1991 and has gained extensive commercial experience and broad value chain knowledge, particularly in the area of business development and natural gas.  She has several years of international experience, most recently as SVP for Strategy and Business Development in North America (2010-2014). 

Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool

Portrait of Dr. Benjamin Sovacol

Dr. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex, and works as a researcher and consultant. His research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.

Professor Sovacool is also Director of the Sussex Energy Group, The Center on Innovation and Energy Demand and The Center for Energy Technologies. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief for the international peer-reviewed journal Energy Research & Social Science, and he sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel of Nature Energy.

Aidan Cronin

Portrait Aiden Cronin

Cronin is Advisory Specialist in the Technology and Innovation Department at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Denmark. There he works with integration, development and adaptation of new technologies. He is also the Chair of ETIPWind program and member of ECEEE.

Dr. Robert Ritz

Portrait: Robert Ritz

Dr. Ritz is Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

Robert’s research interests span industrial organization, climate policy and energy economics (oil & gas, electricity & carbon markets). His current projects are on competition in global LNG markets, the design of high-renewables electricity systems, and carbon pricing. He also serves on the Academic Panel of the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) and as a Principal at Vivid Economics. 

Johannes Trüby

Portrait: Johannes Trüby

Trüby is a senior energy analyst with the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris. He leads the gas and coal market analysis for the agency’s flagship publication; World Energy Outlook (WEO). Moreover, Johannes works on electricity market topics and has led the power sector analysis for the WEO special report “India Energy Outlook”. Prior to joining the IEA in 2012, Johannes worked for three years at EWI Energy Research & Scenarios – a specialized consulting firm, providing quantitative analyses in energy markets. 

Ellen D. Williams

Portrait Ellen D. Williams

Professor Williams works at the interface of energy technology and policy at the University of Maryland. The Professor began her work at the university in the 90’s and founded the University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (1996 - 2009). From 2010 – 2014 she was Chief Scientist at BT, before she was appointed Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, ARPA-E. She returned back to the University of Maryland in January of 2017.

Liv Hovem

Portrait Liv hovem

Hovem is CEO for DNV GL Oil & Gas, and was appointed in January 2018. She has more than 25 years of experience in international management, technical advisory and engineering services, research and development in the oil & gas and maritime industries.

She has been with DNV GL since 1988, most recently as Regional Manager for Continental Europe, the Middle East and India in DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business before taking up the role of CEO – DNV GL Oil & Gas in January 2018.

Trude Sundset

Portrait: Trude Sundset

Sundset is CEO of Gassnova – the Norwegian state enterprise for CCS. She has 30 years business experience within key areas of energy, environment and climate issues. Sundset has also been a Member of the Advisory Council in ZEP. (European Union’s platform for Zero Emissions Fossil Fuel Power Plants united to support COCapture and Storage.) She also served as Chairman of Technical Group of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (2005-2008) on behalf of Norway. In addition, she was Member of the Executive Committee of IEA GHG R&D. For more than 15 years she was Chairman of the Board of the foundation FIRST Scandinavia. 

Dr. Sergey Paltsev

Portret Sergey Paltsev

Dr. Paltsev was lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and he is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and books in the area of energy economics, climate policy and advanced energy technologies.

Dr. Paltsev also is the lead modeler in charge of the MIT Economic Projection and Policy Analysis (EPPA) model of the world economy, and an Advisory Board Member for the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Consortium.

Jae Edmonds

Portrait James Edmonds

Edmonds is Chief Scientist and Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Joint Global Change Research Institute. He is also College Park Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

Edmonds' work spans four decades and more than 20,000 citations. He is a pioneer in the field of integrated assessment modeling of global change. His research focuses on interactions between global and regional energy, technology, economy, land and water systems and global change. He has also been an active participant in all of the major assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Alexandra Bech Gjørv 

Portrait Alexandra Bech Gjørv

Alexandra Bech Gjørv is President and CEO of SINTEF. It is one of the largest independent research organisations in Europe with international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, health and the social sciences.

Gjørv is an experienced industrial leader from companies like Statoil and Norsk Hydro and has served on the board of a range of companies in industry, energy and media in Norway and internationally.

For five years, (until 2015) she was partner at the law firm Hjort, working on corporate and public-sector governance, energy and employment. 

Dr. Gunnar Luderer

Dr. Gunnar Luderer

Dr. Gunnar Luderer is a senior researcher and leader of the Global Energy Systems group at the Potdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. His research focuses on transitions towards near-zero energy systems, international climate policy and the achievability of stringent long-term climate targets, as well as non-climate environmental impacts of energy systems. Dr. Luderer has published more than 60 papers and contributed to multiple international assessments, such as the UNEP Gap Reports and the Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Dr. Volker Krey

Volker Krey

Dr. Volker Krey holds a diploma in physics and a PhD in mechanical engineering. He is the Deputy Program Director of the Energy Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Dr. Krey's main fields of scientific interest are the integrated assessment of climate change in the context of broader sustainable development issues, including energy security, energy poverty, air pollution and health, and water. He served as Lead Author of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, as Lead Author of the Global Energy Assessment, and as Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources.

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