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Energy Transition Conference, 26 April 2021

Energy Transition Conference, 26 April 2021

Energy Transition Conference 2021

Transition of society – Fair, just and sustainable?

This year´s conference will mark the opening of the Energy Transition Week 2021, which will be organised from 26 - 30 April. The conference will be fully virtual.

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Speakers 2021

Confirmed speakers 2021

  • Portrait Tina Bru
    TINA BRU
    Minister of Petroleum and Energy
    Norwegian Government

     

     

  • Portait Poppy Kalesi
    POPPY KALESI
    Director, Global Energy
    Environmental Defense Fund
  • Portrait Grete Tveit
    GRETE TVEIT
    Senior Vice President
    Equinor
     

     

     
  • Portrait Al Cook
    AL COOK
    EVP of Global Strategy
    & Business Development
    Equinor
  • Portrait Radhika Koshla
    RADHIKA KHOSLA
    Research Director
    Oxford India Centre for Sustainable
    Development

     

     

  • Benjamin Sovacool
    BENJAMIN SOVACOOL
    Professor of Energy Policy
    University of Sussex Business School
     
  • Portrait Han Poumin
    HAN PHOUMIN
    Senior Energy Economist
    Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and
    East Asia

     
  • Portrait Fu Sha
    FU SHA
    Program Director, Low Carbon
    Economic Growth
    Director, Strategy and Planning
    Energy Foundation China
     
  • Portrait Henrik Sætness
    HENRIK SÆTNESS
    Executive Vice President Corporate Staff
    Statkraft
  • Portrait Keywan Riahi
    KEYWAN RIAHI
    Program Director Energy,
    Climate, and Environment Program
    International Institute for Applied Systems
    Analysis (IIASA)
  • Portrait Jillian Anable
    JILLIAN ANABLE
    Professor, Chair in Transport and Energy
    Institute for Transport Studies
    University of Leeds
  • Portrait Seth Monteith
    SETH MONTEITH
    Associate Director for the
    Global Intelligence team
    ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Portrait Annemie Wyckmans
    ANNEMIE WYCKMANS
    ​​​​​​Professor & leader of Smart Sustainable Cities
    Faculty of Architecture and Design
    NTNU
  • Portrait Wanjira Mathai
    WANJIRA MATHAI
    Vice President And Regional Director 
    World Resources Institute
  • Portrait Constantinescu
    TUDOR CONSTANTINESCU
    Principal Adviser to the Director
    General for Energy
    European Commission
  • Portrait Jonathan Stern
    JONATHAN STERN
    Professor and Research Fellow
    Founder, the Natural Gas Research Programme
    Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES)
  • Portrait Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
    ARMIDA SALSIAH ALISJAHBANA
    Executive Secretary
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission
    for Asia and the Pacific
  • Steven Stone
    STEVEN STONE
    Chief of UN Environment's
    Resources & Markets Branch

Preliminary Conference Programme

Preliminary Conference Programme

Fairness and justice in the energy transition


Fairness and justice for consumers and industry in the North and South, the East and the West should be cornerstone of energy and climate policy making. This session addresses the massive polarization in the world, which needs to be removed in order to meet the sustainable development goals we have signed up for.
 

Confirmed speakers participating:

  • Phoumin Han, Senior Energy Economist
    Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
  • Benjamin Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy
    University of Sussex Business School
  • Wanjira Mathai, Vice President And Regional Director
    World Resources Institute
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


Discussion
 

Panelists in this session:

Marianne Ryghaug
MARIANNE RYGHAUG
Professor, leader of 
Centre for Energy, Climate and Environment, KULT
NTNU





 
Nick Eyre
NICK EYRE
Professor of Energy and Climate Policy
University of Oxford






 

 

On track to meet the Paris Agreement?


With COP26 coming up in Glasgow in November 2021 we want to take a short pause and look back at what has been achieved, where new insights are available and if there is a need to adjust pathways.


Confirmed speaker participating:

  • Keywan Riahi, Program Director Energy, Climate, and Environment Program
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)



Discussion


Panelists in this session:

Edgar Hertwich
EDGAR HERTWICH
Professor and International Chair
Industrial Ecology Programme, NTNU





 
Helene Muri
HELENE MURI
Senior Researcher
Industrial Ecology Programme, NTNU

 

 

 

 

Challenges to deep decarbonization


During this session we focus on technical and societal constraints to a deep transition. What are technically feasible options to reduce emissions, the role of sector coupling, which role do consumers play, how can we decarbonize industry, how does the smart city of tomorrow look like are just few topics that are addressed.

Confirmed speakers participating:

  • Henrik Sætness, Executive Vice President Corporate Staff
    Statkraft
  • Annemie Wyckmans, Professor and leader of Smart Sustainable Cities
    Faculty of Architecture and Design, NTNU
  • Jillian Anable, Professor, Chair in Transport and Energy
    Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Grete Tveit, Senior Vice President
    Equinor


Discussion
 

Panelists in this session:

Franziska Holz
FRANZISKA HOLZ
Professor and Deputy Head of Department
Energy, Transportation, Environment Department
DIW and NTNU
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Mark O'Malley
MARK O'MALLEY
Professor and Chief Scientist, Energy Systems Integration,
Senior Research Fellow
National Renewable Energy Laboratory






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The colour of hope is green


The European Green Deal, climate action in China and the US, stimulus packages for economic recovery following the global pandemic – several activities have the potential to make the energy transition a global effort. Are these sufficient and what can green growth look like?

Confirmed speakers participating:

  • Tina Bru, Minister of Petroleum and Energy
    Norwegian Government
  • Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy
    European Commission
  • Fu Sha, Program Director, Low Carbon Economic Growth Director, Strategy and Planning
    Energy Foundation China
  • Steven Stone, Chief of UN Environment's Resources & Markets Branch
  • Seth Monteith, Associate Director for the Global Intelligence team
    ClimateWorks Foundation


Discussion
 

Panelists in this session:

Volker Krey
VOLKER KREY
Research Group Leader, integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group
Institute of Energy Research, IIASA


 
 
Jae Edmonds
JAE EDMONDS
Chief Scientist and Battelle Fellow 
Joint Global Change Research Institute, (PNNL) and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy University of Maryland


 

 

Don’t slow me down


In this closing session, we point to the potential controversies that could slow down or hamper the transition of society: the societal dilemma across the globe, the question on how costs and benefits are allocated among customers and industry, geographical perspectives on just transition or if degrowth can be a solution to the Northern hemisphere. Are targets for renewable energy and environmental goals aligned and how do they match with the wishes of individuals and quality of life?

Confirmed speakers participating:

  • Radhika Khosla, Research Director
    Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development
  • Jonathan Stern, Professor and Research Fellow, Founder of the Natural Gas Research Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES)
  • Poppy Kalesi, Director, Global Energy
    Environmental Defense Fund
  • Al Cook, EVP of Global Strategy & Business Development
    Equinor

 

Discussion
 

Panelists in this session:

Nils Røkke
NILS ANDERS RØKKE
Executive Vice President Sustainability
SINTEF




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Ragnhild F. Dale
RAGNHILD FRENG DALE
Researcher
Western Norway Research Institute
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