Energy Transition Week

29 March, Trondheim
NTNU Energy Transition Conference 2022

Accelerating Transition

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Plan for the day:

Plan for the day:

The conference starts with welcoming greetings and an introduction to this year's topic: Accelerating Transition. Keynote speakers include Vera Songwe from the United Nations, the Norwegian minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje AaslandCarri Lockhart from Equinor and NTNU's Anne Borg, who will talk about the need for urgency in the energy transition. Ruth Astrid Sæter is the Conference Moderator.

Vera Songwe,
United Nations

Terje Aasland,

Anne Borg,

Elisabeth Birkeland Kvalheim,

The finance industry seems to be one of the new driving forces of accelerated transition. This may be explained by the fact that investors care, but also with expectations for future income. Are we seeing a shift in the international finance landscape?

This first Session will examine topics like international cooperation, taxonomy and sustainable investment and potential side-effects, finance and technology transfers to emerging economies, climate risk vs. market risk, and how can finance create positive traction?

After these speakers have presented, they will participate in a moderated panel discussion.

Martin Skancke. Photo.
Martin Skancke,

Ulrica Fearn. Photo.
Ulrica Fearn,

Carine Smith Ihenacho. Photo.
Carine Smith Ihenacho,

Harald F. Lund,
CICERO Shades of Green, 

Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg,

This session discusses urgent actions needed to reach our climate
and energy targets. Urgent actions may focus on new industrial value chains and technologies and will include social reorganization. What kind of actions are needed to meet these goals? What sectors should be involved?

For these all-eccompassing challenges, speakers and panelists could have many topics to discuss. Like what COVID can teach us about rapid implementation of supply chains, markets and business models for negative emission technologies, social innovation as part of the acceleration, large scale circular economies, dematerialisation etc.

Probably, the IPCC report scheduled for March will influence most discussions at the conference.

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen. Photo.
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen,

Kathrine Fog,
John Olav Giæver Tande. Photo
John Olav Giæver Tande,
Tilmann Vahle. Photo.
Tilmann Vahle,

Niklas Johansson,

The starting point of this session is the 1,5-degree scenario and it will focus on what do (regional) mitigation strategies mean for development locally and globally. With accelerated transition strategies follow the need for accelerated innovation. Transition strategies need to be resilient and feasible in terms of policy, acceptance, finance, and industry.  The cooperation between industry, local communities and government is key to utilizing regional opportunities and removing barriers in this process. What does this mean in practice in terms of the schemes supporting the transition both locally and globally?

Joanna Pessemier,
The European Commission

Valerie Karplus. Photo.
Valerie Karplus,
Carnegie Mellon Uni
Suzana Kahn Ribeiro. Photo.
Suzana Kahn Ribeiro,

Peter D. Wood,

Hege Marie Norheim,
Executive Vice President, FREYR

Transition policies run the risk of moving faster than people’s capacity for change. How can transitions prevent/not reinforce injustices? What is the role of media and education in the current transition debate?

Media seems forced to compete for attention by polarizing, focusing on personalities before situations, exaggerating, and using other distortion-tools to succeed in a information-rich society. Then, how do you get everyone on board for an energy transition; Do we even want that, and is it possible? How do we adress those that aren't on board.

Speakers and panelists will discuss the feasibility for the transition and change of mindset, citizen engagement and trust in science, alignment of political objectives and democratic choice.

Edward Maibach. Photo.
Edward Maibach,
George Mason University
Susan Clayton. Photo.
Susan Clayton,
College of Wooster
Tomas M. Skjølsvold. Photo.
Tomas M. Skjølsvold,

Anders Bjartnes,

Professor and Director of NTNU Energy Transition Initiative, Asgeir Tomasgard and Conference Moderator Ruth Astrid Sæther end the conference.

Asgeir Tomasgard,

Speakers 2022

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Presentation of Vera Songwe. Photo
Vera Songwe
Under-Secretary-General, United Nations' ECA

Suzana Kahn Ribeiro. Photo.
Suzana Kahn Ribeiro
Professor and Deputy Director, COPPE/UFRJ
Terje Aasland presentation. Photo
Terje Aasland,
Minister of Petroleum and Energy, OED

Kathrine Fog presentation. Photo
Kathrine Fog,
SVP and Head of Energy Strategy & Policy, Hydro

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen presentation. Photo.
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen
President and CEO, Statkraft
Valerie Karplus presentation. Photo.
Valerie Karplus
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon Uni

Joanna Pessemier presentation. Photo
Joanna Pessemier,
Team leader, DG Energy

Ulrica Fearn presentation. Photo.
Ulrica Fearn
CFO, Equinor
Martin Skancke presentation. Photo.
Martin Skancke
Chair, Principles for Responsible Investment
Tilmann Vahle presentation. Photo.
Tilmann Vahle
Co-lead mobility, SYSTEMIQ

Susan Clayton presentation. Photo.
Susan Clayton
Professor Psychology, College of Wooster

Edward Maibach presentation. Photo.
Edward Maibach
Professor, Mason's Center for Climate Change Communication
Harald F. Lund presentation. Photo
Harald F. Lund
CEO, CICERO Shades of Green
Anders Bjartnes presentation. Photo
Anders Bjartnes
Chief Editor, Klimastiftelsen
Carine Smith Ihenacho Presentation. Photo.
Carine Smith Ihenacho
Chief Governance and Compliance Officer, NBIM
Niklas Johansson presentation. Photo
Niklas Johansson,
SVP Communication and Climate, LKAB

Anne Borg presentation. Photo
Anne Borg
Rector, NTNU

Tomas M. Skjølsvold presentation. Photo.
Tomas M. Skjølsvold
Professor, NTNU
John Olav Giæver Tande presentation. Photo
John Olav Giæver Tande
Chief Scientist, SINTEF

Peter D. Wood presentation. Photo
Peter D. Wood,
Chief Energy Advisor, Shell

Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg presentation. Photo
Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg,
partner, KPMG Pure Sustainability

Hege Marie Norheim presentation. Photo
Hege Marie Norheim,
Executive Vice President, FREYR

Elisabeth Birkeland Kvalheim presentation. Photo
Elisabeth Birkeland Kvalheim,
Executive VP Technology, Digital & innovation, Equinor



Energy Transition Conference


The NTNU Energy Transition Conference is an annual meeting for academia, industry and policymakers to share knowledge and debate the transition to a sustainable energy system.

The event is part of the NTNU Energy Transition Week, which lasts from 28 March to 1 April and includes in addition the Trondheim Tech Port Conference, dedicated workshops, and some smaller events.

The NTNU Energy Transition Conference is free and available to everyone. The venue is Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, for those attending in person.



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programme committee

Programme Committee:


•    Asgeir Tomasgard, NTNU
•    Rita V. Bouman, NTNU
•    Tor Ivar Eikaas, Norwegian Research Council
•    Gunnar Eskeland, NHH
•    Bjørn Haugstad, MPE
•    Anne Jortveit, Norwegian Climate Foundation
•    Steffen Kallbekken, CICERO
•    Christian Klöckner, NTNU
•    Tone Knudsen, Statkraft
•    Anne Neumann, NTNU
•    Pål Rasmussen, Gassco
•    Marianne Ryghaug, NTNU
•    Astrid Sørensen, Equinor

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