World Climate Summit Programme

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8:00 - 9:00


9:00 - 10:00

Jasmin Hall

Opening Ceremony: From 2015 to 2020: Building on The Global Deal – Climate Policy, Climate Urgency and Climate Action

Motivational pitch: Bertrand Piccard / Initiator, Chairman and Pilot / Solar Impulse

Welcome remarks: Jens Nielsen / CEO / World Climate Ltd.

The Paris Climate Agreement from COP21 has been praised as one of biggest successes in international policy-making ever. This session will paint the overview of current programmes across climate policy, climate action and low-carbon business.

Moderator: Yvo de Boer, Former Secretary General, Global Green Growth Institute // Panel: H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate for the Environment, Government of Morocco and High Level Champion for Climate Action // Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, IRENA // Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Chairman, World Business Council for Sustainable Development // Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, President, General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises

10:00 - 10:10
Jasmin Hall

Launch of the 'State of the Green Economy Report 2017’: Presentation by H.E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO, DEWA

10:10 - 11:10
Jasmin Hall

Session I: Tomorrow’s Low Carbon Transformation: Public and Private Innovation that Transform Sectors and Industries

The impact of key drivers for the low-carbon economy such as behavioural change, technological innovation, city leadership, and enabling of financial resources, and how they relate to national and international climate policy, is discussed and determined.

Moderator: André Schneider, Chairman, World Climate Ltd; CEO, Geneva Airport // Panel: Lisa Davis, Member of Managing Board, Siemens AG (keynote) // Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, CEO, SE4ALL // Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank // Pierre Victoria, Sustainable Development Director, Veolia // Sonia Mezzour, General Secretary, Moroccan Energy Efficiency Agency

11:10 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30

Jasmin Hall

Session II: Implementation through Partnerships: Stimulating collaborative and transactional partnerships in light of the national climate plans (NDCs)

Climate Actions have been put solidly on the agenda as necessary support for the top- down policy agreement. How can we continue towards supporting the NDCs with transactional public-private partnerships?

Moderator: John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank Group // Panel: Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resource Institute (keynote) // Alain Ebobissé, CEO, Africa50 // Florence Castel, Executive Director, Advancity // James Grabert, Director of Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC // Hanan Hanzaz, Vice President, Energy, Climate and Green Economy Committee, General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises

Mimosa Hall

Session III: Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy: How Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy Can Accelerate Progress towards Climate Objectives

Hosted by IRENA, CEM, RE100 and WBCSD

An increasing number of companies are now procuring renewable-sourced electricity and corporations around the world announced and are implementing ambitious commitments. This session will discuss the role of corporate sourcing in accelerating renewable energy deployment and focus on the main drivers of corporate demand for cost-competitive renewable energy, its potential and the enabling frameworks needed.

Moderator: Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, IRENA // Panel: Bill Weihl, Director of Sustainability, Facebook // Ibrahim Al Zubi, Head of Sustainability, Majid Al Futtaim // Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited // Marie Donnelly, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission // Paul Curnow, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30

Jasmin Hall

Session IV: Decarbonising the Global Economy: Thinking Differently to Achieve a Renewable Energy Future

Hosted by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The transformation of the power sector is already well under way. As variable renewables present an increasing share of the total electricity supply, new challenges and opportunities will arise. This session will focus on opportunities for accelerating renewables deployment towards a decarbonisation of the global economy with emphasis on end-use sectors, public-private partnerships and innovative technologies that can further transform the energy sector. 

Moderator: Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, IRENA // Panel: Bruno Bensasson, CEO, ENGIE’s Africa Business Unit // Daniel Kammen, Climate Science Envoy for the US State Department and Professor of Energy, University of Caliornia, Berkeley // Marie Donnelly, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission // Mustapha Bakkoury, CEO, Masen // Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, Acwa Power International 

Mimosa Hall

Workshop: The Elephant in the Room is Really a Cow

Hosted by Mootral

A TED- style talk about their latest global research on consumer perceptions of GHGs emissions, climate change, and solutions on carbon emission reductions.

Moderator: Andie Stephens, Head of Footprinting, Carbon Trust // Panel: Christoph Staeuble, Group CEO, Zaluvida // Andreas Klugescheid, Head of Government Affairs, BMW // Alison Cairns, Government Relations Professional, Unilever // Michael Graz, Managing Director, Neem Biotech

14:30 - 15:30

Jasmin Hall

Session V: Accelerating Renewable Energy Deployment in Small Island Developing States

Hosted by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

This high level dialogue will take stock of renewable energy progress achieved in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), highlight successful cases of renewable energy deployment and emphasise priority action areas. Co-organised by IRENA and the Alliance of Small Island States, the event will also seek to strengthen the commitment of partners to the SIDS Lighthouses and other initiatives as increased focus is placed on implementation of the global sustainable development and climate agendas. 

Moderator: Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, IRENA // Panel: Ministers from a number of Small Island Developing States // H.E. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives, and Chair of the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS) // Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Energy Section, Norway // Karsten Sach, Director General Climate Policy, European and International Policy, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

Mimosa Hall

Session VI: Finance as a Lever for Change: Innovative Finance Models that Enable those in Need; and Enable Scaling of Technology and Solutions

Hosted by Climate Policy Initiative

We have a fair idea of the capital needed for moving towards the 1.5 to 2 degree scenarios. Where are we on developing innovative financial solutions such as blended finance, funds and smart financing?

Moderator: Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director Climate Finance, CPI // Panel: Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, Climate Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch // Vikram Widge, Head, Climate Finance and Policy, IFC, The World Bank Group // Mafalda Duarte, Manager, Climate Investment Funds // Tariye Gbadegesin, Head, Heavy Industries & Telecoms, Africa Finance Corporation // Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, Acwa Power International 

15:30- 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00

Jasmin Hall

Session VII: Low Carbon solutions as the Business Catalyst of the 21st Century: Successful Start-ups, Great Growth Stories, and Bold Government Investments

Successful low-carbon business models across the “eco-system” of venture, growth and infrastructure development are considered. In particular, we look at planned and holistic approaches to develop new green business that can change the world forever.

Moderator: Stuart Neil, Senior Director External Affairs and Communications, World Energy Council // Panel: H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, CEO, AbzeSolar S.A // Paul Isaac Musasizi, CEO, Kiira Motors Corporations // Henri Basan, Chairman of Advancity Cluster, Advancity // Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and Pilot, Solar Impulse // Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, Global Environmental Sustainability

Mimosa Hall

Workshop: Making a Clean Future Real: How to Best Combine Gas and Renewables?

Hosted by GasNaturally

Natural gas is part of the solution to the climate challenge: its combination with renewable energy sources (solar, wind) can help countries deliver on their Paris commitments (INDCs).

Moderator: Alessandro Torello, Communication Manager, IOGP // Panel: Jean-François Gagné, Head of Energy Technology Policy Division, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency // Christian Grossmann, Director, Climate Change, IFC World Bank Group // Kane Thornton, CEO, Clean Energy Council // François-Régis Mouton, Chairman, GasNaturally // Gilles Pargneaux, Member, European Parliament

17:00 - 18:00

Jasmin Hall

Closing Ceremony: Global Leadership for the New Climate Economy: Ambitions + Resource Efficiency All the Way!

The low-carbon economy requires strong leadership across governments, businesses, and financial institutions. How do we integrate and strengthen this leadership? How do we move to real systemic change and thinking in terms of behaviour and new eco-systems of green venture, green growth and green infrastructure?

Moderator: Gino van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI // Panel: Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Kingdom of Morocco // Akon, Co-founder, Solektra International // Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP // TBC

Conclusions: André Schneider, Chairman, World Climate Ltd; CEO, Geneva Airport // Stéphanie Gay, Director, World Efficiency Solutions