Global brainstorming on pathways to low emissions.

Low-emissions Solutions Conference

November 14-16, 2016

Atlantic Room, Blue Zone, Marrakech, Morocco, COP22

The successful implementation of the Paris Agreement will depend on the deployment of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDSs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Technological developments and innovative practices will be key in this process.

This three-day Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) is aimed at problem solving, brainstorming, and global co-creation to inform nations about the latest technology developments. It will bring together technical experts and world-leading scientists, engineers and innovators from business, academia, and cities, to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and prioritize future research in order to set common technological trajectories for a decarbonized economy as well as the transformations necessary in each sector.

This is the first time in COP history that a large-scale technical-solutions conference is being organized for country delegations, placing innovative technological solutions at the heart of the meeting.

The specific objectives of the conference will be to:

  • Strengthen the technical capacities of the 196 signatory governments of the UNFCCC to design and implement long-term low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies
  • Chart key technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems, based on public-private partnerships
  • Create an intensive global dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on best practices and innovative solutions for a low-emissions future

500 participants will join the conference, including:

  • Senior representatives from government with responsibility for the design, promotion and implementation of NDCs and LEDSs.
  • Technical experts in related fields, world-leading scientists and engineers, high level research representatives from the business sector and guests from cities and regions around the globe.

The key outcome of the Solutions Conference will feed into the Global Climate Action Agenda.

Program

Download the conference program (1.1MB PDF) or presentations from the conference.

  • November 14

    Morning

    Welcome and General Introduction

    Welcome and general introduction
    • Invited Speakers
    • Hakima El Haite Minister, Government of Morocco
    • Laurence Tubiana Founder, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
    • Paul Polman CEO of Unilever & Chairman of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
    • Chang Beom Kim Ambassador of International Relations of Seoul Metropolitan Government & Representative of President Park Won-soon of ICLEI
    • Jeffrey Sachs Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
    Networking break

    National and Regional Low-Carbon Strategies

    Mid-century strategies for deep decarbonization at continental, national, and subnational scales

    What does it mean to create a mid-century that incorporates global emission trajectories out to 2050? Join this session for a better understanding of the new age of thinking that this approach demands. Learn about the important link between LESC stakeholders, and what metrics and tools are available to help you complete this process. The session will showcase SDSN’s Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project as a case study of how a country can effectively model its current and project energy mix.

    We’ll also explore how cities and sub-national groups are critical partners when it comes to operationalizing NDC targets.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Guido Schmidt-Traub Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
    • Jonathan Pershing Special Envoy on Climate Change
    • Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning
    • Stephen Lucas Senior Associate Deputy Minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Jim Williams Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Director, SDSN
    • Georgy Safonov Director of the Center for Environmental Economics, Higher School of Economics
    • Teng Fei Professor at the Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy, Tsinghua University
    • Liu Qiang Director of Strategy and Planning Department, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), China
    • Daniel Buira
    • Chris Bataille Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
    • Libby Ferguson The Climate Group
    • Stuart Hocking Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance, South Australia
    • Aristóteles Sandoval Governor of Jalisco
    • Alice Ekwu Commissioner for Climate Change of the Ministry of Climate Change
    • Ken Alex Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
    Lunch break

    Afternoon

    Mission Innovation

    Opening & status of mission innovation

    This session will showcase the momentum of the Mission Innovation a year after its launch at COP21. Emphasis will be made on the critical role of innovation in achieving cost reductions and breakthroughs needed to deliver on deep de-carbonization targets globally.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Jeffrey Sachs Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
    • Ernest Moniz Secretary of Energy, United States
    • Arias Cañete European Commissioner for Climate and Energy, European Commission
    • Sharon Dijksma Minister for the Environment, Netherlands
    • Anne Vasara Ambassador of Finland to the Kingdom of Morocco
    • Nick Hurd Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
    • Josh Frydenberg Minister for the Environment and Energy of Australian government
    • Piyush Goyal Minister of Power, India
    • Khalid Al-Falih Minister Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Saudi Arabia
    • Ségolène Royal Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France
    • Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning
    • Matar Hamed Al Neyadi Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates
    • Peter Bakker President and CEO, WBCSD
    Networking break

    Information and Communications Technologies

    The contribution of ICT to climate action in other sectors

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to help other sectors reduce their emissions by up to 15% by 2030. That’s 12 gigatonnes, or 11 times the amount of CO2 saved by the EU in the past 25 years. Smart agriculture improves crop yields and reduces food waste; e-work can save up to 100 hours of travel yearly per person leading to 67% less travel emissions; smart metering in the home allows real-time energy monitoring, leading to energy savings; and in other sectors such as health management, education, lighting & appliances and building efficiency, ICT also has tremendous potential to help reduce emissions. Explore approaches that can maximize the integration and benefits of ICT across different sectors.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Joan Krajewski General Manager USA DSC Safety, Compliance & Sustainability, Microsoft USA
    • Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson Sustainability Director, Ericsson
    • Caspar Herzberg Head of Africa, Schneider Electric
    • Eric Rondolat Chief Executive Officer, Philips Lighting
    • Vijay Modi Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University
    • Neil Gerber Director of Strategy, Energy & Environment, Energy & Utilities Industry, IBM
    Networking break
    ICT innovative approach to raising commitments towards climate

    Understand how the ICT sector is paving the way in clever climate initiatives such as the corporate sourcing of clean energy, building on the work of REBA, RE100, and the CEM7 Corporate Sourcing campaign. This session will also tackle the convergence between climate country strategies and National Broadband plans.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Frances Way Chief Operating Officer, CDP
    • Bill Weihl Vice President Sustainability, Facebook
    • Malcolm Johnson Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU
    • David Hochschild Commissioner, California Energy Commission
    • Gabrielle Ginér Head of Sustainable Business Policy, BT Group
    • Thierry Valette

    Clean Energy Ministerial

    Driving NDC implementation through the Clean Energy Ministerial

    The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a partnership of 24 countries and the European Commission working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. Through its annual ministerial meetings and year-round initiatives and campaigns, the forum has been helping countries implement the policies and solutions that speed the deployment of the clean energy technologies that are available today. Post-Paris Agreement, this work is more crucial than ever. This event will feature the CEM as an operational platform well positioned to help countries implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and will highlight the CEM resources, tools and support available to all countries.

    Download the full CEM event agenda.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Ernest Moniz Secretary of Energy, United States
    • Lars Christian Lilleholt Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark
    • Khalid Al-Falih Minister Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Saudi Arabia
    • Josh Frydenberg Minister for the Environment and Energy of Australian government
    • Piyush Goyal Minister of Power, India
    • Ségolène Royal Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France
    • Ajay Mathur Director General, The Energy & Resources Institute
    • Matar Hamed Al Neyadi Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates
    • Stephen Lucas Senior Associate Deputy Minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Mahama Kappiah Executive Director, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
    • Paul Simons Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
    • Peter Bakker President and CEO, WBCSD
    • Kate Hampton Executive Director, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
  • November 15

    Morning

    Sustainable Cities and Built Environments

    Local climate action: strategies and implementation

    By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Join this session to enhance your understanding of the crucial role that cities must play in global climate action.

    ICLEI will introduce city and regional climate action strategies and their implementation plans for their targets, for example LEDs at the Municipal Level, Transformative Actions Program and so on. This session will also set the framework for discussing technical solutions to unprecedented challenges coming from rapid urbanization.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Gino Van Begin Secretary General, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability)
    • Maryke Van Staden Low Carbon Cities Program Manager, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability
    • Leszek Drogosz Director of Infrastructure Department, City of Warsaw, Poland
    • Antoine Faye Chief Resilience Officer, City of Dakar, Senegal
    • Li Junfeng Director General, National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, China
    • William Sisson Director of United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) strategic efforts and advocacy for sustainable development
    Innovation Award Ceremony & networking break
    • Invited Speakers
    • Peter Bakker President and CEO, WBCSD
    • Molly Webb Founder, Energy Unlocked
    Smart low carbon & sustainable cities

    Cities account for two-thirds of the world’s overall energy consumption and are responsible for about 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a critical player in the fight to reduce emissions worldwide, cities are developing smart solutions, concepts, frameworks and tools to reduce emissions and turn their communities into low-carbon cities and regions.

    In this session, representatives from local governments and the private sector will present approaches to smart cities and discuss the challenges and opportunities of using ‘smartness’ as a method for low-carbon development. They’ll share their experiences on how the public and private actors can improve on identifying and implementing smart low-carbon solutions.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Roman Mendle Smart Cities Program Manager, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability
    • Michèle Pappalardo Coordinator, Vivapolis
    • Haron Idris Chief Minister of Melaka, Malaysia
    • Don Iveson Mayor of Edmonton, Canada
    • Akiko Miura Director, Emission Cap and Trade Section , Climate Change & Energy Division, Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
    • Sylvia Parienté CEO, Exochems Environment, Switzerland
    Sustainable construction: energy efficiency and sustainable materials

    How we can move to a more sustainable built environment? In this panel session, hear from experts discussing the solutions that cover sustainable materials, construction innovations, increased energy efficiency, and adaptation and resilience.

    You’ll learn how these solutions can be deployed on larger scales, and explore practical pathways to overcome barriers to their adoption.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Jennifer Layke Global Director, Energy Program, WRI
    • Peter Moonen National Sustainability Manager, Canadian Wood Council
    • Nev Hyman Founder, Nev House
    • Karen Scrivener Professor and Researcher, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    • Marcel Cobuz CEO, LafargeHolcim Morocco
    • John Thwaites Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board and Director Green Building Council of Australia
    Lunch break

    Afternoon

    Low-Carbon Transport

    Introduction to mobility challenges and innovation in the transport sector

    Transport and mobility play an important role in our economies, and they also represent about 25% of global energy related emissions. With demand set to grow significantly over the coming decades, how do we transform transport in order to we move towards a low-carbon economy?

    • Invited Speakers
    • Ahmed Barroudi CEO of SIE (Société d’Investissement Energetique), Morocco
    • Patrick Oliva Senior Vice President of Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group
    • Peter Bakker President and CEO, WBCSD
    • Nasry Juan Asfura Zablah Mayor, City of Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    Electric and hydrogen mobility

    Demand for electric vehicles is rising quickly alongside improvements in battery technology and a growing supply of renewable energy. These technologies are sure to dominate a decarbonized transport sector in the future.

    This session will explore innovations in EV and Fuel Cell vehicles, and explore options for scaling up their deployment across vehicle segments and other opportunities such as maritime and aviation.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Alexis Gazzo Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY
    • Christian Girardeau Vice President, Schneider Electric
    • Sylvain Allano Chief Scientific Officer, PSA Peugeot Citroën
    • Andreas Klugescheid Head of Steering Governmental and External Affairs and Sustainability Communications, BMW Group
    • Toshifumi Kokubun Mr. Toshifumi Kokubun
    • Lan Marie Nguyen Berg Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport, City of Oslo, Norway
    Keynote & networking break
    • Invited Speakers
    • Dario Piselli Project Leader, SDSN Youth
    • Anastasia Kostamarova Project Officer, SDSN Youth
    Low carbon fuels

    Sustainable liquid fuels are back in the spotlight, with innovations such as waste-to-fuel or power-to-liquids changing the landscape. Low-carbon fuels make up only 3% of current transport fuels, but this figure must grow to 10% by 2030 to satisfy economic growth and help keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

    This panel will describe the exciting progress made from lab to market and explain how these fuels can be an essential part of LEDs and fulfill strict sustainability criteria in a wide variety of national circumstances.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Rachel Kyte Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
    • Gerard Ostheimer Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)
    • David Burns Manager, National Wildlife Fund, representing the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
    • Nour Amrani Public Affairs and Public Relations Manager, Novozymes
    • Sean Simpson Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder, LanzaTech
    • William Brandt Director of Strategic Integration, ASU Lightworks
    • Andreas Foller Sustainability Manager at Scania
    Low-carbon freight & shipping

    Heavy goods transport requires a step change in order to accelerate the decarbonization of the sector. We must integrate ICT solutions, build smarter infrastructure, share data and assets, improve route optimization use and deploy new vehicle/vessel design paradigms.

    This panel will set a benchmark for the least emitting means of shipping (ie, boat vs truck vs plane), and will review challenges and solutions to decarbonizing freight on a global scale.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Vincent Benezech Transport Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) International Transport Forum
    • Martin Rapos Energy and Mobility Director, Route Monkey
    • Tristan Smith Researcher & Lecturer in Energy and Transport, University College London Energy Institute
    • Sudhir Gota Transport Specialist in Clean Air Initiative for Asian cities (CAI-Asia)
    • Rachid Tahri President, Moroccan Freight Forwarders Association (AFFM)
    • Sébastien Bougon Founder, Flying Whales
  • November 16

    Morning

    Sustainable Power Systems

    Clean energy: leading the transition

    The future of the global energy mix: as new technology developments drive down renewable costs, and new financial business models widen the diversity of energy market players and investors, decarbonization becomes more attractive and paves the way for increased levels of ambition in LEDs.

    This session will present the latest technological advances in clean energy, including innovative and renewable solutions that are being deployed on the ground; as well as exploring how countries and utilities are dealing with the intermittency of renewables.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Philippe Joubert Executive Chairman Global Electricity Initiative, World Energy Council
    • Jordan Sturdy Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment, British Columbia Government
    • Eric Maucort Deputy Vice President, Électricité de France (EDF Group)
    • Juan Ramon Silva Ferrada Ferrada, Chief Sustainability Officer
    • Carlos Sallé Director of Energy Policies, Iberdrola
    • Mandy Rambharos Climate Change and Sustainable Development Manager, Eskom
    Keynote & networking break
    • Invited Speakers
    • Paulette van Ommen Sustainability Manager, DSM
    • Said Mouline
    Smart Grids

    Stable, reliable electricity is a key building block of social and economic development. Recent advances in micro-grid models and distributed energy resources have brought about a new age of thinking in the sector.

    Implementing smart grid technology will serve as the backdrop to envision how we generate and distribute energy differently in the new energy mix. Explore the challenges and opportunities around smart grid technology, including computerized grids, two-way digital communication, and how developing nations are making this work in their communities.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Vijay Modi Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University
    • Terry Boston Former President and CEO, PJM Interconnection
    • Deepak Divan Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Maxine Ghavi Head of Microgrids Initiative, ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)
    • Anjan Bose Regents Professor, Washington State University
    • Felix Zhang Envision Energy Limited, China

    Afternoon

    Sectoral Mitigation Opportunities

    Lunch break
    Industry climate action and CCUS

    The production of power, iron, steel, cement and chemicals alone are estimated to account for more than 40% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing these emissions is crucial for maintaining competitiveness in a carbon-constrained future.

    Hear about the approaches that different sectors are taking towards carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCU&S).

    • Invited Speakers
    • Julio Friedmann Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Eric Masanet Leader of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA)
    • Manuela Ojan Global Environmental Sustainability, HeidelbergCement
    • Valérie Quiniou VP Climate, Strategy, Innovation, Total
    • Julien Perez Senior Manager, EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services
    • Issam Dairanieh CEO, CO2 Sciences
    • Charlotte Wolff-Bye VP Sustainability, Statoil
    • Alan Knight General Manager for Corporate Responsibility at ArcelorMittal
    • K-C Tran Co-Founder, Carbon Recycling International
    • Michel Bande VP Sustainability, Solvay
    Climate smart agriculture and innovation

    This session highlights the important role of agriculture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the role that climate smart agriculture solutions can play in helping countries achieve their NDCs.

    This panel will discuss practical solutions for Climate Smart Agriculture as a response to challenges as diverse as deforestation, soil and nutrient management, food loss and waste, and the protection of smallholder farmers. Learn how CSA can be facilitated through enhanced monitoring, reporting and verifying tools.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Sonja Vermeulen Head of Research, Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR)
    • Varun Vats Senior Manager, Public Policy & Partnerships, Syngenta International AG
    • Chris Brown Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam
    • Virgilio Viana Superintendent-General, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation
    • Diane Holdorf Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company
    • Gabriela Burian Global Lead Sustainable Agriculture and Innovation
    • Abbie Reynolds Executive Director Sustainable Business New Zealand
    • Michael Obersteiner Program Director, International Institute for Applied System Analysis
    • Margaret Torn Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Networking break

    Low-carbon policies

    Low-carbon policies

    This session will provide an overview of the policies and regulations that are needed to support the deep decarbonization of energy systems. Hear about the challenges, benefits, and expected outcomes of policies such as taxes, carbon trading schemes, feed-in tariffs, and carbon pricing.

    • Invited Speakers
    • Maria Mendiluce Managing Director, Natural Capital, WBCSD
    • Mark Sinclair Climate Change Ambassador, New Zealand
    • Thomas Kerr Principal Climate Policy Officer, CPLC
    • Paul Simpson CEO, Carbon Disclosure Project
    • Carlos Gentile Undersecretary of Climate Change, Gov. Argentina
    • David Turk Head of Energy Environment Division, International Energy Agency
    • David Heurtel Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and the Fight Against Climate Change

    Closing Ceremony

    Lessons learned and pathways ahead
    • Invited Speakers
    • Peter Bakker President and CEO, WBCSD
    • Jeffrey Sachs Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
    • Gino Van Begin Secretary General, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability)
    • Jean-Pierre Clamadieu CEO, Solvay