Conference Programme

09 - 12 September 2019   |   Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

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09:00 09:50

Keynote - Inclusive prosperity: New policy imperatives

10:00 11:15

Opening Session

11:45 15:30

Interactive Parallel Sessions

11:45

Rethinking the energy Trilemma: Synergies and Co-Benefits

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Managing a robust energy transition is not straightforward. Success requires integrated policy approaches and frameworks, such as those encouraged by the Council's World Energy Trilemma to address the emerging synergies and co-benefits in a shifting ‘glocal’ energy landscape. How are policy makers navigating new threats and opportunities in the context of rapidly declining costs of renewable energy and decentralised solutions, recent discoveries of unconventional resources and increasing exposure to climate change stress, whilst balancing with short-term pressures to keep security high and costs low, and the mid-term imperative to accelerate innovation? 1) Which countries have proven most successful in delivering against their Trilemma deficits? 2) What are innovative policy solutions that have accelerated change in such areas? 3) What have been some of the biggest policy failures over the past decade, and what can we learn from these?

11:45

Nurturing the innovation ecosystem

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Innovation is key to promoting economic growth, ensuring competitiveness and providing new job opportunities and prosperity. An increasing number of countries invest in effective innovation ecosystems that hold promise of systematic build-up of entrepreneurship in line with transition requirements by investing in education, incubation, accelerators, venture cap, innovation and impact networks. Questions 1) What are examples and success recipes for world-class innovation ecosystems? 2) Who is best placed to nurture, and what role should government take in developing such innovation ecosystems? 3) What is the role of international collaboration in the delivery of such ecosystems?

11:45

Energy-Water-Food: Exploring the different perspectives

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98% of electricity supply directly depends on access to water. Water stress and competition for water resources are increasing and expose energy systems to new vulnerability. Technology choice, coordinated regional water planning, internal water pricing, and innovative insurance models are among the solutions implemented to adapt to a more water constrained future. 1) Which regions are most affected by the energy-water-food nexus challenge and what are some of the visible consequences? 2) What are the technologies and innovative solutions that help manage the nexus? 3) What are required policies to support the management of the nexus?

11:45

Progressing the vision for regional integration

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The world’s vast wealth of energy resources and opportunities, from unconventional oil and gas reserves over great potential for renewable energy sources, to naturally privileged energy transportation routes, storage or even skills centres are unevenly distributed within regions and the world. Regional collaboration and integration are the keys to unlock enormous untapped potential and address resilience challenges in all regions of the world. As the global energy transition unlocks new technology and resources opportunities and reveals a number of resilience challenges, regional cooperation is ever more critical for the achievement of Trilemma benefits and increased competitiveness for individual countries and the entire region. 1) What are challenges that are best addressed at regional, rather than national level? How does the energy transition change these realities? 2) What are good examples of regional cooperation and integration projects and how have they benefited the participating countries? 3) What are key barriers and enabling conditions for regional cooperation and how can the governments and key stakeholders work together to enhance the Trilemma ranking for the entire region?

11:45

Quality energy access: From lightbulbs to livelihoods

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Energy abundance is key to a new era of connective and regenerative prosperity. A successful energy transition holds promise to enable societies to flourish and reduce inequality, social injustice and conflict over resources, and stimulate circular and regenerative economies. To achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy is a journey that begins with basic access and evolves to the complete fulfilment of the SDG7 objectives, which we call quality energy access. 1) Which countries are leading the progress on delivering energy access? 2) What are the innovative business models and solutions leading the change in access to energy and enabling the progress towards SDG7? 3) How are policy, technology and financial innovations shaping the journey towards quality energy access for all?

11:45

The New Energy Security Agenda

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In an increasingly interconnected and uncertain world, energy security has moved to the forefront of the energy and economic agenda. Growing resource scarcity, more frequent natural disasters linked to climate change, volatile markets, and political instability in and around energy exporting countries are only a few of the many pressing points for concern for energy suppliers and consumers alike. 1) What do we mean by ‘energy security’ today and how is it different from before? 2) How should we respond to emerging risks and threats - proactively and reactively? 3) What role should regional and international institutions play?

11:45

Megaprojects: Global impact, global implications

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Todays interconnected, and energy hungry world requires infrastructure projects on a scale never seen before, from transcontinental pipelines to global supply chain networks. These projects can both provide and consume energy on an unprecedented scale, and fundamentally alter the dynamics of collaboration and resilience. This session analyses the risk/reward balance of these grand scale megaprojects from a global energy market perspective and looks to where this trend may lead us in the future.

11:45

Enhancing energy security and electricity integration in the MENA region

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Soaring demand for electricity in the growing economies of the Middle East and North Africa is set to drive the process of regional integration in the MENA region. APICORP forecasts that the MENA region needs to invest $260 billion over the period 2018-2023 to meet this demand. In the GCC, the existing interconnection is operating below capacity due mainly to regulatory and pricing issues. The GGCIA is undertaking a feasibility study on possible expansion of the grid beyond the GCC and build joint renewable energy plants to feed into the grid. One link being considered is an interconnection of the GCC grid with Jordan, Egypt and eventually with Yemen. 1) What is the impact of the wider deployment of renewable energy in the MENA power sector on regional integration? 2) What are success stories and failures in interconnection and what are the lessons to be learned? 3) What does it take to enhance utilisation of existing integration infrastructure?

11:45

Reforming global energy governance for the 21st century

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Big energy challenges cannot be solved or met by any business or government alone. While national contexts require every country to find its specific solutions, many of these will be most effective through cross-border collaboration. There is a huge interdependence that requires effective regional and global governance processes involving the sharing of ideas and resources, borderless investment and innovation partnerships. Yet current institutional frameworks for dealing with these challenges do not necessarily match the scope, scale and nature of the challenges. 1) What are the most critical energy challenges that require strong global governance processes in the 21st century? 2) Are existing global governance institutions fit for purpose? 3) Do populist trends and eroding trust in institutions change the way we need to think about solving some of these challenges?

11:45

New Regional Perspectives: Forging New Avenues for Europe’s Energy Policy

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European energy policy has been strongly pursuing decarbonisation in the energy sector. Although the European Union has developed a number of policy and regulatory initiatives, national regulations remain very different and often contradictory. This doesn’t support the development of the Energy Union that has been set as an overarching goal. How can Europe approach common regional and coherent sub-regional energy policies? 1) What are the key challenges in the European energy markets today? 2) What are components of an ideal energy policy and regulation in Europe? 3) How do we get there?"

16:00 17:30

Closing Session

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