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

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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

10 Sessions

Megaprojects: Global impact, global implications

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 analysis 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.

Rethinking the energy trilemma: Synergies and co-benefits

The successful energy transition requires a careful balance of sustainability, security and access. For many these are seen as competing drivers, which must be traded off based on natural resources, demographics and political conditions – for others a more sophisticated approach is being adopted to ensure that the synergies between the three corners of the trilemma are identified and exploited, to ensure the greatest mutual benefit for the local and global environment, regional and national energy resilience and security, and equitable access to all.

Nurturing the innovation ecosystem

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?

Rethinking climate change: Better metrics, better outcomes

If it cannot be measured, it cannot be managed - but there is a dangerous complacency to assuming the responsible management of anything if the metrics are sub-optimal or just plain wrong. The unprecedented global will for action on climate change is rightly recognised as a paragon of international cooperation, but are decisions being made on the right data? And are the metrics being used really delivering the best outcomes?

Reforming global energy governance for collective outcomes

The big energy challenges of the future will be addressed by international project collaboration, sharing of ideas and resources, borderless investment and technological partnership. In this session, case studies and business models will be discussed that demonstrate the altruistic benefits of global policy-making collboration and explore the mechanisms of international strategic thinking and policy making that will deliver better collective outcomes for all.

SDGs and the carbon+agenda

A successful transition is not a single-issue agenda. It connects multiple agendas with co-benefits and synergies: The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7 seeks to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. The UNFCCC Paris Accord has set out the long-term goal to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity sets out commitments for maintaining the world's ecological state while economic development continues. As each one of these agenda needs the other one to succeed, what cooperative actions are required to communicate, mitigate, synergise and reduce risk?

New Energy Realities: Trade barriers and protectionism

Whilst there is no argument that energy agenda is best moved forward with collaboration at every scale, entrenched national interests, competing sectoral bias and shifting trade relationships mean that the reality of international energy cooperation continues to be complex. Recent trade restrictions, sanctions, bloc changes and tariffs have added a layer of complexity to harmonious global progress, but how can this hurdles be overcome, and do they present any benefits?

Energy-Water-Food: Exploring the perspectives

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. This session explores which regions are most affected by the energy-water-food challenge, and the technologies, innovative solutions and policies required to support the management of the nexus.

Progressing the vision for regional integration

The world’s vast wealth of energy resources and opportunities, from unconventional oil and gas reserves over great potential for renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydropower, 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 in all regions of the world. Case studies and expert opinion will be the basis for better learning in this session.

Energy Access: From lightbulbs to livelihoods

Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, teach him to fish and he can eat forever. But if you give him a reliable high 13KV powerline and he can run a port facility that employs a thousand people and sustains an entire community. With 2 billion people still living in energy poverty, this session explores the rural and remote access solutions that move beyond the lifestyle microtools, and focus on big energy answers that enable communities to realise their potential.

16:00 17:30

Closing Session

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