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World Future Energy Summit – conference programme

The World Future Energy Summit has released its conference programme for 18-21 January 2010.

Day 1 Registration


  • H.R.H. Crown Prince of Spain Felipe De Borbón, Prince of Asturias
  • H.E. President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias
  • H.E. President Mohamed Nasheed, Republic of the Maldives
  • H.E. The Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak


Forum 1 : World Future Energy Policy: Energy Ministers Round Table Discussion

Torn between the need to boost energy infrastructure to fuel economic growth on one side, and meet environmental goals on the other, Governments are in need of innovative thinking to navigate contradictory demands. In this plenary session, Ministers present the forum with their country’s blueprints for sound, and sustainable, future energy.

  • Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India
  • H.E. Maria van der Hoeven, Minister of Economic Affairs, The Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • H.E. Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Counselor, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland
  • H.E. Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland
  • H.E. The Minister of Environment, Science and Technology of Ghana, Mrs. Sherry Ayittey
  • The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Canada
  • H.E. Jesca Eriyo, Minister of State for the Environment, Uganda
  • Hélène Pelosse, Interim Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Plenary Forum 2: World Future Energy Industry: Challenges and Solutions

This session will focus on a realistic estimation of the market size for renewable energy.

  • Identifying the sectors with the greatest challenges in terms of technology development and efficient output;
  • Discussing the financial viability of existing technologies;
  • Identifying the critical success factors for new technologies.

These questions will be answered by a panel featuring a wealth of international experience from organisations with a history of innovation and leadership in deploying solutions that are scalable - and profitable.

  • Bertrand Piccard, President&Pilot, Solar Impulse
  • Frank Mastiaux, CEO, E.ON Climate & Renewables
  • Katrina Landis, CEO of BP's Alternative Energy
  • Kevin Parker, Global Head of Deutsche Asset Management, DB Climate Change Advisors
  • Wolfgang Dehen, CEO, Siemens Energy Sector
  • Peter Gutman, Managing Director – Global Head of Renewable Energy, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Hans-Jörg Bullinger, President, Fraunhofer Society

Day 2

Plenary Forum 3: What now, after Copenhagen ?

World-leading authorities will discuss the key outcomes and implications of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, held December 2009 (COP-15). The business world needs clarity on key issues now and the panel will create a strong commercially-focused discussion centred on the outcomes of these four crucial questions:

  • How much are industrialized countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?
  • How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions?
  • How is the help needed by developing countries, to reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change, going to be financed?
  • How is that money going to be managed?

The panel wil consist of:

  • Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • Ditlev Engel, Global President & CEO, Vestas Wind Systems A/S
  • Richard H. Jones, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency


Associated to the above plenary forum are two break-out sessions on Climate Change. These sessions will provide in-depth coverage of the investment structures and policy instruments required to meet the world’s climate change objectives in the agreed time frames.

Future Climate Investment Structures

Chair: Richard H. Jones, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency

  • Rupert Edwards, Head of Research and Market Analysis, Climate Change Capital

Climate Change Policy


Three breakout sessions will cover the latest technologies in renewable power generation and sustainable fuels with a special emphasis on advances in photovoltaic technologies including advanced PV and solar concentrators. Advances in wind technology, biofuels and wave power will also be covered in depth. There will be a specific session on policies and regulation for the adoption of clean technologies in the developing world.

Sustainable Fuels and Power Technologies

  • Chair: Nigel Brandon, Director, Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London
  • Chris Varrone, Chief Strategist, Technology R&D, Vestas Wind Systems
  • Peter Fraenkel ,Technical Director, Marine Current Turbines
  • Dr. Martin Keller, Director, BioEnergy Science Center

Advanced Solar Technologies, Materials and Costs

  • Chair: Eicke Weber

Renewable Policies, Planning and Regulation in the Developing World

  • Chair : Dr. Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • Binu Parthan, Deputy Director General, REEEP
  • Hoesung Lee, Vice Chair, IPCC, Dean, College of Environment, Keimyung University
  • Prof. Suani Coelho, Coordinator, CEBNIO/University of São Paulo

Parallel sessions on Carbon Capture & Storage :

With the world’s continued dependence on fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage technologies are set to play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions. These sessions will focus on the establishment of a CCS industry and the technologies currently being developed and trialled as well as the policy and regulatory issues required to implement the technology globally.

CCS Industry in the Making

Chair: Nick Otter, GCCSI

  • Milton Catelin, Chief Executive, World Coal Institute
  • Graeme Sweeny, VP of Renewables, Shell

Carbon Capture Technologies

  • Chair: Prof. Paitoon Tontiwachwuthikul, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina
  • Barbara McKee, Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy, US
  • Lewis Gillies, Head of Carbon Management, BP

Policy and Regulatory Frameworks for CCS

Chair : John Gale, GM, IEA Green House Gas Programme

  • Andrew Beatty, Partner, Baker and Mackenzie
  • David Scott, Executive Director of Economic Affairs, Executive Affairs Authority, Abu Dhabi

Day 3

Plenary Forum 4: Pursuing Innovation – the Key Role played by Research and Development in winning the future energy battle.

The world economic landscape has changed dramatically over the past 16 months, but regional and international Governments are pushing legislation and subsidies for driving a technological shift in favour of renewable energies. This session will focus on the dual role played by the private sector and university research in moving the industry forward.

  • How the current status of future energy R&D impacts the energy market. What needs to change?
  • Why accessing funds and industry partnerships are the answer to combating the status quo
  • Long term gain: Investing in a pipeline of innovators – a dual role for universities and industry
  • Building the reputation of a new sector – key players, incentives and decision makers


  • Prof. Ernest Moniz, Director, MIT Energy Initiative
  • Dr. Tariq Ali, VP of Research & Industry Relations, MIST
  • Nigel Brandon, Director, Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College
  • Prof. Daniel Kammen, Professor in the Energy and Resources Group & Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, UC Berkeley


Energy efficiency is often overlooked in the rush to cut carbon emissions, but established technologies and instruments are already in place that can make significant differences to carbon emissions. The sessions will look at the steps energy generators are making to improve energy usage at the supply side including the adoption of smart grids and upgrades in infrastructure as well as consumer-friendly technologies that can be implemented now.

Energy Efficiency – Transmission and Distribution – Smart grids

Chair: Ralf Christian, CEO, Power Distribution Division, Siemens AG Sector Energy

Energy Efficiency – The Consumer’s perspective

Plenary Forum 5: Pay Back Time for the Green Economy

Even in the current challenging economic situation, there are expanding opportunities in sustainable industries. According to a UN report 2.3 million people have found new jobs in this sector, and the potential for job growth is huge. The panel will review the political, strategic and commercial actions necessary to make this anticipated transformation to a green economy a reality.

  • How can we monitor and measure the growth and impact of the new green economy?
  • How can policy makers facilitate the transition from traditional to low-carbon economies?
  • Which commercial sectors are likely to provide the new jobs? renewable energy, green building, sustainable transportation, organic agriculture
  • Where will the increased investment to create green jobs come from?
  • How can global transition to a low-carbon economy become an engine of development?


  • Anders Eldrup, CEO, DONG Energy A/S


With individual vehicle ownership and usage continuing to increase apace, the establishment of sustainable transportation infrastructure is set to become increasingly more important. These sessions will review the latest policies and regulations in the development of sustainable transport networks in both the developed and developing world, including the rise of the electric car and advanced rail solutions.

Sustainable Urban Transport in the Developing World

Sustainable Transportation Technologies and Systems

Chair: Dr. David Hart, E4tech Sàrl

Transportation Policies and Planning for Sustainable Development

Chair: Robert Cervero, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkleys

  • Harry Dimitriou, Director, OMEGA CENTER
  • Prof. Peter Newman, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute

Day 4

Plenary Forum 6: Sustainability in Architecture and Design: Extraordinary insights into the dynamics of cultural change and the power of identity

The panel of distinguished architects and designers will explore the role of architecture and culture in creating sustainability

  • Scrutinising the social, political, and cultural dynamics associated with the low-carbon transformation of our societies
  • How are we shaping the physical environment in profound and news ways?
  • Considerable lessons learned from major projects that exemplify sustainable strategies
  • Integrating future energy technologies and best practices
  • Creating momentum to drive inward investment for the most significant developments of our time


These sessions will cover the considerable innovations made in sustainable buildings and architecture in recent years. Four real-world examples of sustainable cities will be discussed and sessions will further explore the materials and costs of sustainable architecture as well as the role that building regulations and policies can play in developing a sustainable urban landscape.

Sustainable Building – 4 Eco-Cities Berlin, Hammarby, Tianjin, Masdar City

Chair: Khaled Awad, Property Development Director, Masdar

  • Erik Freudenthal, Head of Communications, GlashusEtt

Sustainable Architecture, Materials and Costs

  • Steffen Lehmann, UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Newcastle, Australia

Sustainable Building Policies, Planning and Regulation

  • Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design, Finnish Innovation Fund, Finland


The panel sessions under this heading will feature leading authorities from global banking and international management consulting to debate the critical needs for building sustainable energy economies and management capabilities. The panels will cover the topics of success criteria for project finance, and the effective management of sustainable energy know-how, skills, talent and innovation.

Panel on Government and Private Sector Success Criteria for Project Finance in Sustainable Energy

  • Todd Najera, Director, Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

Panel on Economics and Management of Sustainable Energy Know-How, Skills and Human Capital

Chair: Jeremy Oppenheim, Director McKinsey


Summit programme as of October 2009 and subject to change. Please visit World Future Energy Summit to view the latest update

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