BUILDING A ROADMAP FOR ACHIEVING CLIMATE-RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FOR A BETTER FUTURE

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Join us for The International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference, organised by Oman Environmental Services Holding Comp (be’ah) and programmed by Economist Impact. The event will connect local and global stakeholders across academia, industry and public sector to foster dialogue and constructive debate, promote the cross-sharing of technical expertise and prepare businesses to meet climate goals. Following COP29, the event will examine how the region can build an equitable and resilient net-zero future and capitalise on new opportunities of economic diversification, better job creation and leadership in sustainable technologies.

The 2025 agenda has not been announced yet, in the meantime take a look at the 2024 agenda below.

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‘International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference 2024 Agenda’

08:45 – 11:15
29 April 2024 | 150 Minutes
Paid
  • ISRTC
  • Grand Ballroom, OCEC

OSW Opening Ceremony

Followed by networking and OSW Expo
11:15 – 11:45
29 April 2024 | 30 Minutes
Paid
  • ISRTC

Morning coffee and refreshments

11:45 – 11:50
29 April 2024 | 5 Minutes
Paid
  • ISRTC
  • Grand Ballroom, OCEC

Opening remarks by Economist Impact

Moderator

Gregg Carlstrom

Middle East correspondent

The Economist

11:50 – 12:30
29 April 2024 | 40 Minutes
Paid
  • ISRTC
  • Track: The clean energy transition
  • Grand Ballroom, OCEC

Opening panel - The roadmap to agenda 2030: cultivating continuous progress

How can climate goals translate into concrete actions? The session will share insights on the importance of international collaboration, innovative policy frameworks, technological development and mobilising financial resources to drive change. With a focus on empowering communities and making use of new technologies, the opening session aims to discuss the effective ways to tackle the climate crisis.

  • Given that climate-change problems offer little time, how can stakeholders from government and business act faster? 
  • What will be the priorities for the region to achieve the 2030 agenda? 
  • With different regions, what will it take to bring the world to the same level of activity and forge a course of action to address the gaps?

Speakers

Radia Sedaoui

Chief energy

UN Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

Maher Al Kaabi

Independent board member

Al Serkal Group

Steve Phimister

Managing director

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

Moderator

Gregg Carlstrom

Middle East correspondent

The Economist

12:30 – 13:10
29 April 2024 | 40 Minutes
Paid
  • ISRTC
  • Track: The clean energy transition
  • Grand Ballroom, OCEC

Panel discussion - Delivering on the energy transition—a key competitive advantage?

Although countries in the MENA region have declared net-zero ambitions to counter escalating temperatures, the surge in global energy demand presents a complex “decoupling challenge”. This lies at the core of the worldwide energy transition and the race to tap renewables, such as hydrogen and synthetic fuels like SAF, as well as carbon capture technologies.  

Although the Middle East area has a potential for renewable energy production of 45% globally, it only accounts for 1% of total use. Why? This session will explore the main considerations for the region: establishing priorities, identifying economic opportunities for traditional industries and addressing the challenge of scaling renewables. 

Speakers

Abdulaziz Al Shidhani

Managing director

Hydrom

Andrei Covatariu

Independent energy expert and co-chair of the “Digitalization in Energy” task force

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Neil Wilmshurst

Senior vice president, energy system resources and chief nuclear officer

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Moderator

Phillip Cornell

Principal

Economist Impact

13:10 – 13:50
29 April 2024 | 40 Minutes
Paid
  • ISRTC
  • Track: The clean energy transition
  • Grand Ballroom, OCEC

Panel discussion - Energy security and sustainability: creating a resilient global energy system

The rising geopolitical tensions in the region accompanied by fluctuating oil prices, the difficulties of managing supply chains and market volatility (including new markets and the emergence of alternative energy sources) put energy security in the spotlight. With the growing importance of environmental protection, the idea of energy security has broadened, creating the need for greater care in terms of sustainability.

  • How can the energy transition and energy security advance in parallel? 
  • What will be the role of gas for energy security and reliability of the grid? 
  • What energy-efficient technologies and practices can help reduce overall energy demand and enhance energy security? 

Speakers

Olivia Azadegan

Energy transition director

Forbes 30 Under 30, Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Change Fellow

Malek Al-Chalabi

Senior carbon pricing policy advisor

Oman Shell

Neil Quilliam

Director of energy, SRMG Think Research & Advisory & associate fellow

Chatham House

Moderator

Phillip Cornell

Principal

Economist Impact

13:50 – 14:10
29 April 2024 | 20 Minutes
Paid
  • ISRTC
  • Track: The clean energy transition
  • Grand Ballroom, OCEC

Keynote interview - Defining pathways for technological innovation’s role to net-zero

The MENA region’s decarbonisation strategy is multifaceted and led by technological innovation. With its diversification goals, the region is at the intersection of technology and sustainability. Artificial intelligence and data analytics can deliver valuable insights into energy consumption, resource allocation and sustainable practices. To achieve this, the development of large-scale technical infrastructure is a foundation. 

Major questions include:

  • How can the region accelerate technological innovation to achieve net zero?
  • What large-scale technical infrastructure is needed and how can it be developed? 
  • How can technology support the region's diversification goals? 
  • What role does AI play? How can a collaborative approach between governments and businesses accelerate sustainable technologies?  
  • What is the role of policymakers in providing financing and incentives for green technologies?  

Speakers

Myrtle Dawes

Chief executive

Net Zero Technology Centre

Moderator

Robert Willock

Director

Economist Corporate Network

14:00 – 15:00
29 April 2024 | 60 Minutes
Paid
  • ISRTC

Networking lunch

15:00
29 April 2024
Paid
  • ISRTC

Close of day one

506
Delegate registrations
338
Attending delegates
4
Countries represented by delegates
51
Speakers
11
Plenary sessions
8
Breakout sessions

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM ISRTC CONFERENCE

ISRTC is based on a scientific program focused on many areas such as sustainable resource management, circular economy, and environmental responsibility. The conference also promotes implementable solutions that are scalable and sustainable while bringing together experts, policymakers, and strategic partners.

  • Stay up to date with studies, legislation, projects, and technologies related to sustainability and circular economy.
  • Enrich your network of key decision-makers across the public sector, academia and industry within Oman and the wider region.
  • Explore the evolving environmental landscape in Oman and the MENA region.
  • Discuss and work with representatives from all over the world.

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