International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference Agenda

11:45 – 11:50
29 April 2024 | 5 Minutes
Paid
  • OSW
  • Track: The clean energy transition

Opening remarks by Economist Impact

11:50 – 12:20
29 April 2024 | 30 Minutes
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  • OSW
  • Track: The clean energy transition

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?
12:20 – 13:00
29 April 2024 | 40 Minutes
Paid
  • OSW
  • Track: The clean energy transition

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)

13:00 – 13:40
29 April 2024 | 40 Minutes
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  • OSW
  • Track: The clean energy transition

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

Justine Roure

Deputy VP Strategy

Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)

13:40 – 14:00
29 April 2024 | 20 Minutes
Paid
  • OSW
  • Track: The clean energy transition

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

14:00 – 15:00
29 April 2024 | 60 Minutes
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Networking lunch

15:00
29 April 2024
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  • OSW

Close of day one