DECARBONISING CITIES

1 September 2021 | Stade de Suisse | Berne & Online

 

 

 

09:00 - 10:00

REGISTRATION & COFFEE

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10:00 - 10:10

WELCOME

British Embassy in Berne & Swisspower

 

 

10:10 - 11:30

KEYNOTE SPEECHES

 

 
       
 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stocker

 

Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University of Berne
President of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research

 

Thomas Stocker is President of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. His research encompasses the modelling of past and future climate change and the analysis of polar ice cores. He served on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for many years, including as co-Chair of Working Group I from 2008 to 2015. During that tenure Working Group I delivered the comprehensive assessment report "Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis", which provided the scientific foundation for the Paris Agreement.

 

Keynote: «High-Impact, Low-Likelihood Outcomes of Climate Change» (EN)

 
       
       
 

Roberto Bocca

 

Head of Shaping the Future of Energy and Materials; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

 

Roberto Bocca is the leader of the Energy, Mining & Metals, Chemicals and Infrastructure teams at the World Economic Forum. These teams focus on critical issues the industries are facing at national, regional and global levels. Tasks include engagement with leaders of relevant companies, policy makers, civil society, academia and broader stakeholders in the sectors of oil and gas, energy utilities, energy technology, infrastructure, mining, metals and chemical.

 

Keynote: «Creating More System Value in Cities» (EN)

 
       

 

 

       
 

11:30  - 12:00

PANEL-DISCUSSION

 

THE ROAD TO DECARBONISATION

 

 

 

The Rt Hon. Alok Sharma

President Designate COP26

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stocker

Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University of Berne
President of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research

Roberto Bocca

Head of Shaping the Future of Energy and Materials, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Jane Owen

British Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

 
       

 

 

12:00 - 13:00

LUNCH BREAK

 

 

13:00 - 14:00

BREAKOUT SESSIONS (EN)

 

 

       
 

BREAKOUT SESSION I

 

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

 

This session will showcase some of the most promising emerging technologies from the UK and Switzerland to decarbonise cities. It will highlight what the future will bring and how emerging technologies can be game-changers for the UK’s and Swiss ambition to become carbon neutral by 2050.

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Champion UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research & Innovation Centre (IDRIC), Heriot-Watt University

Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge

Dr. Kristina Orehounig, Head of the Urban Energy Systems Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology, EMPA

MODERATOR: Prof. Matthias Sulzer, Head of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (Buildings and Districts), EMPA

 
       

 

       
 

BREAKOUT SESSION II

 

GREEN FINANCE

 

The panel session with leading experts from the green finance community will highlight how crucial the role of the financial sector will be in ensuring the global economy reaches a net-zero balance by 2050. The discussion will focus on key challenges, and successes, in this transformative period for the entire financial sector. The speakers will offer both a domestic and a global perspective on green finance.

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Dr. Guido Fürer, Group Chief Investment Officer, Member of Group EC, Swiss Re

Dr. Ben Caldecott, University of Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme Director & Lombard Odier Associate Professor

Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse

 
       

 

       
 

BREAKOUT SESSION III

 

SMART CITY

 

The smart city breakout session will explore sustainable urban strategies and green investment opportunities with a focus on energy innovation and smart transport. The discussion will be centred on the digital transformation of city services, the adoption of hydrogen technologies to decarbonise all modes of transport as well as Scotland’s unique cross-sector collaboration between all tiers of government, business and academia.

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Councillor John Alexander, City Leader of Dundee and Chair of Scottish Cities Alliance

Buta Atwal, CEO, Wright Bus

 
       

 

       
 

BREAKOUT SESSION IV

 

ROLE OF BUSINESS

 

Key to decarbonising cities will be the corporate sector’s ability to set and achieve ambitious net zero targets, which covers an organisation’s full value chain. To achieve this, it is essential to not only understand the impact your own operations have, but also that of your value chain. In this session, the Carbon Trust will discuss how Scope 3 emissions are defined, measured and what the benefits engaging your value chain on decarbonisation can deliver.

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Samuel Bird, Senior Associate, Carbon Trust

 
       

 

 

       
 

14:00 - 15:15

 

PITCH SESSIONS

 

15 start-ups and companies present innovative solutions in short presentations.

 
   
       

 

 

15:15 - 15:45

COFFEE BREAK

 

 

       
 

15:45 - 16:00

 

ENERGY & CLIMATE HACK: WRAP-UP

 

In addition to the conference, a two-day hackathon will take place in Bern on 31 August and 1 September. During this hackathon, students will develop solutions to support cities in tackling the challenges of climate change.

Selected results of the hackathon will be presented at the conference. You can find more information about the Energy & Climate Hack here.

 
   
       

 

 

16:00 - 16:30

FINAL KEYNOTE

FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING

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