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Zero-Carbon Future

A collaborative climate and innovation exchange at COP27

CATF experts and partners worked together at our COP27 Zero-Carbon Future pavilion where climate advocates, government officials, industry leaders, and experts from around the world took on the hardest climate and energy questions, shared innovative solutions, and highlighted the opportunities we have to transform the global energy system to address climate change.

Zero-Carbon Future full event schedule

The Zero-Carbon Future pavilion was located in the Blue Zone (view map).

All times listed are local times for Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (GMT+2).

Tuesday, November 8

Beyond the Models: From Improbable Scenarios to Resilient Systems

  • Local time: 11:30 – 12:30 | Event Video
  • The famous adage “all models are wrong, but some are useful” is an important reminder for climate and energy advocates around the world. How do we apply that wisdom to our interpretation of today’s influential energy modeling from the IPCC, the IEA, and others? How do today’s models inform a better understanding of global decarbonization efforts, and how do they fall short? Join us to explore how a new understanding of modeling and analysis can lead to better energy and climate models that more accurately reflect the world as it is, creating a more robust framework of accountability that centers emerging economies as well as marginalized groups.
  • Speakers: Dr. Sacoby Wilson, University of Maryland; Ramya Natarajan, Energy and Climate Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy; Dr. Neha Patankar, Binghamton University; Dr. Destenie Nock, Carnegie Mellon University; Dr. Yamina Saheb, Openexp & IPCC; Mark Howells, Loughborough University and Imperial College

European Climate Leadership and the Path Forward

  • Local time: 13:30 – 14:30 | Event Video
  • With the passage of the Fit For 55 legislative package last year, the European Union has proposed a comprehensive set of policies to reach its 2030 climate goals. While this legislation was a crucial step forward, innovation and different technologies will be required to reach the EU’s 2050 climate goals while strengthening the region’s energy security and independence. What are the next generation technologies that we need to commercialize? What kind of policy innovation and adaptive policy do we need to achieve energy security and climate goals alike? Join us for a dialogue on the successes of Europe on climate changes so far, the existing risks for EU decarbonization’s goals, and how we can chart a path forward for European countries to achieve their climate goals in 2030, 2050, and beyond.
  • Speakers: George Kremlis, Principal Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister; Malte Bornkamm, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany; Ole Emmik Sørensen, Denmark Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Utilities; Martina Montesino Malmberg, Swedish Energy Agency; Eila Kreivi, European Investment Bank; Alessia Virone, Clean Air Task Force; Lee Beck, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Modeling Africa’s Energy Transition

  • Local time: 15:30 – 16:30 | Event Video
  • African countries face a dual challenge: they must pursue socio-economic development and build broad-based prosperity for their citizens, while simultaneously mitigating the threat of climate change and working toward a zero-carbon future. While these two efforts are increasingly discussed in tandem in policy circles, academic research has typically considered them separately. Join us to discuss the state of energy transition modeling and projections in Africa, learning from leaders at African think tanks, universities, and governments on the ways we can foster knowledge generation that aligns both development imperatives and climate action.
  • Speakers: Moussa Blimpo, Clean Air Task Force; Dr. Andrew Dabalen, World Bank; Dr. Louis Verchot, International Center for Tropical Agriculture; Nadia Maïzi, IPCC, Center for Applied Mathematics, MINES ParisTech; Dr. Olumide Abimbola, Africa Policy Research Institute; Dr. Zainab​ Usman, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (moderator)

Wednesday, November 9

An African Vision for Energy Transformation

  • Local time: 13:00 – 14:00 | Event Video
  • What does an African-led energy transformation look like? How can we break free from old paradigms around energy access and development? How can African leaders ensure they have the freedom to develop their economies while aligning that development with a global energy transformation? Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from across Africa who are working to build an African vision for energy transformation, ensuring local ownership and regional self-determination within a global vision for decarbonization.
  • Speakers: Armond Cohen, Clean Air Task Force; Youba Sokona, IPCC; Wale Shonibare, African Development Bank; Zainab Usman, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Yacob Mulugetta, University College London; Alain Tchibozo, West Africa Development Bank; Lily Odarno, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Climate Change and Health: Addressing the Health Impacts of Climate Change through Public-Private Partnerships

  • Local time: 15:00 – 16:00 | Event Video
  • Health is at the core of climate change, whether it’s increased hospitalizations from extreme heat or hospitals being forced to shut down during natural disasters instead of helping the communities they serve. Addressing climate change, therefore, isn’t just about saving our planet, but about protecting our people and ensuring no one is left behind in the clean energy transition. Join CATF and Google for a session on the current hurdles we face to improve health and build resiliency in the face of climate change, and how we can harness the power of public-private partnerships to address them.
  • Speakers: Kate Brandt, Google; Admiral Rachel Levine, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Dr. John Bulbus, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Armond Cohen, Clean Air Task Force

Thursday, November 10

Leveling the Playing Field for Environmental Justice

  • Local time: 11:30 – 12:15 | Event Video
  • A panel discussion between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and environmental justice leaders on the role for innovation and technology to mitigate climate impacts on marginalized communities.
  • Speakers: Michael Regan, 16th Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. Beverly Wright, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice; Dr. Robert Bullard, Bullard Center for Environmental & Climate Justice; Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Lindsey Griffith, Clean Air Task Force; Kate Brandt, Google (moderator)

Pathways to Decarbonization in Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe

  • Local time: 13:00 – 14:00 | Event Video
  • While the European Union committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 as a bloc, within that bloc is a diverse array of economic, geopolitical, and cultural circumstances, with Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe facing their own unique circumstances than their Western and Northern neighbors. Europe is likely to require an expanded set of decarbonization pathways and climate solutions to match that diversity – allowing each region or country to chart their own path to decarbonization, particularly amidst growing concerns around energy security and affordability during the energy crisis. Join government leaders and energy experts from Southern and Eastern Europe to learn how an expanded suite of technology options including carbon capture and storage, nuclear energy, and low-emissions hydrogen can help ensure each has their own achievable pathway to net-zero emissions.
  • Speakers: Riccardo De Lauretis, National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, Italy; Michal Danhelka, Department of Energy and Climate Protection, Ministry of the Environment, Czech Republic; Milan Zvara, Ministry of Environment, Slovakia; Lina Nagell, Bellona; Michal Kurtyka, COP24 President, Poland;  Réka Sulyok, EUROPEUM; Alessia Virone, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Financing Africa’s Climate Agenda

  • Local time: 14:30 – 15:30 | Event Video
  • Climate finance is undoubtedly one of the African continent’s most significant challenges. Despite contributing little to climate change, African countries are already bearing the brunt of its consequences, and it is estimated that they will need $250 billion annually in conditional and unconditional financing between 2020 and 2030 to implement its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement. Current reported annual climate finance inflows to the continent, however, amount to only 12% of that amount. Join us for a presentation on the Africa Policy Research Institute’s new report on Climate Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa, followed by a panel discussion with technical experts on how existing global and national climate finance architecture can better respond to African countries’ climate agenda.
  • Speakers: Olumide Abimbola, Africa Policy Research Institute; Linda Ogallo, IGAD Climate Prediction and Application; Lily Odarno, Clean Air Task Force; Olufunso Somorin, African Development Bank; Yacob Mulugetta, University College London (moderator)

Friday, November 11

California Leadership in the Clean Energy Transition

  • Local time: 10:00 – 11:00 | Event Video
  • This year, California notched several historic policy wins aimed at advancing a zero-carbon economy, displaying a remarkable combination of ambition and pragmatism that builds on its decades of climate leadership. To achieve its ambitious goals, however, the state must rapidly expand and transform its infrastructure, and chart a comprehensive path towards decarbonization. Join us for a panel discussion with California state climate and energy officials on how California can achieve its climate goals and chart a pathway for the rest of the country – and the world – to follow.
  • Speakers: Bob Weickowski, Senator for the 10th District, State of California; John Laird, Senator for the 17th District, State of California; Dave Min, Senator for the 37th District, State of California; Clifford Rechtenschaffen, Commissioner, California State Public Utilities Commission; Lindsey Baxter Griffith, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Reimagining Global Energy Markets for a Zero-Carbon Future

  • Local time: 13:00 – 14:00 | Event Video
  • What do global energy markets look like in a zero-carbon future? Global low-emissions hydrogen demand is set to skyrocket in the years to come, presenting nations with substantial oil and gas reserves with a key opportunity to lead as global zero-carbon fuel suppliers — while regions like Europe can send important early demand signals. But one won’t happen without the other. This strong interdependence between producers and importers provides an opportunity for international collaboration and coordination – remaking global energy markets to better fit the needs of the future. Join us for a discussion with a global panel of stakeholders from industry, government, and civil society to discuss a new vision for a decarbonized, and secure and global energy market.
  • Speakers: Vicki Hollub, Occidental Petroleum (keynote); Yukihiro Kawaguchi, Carbon Neutrality for Manufacturing Sector, METI; Arshad Mansoor, EPRI; Julio Friedmann, Carbon Direct; Simon Benmarraze, IRENA; Olivia Azadegan, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

A Global Supplier of Zero-Carbon Fuels: How the Middle East and North Africa Can Embrace Climate Leadership

  • Local time: 14:30 – 15:30 | Event Video
  • As global decarbonization efforts intensify and geopolitical dynamics shift, the Middle East and North Africa regions have the opportunity to play a leadership role as global exporters of zero-carbon fuels. With their existing energy infrastructure and expertise, coupled with access to energy markets in Europe, Africa, and Asia, the region can transform itself into a global provider of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia, and an innovator in carbon capture and storage technology and upstream methane emissions controls with the right policy, market conditions, and international cooperation. Join us to explore how the Middle East and North African regions can seize the opportunity before them and transform themselves from suppliers of unabated fossil fuels into a climate-forward, global suppliers of abundant clean energy.
  • Speakers: Adam Sieminski, KAPSARC; Dr. Paul Noumba Um, World Bank; Daria Nochevnik, Hydrogen Council; Olivia Azadegan, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Africa Carbon Management Center for Excellence Reception

  • Local time: 16:30 – 18:00 | Event Video
  • Scheduled on COP27’s Decarbonization Day, this reception will launch and celebrate the new Africa Centre of Excellence for Carbon Management Technology and Innovation. Hosted by Nigeria, the Centre will aim to accelerate the de-risking and adoption of innovations essential to meeting decarbonization goals in Nigeria and other countries across the continent — helping to develop a thriving carbon management workforce and deploy carbon management technologies across the energy, industrial, and agricultural sectors.
  • Speakers: Lily Odarno, Clean Air Task Force; Dr. Peter Ekweozoh, Department of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Nigeria; Assistant Secretary Brad Crabtree, U.S. Department of Energy; Chief Henry Ikoh, Minister of State for Science, Technology, and Innovation, Nigeria

Saturday, November 12

The Future of U.S. Climate Action

  • Local time: 13:30 – 15:00 | Event Video
  • Over the past two years, the U.S. Congress has passed a series of historic bills which will collectively unlock hundreds of billions of dollars in investments in climate and clean energy solutions. As the current Congress draws to a close at the end of 2022, U.S. leaders are looking ahead to identify opportunities to spur deployment of advanced carbon-free energy and climate technologies and support durable climate policy in support of global efforts to fight climate change. Join us for a discussion with leaders from U.S. government and industry exploring promising pathways to U.S. climate leadership in the coming years, reflecting on recent efforts to pass the bipartisan Investment and Infrastructure and Jobs Act and highlighting new opportunities for progress. This event will include two back-to-back panel discussions focused on industrial decarbonization and clean electricity policy in the U.S. respectively.
  • Speakers: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech; Spencer Nelson, ClearPath (moderator); Chair Kathy Castor, U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis; Ali Zaidi, White House National Climate Advisor; Caroline Choi, SoCal Edison and Edison International; Jean Chemnick, E&E News (moderator)

Monday, November 14

Regional Carbon Capture Strategies in the U.S., EU, and Beyond

  • Local time: 10:00 – 11:00 | Event Video
  • Leading energy modelers at the IPCC and IEA have found that carbon capture and storage will play an essential role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and achieving global climate goals. Recent policy breakthroughs in the U.S., EU, and beyond have signaled strong support for the technology, but in order to unlock its true potential, countries will need to coordinate with one another on a cross-border and regional level, helping to facilitate the rapid expansion of carbon capture and storage around the world. Join us for an in-depth discussion between policy makers and experts from across world governments where we’ll identify key elements for successful region-centric carbon capture and storage strategies — and chart the course for commercializing this critical climate technology globally.
  • Speakers: Assistant Secretary Brad Crabtree​, U.S. Department of Energy (keynote); Dr. Julio Friedmann​, Carbon Direct; Fahad Alajlan​, KAPSARC; Beth Valiaho, International CCS Knowledge Centre; Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra​, Region GCCSI; Eadbhard Pernot, Clean Air Task Force; Lee Beck, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Unlocking Carbon Capture Finance in Developing Countries

  • Local time: 11:30 – 12:30 | Event Video
  • While carbon capture and storage is often discussed in the context of developed economies such as the U.S. and EU, carbon management technologies will be critical to decarbonizing developing economies that continue to expand non-renewable power generation, like China, Indonesia, and India. As we move toward centering the developing world in the global climate conversation, global leaders and institutions must adjust climate finance to enable funding for a full suite of technology options – including carbon capture and storage. Join us for an expert panel discussion with leaders from African and Asian governments and development banks focused on the state of carbon capture and storage in emerging economies, why carbon capture technologies will be necessary to help them decarbonize, and the ways international financial institutions can help drive rapid deployment.
  • Speakers: Guloren Turan​, GCCSI; Tim Dixon, IEAGHG; Kamel Ben-Naceur​, Nomadia Consulting; Lee Beck, Clean Air Task Force

Jump-Starting Methane Finance to Realize the Global Methane Pledge

  • Local time: 13:30 – 14:30 | Event Video
  • At COP26 in Glasgow, the U.S., UK, and EU spearheaded the Global Methane Pledge, an international commitment to collectively reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030. To date, 122 countries have signed the pledge, making it the largest display of ambition ever to reduce methane emissions. One year later, significant progress has been made, but there is much still to do, including making available the necessary finance to fully implement methane reductions globally. Join us for a panel discussion with experts from around the world to take stock of the Pledge’s success in mobilizing action on methane while identifying opportunities for financial institutions to increase funding opportunities and invest in cross-cutting capacity to accelerate action now.
  • Speakers: Laurence Blandford, WSP Canada; Chavi Meattle, Climate Policy Initiative; Rick Duke, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate, U.S. Department of State; Stephen Hammer, World Bank Group; Gareth Philips, African Development Bank; Stanley Igwebuike Ijeoma, Climate Strategies UK & Schrodinger Greentech; Kait Siegel, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Ambition to Action: Tackling Methane Emissions in the Americas

  • Local time: 15:00 – 16:00 | Event Video
  • Despite contributing just a fraction to the global total of greenhouse gas emissions, countries throughout Latin America are stepping up to reduce their methane emissions through innovative policies. Countries across these regions are turning Global Methane Pledge ambition into action and showing the world what meaningful methane mitigations look like. Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from these regions to discuss progress made so far and the barriers we must overcome to jump-start global progress to achieve the goals of the Global Methane Pledge.
  • Speakers: Carolina Urmeneta, Global Methane Hub; Jeremy Hewitt, Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, Canada; Camila Labarca, Ministry of Environment, Chile; Claire Wang, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; Chris Severson Baker, Pembina Institute; Gustavo Analis, CEMDA (moderator)

Tuesday, November 15

Unlocking Hydrogen: Pathways to Generating Clean Hydrogen at Scale and Building the Global Market for Zero-Carbon Fuels

  • Local time: 10:00 – 11:00 | Event Video
  • Hydrogen demand is expected to increase more than 500% by 2050 as the world turns its attention to decarbonizing sectors like steelmaking, shipping and high-temperature industrial heating. In order to meet that demand, we’ll need to pursue every climate beneficial pathway that offers promise – hedging against unforeseen obstacles to any given pathway and ensuring we have more tools at our disposal, not fewer. Learn from a panel of global experts focused on advancing clean hydrogen production through a wide variety of technologies, including renewable energy, nuclear energy, superhot rock energy (geothermal), methane pyrolysis, and gas reforming with carbon capture.
  • Speakers: Roeland Baan, Topsoe A/S; Andrew Bedford, Jacobs; Eric Ingersoll, Lucid Catalyst and TerraPraxis; Carlos Leipner, Clean Air Task Force; Terra Rogers, Clean Air Task Force; Jonathan Lewis, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Superhot Rock Energy: Tapping the Heat Beneath our Feet for Always Available, Carbon-Free, Renewable Energy

  • Local time: 12:00 – 13:00 | Event Video (Part 1); Event Video (Part 2)
  • Superhot rock energy is a visionary energy source deserving of investment, and yet almost entirely unrecognized in the decarbonization debate. With the right funding and policy support, it could revolutionize the global energy system by providing the world with cost-competitive, carbon-free, always available, renewable energy with low land use requirements — demonstrating a pathway to energy security without damaging the atmosphere. Join CATF and leaders from around the world for a presentation and panel discussion on how we can harness superhot rock energy, the role it can play in the carbon-free energy future, and how this revolutionary renewable energy source can be made possible with the right funding and policy support.
  • Speakers: Carlos Araque​, Quaise Energy; Tony Pink​, NOV Guðmundur Ómar Friðleifsson​; Hiroshi Asanuma​, AIST, Renewable Energy Research Center; Bailey Schwarz​, Eavor Technologies Inc​; Eric Ingersoll, LucidCatalyst, TerraPraxis, and Synergetic​; Terra Rogers, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Carbon Capture and Storage in the Caribbean Region

  • Local time: 14:00 – 15:00 | Event Video
  • Carbon capture and storage will be a critical part of an effective carbon management strategy for many nations around the globe, including countries in the Caribbean and other Small-Island Developing States. Join us for a conversation with experts from Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana who will share their progress on developing the technology in their countries, and what can be learned from their experiences.
  • Speakers: Sandra Fraser, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Andrew Jupiter, University of the West Indies; Dr. Donnie Boodlal, University of Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. David Alexander, University of Trinidad and Tobago; Denise Simmons, University of Guyana; Donneil Cain, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; Dr. Katherine Romanak, University of Texas; Tim Dixon, IEAGHG; Eadbhard Pernot, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Coal to Nuclear: Global Asset Transformation for a Zero-Carbon Future

  • Local time: 16:00 – 17:00 | Event Video
  • Around the world, economies are reckoning with the negative climate and public health impacts of emissions from coal-fired power plants. As the world pursues both emissions reductions and abundant, firm, reliable energy simultaneously, transforming coal-fired power plants to plants powered by carbon-free nuclear energy is emerging as an attractive prospect. Many are considering leveraging the existing infrastructure of coal power plants and replacing the power source with nuclear technology. Join us to learn from a panel of global experts about the key opportunities and challenges around transitioning power plants from coal to nuclear power – including its impacts on jobs, pollution, and local economies.
  • Speakers: Chris Levesque, Terrapower; Ana Birchall, Nuclearelectrica; Eric Ingersoll, LucidCatalyst and TerraPraxis; Clayton Scott, NuScale; Elina Teplinsky, Pillsbury; Carlos Leipner, Clean Air Task Force

Wednesday, November 16

Decarbonizing India’s Transport Sector: How Emerging Economies can Reduce Transportation Emissions Now

  • Local time: 10:00 – 11:00 | Event Video
  • Battery-based electrification of vehicles is a hugely important tool for decarbonization, but it will not work for all vehicles, nor will it work in every market – particularly in emerging markets like India where there is a wide range of electric grid capabilities, a wide diversity of vehicles, and a hodgepodge of fuels that power them. Vehicle electrification in these economies might play a comparatively limited role in emerging markets before 2035, but we must reduce emissions now. Join experts on transportation from India and other emerging economies for an in-depth discussion of the ways governments, transportation companies, energy suppliers, NGOs, and other stakeholders can help drive down transportation sector emissions in India over the next 10-15 years.
  • Speakers: Spurthi Ravuri, Center for the Study of Science, Technology, and Policy; Gopal Duleep, Clean Air Task Force; Lily Odarno, Clean Air Task Force; Jonathan Lewis, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Nuclear Energy: A Promising Pathway to Zero-Carbon Hydrogen at Scale

  • Local time: 11:30 – 12:30 | Event Video
  • Decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors like heavy duty transportation, marine shipping, and industrial processes is likely to require high volumes of zero-carbon fuels, namely hydrogen. But how can we generate enough hydrogen to meet demand? How can we ensure we’re doing so in a climate beneficial way? Nuclear energy offers various promising pathways to producing clean hydrogen at scale – including via low-temperature electrolysis, high-temperature electrolysis, and thermo-chemical processes. Each could produce high volumes of hydrogen without emitting carbon dioxide, all with a comparatively low land use footprint. Join world leaders and energy experts working to explore and advance nuclear hydrogen for a discussion on hydrogen production pathways and what kind of support is needed to tap into this promising pathway.
  • Speakers: Diane Cameron, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency; Kirsty Gogan, TerraPraxis; Wei Huang, International Atomic Energy Agency; Yves Desbazeille, Nuclear Europe

Beyond Biofuels: What it Will Take to Decarbonize Aviation

  • Local time: 13:30 – 14:30 | Event Video
  • Aviation – a hard-to-electrify sector – accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with its emissions set to triple by 2050 without a course correction. The sector has so far relied on biofuels to clean up its emissions, but new analysis finds we’ll need a much broader set of energy solutions to meet demand. So, how can we develop the full set of climate technologies we’ll need to decarbonize aviation? Join experts from across energy, aviation, and government for an in-depth discussion on what it will take to decarbonize aviation – and how governments around the world can help get us there.
  • Speaker: Jonathan Lewis, Clean Air Task Force; Clara Bowman, HIF Global; Anna Stukas, Carbon Engineering; Lee Beck, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Redefining EU Energy Trade and Partnerships: A Conversation Between Kadri Simson and Lee Beck

  • Local time: 15:00 – 15:30 | Event Video
  • The mounting energy crisis has made clear that the European Commission must advance climate action with an eye toward energy security, ensuring that the two goals strengthen one another. In this exclusive interview, European Union Commissioner Kadri Simson and CATF Senior Director for Europe Lee Beck discuss Europe’s vision for climate action in a complex world, covering EU energy trade and global energy partnerships — tackling the hard question of how Europe can ensure both emissions reductions and energy security.
  • Speakers: Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy; Lee Beck, Clean Air Task Force

Measure and Manage: How Science and Data Can Spur Action to Cut Methane

  • Local time: 15:30 – 17:00 | Event Video
  • We need strong policies and internationally agreed upon best practices to ensure the rapid reduction of global methane emissions, and technological advancements have opened the door to new possibilities for monitoring methane emissions. However, designing regulations requires a detailed understanding of emissions sources and reduction potential, and compiling and analyzing this information can be a significant barrier for countries interested in moving policies forward to reduce methane pollution. Join us for a discussion on the need for data to accurately assess methane emissions in key, high-emitting sectors, and learn how this data can help leaders across the world move quickly to reduce methane emissions and avoid irreversible climate tipping points.
  • Speakers: Jonathan Banks, Clean Air Task Force; Dan Grossman, Environmental Defense Fund; Mackenzie Huffman, Carbon Mapper; Laura Hutchinson, Rocky Mountain Institute

Thursday, November 17

Catalyzing Cost-Effective Hydrogen Imports in Europe

  • Local time: 10:00 – 11:00 | Event Video
  • 80% of global energy demand is currently met by unabated fossil fuels, with fuels projected to play a major role in powering many important sectors of the global economy for years to come. This makes transitioning from high-emitting fuels to zero-carbon fuels critical to addressing climate change. Amidst the current energy crisis, however, the European Commission recently announced that Europe will not be able to produce all the low-emissions hydrogen fuel it will need to decarbonize at the pace and scale necessary. Fortunately, promising pathways exist for the import of low-emissions fuels from outside of Europe. Join us for a presentation and panel discussion on how we can facilitate the cost-efficient transport of low-emissions hydrogen fuel to Europe — increasing the region’s energy supply, reducing reliance on Russian gas, and catalyzing a global market for low-emissions hydrogen.
  • Speakers: Peter Schniering, Future Cleantech Architects; Dr. Stefan Kaufmann, ThyssenKrupp; Dr. Tobias Zumbrägel, Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient;  Nikunj Panchal, KBR Sustainability Advisory; Magnolia Tovar, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

How Transnational Cooperation Can Enable Global Decarbonization in the Marine Shipping and Aviation Sectors

  • Local time: 12:30 – 13:30 | Event Video
  • Marine shipping and aviation are two of the hardest to decarbonize sectors, and international institutions like the ICAO and IMO are not acting aggressively enough to get the job done by midcentury. Policymakers in the United States, Europe, and potentially other jurisdictions have a clear opportunity to step in as first movers, developing transnational-aligned emissions reduction policies that can lead the world toward developing international standards and certifications. Join leading policymakers and experts on emissions and the global zero-carbon fuels market for a panel discussion on the ways transnational cooperation can chart the course for global decarbonization of some of the hardest to abate sectors in the world economy.
  • Speakers: Deputy Assistant Secretary Andrew Wishnia, U.S. Department of Transportation; MEP Jutta Paulus; European Parliament; Allyson Browne, Pacific Environment; Andrew Bower, Legislative Director, Rep. Lowenthal, U.S. House of Representatives; Jonathan Lewis, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

A New Approach to Carbon Dioxide Removal

  • Local time: 14:00 – 15:00 | Event Video
  • Leading climate models have made clear that the deployment of carbon removal to counterbalance hard-to-abate residual emissions is likely to be unavoidable if economies are to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Despite this, there is a considerable lack of high-quality carbon removal projects operating around the world, with many profiting from carbon offsets while removing little CO2 from the atmosphere. Join us for a panel with carbon removal experts to discuss how a new approach to carbon removal can more effectively move us towards our climate goals — one which places emphasis on setting clear national targets for removals, effectively regulates CO2 offsets, and establishes clear financing mechanisms.
  • Speakers: Dr. Oliver Geden, German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Dr. Helen Bray, Carbon Engineering; Mark Preston Aragonès, Bellona; Alexander Wielgos, Parliamentary Assistant to MEP Anna Zalewska, European Parliament; Eadbhard Pernot, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Global Hydrogen Hubs: Why We Need Them and How We Can Get Them Right

  • Local time: 15:30 – 17:00 | Event Video
  • Hydrogen is expected to play a significant role in achieving full, global economy-wide decarbonization, with the IEA projecting global hydrogen demand to increase by as much as 500% by 2050. Global hydrogen hubs will be key to catalyzing investment in downstream sustainable industries, and will serve as the nucleus for technical expertise, supply chains, and strong cleantech job creation. Transportation corridors between the hubs – served by hydrogen- and ammonia-fueled trucks and marine vessels – will accelerate development of a global hydrogen network. Join our panel of hydrogen experts from around the world to learn how global hydrogen hubs can catalyze clean hydrogen generation at scale while matching supply with demand in many hard-to-electrify sectors.
  • Speakers: Gilles Decan, Port of Antwerp-Bruges; Wayne Jones, MAN ES; Magnolia Tovar, Clean Air Task Force; Jonathan Lewis, Clean Air Task Force

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CATF hosted over 30 events and panels, and featured two weeks of thought leadership and timely programming focused on addressing the full scope of the climate challenge and advancing an innovative, region-centric, and pragmatic vision for an emissions-free, high-energy world.

Through panel discussions, interactive roundtables, fireside chats, and networking receptions, experts from across sectors and geographies assessed the economic and geopolitical realities of global decarbonization and considered the transformations necessary to advance the action needed for a zero-carbon future.

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