• Monday 20 Feb 2023
  • Tuesday 21 Feb 2023
  • Wednesday 22 Feb 2023
  • Thursday 23 Feb 2023

Monday 20 Feb 2023

08:30 - 09:30

Registration opens

Mon 08:30 - 09:30

09:30 - 12:30

OPENING CEREMONY + HIGH LEVEL PANEL. Renewable Energy, the Solution for Net-zero, sustainable Development, energy security and sovereignty - 2050 roadmaps start now!

Room N103+N104

9.30 – 11.00 Opening Ceremony (Event Driver: Lorenzo Milá)

9.30 – 9.45  Official opening

Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of the Government of Spain

9.45 – 9.50 Welcome address speech

Arthouros Zervos, President of REN21

9.50 – 10.45 High Level Discussion (Davos style): Renewable Energies to Navigate through the World of the Polycrisis: Walking the Talk on our Path to 2030

Moderator: Cristina Monge, political scientist and expert in governance for ecological transition

Francesco La Camera, Director General of IRENA
Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy of the European Commission
Teresa Ribera, Deputy Prime Minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge of Spain

10.50 – 11.00 Show cultural

11.00 – 11.45 Roundtable Energy Security: Opportunities and Challenges for a genuine Energy Union – the Energy pillar of the EU’s Open Strategic Autonomy

Keynote speaking (video): Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London

Moderator: Teresa Ribera, Deputy Prime Minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge of Spain

Rob Jetten, Minister of Energy of Netherlands
Virgil-Daniel Popescu, Minister of Energy of Romania
Ana Gouveia, Secretary of State of Energy of Portugal
Henrik Andersen, CEO of VESTAS

11.45 – 12.30 Roundtable Net-zero

Keynote speaking: Ren Jingdong, Vice Administrator of National Energy Administration of China

Moderator: Sara Aagesen, Secretary of State of Energy, Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge of Spain

María Neira, Director, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organisation
Mohamed Benyahyia, Secretary General of the Ministry for the Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of Morocco.
Heike Henn, Director Energy, Climate and Environment at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
Paul Heithersay, Chief Executive of the Department for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia

Mon 09:30 - 12:30

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break

Mon 12:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30

1A Rethinking our Energy Supply: Renewables, energy security and geopolitics

Joan Groizard (Mod.), Tomas Kåberger, Margalita Arabidze, Grace Karanja, Anna Shpitsberg, Rafael MateoRoom N101

Moderator: Joan Groizard, IDAE

Tomas Kåberger, Renewable Energy Institute
Margalita Arabidze, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable - Georgia
Grace Karanja, Nakuru County
Anna Shpitsberg, U.S. Department of State

Renewables are crucial to overcome the fossil fuel crisis and enhance energy security in both the short and longer terms. Energy importers will be able to meet higher shares of their own demand, and some may even become exporters. Yet, shifting to renewables is not just a fuel switch but requires deep structural transformation across all parts of the economy. This session will showcase how renewable energy can reshape strategic realities and policy considerations. It will also address the changes that the development and use of renewables can bring to energy geopolitics.
Mon 14:00 - 15:30

2A Renewables for Industry

Sabine Froning (Mod.), Iskander Buranov, Antonio López-Nicolás Baza, Gokce Mete, Alexandra Tudoroiu-Lakavičė, Paloma Sevilla, David Trebolle, Ali ZeroualiRoom N102

Moderator: Sabine Froning, Communication Works

Iskander Buranov, Larsen & Toubro Construction
Antonio López-Nicolás Baza, European Commission
Gokce Mete, Global Hydrogen Stakeholder Platform
Alexandra Tudoroiu-Lakavičė, Cogen Europe
Paloma Sevilla, AELEC
David Trebolle, Protermosolar
Ali Zerouali, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN)

Industry is responsible for roughly one-third of the world’s final energy consumption. Industry is a crucial end-use sector that must be engaged to achieve high shares of renewables to drive the energy transition. It is also facing serious challenges related to energy security and rising energy costs. Renewable energy, in its different forms, is a solution to these challenges. This session will showcase pioneering solutions for industries with different needs, explore the relationship between energy and industrial policies, and look at what needs to happen to mainstream renewable energy solutions in industry, ranging from small to large scale.
Mon 14:00 - 15:30

4A Can renewables solve energy poverty?

Ewah Eleri (Mod.), Ana Rovzar, Pilar Sevilla, Gurbuz Gonul, Rafael SolisRoom N105

Moderator: Ewah Eleri, International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development Nigeria

Ana Rovzar, RES4Africa Foundation
Pilar Sevilla, Energias sin Fronteras Foundation
Gurbuz Gonul, IRENA
Rafael Solis, EDP Renewable

Energy poverty can be found in all conditions where there is a lack of – or difficulty in affording – adequate, reliable, quality, safe and environmentally sound energy services. The current energy crisis exacerbates these injustices. This session will discuss the repercussions of the energy crisis on the most vulnerable populations and provide evidence on how renewable energy solutions contribute to eliminating (energy) poverty.
Mon 14:00 - 15:30

3A Local Value Creation: Building inclusive economies

Wangari Muchiri (Mod.), Laura Martin Murillo, Ali Zerouali, Vanesa Martos Pozo, María Prado, Jad BabaRoom N106

Moderator: Wangari Muchiri, GWEC

Laura Martin Murillo, Just Transition Institute, Spain
Ali Zerouali, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN)
Vanesa Martos Pozo, ECREEE
María Prado, Greenpeace Spain
Jad Baba, REN21

The economic rationale of renewable energy is a key incentive for local communities to become involved in the energy transition. Substituting imported fossil fuels or final energy with renewables creates opportunities for employment and economic development. This session will demonstrate how renewables can create local value and explore new approaches to ensure that this value creation is not limited to select parts of the community or economic sectors.
Mon 14:00 - 15:30

5A Beyond Technology: Using social innovation to accelerate the shift to renewables

Laura Williamson (Mod.), Tshering Tobgay, Bernd Riedel, Damaris Agweyu, Xavier Garcia-CasalsRoom N117

Moderator: Laura Williamson, REN21

Tshering Tobgay, People's Democratic Party in Bhutan
Bernd Riedel, Ellery Studio GBR
Damaris Agweyu, WeAfrica
Xavier Garcia-Casals, IRENA

Social innovation and policy innovation must be paired with technological innovation to ensure the deep structural transformation needed. Social innovation can support increased energy democracy and citizen participation and develop innovative approaches to increase the uptake of renewables. This session will explore how innovation can create a supportive environment and build social acceptance of renewable energy. It will also examine how policies can foster such solutions.
Mon 14:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 16:00


Mon 15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30

1B Beyond market reform: Strengthening supply chains to scale-up the renewables sector

Rana Ghoneim (Mod.), Meghan O'Sullivan, Henok Assefa, Rishabh Jain, Margarita de Gregorio, Joan BatallaRoom N101

Moderator: Rana Ghoneim, UNIDO

Meghan O'Sullivan, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Henok Assefa, Precise Consult
Rishabh Jain, CEEW
Margarita de Gregorio, GEOPLAT/BIOPLAT
Joan Batalla, SEDIGAS

With even industry leaders reporting eye-watering losses due to soaring prices and disruptions in the supply chain, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the criticality of dependencies in technology and manufacturing. For renewables to become the backbone of our global energy system, we need to not only ramp up generation capacity and develop grid infrastructure, but also build up full industrial value chains and innovate. The session will explore needs and strategies to escape the current supply chain paralysis. (Note: this session focuses on manufacturing, while session 3.C focuses on the new rulebook as regards restrictions for materials, rare minerals and land use, and session 5.E on the circularity of materials.)
Mon 16:00 - 17:30

2B Renewables for Agriculture

Meghan Sapp (Mod.), Irini Maltsoglu, Pedro Barato, Ishtiaq A Chisti, Ibrahim Togola, Paula SantosRoom N102

Moderator: Meghan Sapp, Planet Energy SL

Irini Maltsoglu, UN FAO
Pedro Barato, Triguero Asociacion Agraria Jovenes Agricultores ASAJA
Ishtiaq A Chisti, USAID
Ibrahim Togola, Mali Folkecenter
Paula Santos, UNEF

The agriculture sector is a key economic sector and an important driver of socio-economic development. Access to reliable and affordable energy is vital to enable growth in the sector, as energy helps to increase yields, add value, reduce losses and improve market access. This session will examine how to meet growing renewable energy needs in agriculture – including for machinery, irrigation, heating and cooling, fertilizer, etc. – in an inclusive manner and discuss key actions to scale up renewables. It will also showcase innovative solutions for the mixed use of land for farming and renewables.
Mon 16:00 - 17:30

4B Changing Energy Governance: Communities and cities shifting to renewables

Tabaré Curras (Mod.), Joel Yongoua Nana, Lea Ranalder, Veronica Arias, Chris Radojewski, Daniela Mastrangelo, Ainina SofiaRoom N105

Moderator: Tabaré Curras, WWF

Joel Yongoua Nana, Sustainable Energy Africa
Lea Ranalder, UN Habitat
Veronica Arias, Coalicion de Ciudades Capitales de las Americas (CC35)
Chris Radojewski, Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA)
Daniela Mastrangelo, City Representative
Ainina Sofia, Energy Action Partners

Local communities and cities play a central role in the energy transition by shaping urban infrastructure planning, traffic regulations, social housing, street lighting, etc. However, they are often constrained by a lack of money and human resources, and they encounter numerous structural barriers such as a lack of power, conflicting national legislation, litigation by fossil fuel interests, citizens’ priorities etc. This session will showcase good and bad practice examples, discuss how to overcome governance barriers, and formulate concrete demands on how to bring citizens into the centre of the decision-making process.
Mon 16:00 - 17:30

3B The Renewables Transition: Turning Crises into Economic Opportunities

Maruxa Cardama (Mod.), Laura Corcoran, Philip Turner, Minoru Takada, Zeina Khalil Hajj, Sayuri Chetty, Benoit BizetRoom N106

Moderator: Maruxa Cardama, SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, low carbon transport

Laura Corcoran, Aptech Africa Ltd
Philip Turner, UITP
Minoru Takada, UNDESA
Zeina Khalil Hajj, 350.org
Sayuri Chetty, ICLEI Africa
Benoit Bizet, Royal Danish Embassy in Paris

The current global crises – energy, climate– can be used as a turning point towards a cleaner and more secure future based on renewables. Affordable, stable access to energy supply has become a locational advantage in attracting industries. This session will explore the different types of economy-wide opportunities that come with renewables –from export to local development– and how these can be ramped up.
Mon 16:00 - 17:30

5B Disrupting the Fossil Fuel Reality: Using innovation to shift to renewables

Sabine Froning (Mod.), Majd Mashharawi, James Walsh, Jerome Kusters, Paul Kellett, Hussein MogaibelRoom N117

Moderator: Sabine Froning, Communication Works

Majd Mashharawi, Sunbox
James Walsh, Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa
Jerome Kusters, TSC
Paul Kellett, UN U4E (united for efficiency)
Hussein Mogaibel, ISDB

Continued innovation in renewables is not guaranteed. Push and pull are needed including through policy support, development of incubators and accelerators, etc. This session will showcase successful strategies to foster game-changing innovation and how to scale this innovation up to market maturity via practitioners, such as renewable energy start-ups, scientists and intergovernmental organisations.
Mon 16:00 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:00

Day’s Learnings: Perspectives

Room N103+N104

Mon 17:30 - 18:00

18:00 - 19:30 Community Events

Hacia una Transición Energética eficiente en las Islas


Los sistemas energéticos de los territorios no peninsulares presentan unas características específicas, distintas a las áreas continentales, por lo que es necesario establecer medidas concretas para impulsar su Transición Energética.

El efecto insular implica que los costes de generación de energía y el desarrollo de las iniciativas de energías renovables deben ajustarse a sistemas eléctricos de menor tamaño, con una mayor fragmentación y una menor disponibilidad de territorio.

Mon 18:00 - 19:30

Empowering Lives and Livelihoods: Renewables for Adaptation USD 1-Billion Financing Facility to Reinforce Resilience in Agri-Food and Health Value Chains with Renewable Energy (A COP28 Initiative)

United Arab Emirates (UAE)N102

The UAE and IRENA are jointly organising the session to raise awareness and support for the COP28 initiative for governments, philanthropy, foundations, trusts, charitable funds, and businesses in climate, renewables and sustainability to be an integral part of the initiative.

Mon 18:00 - 19:30

The Role of Bioenergy in Spain and Beyond

World Bioenergy Association (WBA)N105

The event will gather experts to share examples of biomass heat as a renewable option in industries and residential end-use sectors. After presenting the role of bioenergy globally and in Spain, representatives from companies offering services to industries and collective residential heating will share their experience implementing biomass heating solutions.

Mon 18:00 - 19:30

What Community Power Needs

World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)N114

The event will present, from practitioners’ viewpoints, the barriers which hinder a more decentralised and citizen-focused energy supply. Speakers will highlight the situation on the Iberian peninsula, and identify barriers as well as opportunities of community and citizen-based renewable energy economies.

Mon 18:00 - 19:30

Enabling Regulatory Mechanisms for Seamless Integration of RE in Transport

SLOCAT / World Resources Institute (WRI)N115

This panel discussion will bring stakeholders from the private and public sectors to identify enabling regulatory measures that ensure seamless integration of EV into grid and RE charging. Partner representatives from the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia project will present India's case study, adding examples from Spain and other countries.

Mon 18:00 - 19:30

Lessons Learned in Rapid Decarbonization of Power Sectors

NREL, operating agent for 21st Centrury Power Partnership, on behalf of Clean Energy Ministerial Power WorkstreamsN117

This high-level panel will explore highlights of the report "Lessons Learned in Rapid Decarbonization of Power Sectors," a collaborative effort of the 21st Century Power Partnership that encapsulates key learnings from planning, building, and operating decarbonized power systems over the past decade.

Mon 18:00 - 19:30

Tuesday 21 Feb 2023

08:30 - 09:30

Registration opens

Tue 08:30 - 09:30

09:30 - 10:30

HIGH LEVEL PANEL. Renewable energy for social and economic development for all

Anna Shpitsberg, Gloria Magombo, Alicia Montalvo, Kandeh Yumkella, Nelson Lage, Paolo Frankl, Ibrahim Yacoubou, Romeo MikautadzeRoom N103+N104

Moderator: Ana Belén Sánchez, ITJ Advisor

Anna Shpitsberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State
Gloria Magombo, Secretary for Energy and Power Development, Ministry of Energy and Power Development of Zimbabwe
Alicia Montalvo, Manager of Climate Action and Positive Biodiversity, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
Kandeh Yumkella, Advisor, Ashinaga
Nelson Lage, President European Energy Network (EnR) and President of the Portuguese Energy Agency (ADENE)
Paolo Frankl, Head of Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Ibrahim Yacoubou, Minister of Energy and Renewable Energies of Niger
Romeo Mikautadze, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

Tue 09:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00


Tue 10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:30

1C Ramping up Renewable Energy Deployment: The indispensable building block

Sabine Froning (Mod.), Paolo Frankl, Julia Souder, Ramon Mendez Galain, Miquel Muñoz Cabré, Ramon Fiestas, Gianni ChianettaRoom N101

Moderator: Sabine Froning, Communication Works

Paolo Frankl, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Julia Souder, LDES
Ramon Mendez Galain, Asociacion Ivy
Miquel Muñoz Cabré, SEI
Ramon Fiestas, GWEC
Gianni Chianetta, Global Solar Council

To stay below 1.5 degrees global warming, the world’s economies must increase the speed of renewable energy uptake by the factor six, both through accelerated electrification of transport and heat, and more direct use of renewables. The aim of the session is to think boldly about how to lead transformative change and to discuss the radical measures needed for renewables to unleash investments, provide the bulk of the world’s energy needs by the end of the decade, and ultimately, change the current trajectory towards a dystopian future.
Tue 11:00 - 12:30

2C Renewables for Transport

Maruxa Cardama (Mod.), Harry Lehmann, Joel Yongoua Nana, Mike Enskat, Aparna VijaykumarRoom N102

Moderator: Maruxa Cardama, SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, low carbon transport

Harry Lehmann, Director PTX Lab – Lausitz“ – Chairperson World Council for Renewable Energy
Joel Yongoua Nana, Sustainable Energy Africa
Mike Enskat,  GIZ
Aparna Vijaykumar, WRI

Transport contributes around one-quarter of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Stronger action on renewable energy (e.g. electricity, e-methane, green hydrogen) must be part of a systemic approach to decarbonising passenger and freight transport, ranging from urban transport to rail and shipping. This session will examine developments in the different transport sub-sectors, focusing on road transport, responsible for 80% of the sector’s 𝐶𝑂2 emissions, and will explore how governmental and non-governmental actors can work together more effectively.
Tue 11:00 - 12:30

4C Renewables Leading the Transition: Just, equitable, distributed, inclusive

Irene Giner-Reichl (Mod.), Christian Rakos, Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, Victor Viñuales, David Arinze, Marilyn Smith, Julie Beaulieu, Yann DumontRoom N105

Moderator: Irene Giner-Reichl, Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE)

Christian Rakos, World Bioenergy Association
Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez
, SEforALL
Victor Viñuales, ECODES
David Arinze, Global Focal Point – SDG7 Youth Constituency
Marilyn Smith, Energy Action project
Julie Beaulieu, Student Energy
Yann Dumont, ASEALEN

Putting a rapid end to the fossil fuel era offers unprecedented opportunities to create just, equitable, distributed and inclusive economies. Based on visionary approaches and concrete examples, this session will call out the abuses and identify critical factors, potential pitfalls and scalable solutions to make sure that the renewables transition delivers.
Tue 11:00 - 12:30

3C The New Rules of Renewable Energy Supply Chains

Thomas Nowak (Mod.), Richard Day, Jarrod Lyons, Christopher Dent, Marta San RománRoom N106

Moderator: Thomas Nowak, European Heat Pump Association

Richard Day, South Australia - Department for Energy and Mining
Jarrod Lyons, Atlantis
Christopher Dent, Edge Hill University
Marta San Román, AFEC

With the world’s insatiable hunger for ever more energy, the renewable energy sector must think long and hard about strategies to overcome potential limitations in its supply chains. Constraints include competition for land use, rare minerals and natural resources, human rights as well as trade rules that may impede the use of local content and development of local and regional supply chains. This session will identify risks and impacts to the sector’s operations, the hazards of commodity dependence and discuss how to change the “rules of the game”.
Tue 11:00 - 12:30

5C Consumer Trends in Goods and Services Markets: Building strategically on ESG to accelerate renewables

Mariana Castano-Cano (Mod.), Jerome Kusters, Ida Krabek, Andrea Wainer, Santiago Gómez RamosRoom N117

Moderator: Mariana Castano-Cano, 10 Billion Solutions

Jerome Kusters, TSC
Ida Krabek, Ørsted
Andrea Wainer, REN21
Santiago Gómez Ramos, APPA

A global build-out of renewables at the scale required will have major impacts across sectors, society and the natural world. Using environmental and social governance (ESG) can help the energy sector and investors understand the positive and negative impacts associated with renewable energy investments. This session will explore how financing institutions and businesses can strategically build on ESG to accelerate the deployment of renewables, creating value-added and ensuring social acceptance.
Tue 11:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break

Tue 12:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30

1D Grids and Infrastructure: The backbone of renewable energy systems

Antonella Battaglini (Mod.), Jaquelin Cochran, Beatriz Corredor Sierra, Maria José Espírito Santo, Yin BoRoom N101

Moderator: Antonella Battaglini, Renewables Grid Initiative

Jaquelin Cochran, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Beatriz Corredor Sierra, Redeia
Maria José Espírito Santo, Directorate-General of Energy and Geology of Portugal
Yin Bo, GEIDCO Europe Office

In many regions there is still reluctance to move away from fossil fuels, fearing that the variable nature of wind and solar generation will cause problems for regional energy supplies. This session will show that achieving grids with high renewable energy shares (even 100%) are possible and discuss the parameters needed to facilitate these high shares in both distribution and high-voltage grids, from the perspective of grid operators and users. It will also explore the diverse challenges in making power grids fit for renewables – such as complex, multi-level approval systems (United States), problems siting transmission lines (Germany), barriers to investment (Vietnam), costly and lengthy procedures for connecting projects to the grid, i.e., offshore and onshore wind power (globally), and the role of storage.
Tue 14:00 - 15:30

2D Renewables for Buildings

Lea Ranalder (Mod.), Thomas Nowak, Peter Lundberg, Andrea Voigt, Nilce Gregoret, Luis CabreraRoom N102

Moderator: Lea Ranalder, UN Habitat

Thomas Nowak, European Heat Pump Association
Peter Lundberg, Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association
Andrea Voigt, Danfoss
Nilce Gregoret, Leader of the 100% RE project in Avellaneda - Argentina
Luis Cabrera, ANESE

A key pillar to achieving decarbonisation is integrating renewable energy sources into buildings and their direct surroundings. Various policies and renewable technologies can reduce demand and provide many, if not all, of the energy needs of individual buildings and small communities. Co-benefits can include improvements in the indoor climate, reductions in energy poverty and an increase in quality jobs. Based on practical examples and varying perspectives, this session will explore the interface between renewable energy, architecture, building materials and identify levers to accelerate the uptake of renewables in the buildings sector, including cultural, regulatory, technology and financial aspects.
Tue 14:00 - 15:30

4D Engaging Citizens from the Bottom-Up

Niels Reise (Mod.), Kossi Afelete Atigaku, Elifadhili Shahidi, Erica Wu, Montserrat Mir, Rohit SenRoom N105

Moderator: Niels Reise, Communication Works

Kossi Afelete Atigaku, PADIE
Elifadhili Shahidi, CAN Tanzania
Erica Wu, Student Energy
Montserrat Mir, ITUC’s Just Transition Centre
Rohit Sen, ICLEI

Citizen engagement is central to integrating renewable energy across our economies and society. Putting people at the centre can help overcome even the most radical opposition to the implementation and use of renewables. It helps ensure that citizens benefit concretely from renewable energy projects – financially, morally and beyond the energy service itself.
Tue 14:00 - 15:30

3D Mind the Gap: Job offers and skilling

Mariana Castano-Cano (Mod.), Nawal Al-Hosany, Thomas André, Diana Junquera Curiel, Irene Giner-Reichl, Oleguer FuertesRoom N106

Moderator: Mariana Castano-Cano, 10 Billion Solutions

Nawal Al-Hosany, UAE, Directorate of Energy & Climate Change
Thomas André, REN21
Diana Junquera Curiel, ITUC’s Just Transition Centre
Irene Giner-Reichl, Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE)
Oleguer Fuertes, ASIT

As many as 10.3 million jobs in energy efficiency and renewables could be created globally by 2030. This means that a successful shift to renewable energy requires a massive expansion of the skilled workforce in electrical engineering, heating and cooling technology, energy advice, computer science, and supporting services such as business management and community relations. At the same time, youth unemployment remains high, especially in many developing countries. How do we train and skill this workforce at the scale and speed needed? What innovative approaches and alliances could be formed to overcome the gaps and turn the renewable energy transition into a massive engine for skilling and job creation?
Tue 14:00 - 15:30

5D Digitalisation to Speed up the Energy Transition

Martin Hullin (Mod.), Alfredo Parres, Juan Diego Díaz, Luis Marquina, Carlos Vila, Carmen González Muriano, Elena DodevskaRoom N117

Moderator: Martin Hullin, Datasphere Initiative

Alfredo Parres, Hitachi Energy
Juan Diego Díaz, AEE
Luis Marquina, AEPIBAL
Carlos Vila, Iberdrola
Carmen González Muriano, AFEC
Elena Dodevska, TSC

Digitalisation is improving the safety, productivity, accessibility and sustainability of energy systems. It can help integrate variable renewables by enabling grids to better match energy demand. Storage and digitally enabled demand response can reduce curtailment. Blockchain allows consumers to order electricity directly from a neighbour’s solar PV installation. This session will explore different aspects of digitalisation – from artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things, to blockchain – in the renewable energy value chain and how these can contribute to accelerating the uptake of renewables.
Tue 14:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 16:00


Tue 15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30 Community Events

Good practices in ecological and socio-economic integration of energy initiatives

Global Solar Council (GSC) / Spanish PV Association (UNEF)N101

Energy transition demands the application of best practices in renewables, integrating socio-economic and environmental aspects to ensure people and nature are the core of decision-making toward resilient and green economies. The session will showcase the Spanish Certification of Excellence in Sustainability to promote high-quality standards and innovation in solar photovoltaics.

Tue 16:00 - 17:30

100% Renewable Cities and Regions: Argentina, Indonesia and Kenya

ICLEI - Local Governments for SustainabilityN102

This session will present perspectives from local governments from the Global South on the challenges and opportunities involved in implementing a sustainable energy transition, including the ambitious goal of 100% renewable energy use across all sectors.

Tue 16:00 - 17:30

Gender Equality: A critical pathway for a sustainable and inclusive energy transition

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)N105

The main objective of this session is to showcase the opportunities the just energy transition presents to catalyse gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, generating multiple development benefits, and the needs for such processes to purposedly develop target approaches to integrate women as agents of change.


  • Ms. Ana Belen Sanchez, Just Transition Adviser, Minister’s Cabinet, Ministerio de Transición Justa y Reto Demográfico, Spain.
  • Ms. Ifeoma Malo, Co-founder and CEO, Clean Technology Hub, Nigeria.
  • Mr. Duccio Maria Tenti, Policy Specialist Energy and Climate Change, Rome Centre, UNDP.
  • Ms. Madeus Miguel Gausi, Afrika Youth Caravan Delegate.
  • Ms. Irene Giner-Reichl, Senior Advisor at Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET).
  • Mr. Dean Cooper, Global Energy Lead, Global Climate and Energy Practice, World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Tue 16:00 - 17:30

Renewable Energy to achieve universal access to energy

Mesa para el Acceso Universal a la EnergíaN106

Tue 16:00 - 17:30

The critical role of Marine Energy in the sustainable energy transition - supported by international standards and certification

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)N114

The session will provide a summary of marine energy developments in Spain and globally, along with examples of the critical role that IEC Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems play in reducing risk, increasing confidence, and enabling the industry's growth.

Tue 16:00 - 17:30

Mobilisation of Finance to Achieve SDG7 in Africa – Launch of the 2022 AEEP Report on Financial Flows

Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)N115

High-level experts will discuss financial flows to SDG7 in Africa and how Africa and Europe can work jointly to achieve access to affordable energy for all by involving governments, the private sector, and civil society.

Tue 16:00 - 17:30

Australia: A successful integration of substantial and increasing levels of variable renewable energy

Clean Energy Council (CEC)N117

A standout case study in Australia’s rapid clean energy transition can be found in South Australia, where – through both necessity and vision – the state has achieved the feat of operating its electricity system on 100 per cent renewables for days at a time.

Tue 16:00 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:00

Day’s Learnings: Perspectives

Room N103+N104

Tue 17:30 - 18:00

18:00 - 19:30 Community Events

Vientos de futuro: el diálogo para el desarrollo inclusivo de la eólica

Vientos de FuturoN101

  1. Punto de partida: debate social dividido
  2. El futuro de los jóvenes y las energías renovables
  3. El ecoturismo y la dinamización del rural
  4. El desarrollo de la eólica como palanca para la investigación en renovables
Tue 18:00 - 19:30

Mesa de diálogo del Cambio Climático y Energía: La experiencia de Navarra

Mediación NavarraN102

Jornada expositiva sobre la experiencia desarrollada en Navarra para generar un modelo de transición energética consensuado entre todos los actores vinculados al cambio climático y a la energía (Empresas promotoras de energías renovables, empresas distribuidoras de energías, clúster, administración pública, plataformas medioambientales, plataformas sociales, asociaciones ganaderas y de agricultores, etc.) mediante el trabajo colaborativo.

Tue 18:00 - 19:30

Alliance for a Just Energy Transformation (AJET) – A collaborative discussion on shaping the Alliance’s strategy and its implementation

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)N105

This event will bring together organisations who have an interest to take action related to Just Energy Transition and work with others to share knowledge, build on existing activities, co-ordinate, and collaborate. It will consider the practical needs to address and propose priority activities for the AJET Alliance.

Tue 18:00 - 19:30

Faster and further with HEAT PUMPS: decarbonizing heating, cooling and hot water

European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) / Air Conditioning Equipment Manufacturers Association (AFEC)N106

This session will present benefits of heat pumps as a key technology to current energy efficiency and decarbonisation targets, and as a reference for public/private actors involved in the electrification of economy to increase the use of renewables for energy security and strategic autonomy.

Tue 18:00 - 19:30

How to Scale Minigrids and Score a Climate Win-Win

Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) / HuskN117

This interactive session (with no presentations) will focus on tracing a roadmap for RE minigrids to reach their full potential, with insights from experts about scale, speed, and sustainability, including finance, policy, and innovation. It will also highlight the importance of minigrids in the context of climate action and finance.

Tue 18:00 - 19:30

Wednesday 22 Feb 2023

08:30 - 09:30

Registration opens

Wed 08:30 - 09:30

09:30 - 10:30

HIGH LEVEL PANEL. Energy and industrial policies to mainstream renewables

Celine Reymonnet, Rana Adib, Ciyong Zou, Jose Donoso, Ali Zerouali, Ramon Mendez GalainRoom N103+N104

Moderator: Joan Groizard, Director-General IDAE

Celine Reymonnet, Secretary General: Western Europe and Overseas, Akuo Energy
Rana Adib, Executive Director, REN21
Ciyong Zou, Managing Director of Technical Cooperation Services Directorate, UNIDO
Jose Donoso, Chairman, Global Solar Council
Ali Zerouali, Head of Cooperation & International Development, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN)
Ramon Mendez Galain, Former Energy Minister, Uruguay

Wed 09:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00


Wed 10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:30 Community Events

¿Las ciudades hacen de su parte?

Greenpeace, Ecologistas en Acción, WWF España, Amigos de la Tierra y SEO/BirdLifeN101

• Antonio Muñoz Martínez, alcalde de Sevilla y presidente de la red de ciudades por el Clima de la FEMP.

Moderador: Miguel López, SEO/BirdLife
• Laura Feijoo, directora técnica de ECOOO Energía Ciudadana
• María Prado, Responsable de Campaña de Renovables y Transición Energética
• José Alberto Alonso, vocal de ICOMOS España
• Joan Herrera, director de Acción Ambiental y Energía, Prat de Llobregat

Wed 11:00 - 12:30

Launch of the Global Landscape of Renewable Energy Finance 2023

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)N102

This event will present insights from IRENA and CPI’s Global Landscape of RE Finance 2023, including trends in investment by technology and sector, region, source of finance (public and private), and financial instrument. The role of public funding in driving investments will be discussed, particularly in developing countries that increasingly struggle to attract investments.

Wed 11:00 - 12:30

Technology pathways for decarbonization of energy intensive industries

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)N105

The session will examine the status of readiness of different technologies for industrial decarbonisation, share examples and best practices for enabling the development of new technologies, and discuss how government policies can create the right pull mechanisms to boost innovation and deployment.

Wed 11:00 - 12:30

Stakeholders’ Role in the Electricity Grid Infrastructure Planning

Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI)N114

This interactive session will raise awareness about the importance of stakeholder engagement in grid planning, and the equally valuable views of all stakeholders. The audience will have the possibility to learn and exchange different stakeholder engagement measures and experiences in grid planning with project partners.

Wed 11:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break

Wed 12:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30

1E Building Energy Resilience: Large centralised vs. distributed systems

Ute Collier (Mod.), Dipti Vaghela, Doug Arent, Pablo Valverde, Karim Selouane, Neeraj KuldeepRoom N101

Moderator: Ute Collier, IRENA

Dipti Vaghela, Hydro Empowerment Network
Doug Arent, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Pablo Valverde, International Hydropower Association
Karim Selouane, Resallience
Neeraj Kuldeep, CEEW

The DNA of renewables – their global availability and decentralised nature – can increase the resilience of energy systems. Renewables can improve technical resilience to the impacts of climate change, ensure sufficient access to stable energy sources (e.g., avoiding blackouts and brownouts) and provide flexibility. This session will challenge conventional concepts such as the need for and superiority of centralised baseload power stations and the supposed lack of reliability of systems based on variable renewable energy.
Wed 14:00 - 15:30

2E Electricity, Hydrogen and Low Thermal: The interplay

Adam Brown (Mod.), Thierry Lepercq, Bram Claeys, Diana SündermannRoom N102

Moderator: Adam Brown, Energy Insights Ltd

Thierry Lepercq, Soladvent
Bram Claeys, Regulatory Assistance Project
Diana Sündermann, TÜV Nord

The science in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is crystal clear: speculative technological fixes (carbon capture and storage, hydrogen) are no substitute for real efforts to eliminate fossil fuel use. Only systemic transformations and scaling up both energy savings and all renewable energy carriers can secure a safe, healthy and liveable planet. In this session, different renewable energy representatives will “pitch” their solutions, and a Danish case study will illustrate the interplay among these energy carriers.
Wed 14:00 - 15:30

4E Stopping the Exodus: How Renewables Can Make People Stay

Rana Adib (Mod.), Leonardo Hervás Hermida, David Lecoque, Mohammed Jibril, Asma Rouabhia, Eunbyeol Jo, Asunción RuizRoom N105

Moderator: Rana Adib, REN21

Leonardo Hervás Hermida, CIDE
David Lecoque, Alliance for Rural Electrification
Mohammed Jibril, Energizing Agriculture Programme, a program implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency in Nigeria
Asma Rouabhia, Tunisa
Eunbyeol Jo, SFOC
Asunción Ruiz, SEO/BirfLife

Rural migration to urban locations is a constant almost everywhere in the world. As people move to cities, life in rural communities becomes harder. There are fewer and fewer jobs, declines in infrastructure development, and reductions in access to critical services such as health care and education. This session will show how renewables can bring back dignity and quality of life to rural and indigenous communities and motivate (especially) younger generations to stay. It will also identify ways to create the necessary ecosystem of technology, financing, policies and engagement.
Wed 14:00 - 15:30

3E The Case of SMEs: Driving change outside globalised markets

Victor Marcos (Mod.), Jad Baba, Ewah Eleri, Celine Reymonnet, María de Pablo, Adriana RodriguezRoom N106

Moderator: Victor Marcos, IDAE

Ewah Eleri, International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development Nigeria
Jad Baba, REN21
Celine Reymonnet, Akuo Energy
María de Pablo, Triodos Bank
Adriana Rodriguez, Climate Strategy


Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play key roles in innovation and bringing renewable energy technologies to market. These organisations have knowledge of local markets and can participate in particular in small equipment manufacturing activities, installation, civil works, retail and maintenance. This session will explore how the growth of renewables can catalyse new entrepreneurial ecosystems. It will highlight opportunities for SMEs, their importance in local value creation and how they can/should be supported.
Wed 14:00 - 15:30

5E End-of-life: Circularity in renewables

Mariana Castano-Cano (Mod.), Deborah Ohui Nartey, Jinlei Feng, Sharon Gil, Elif Can SenerRoom N117

Moderator: Mariana Castano-Cano, 10 Billion Solutions

Deborah Ohui Nartey, Footprints Africa
Jinlei Feng, IRENA
Sharon Gil, UNEP
Elif Can Sener, Clemson University

Circularity in renewable energy materials is key to minimise resource use and embedded carbon while growing the sector. It is also a building block to greater self-sufficiency and supports the development of supply chains. This session will highlight promising approaches to increase the reuse and recycling of materials for and from renewable energy technologies to inspire wide-scale implementation and innovations.
Wed 14:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 15:45


Wed 15:30 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:15

CLOSING CEREMONY: Continuous acceleration to be 2050-ready

Miriam Bueno (Mod.), Helena Viñes, Kane Thornton, Danny KennedyRoom N103+N104

Moderator: Miriam Bueno, MITECO

Helena Viñes, CNMV (Spanish financial markets regulator)
Kane Thornton, Clean Energy Council
Danny Kenedy, New Energy Nexus

Closing speech by Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.

Wed 15:45 - 17:15

Thursday 23 Feb 2023

09:00 - 19:00

Site visits

Thu 09:00 - 19:00