The Global Energy Challenge - A Corporate View

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Monday, April 3rd, 2017, 12:30 - 18:00
ETH Zurich, Main Building, Audimax (HG F 30)
Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

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The historical Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 by as many as 196 States, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. In October 2016, after a very swift process, the accord cleared the final threshold of 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions required for it to enter into force. Both developed and developing countries shall commit to ambitious emissions reductions, while the UNFCCC defines the rules of implementation and establishes a viable plan to provide financial support to developing countries to support climate action. International scientific, technological and financial co-operation is viewed as an element of crucial importance.

How are global corporations, institutional players and first-tier research institutions reacting to the new, global challenges in the energy sector? At this event, global stakeholders presented their visions and strategies, which then were challenged by ETH faculty members and researchers. This was followed by an open panel discussion, where the audience also had the possibility to challenge the panelists.     

Presentations were given by distinguished speakers from ABB, GE Power Services, Siemens Building Technologies, Shell and Swiss Re, including a presentation by the Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Dr. Laszlo Varro. The welcome speech was given by ETH President, Prof. Lino Guzzella and the Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Benoît Revaz  joined the panel discussion.


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Video recording

Radio interview with Thomas Liesenfeld (Siemens Building Technologies), Steven Hartman  (GE Power Services) and Prof. Nicolas Gruber (D-USYS, ETH Zurich). Radio SRF (April 4, 2017)


The Global Energy Challenge - A Corporate View (PDF, 9 MB)
Prof. Lino Guzzella – President ETH Zurich

 “A Digital Industrial View of the Global Energy Challenge” (PDF, 4.5 MB)
Steven Hartman – CTO GE Power Services
In discussion with: Prof. Vanessa Wood – D-ITET, ETH Zurich

“Powering Progress Together – Providing More and Cleaner Energy Solutions for a Changing World” (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Dr. Ajay P. Mehta – General Manager Long Range Research and New Energy Technologies, Shell
In discussion with: Dr. Daniel Sutter – D-MAVT, ETH Zurich

“Power Systems of the Future – an ABB View” (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Dr. Gerhard Salge – Global Head of Technology, Power Grids Division, ABB
In discussion with: Prof. Gabriela Hug – D-ITET, ETH Zurich

“Financial Risk Solutions in a Changing Energy Market” (PDF, 3.4 MB)
Dr. Juerg Trueb – Head Environmental & Commodity Markets, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
In discussion with: Prof. Stefan Wiemer – D-ERDW, ETH Zurich

“The Global Energy Challenge – an IEA View” (PDF, 10 MB)
Laszlo Varro – Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)
In discussion with: Dr. Stefan Pfenninger – D-USYS, ETH Zurich

“Energy in the Building Sector: Opportunities and Challenges” (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Thomas Liesenfeld – Director of Innovation Management
Siemens Building Technologies
In discussion with: Prof. Roy Smith – D-ITET, ETH Zurich

Panel Discussion

How will the interplay between policy making, global players and academia help shape the global energy landscape?

Benoît Revaz – Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy
Laszlo Varro – Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)
In discussion with:
Prof. Nicolas Gruber – D-USYS, ETH Zurich
Prof. Marco Mazzotti – D-MAVT, ETH Zurich
Prof. Tobias Schmidt – D-GESS, ETH Zurich
Moderator: Dr. Christian Schaffner – Energy Science Center, ETH Zurich

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