About the Webinar
The world is in a critical moment, facing unprecedented challenges to energy security, rising inflation and a narrowing time window to limit dangerous global heating. The current global energy crisis and conflict in Ukraine have exposed the stark reality and costs of prolonged dependency on volatile fossil fuels.
Without accelerating action to scale up wind and renewable energy in this decade, we will miss our global target of net zero emissions by 2050. Net zero roadmaps make it clear that a rapid end to coal, phase-out of other unabated fossil fuels and ramp-up of renewable energy are urgently required within this decade to achieve deep reductions in emissions across all economic sectors, and to keep a 1.5°C pathway within reach.
COP27 in November 2022 presents a unique opportunity for governments around the world to take decisive action on climate change, bolster energy security and make clear and practical commitments to a clean, secure and affordable energy system based on renewable energy.
This event is being held as an official side event of Climate Week NYC 2022.
How can countries accelerate their energy transformation to renewables and contribute to reaching a global net zero by 2050 target? What actions do we need to see by COP27 to secure decarbonization of the power sector in particular?
This event convenes key stakeholders from think tanks and the renewables private sector to answer these questions and share practical solutions and recommendations to help countries deploy renewables at an unprecedented scale, including through mobilizing policy, regulatory and financial resources for large-scale renewables investment and buildout.
This webinar also marks the launch of the Global Wind Energy Manifesto for COP27, which outlines 8 key action areas for policymakers to scale up renewables around the world.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (10:00 – 10:15 a.m. EDT)
- Dave Jones, Global Programme Lead, Ember
PANEL DISCUSSION, WITH LIVE AUDIENCE Q&A (10:15 – 10:55 a.m. EDT)
- Dave Jones, Global Programme Lead, Ember
- Juliana Kainga, Vice Chair, Electricity Sector Association of Kenya
- Alexandra Malone, Director of Corporate Affairs, SSE Renewables
- Thomas Dalsgaard, Partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
- Jon Lezamiz Cortazar, Global Head of Public Affairs, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
- MODERATOR: Joyce Lee, Head of Policy and Projects, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Dave has been an electricity analyst for 20 years and is leading Ember’s expansion beyond Europe. He is lead author for Ember’s Global Electricity Review.
From 2000 to 2013, he was working as a front office electricity trading analyst at German utility E.ON. He joined the non-profit Sandbag in 2014, where he was working on phasing out coal in Europe to 2020. In 2020, he helped to launch Ember, and has been helping to expand into three areas. First to set up an Asia electricity transition team, second to build Ember’s core electricity data team, and third to set up a new team to address methane leaks from coal mines.
Juliana is a Senior Business Development Manager at Enel Green Power, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor’s in Telecommunication Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She has worked in energy for over 7 years with her first role being in wind energy for a 100MW project in Kenya working for GE Energy.
She is currently working with Enel Green Power a global leader in renewable energy in business development undertaking projects in solar, hydro, geothermal and wind. Her current role covers projects in Eastern Africa and oversight on wind projects in West Africa. She is also Vice Chair of the Electricity Sector Association of Kenya (ESAK), an association that advocates for sustainable energy policies and solutions by private sector players.
Alexandra is Director of Corporate Affairs for SSE Renewables. She has global responsibility for policy development, stakeholder engagement, community and government relations, communications and brand. Previously she held several senior positions in Corporate Affairs and worked in SSE’s Energy Portfolio Management business.
Prior to joining SSE in 2012, Alexandra worked for the Government of Canada focussing on energy and climate policy. She holds a BSc from McGill University and a Master’s in Resource Management from Dalhousie University.
Thomas is a Partner in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. In addition to this, he is also chairman of the board of Dansk Retursystem and deputy chairman of Evida. Thomas previously served as EVP and CEO of the thermal power business unit of Ørsted for over a decade.
Prior to this, Thomas served as Head of Division, Ministry of Finance, Denmark, and also held a role as a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.
Jon is Global Head of Public Affairs at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), a leading global turbine manufacturer in the wind industry. He previously served as Africa Market Development Director and Global Public Affairs Director at SGRE.
Jon’s background lies in public affairs and law, having previously served as Senior Legal Counsel for Management & Control, Technologies, M&A and Business Development at Gamesa in Spain.
Joyce is Head of Policy and Projects at the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), and leads the policy positions for the trade body representing the global wind energy industry. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the IRENA Coalition for Action and the Bureau of energy think tank REN21. Joyce is experienced in political risk analysis and has completed numerous policy-focused stakeholder-mapping exercises, including for large international energy companies.