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Weekly Agenda
Monday 15 March 2021
SET100 Pitches SET100 Pitches

On its fifth edition, the Start-Up Energy Transition (SET) team is proud to showcase the top 100 international start-ups from the 2021 SET Award competition. 543 start-ups from 89 countries applied in five different categories to pitch their solutions to tackle climate change and enhance the energy transition.

Join us as we welcome some of this year’s SET100 start-ups in several rounds of SET Pitches!

 
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Organized by German-African Business Association

Das Erreichen der Klimaschutzziele und die Reduzierung der globalen CO2-Emissionen sind ein zentrales Anliegen sowohl für die deutsche Politik als auch für die deutsche Wirtschaft. Bei der Diskussion um Klimaschutzmaßnahmen sollte über eine nationale Perspektive hinaus auch der Blick auf den afrikanischen Kontinent gerichtet werden.
In vielen afrikanischen Staaten herrscht enormer Bedarf bei der Energieversorgung, Industrialisierung und Infrastruktur. Während der afrikanische Beitrag zu den globalen CO2-Emissionen im Vergleich zu anderen Regionen auf der Welt noch sehr gering ist, ist der Kontinent gleichzeitig am stärksten von den Folgen des Klimawandels betroffen. Wirtschaftliches Wachstum und Entwicklung in Afrika sollten daher möglichst klimafreundlich gestaltet werden. Die Bedingungen auf dem Kontinent für Erneuerbare Energien sind ideal. Für die deutsche Wirtschaft besteht als Vorreiter im Bereich der Erneuerbaren Energien großes Potenzial und ein verstärktes unternehmerisches Engagement deutscher Firmen kann dazu beitragen, die afrikanische Energieversorgung innovativ, nachhaltig und klimafreundlich zu gestalten.

 
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Organized by the German Energy Solutions Initiative

Showcasing flagship projects from around the world implemented with energy solutions made in Germany. International business partners share their experience in working together and are ready to answer your questions.
Within the Berlin Energy Week, the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) host an official side event to talk about best practice examples for international cooperation.
Join the global network and connect with people from around the corner or the other side of the world!

Flagship projects in Africa - Kenia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda
The aim of this panel discussion is to demonstrate that renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies offer extremely varied and innovative solutions. German companies and international operators of flagship projects will discuss benefits and challenges in the implementation of reference projects and their impact in the countries.

For further questions and registration, please contact Norma Kemper via kemper@german-energy-solutions.de or click here:

We're looking forward to meeting you virtually!

Guided Tours Guided Tours

ENERTRAG provides all services related to renewable energy. We efficiently bring together electricity, heat and mobility for all areas of life. As an energy producer with an annual production of 1.68 million MWh and a service network with over 1,125 wind turbines, we know from personal experience what is important for our customers. With more than two decades of experience in Europe, our 680 employees combine all the skills required for the successful operation and efficient maintenance, as well as citizen-oriented planning and reliable construction of wind turbines, grids, and even complete integrated power plants. We are always one energy ahead - whether in sector coupling, local stakeholder investment models or need-based night-beaconing.

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Lition is a digital energy supplier, which connects consumers directly with local producers of renewable energies. Lition combines deep knowledge about the energy sector and technology. With its highly skilled, driven and passionate team Lition make changes happen. With its disruptive business approach and flexible technology environment, Lition creates solutions which cut out inefficiencies and shift the power to the consumer.

 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Organized by GIZ

Phasing-out coal is not a simple endeavor. The challenges in the coming years are manifold. There is the question of creating sustainable and socially acceptable and economic change without jeopardizing energy security, while also benefitting from new market growth and job potentials. At the same time, the energy systems need to be modernized to integrate potentially higher shares of fluctuating renewable energies. In this side event, representatives from yet coal-dependent countries will discuss the different possible options of reducing the role of coal in the energy systems against the background of the benefits and challenges associated with this transition.

 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Organized by German-African Business Association

Hydrogen is not only an important factor for the European Union to reach its climate goals, additionally it has the power to unlock untapped potential across various sectors. Germany is determined to play a major role in boosting a global hydrogen market and has put a partnership with the African continent on the Agenda with a green hydrogen project in partnership with Morocco. The expansion of renewable energy sourcing in Africa will favour the development of green hydrogen and will enable African economies to compete in a global hydrogen market.
What role will Africa play in achieving Germanys hydrogen strategy and what will the development of a global hydrogen market mean for African economies? What framework is needed in African countries in order to push the development of RE on the ground? Can we realistically speak about transporting energy from Africa to Europe or is that a far-fetched vision?

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Raffinerie Heide is a mobility and heating supply partner for northern Germany and a project partner of the WESTKÜSTE100: The creation of a regional hydrogen economy on an industrial scale, including a 30 megawatt electrolysis plant for the production of green hydrogen, transport it in the gas network, use it in industrial processes and to interlink different material cycles within the existing infrastructure. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as the first hydrogen project within the framework of the “reallabs of the energy transition” program with 30 million euros.

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INERATEC provides modular chemical plants for Power-to-X and Gas-to-Liquid applications and supplies sustainable fuels and products. Hydrogen from renewable electricity and greenhouse gases like CO2 are converted into e-kerosene, CO2-neutral gasoline, clean Diesel or synthetic waxes, methanol or SNG.

The innovative reactors provide a high load flexibility as well as quick start-up and shut-down times. Therefore, the reactors are perfectly suitable for fluctuating renewable energy applications, e.g. wind or solar. Additionally, with this reactor concept a cost-efficient, modular numbering-up approach instead of a risky technology scale-up becomes possible, meaning that standardized modules are multiplied to reach higher capacities instead of a traditional scale-up.

Official Side Events Official Side Events
 
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Organized by GIZ & GWNET

This virtual meeting aims to connect regional/national women in energy networks from all around the world to discuss key issues faced by these networks, exchange best-practices and brainstorm about future joint activities. GWNET is already collaborating with national/regional networks from all around the world to empower women in energy. Additional networks operating in the Energy Partnership countries and globally will be invited to join the meeting.

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Instagrid is a provider of portable battery storage to simply create mobile power infrastructures. The start-up from Ludwigsburg was founded in 2018 by Dr. Sebastian Berning and Dr. Andreas Sedlmayr, who are the managing directors of the company. Instagrid has developed the world’s most advanced portable power pack to replace highly polluting petrol and diesel generators. The product offers simple, flexible and emission-free access to grid-like power for professionals on the move. Instagrids robust solution far exceeds the technical specifications and capabilities of what is available on the market today. Compact and lightweight design, low operating costs and emission-free, making it easier to work at temporary locations.

B2G Forum with the German industry B2G Forum with the German industry

This Business-to-Government Dialogue fosters exchange between the German and Canadian energy industry as well as high-ranking government officials. In this year’s session the focus will be on hydrogen as a major driver to decarbonize economies. Canada and Germany both outlined hydrogen strategies in 2020. The strategies comprise elements of hydrogen production, local hydrogen economies and international trade of hydrogen. Join the session on global supply and demand for hydrogen and follow the discussion of leading energy corporations and government representatives on the opportunities and challenges to establishing a global hydrogen economy. Find out how Canada and Germany will move ahead to 2030 and beyond.

 

 
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Organized by VBI

The “Verband beratender Ingenieure” is Germany’s leading association of independent planning and consulting engineers. It combines close to 2000 consulting companies of all sizes from small freelance workers to large multinational corporations with thousands of skilled experts. The members of the association solve problems of technical, economic and ecological problems through excellence and experience.
In this workshop members of the German Association of Consulting Engineers will present their work in renewable energy production with a special focus on hydrogen creation, transportation and storage. The presenters include some of Germany’s biggest engineering companies in the field of planning and execution of energy infrastructure with an extensive resume in large international projects. Each company will give a 15-minute presentation to highlight and explain key projects. The total length for the workshop is projected to be 90 minutes.

SET100 Pitches SET100 Pitches

On its fifth edition, the Start-Up Energy Transition (SET) team is proud to showcase the top 100 international start-ups from the 2021 SET Award competition. 543 start-ups from 89 countries applied in five different categories to pitch their solutions to tackle climate change and enhance the energy transition.

Join us as we welcome some of this year’s SET100 start-ups in several rounds of SET Pitches!

Tuesday 16 March 2021 - CONFERENCE DAY 1
Africa AfricaAsia AsiaEmissions EmissionsFinance FinanceHydrogen HydrogenInnovation Innovation
 
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Hall "Weltsaal"

Arguably no other crisis facing us today is as all-encompassing as the changing climate. Every country, every age group, every level of society is threatened by the manifold adverse effects of climate change. Only by marshalling a truly global and collective effort to contain these developments can we guarantee a prosperous and secure future. This task concerns everyone, everywhere. That is why the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue invites policymakers, industry representatives, young generational leaders, and civil society to exchange ideas and views on these issues. This year, the conference will be opened by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas and the Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier. The opening keynote speech will be held by the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and young climate activists from all over the globe: Vanessa Nakate, Climate Activist, Fridays for Future Uganda & Brianna Fruean, Climate Activist & Pacific Climate Warrior, Samoa/New Zealand.


Emissions EmissionsFinance FinanceHydrogen Hydrogen
 
9:45 am - 10:30 am
Hall "Weltsaal"

On the path to climate-neutrality by 2050, the coming decade plays a crucial role. There is a need to undertake decisive steps for decarbonization and significantly accelerate the energy transition politically, economically and socially in the coming decade. This includes the effective and widespread implementation of renewable energy technologies in all end-uses, including green hydrogen, but also the implementation of frameworks for green investments, activities and the inclusion of civil society in shaping and driving the Energiewende. This panel seeks to explore what the decade to 2030 needs to contribute to a successful quest for climate neutrality by 2050.


Finance FinanceInnovation Innovation
 
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Hall "Weltsaal"

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are uniquely positioned to steer the global energiewende. They meet virtually on the “green sofa” to discuss the current state of the energy transition and will present their latest numbers on RES on a worldwide scale.

The IEA has put accelerating clean energy transitions at the heart of its work, leveraging its full capabilities to support the realisation of a secure, affordable and people-centred transition.

IRENA, equipped with a global mandate to enable energy transitions, drives the strategic shift towards sustainable energy by providing cutting-edge knowledge, advice and support on technologies, investments, policies and markets.


Finance Finance
 
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic induced a serious collapse in national GDP growth rates. Governments face unprecedentedly high levels of debt, thus putting a strain on their capacity to introduce public stimulus measures to revitalise the economy. This situation, combined with the persistent challenge of climate change, calls for innovative financing tools from capital markets to green the recovery. 

Labels for socially responsible investments (SRI), sustainability indexes (such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index) … What are the most efficient tools of the finance sector to stimulate post-Covid green growth? How can the private sector embrace these new growth opportunities and implement decarbonisation measures that trigger additional investments? This session will touch upon the available financial mechanisms to promote greener investment strategies that pave the way from policy targets to private measures.


Emissions EmissionsHydrogen HydrogenInnovation Innovation
 
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Hall "Europasaal"

The industrial sector is both a global economic powerhouse and a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for roughly one-third of global GHG emissions. In order to further accelerate the decarbonization process, one major task remains greening the industry, especially the “hard-to-abate” sectors. Key areas of transformation are energy intensive industries such as steel, cement and basic chemicals. Challenges include the transition from conventional to advanced carbon-negative manufacturing processes and other breakthrough technologies, the provision of large amounts of renewable electricity and carbon-neutral hydrogen as well as the establishment of the necessary infrastructure, e.g. for green hydrogen and sequestered carbon dioxide. Another area is the interplay with the energy grid, where the industry sector has huge potential for flexibility through Demand-Side-Management (DSM). This session will explore potential measures aimed at “greening” industrial processes by means of energy efficiency gains, regulatory mechanisms and, where possible, direct use of renewables through greater market competitiveness and availability.


Emissions EmissionsInnovation Innovation
 
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

Electricity markets were created in the last century for a world powered by fossil energies and they do not work very well for a power system based largely on intermittent RES. Today, electricity networks worldwide are experiencing dramatic increases in demand as well as in terms of RE capacity increments. They need to urgently adapt simultaneously to several new megatrends and challenges, including the increasing electrification of economies and the digitalisation of societies as well as quickly diversifying methods of carbon-neutral power generation and storage.

Part of reaching the goal of carbon neutrality lies in digitising power markets through many of the same methods that have allowed us to digitise and integrate modern financial markets. This deeply impacts the energy sector, connecting everybody to everything, and creating many new market opportunities. A main goal must therefore be to avoid misalignments and systemic frictions between the integration of renewables and existing market coordination modules, including the wholesale market, the retail market, and network regulation. Coherence across policy areas is essential and the point is that unless there is a favourable market design that is flexible, inclusive and dynamic, it will be difficult to develop digitised green power business models and rapidly deploy services. This represents a bit of a chicken and egg problem.

This session will provide an overview of the opportunities associated with the digitalisation of increasingly diversified and carbon-neutral electricity markets and the main challenges to realising these opportunities. Smart market designs help to seize those opportunities, f.i. with prosumer models. But there are also risks, such as new monopolies. How can these new paradigms be combined to accelerate the energy transition?



The global energy transition can only be achieved if we acknowledge the diversity of its actors. The energy sector continues to be male-dominated, whereas women are still under-represented especially in upper management positions in companies, politics and science. Therefore, women in top-level positions are often less connected with peers than their male counterparts are.

By gathering female energy experts from various international networks, the Women's Lunch aims to strengthen the impact of female actors in the energy transition, by providing a platform where they can share their experiences and connect.

This initiative is jointly organised by the German Energy Agency and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) on behalf of the German Federal Government.

 

 
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

Emissions EmissionsFinance Finance
 
4:10 pm - 4:55 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

Renewable energy and climate ambitions can be boosted by a strong cooperation between Canada, the EU and the US as well as other key actors in the transatlantic region. Those ambitions will include scaling of RES targets, but also coordination on emissions trading, carbon pricing and taxation. There is a possibility to build on the “Transatlantic Climate Bridge”, which was established in 2008 with the aim of jointly tackling the challenges. With the new White House administration re-joining the Paris climate agreement and new energy partnerships being formed by the German government with key countries in the Americas, transatlantic leadership in the fight against climate change is gaining new momentum. This session will explore the depths of that cooperation to come.


Emissions EmissionsFinance Finance
 
5:10 pm - 5:40 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

To date, more than 40 countries in the world have introduced a carbon pricing mechanism, either in the form of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme. 75% of these countries' emissions are priced at less than €8 per tonne of CO2 eq. However, achieving carbon neutrality in the near future requires raising this price to at least €62/tonne of CO2 eq. ($75), as estimated by the International Monetary Fund. On the other hand, the prospect of an increase in the price of carbon involves the risk of carbon leakage, i.e. a relocation of emitting activities to regions with less strict legislation. In addition, the great majority of the emissions trading schemes cover only the energy and industry sector, thus raising the question of the applicability of such schemes to other sectors. 

This session aims at exchanging lessons learnt on CO2 pricing mechanisms across the world and discussing how to extend their scope. It addresses endeavours such as the planned European Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and the introduction of emissions certificates in the German heating and transport sector. In short, it tackles the question of how to make trade sustainably climate neutral.


Emissions Emissions
 
5:10 pm - 5:40 pm
Hall "Europasaal"

The building sector, and in particular the building stock, is a significant factor when it comes to carbon emissions worldwide. According to the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, the sector accounts for 38% of all energy-related CO2 emissions when adding building construction industry emissions.

Direct building CO2 emissions must be cut in half by 2030 in order to reach net zero carbon building stock by 2050. Inefficient buildings waste a lot of energy. Heating and cooling buildings consumes enormous amounts of energy and has low shares of renewable energy. When we discuss the energy transition today, we think primarily of electricity and mobility, but we rarely consider the building sector. A worldwide energy transition without 100% renewable heating and cooling will be impossible. The change has yet to come - how can we achieve this?

Many states have launched 'green recovery' plans that factor in the building sector on the path toward reducing emissions following the Covid-19 crisis. The EU CO2 reduction strategy (Renovation Wave) is the first continental decarbonisation programme for the building stock and aims to both improve the energy efficiency of buildings and speed up the integration of renewables. At what pace does this process need to be realised in order to help the sleeping giant quickly get on its feet? What are the implications for policies, industry and workforce? This session will provide an overview of the current global situation in the building sector.

The speakers will speak from the perspective of efficient buildings, on the one hand, and on the other hand from the perspective of the (climate neutral) energy sector.


Hydrogen HydrogenInnovation Innovation
 
5:55 pm - 6:40 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

One of today’s most important challenges is the decarbonization of the economy. Within just a few decades, all our energy needs will have to come from carbon-free sources. This will require huge changes in little more than a single generation, and will demand innovative solutions, technologies and policies. Hydrogen plays a crucial role in making this fundamental change to our energy systems.

If the world acts to prevent the climate emergency from becoming a catastrophic reality for the next generations, the global hydrogen economy of the future will be massive.

Our discussion will shed a light on the opportunities and challenges of hydrogen in the green economy.


The concept of the evening reception is ‘Multiperspectivity 2050: Joint Challenge meets Innovative Solutions’. An interactive and engaging “Talk Show” on Climate Change, where different perspectives from exceptional speakers will be discussed, debated and defended in order to address the plethora of challenges and potential solutions to climate action. The diverse contributions towards climate neutrality and related issues will help us acknowledge and dive into the multiperspective approach, which is required for a comprehensive, inclusive and successful energy transition.

The evening reception will feature the official announcement of the 2021 Start-Up Energy Transition (SET) Award finalists. For the last five years, the SET Award has recognised more than 50 of the most innovative start-ups from all around the world and their ground-breaking solutions to fight climate change and drive the energy transitions forward.

Finalist presenters include:

  • State Secretary Andreas Feicht, Federal Forein Office
  • Dr. Angela Wilkinson, CEO, World Energy Coucil 
  • Dr. Hinrich Thoelken, Director Climate and Energy Policy and Digital Transformation, Federal Foreign Office
  • Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Wednesday 17 March 2021 - CONFERENCE DAY 2

Conference Welcome


Innovation Innovation
 
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Hall "Weltsaal"

In 2015, the Agenda 2030 was adopted by 193 Member States of the United Nations. It sets 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a transition towards less inequalities, less poverty and more solutions to tackle climate change. The SDGs consist of 169 concrete targets to be carried out effectively by 2030. But how are these global goals concretely translated into local action? With a focus on the energy transition, this session will present successful initiatives all over the world which have taken upon themselves to implement the global goals.


Africa Africa
 
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Hall "Weltsaal"

The Africa – EU partnership is one of the key priorities of the EU Commission. The EIB is one the major investors for sustainable infrastructure in Africa. As close neighbours, the two continents have massive opportunities for cooperation, especially in the field of energy, and not only in solar, but in all renewable energy technologies. The African continent is set to experience strong economic and population growth within the next decade and it is in both continents’ interest to steer that economic growth towards a green transition. At the same time, the lack of access to clean energy is still considered the biggest obstacle to economic and social justice. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the growing urgency of the climate crisis show at the same time how interdependent Africa and Europe are. This panel explores ways to strengthen the partnership between Africa and Europe and the role of the EIB and solar energy.


Emissions EmissionsInnovation Innovation
 
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Hall "Weltsaal"

The global Covid-19 pandemic can in many ways be compared to climate change after pushing the “fast forward” button. It has had an enormous impact on virtually everybody’s health, well-being, and in many cases on their financial and labour market prospects as well However, the younger generation is particularly adversely affected by these developments. Covid-19 has made it clear how quickly and how comprehensively a global crisis can affect all of our lives, penetrating deeply into the private sphere. Are there lessons to be learned from this global crisis?

The Covid-19 crisis impressively shows how much our fight against it depends on solidarity on all levels of society. The global pandemic, like the climate catastrophe, does not stop at national borders.

Health and environmental crises hit the most vulnerable members of our societies particularly hard. What can we do to encourage more solidarity among all ages, all sectors, and all countries to tackle the arguably even more serious long-term crisis of climate change?

The United Nations Development Program’s "Peoples' Climate Vote" conducted by the University of Oxford reflects the opinions of over half of the world's population. Sixty-four percent of people believe climate change is a global emergency, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When it comes to age, younger people (under 18) were more likely to say climate change is an emergency than older people. Nevertheless, other age groups were not far behind, illustrating how widely held this view has become.


Innovation Innovation
 
11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

Electricity is today at the heart of modern societies and economies, providing a rising share of energy services. The global shift towards an intensifying electrification of functions and lifestyles has gathered considerable momentum in past years. It is considered today to be a megatrend of the new century, one that accelerates the green energy transition, but also involves certain risks.

The share of heating and cooling in global final energy consumption is still higher than the use of electricity. And the carbon intensity of traditional fuels makes the heating industry switch to green gases. A special challenge resides in the building sector with its long investment cycles and relative inertia to rapid change. Also, strategies for the green energy transition and decarbonisation of global societies need to avoid single-edged dependencies on specific energy carriers and rather foster diversification and system redundancy, be it at local, national, continental or intercontinental levels.

This session explores the limits of mass electrification in selected sectors. Can electricity fully replace today’s transport as well as heating and cooling technologies, which are still mostly based on fossil fuels? And what about differentiated strategies for industrialised and developing countries?


 
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Hall "Europasaal"

The organization and the control of energy supply is one of the most critical topics for the security of human societies. Interdependency between sectors and across national infrastructures is critical, especially as the trend towards sector-coupling and international energy distribution gains traction. The ever-growing complexity of national and international energy systems is also increasingly mapped digitally, which should simplify the future interplay between the relevant actors.

Implementing ambitious energy transition policies requires collaboration by the many stakeholders in each country and internationally between governments, as well as across industries, civil societies and supranational organisations. Collaborative partnership is the cornerstone of any global strategy towards carbon neutrality. Be it in state economies or market economies, nation states have important, but varying roles to play in the process, as both actors and moderators.

The session will explore the synergies and tensions between state-based action, private industry, and the role of regions and supranational organizations in the context of extremely fast-changing energy market environments.


 
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

The global Energiewende is an endeavour that requires global participation. For years, energy projects that are run or managed by citizens and/or communities/cooperatives have developed all around the world, very early in countries such as Germany and Costa Rica and more recently in countries such as Bangladesh. Citizen energy projects are important to include civil society in the Energiewende and to increase overall support. Public support for the energy transition is a crucial driver for governments to implement efficient energy transition policies and for businesses to invest and innovate in the renewable energy sector. Energy communities bear the potential to foster regional cooperation, not only nationally but also internationally and can be important drivers for regional development.

However, regulations vary between countries and energy communities are therefore confronted with differing obstacles and opportunities. The new European REDII regulation is the first supranational legislation on this issue and has the potential of facilitating the formation and work of energy communities.

This session seeks to explore different types of people energy projects and their role in regional energy policies and regional development. Furthermore, the state of policy support for these projects, opportunities and obstacles to their work will be assessed. It will also be examined whether these projects could become an international phenomenon.


Emissions EmissionsFinance FinanceInnovation Innovation
 
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Cities will need to accommodate two thirds of the world’s population in a liveable, low-carbon environment by 2050. As city populations grow, the demand for services but also pressure on resources will increase. This demand puts a strain on energy, water, waste, mobility and any other services that are essential to a city’s prosperity and sustainability.

Cities also offer clear opportunities to reduce emissions and develop climate-resilient future infrastructure. 

This session will shed a light on the shaping of smart and liveable cities, as a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses.


Hydrogen Hydrogen
 
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Hall "Europasaal"

In the international context, energy has always been a key issue due to national interests and security. The abundance of oil and gas in an energy exporting country and the dependency on the import of fossil fuels in the recipient country heavily influence their economic and political relations. Meanwhile, the reality of climate change is forcing the international community to explore cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy, which may lead to a reshuffling of traditional energy partnerships and impact international trade relations. With the rise of technologies for renewable energy generation, new structures of cooperation and competition are emerging. Especially the production of and demand for green hydrogen as an alternative fuel and as a method of storing energy has the potential to change international relations based on resource abundance and technological capabilities. New players are entering the global energy market, especially countries with an abundance of renewable energy sources and producers of electrolysis technology. However, international fossil fuel infrastructure, such as pipelines and storage tanks, could become assets for the reliable transport and distribution of green hydrogen. How will countries respond to and capitalize on this reconfiguration of international energy relations?


Innovation Innovation
 
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

The world of transportation is undoubtedly in the midst of major disruption and facing unprecedented challenges on multiple fronts. The need to develop solutions that reduce emissions from our communities while keeping people moving is all too clear and crucially this goes hand in hand with supporting the clean energy transition.

Today’s transport and energy challenges require a holistic approach. Our discussion will bring comprehensive solutions built on several pieces of a mobility jigsaw puzzle: better urban planning, reduction and optimisation of our mobility needs, digitalisation, new business models, shared economy, behavioural changes and electrification.


Finance FinanceInnovation Innovation
 
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Hall "Europasaal"

Innovative energy solutions are vital to achieving the sustainability targets that will ensure a green future. Technological innovation, pushed by public and private expenditures on research and development, is a major driver for this change. With this, effective financing of start-ups and innovators plays an important role. This panel will delve into how private and public funding can be successfully channeled towards technologies and business models to combat climate change. The panelists will also explore specific good practice examples to illustrate how public and private funding drives innovation forward and what start-ups need to look out for when accessing it.


 
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

 
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

Africa AfricaAsia AsiaEmissions EmissionsFinance FinanceHydrogen HydrogenInnovation Innovation
 
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Hall "Weltsaal"

The Green Recovery is a broadly used term nowadays. People and states put their hopes in the concept in order to both achieve their renewable energy and climate targets and overcome the economic downturn due to Covid-19 pandemic. But also in the longer run a structural change towards a greener and more sustainable economic system is needed in order to ensure both adequate living conditions for every species on earth and economic prosperity.

How can we integrate green structures into our economic systems? How can Covid-recovery measures trigger a strong momentum for green growth? Which measures need to be undertaken? What is the role of the energy transition in that regard?

This closing session seeks to explore these questions and to draw conclusions, by looking at it from a scientific point of view. It is also a wonderful opportunity to give an outlook and to take a look back at the different topics of the conference and examine their validity for bringing a green structural change in our economic systems.


Africa AfricaAsia AsiaEmissions EmissionsFinance FinanceHydrogen HydrogenInnovation Innovation
Thursday 18 March 2021
 
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Organized by BEE e.V. & GIZ

The “BETD Media Fellows – Connecting Journalists” conference will take place on March 18th with the option to “hop in, hop out”, accounting for the different time zones of the participants. As official BETD side event, knowledge exchange, exclusive one-on-one’s with policymakers and green innovators, skills workshops and networking are set to be the main foci of this conference – tailored to the needs of the BETD Media Fellows.

 

 
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Organized by INETTT

Many countries and companies worldwide have committed to net zero targets / climate neutrality by the middle of this century or soon after. With their declining costs, wind and solar power will play a fundamental role in driving this transformation towards net-zero emissions in the energy systems worldwide. The current trend towards electrifying transport, heating, and industry also represents a unique opportunity for a clean energy transition across sectors. Along with key options such as powerfuels (green hydrogen), this trend helps integrate ever greater shares of variable renewables and accelerate the decarbonisation of the wider energy system.
This think-tank roundtable will provide insights on climate-neutral strategies, pathways, and actions, including the possible role of green hydrogen from the point-of view of a network of leading energy transition think-tanks. Experts from Japan, South Korea, Germany, South Africa and Indonesia will present national roadmaps to decarbonize the energy sector, discuss the role of electrification and hydrogen towards a climate neutral future, as well as address the economic benefits and challenges of the transition in the context of the post-COVID recovery.

 

SET100 Pitches SET100 Pitches

On its fifth edition, the Start-Up Energy Transition (SET) team is proud to showcase the top 100 international start-ups from the 2021 SET Award competition. 543 start-ups from 89 countries applied in five different categories to pitch their solutions to tackle climate change and enhance the energy transition.

Join us as we welcome some of this year’s SET100 start-ups in several rounds of SET Pitches!

 
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Organized by Swedish Energy Agency

For too long the climate discussion has focused on companies, cities and counties only as sources of emissions. The result is a problem driven innovation approach that result in a static perspective where the future is seen as identical to the one we have now, but without emissions. It is time to shift towards the solution providers that embrace the fourth industrial revolution and deliver what is needed in society in resource efficient ways.

This session will present the work in Mission Innovation to identify and quantify 1.5C compatible innovations and different stakeholders at the forefront of the fastest industrial transformation humanity have ever experienced. This change will happen regardless as we live in the 4th industrial revolutions, but due to the climate crisis we must accelerate the transition and guide it towards sustainability.

Beside an overview of the Mission Innovation framework and how it can be used by investors, cities, incubators, start-ups and larger companies leading stakeholders will present what is changes are to be expected in the near future and is already being prepared… As Willian Gibson said, “the future is already here —It's just not very evenly distributed”.

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STIEBEL ELTRON – a company full of energy: Stiebel Eltron is an internationally operating Group and is among the global market and technology leaders in the fields of building services and renewable energies. With two German and four international production facilities, 26 sales organisations around the world, plus partners and agencies in 120 countries, Stiebel Eltron has a global presence. The annual turnover amounts to around 700 million Euros. More than 50 per cent of the turnover is generated abroad. With more than 4,000 employees worldwide the company places a consistent focus on its own expertise – from product development to production. The result is efficient and innovative solutions for hot water, heat, ventilation and cooling.

 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Organized by the German Energy Solutions Initiative

Showcasing flagship projects from around the world implemented with energy solutions made in Germany. International business partners share their experience in working together and are ready to answer your questions.

Join the global network and connect with people from around the corner or the other side of the world!

Flagship projects in Europa and Asia

Interesting project from Italy and Greece as well as Vietnam and China are on the agenda.

The aim of this panel discussion is to demonstrate that renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies offer extremely varied and innovative solutions. German companies and international operators of flagship projects will discuss benefits and challenges in the implementation of reference projects and their impact in the countries.

For further questions and registration, please contact Norma Kemper via kemper@german-energy-solutions.de or click here:

We're looking forward to meeting you virtually!

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ALDI SÜD hat in Deutschland 1940 Filialen und beschäftigt rund 47.500 Mitarbeiter. Der Discounter übernimmt Verantwortung für seine Kunden und Mitarbeiter, für Natur, Umwelt und Gesellschaft. Seit 2017 handelt ALDI SÜD klimaneutral, als erster Lebensmitteleinzelhändler in Deutschland. Mehr als 1300 ALDI SÜD Filialen haben eine eigene Fotovoltaikanlage auf dem Dach. Der dort produzierte Strom fließt u.a. in die Kühlung und Beleuchtung - und an immer mehr Filialen auch in eine Elektrotankstelle: An 250 Filialen können Kunden ihr Elektroauto aufladen.

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Stadtwerke Emden GmbH (Emden City Utilities) or SWE is a German communal company, owned by the city of Emden, which offers public services for the city and the region of Emden. The company supplies electricity for Emden‘s 25.000 households as well as natural gas, drinking water and, through its stake in the Emden Digital GmbH, telecommunications services. SWE operates local energy grids and has been continuously expanding generation from renewable energy, especially in onshore wind. SWE also owns the Flugplatz Emden GmbH, which owns and runs an airfield to provide aviation services for the offshore industry.

 
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Organized by IEA

Driven by favourable policy frameworks and technology advancements, variable renewables are increasingly gaining ground in power generation. According to the IEA Sustainable Development Scenario, electricity is expected to increase in its share of total final energy demand from 18% in 2018 to above 30% by 2030. Renewables are expected to make up for the largest share, with 52% of global electricity generation, notably solar PV and wind at 29%. In order to realise these projections that set the world to reach net-zero by 2070, power system flexibility will become a cornerstone of electricity security.

Moreover, reaching net-zero, according to the WEO 2020 special net-zero by 50 scenario, will require even greater shares of VRE deployment and thus flexibility.
Over the last three years, the Power System Flexibility Campaign (PSF) has engaged substantially in topics of power plant flexibility, market design, digitalisation and sector coupling. During this time, focus has been placed on solutions for short to very short-term flexibility, where the usefulness of various resources such as, flexible VRE, grids, battery storage and demand-flexibility, and policy options to activate them can be more easily conveyed to key decision makers in policy and industry.
As more countries implement long-term net-zero goals, reliant on high shares of renewables, it becomes evident that the need to address flexibility requirements in the weeks to season or annual horizons will become increasingly important. At higher shares of renewables, the production of synthetic fuels, such as hydrogen or green gas, is coming to the fore as a cost-competitive option to use surplus VRE output and serve the longer-term flexibility needs of the power system or other integrated sectors of energy demand. However, there remains a gap between the conceptual understanding of the importance of sector coupling and actual solutions that, in the foreseeable future, may contribute to power system flexibility.

To read more about this session, click here to see PDF.

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Leaftech is a tech startup from Berlin aiming to reduce energy consumption in buildings by up to 28%. Using our digital twin and our virtual sensor technology we forecast upcoming conditions and complex weather influences on buildings. Our information is highly accurate and forecasts the energy balance for the next 6-12 hours. Our services are directly embedded into the building control system and enable it to act upfront and work efficiently. We are looking forward to hearing about your challenges.

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This Business-to-Government Dialogue fosters exchange between the German energy industry and high-ranking government officials this year from Colombia. During this year’s session, the German industry representatives have the opportunity to obtain valuable information on the current legal and economic framework of the country in question. The focus will be on different aspects on national energy strategies and recent developments of high-level government speakers.

 
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Organized by BSW, BVES, DCSP

There is a growing importance of CSP/PV hybrid systems with thermal storage as confirmed by Worldbank and IRENA in recent studies. These systems can provide flexible, renewable energy, 24/7 in regions with excellent direct solar resources for electricity and hydrogen generation. They lower the cost of rapidly expanding renewable energy, allowing to replace a larger share of fossil fuels in the energy mix.
Solar heat for industrial process systems is becoming a growing reality even in regions with less direct solar radiation. In combination with thermal storage, it can cover the heat supply in the industrial sector 24/7 and can play a key role in industrial decarbonisation.

The workshop will give an insight in technologies and applications of solar systems in combination with thermal storage as well as their economics.

Further information and agenda can be downloaded here (PDF)

 
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Organized by GIZ & GWNET

As one of the largest energy consumers worldwide, the transport sector accounts for about one quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, to achieve the global climate targets, a systemic change of the mobility sector must be the next step in the global energy transition and a key concern of green recovery efforts. The high-level symposium Transforming Mobility by Mid-Century discusses the investment decisions that must be taken today to achieve decarbonization of our transport systems by 2050. Uniting mobility experts and policy makers from different countries, this panel discussion reflects on how we can enable this process by introducing new technologies and mobility models, increasing transport efficiency and incentivizing changes in mobility behavior as well as the role of e-mobility and hydrogen cells for future transport scenarios.

 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies offers solutions for safe, easy and efficient hydrogen distribution and supply – based on its patented Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier technology with benzyltoluene as carrier material. The market-leading pioneer enables flexible H2 transport to consumers in industry and mobility, utilizing conventional fuel infrastructure. The German based company was awarded with “The Innovation Prize of the German Economy” and has been named as a "Global Cleantech 100" since 2018. Together with strategic investors Covestro, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company, Royal Vopak and Winkelmann Group, Hydrogenious LOHC is pushing forward with large volume and international projects to enable its LOHC technology to scale.

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One of the most spectacular concepts for supplying businesses, private households and local government with renewable energies on a decentralised, self-sufficient basis is currently being implemented in Feldheim, a district of Treuenbrietzen, a town in Brandenburg. The project owes its success to the excellent partnership between the municipality of Treuenbrietzen, the residents of Feldheim and the project developer, Energiequelle GmbH. The individual households in Feldheim, Treuenbrietzen, are supplied with heat and power from renewable energy power plants on their own doorstep via autarchic local grids. The nearby wind farm is the backbone of the local power supply grid, whereas heat is supplied by the local biogas plant. A sophisticated heating plant fired with woodchips is available for additional thermal energy requirements on particularly cold days.

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On its fifth edition, the Start-Up Energy Transition (SET) team is proud to showcase the top 100 international start-ups from the 2021 SET Award competition. 543 start-ups from 89 countries applied in five different categories to pitch their solutions to tackle climate change and enhance the energy transition.

Join us as we welcome some of this year’s SET100 start-ups in several rounds of SET Pitches!

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As the expert in the implementation of the most demanding metallic bipolar plates, CellForm provides its customers around the world with cutting-edge solutions. Our experience and know-how manifests in a history of welding bipolar plates which goes way back to the beginning of the Mercedes-Benz NECAR series in 1994. Based on more than 50 years of experience in tool development and manufacturing, our unique forming strategy allows us to implement even the most sophisticated flow field channels – putting us in a leading position within the industry regarding accuracy and filigree. These highly advanced forming and welding techniques consequently ensure superior quality standards and new dimensions of efficiency. Taking into account the need for large quantities of low-priced bipolar plates on the market, the design of our overall concept in combination with our standard system allows us to manufacture bipolar plates in great numbers at an industry-leading price. We excel at pushing the limits. We are forming future efficiency.

Friday 19 March 2021
 
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Organized by the World Energy Council – Germany

Every year, the World Energy Council surveys energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts around the world to find out which energy issues they consider to be most relevant. The responses are summarised in the Issues Monitor. It provides unique insight into what energy experts identify as Critical Uncertainties and Action Priorities. Over 2,500 energy leaders from more than 108 countries took part in the survey. Martin Young, Senior Director, Insights at the World Energy Council, will present the results of this year's Issues Monitor edition. Stefan Kapferer, CEO of 50Hertz Transmission, will give a commentary on the results from a German perspective.

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The group’s logo represents more than 20 SMEs specialising in steel production and processing, as well as steering, forging and casting technologies. Our value-creation chains range from the procurement and processing of raw materials to the production of ready-to-install components, and are closely linked with key industries such as mobility, energy or machine construction.

GMH Gruppe steel plays a key role in how customers’ products can become increasingly sustainable. Our steel production at the Georgsmarienhütte site is already more sustainable than that of many competitors, and it is becoming more and more climate friendly through innovative technologies such as our electric arc furnace, efficient use of resources, effective recycling management and clear plans for how we can get even better.

 
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Organized by GIZ

Southeast Asia is one of the most vibrant and fastest growing economic regions in the world, with energy demand having increased more than 80% over the past two decades – with no signs of slowing down. Despite a strong renewable energy potential, the region remains heavily dependent on fossil resources.

During this moderated roundtable experts from the region, including Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, will present and discuss key challenges and barriers currently hampering energy transitions in Southeast Asia. They will also share ideas for how to shape them more sustainable.

The 1.5-hour online event will be held in English and includes a Q&A session.

This initiative is organized by “CASE” (Clean, Affordable and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia), a programme funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), aligned to the Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP).

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As a leading solar energy company, Meyer Burger is committed to this goal. At its modern sites in Freiberg (Saxony) and Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Saxony-Anhalt), the company will manufacture high-quality solar cells and modules "Made in Europe" from 2021. These are equipped with the proprietary heterojunction/smart-wire technology, which guarantees the highest efficiency at economic costs. The product range includes innovative and highly efficient solar modules for roof systems in the private and commercial sector as well as solutions for the solar power plant segment. In addition, Meyer Burger, as a recognised technology company, supplies production equipment for standard solar cells with PERC technology. Meyer Burger is a Swiss company with additional locations in Germany, Asia and North America.

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If Germany is to achieve its climate goals, it will need the best solutions the world has to offer. Ideas like those of the dena SET 100 companies.

This session, moderated by David Wortmann, CEO and founder of DWR eco, looks at how digitization and artificial intelligence in particular are creating new business opportunities in Germany on the way to net zero.

Expert insight will be provided by Lucas Spreiter, cofounder of the Munich-based AI agency Unetiq and head of the Bavarian section of the German Federal Association for Artificial Intelligence.

The business expansion support experts from GTAI will provide practical advice on the funding and financing available for startups in Germany as well as tips on where the agency sees growth and opportunities for market entry.

If your company is digital, green and interested in expanding to Germany – this is the workshop for you!

  • “The role of AI in Germany’s road to zero emissions”, Lucas Spreiter, cofounder of the Munich-based AI agency Unetiq and head of the Bavarian section of the German Federal Association for Artificial Intelligence (Bundesverband Künstliche Intelligenz e.V.)
  • “Digitizing Germany‘s Energiewende: Opportunities for international businesses”, Bénédicte Winter, energy, buildings and environmental technologies, Germany Trade & Invest
  • “Funding and financing for startups in Germany”, Daniel Stephens, investor support services, Germany Trade & Invest
  • Q&A, Moderated by David Wortmann

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As a leading global specialist in photovoltaic system technology, SMA is setting the standards today for the decentralized, digital and renewable energy supply of tomorrow. More than 3,000 SMA employees in 18 countries have devoted themselves to this task. Our innovative solutions for every type of photovoltaic application offer people and companies worldwide greater independence in meeting their energy needs. In collaboration with our partners and customers, we are helping people transition to a self-sufficient, decentralized and renewable energy supply.

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GeoClimaDesign AG is a producer of capillary tube mats and offers them as completed systems for radiant heating and cooling for residential and non-residential buildings. The system is mainly installed in ceilings, in concrete, in and behind plaster board and is not only used in new buildings but especially in the renovation of older builders as one of most important contributors to energy saving targets in Europe.

Thanks to the low weight and flat design of the hydraulic capillary tube, the GeoClimaDesign System is an easy to install and excellent value for money heating and cooling solution.

The capillary tube heating and cooling is the key-product for CO2 free cooling and improves energy utilisation of heat pumps.

States around the world are increasingly investing in innovative solutions, which could pave the way for a successful energy transition. Countless programmes have been developed to partner up with start-ups working towards sustainability and climate neutrality. Representatives from Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) and the Swedish Energy Agency will join us to present the attractive funding programmes available for start-ups in Germany and Sweden as well as insight on best practices and leading investors.

 

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Leaders in perovskite solar technology: Our low cost, highly efficient photovoltaic technology integrates with standard silicon solar cells to dramatically improve their performance. Built into solar panels, our tandem solar cells deliver more power per square meter - critical for delivering more affordable clean energy, accelerating the adoption rate of solar and addressing climate change.

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TWAICE provides predictive analytics software that optimizes the development and operation of lithium-ion batteries. TWAICE’s core technology is the digital twin – a software that combines deep battery knowledge and artificial intelligence to determine the condition and predict battery aging and performance. This makes complex battery systems more transparent, effective, and reliable. Founded in June 2018 by Dr Michael Baumann and Dr Stephan Rohr with the vision of leveraging digital twins to accelerate the transition to emission-free mobility and green energy, TWAICE now has over 70 employees. The company uses scalable battery expertise to strive towards a green future for everyone.

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At Sono Motors we believe in mobility free of fossil fuels. We want every vehicle to be solar, electric and shared. Driven by this vision, Sono Motors was founded in 2016. Today, our company prides itself in having an experienced team of engineers, designers, technicians, and industry experts who are developing and building a forward-looking electric car that is suitable for daily use, with integrated solar cells and innovative mobility services. We build a Solar Electric Vehicle, which means we use the energy from the sun by integrating solar cells on the exterior of the vehicle. With our innovative technology, we want to create new possibilities for transportation.

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Sonnen is one of the world's leading manufacturers of smart energy storage systems and a pioneer of clean, decentralized and networked energy system technologies. As one of the fastest growing tech companies in Europe, sonnen has received numerous internationally recognized awards. With its virtual power plant, which consists of digitally networked home storage systems, sonnen offers new and highly innovative services for network operators and customers. sonnen’s products are available in many countries and has offices located in Germany, Italy, Australia, the UK and the USA. Since March 2019 sonnen is a subsidiary of Shell within its division Shell Renewables.

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SunCrafter provides grid-independent solar systems for simple, immediate and clean energy access wherever needed. Since 2020 our focus lays on powering the mobility transition with our solar stations as clean, agile and smart charging infrastructure for light electric vehicles. Our products feature a compact and iconic design, which makes them a powerful, yet mobile source of clean electricity. By using 2nd-life components when possible, we make our products even more sustainable and inclusive, also for energy poor regions.

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