What Gets Measured Gets Financed: Climate Finance Funding Flows and Opportunities

November 8, 2022 1:30pm

This will be a panel event on climate finance data and existing gaps, following the publishing of the climate finance report BCG and Rockefeller Foundation co-authored. We will be discussing the climate financing gaps surfaced by the report and the need for better climate finance data to drive capital to climate finance needs in the real economy. The report’s dataset will be made open to the public to help promote accountability of which climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience solutions are being financed and where it’s needed most.


  • Vinay Shandal, Managing Director and Partner, BCG
  • Liz Yee, Executive Vice President of Programs, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Veronica Chau, Partner and Director, BCG
  • Margaret Kuhlow, Global Finance Practice Leader, WWF
  • Warren Evans, Special Senior Advisor (Climate Change), Office of the President, ADB
  • Maria Kozloski, SVP Innovative Finance, Rockefeller Foundation (Moderator)
Organized by BCG and Rockefeller Foundation

Long Duration Energy Storage: The Real Key to Integrating Clean Energy and Reaching Net Zero

November 8, 2022 3:00pm

Long duration energy storage is defined as energy stored for multiple hours, days or even weeks. Hear from top corporate executives that are providing technologies and services in this growing sector of the energy transition. Learn about the variety of new and emerging technology options and the essential role that long duration storage will play to fully capture and support renewable energy resources. 


  • Dan Delurey, Senior Fellow for Climate & Energy, Vermont Law School
  • Julia Souder, Executive Director, Long Duration Energy Storage Council
  • Eric Dresselhuys, CEO, ESS Energy Storage Systems
  • Frank Wouter, Senior Vice President, Reliance Industries
Organized by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Grey to Green Investing: What Role for Capital in Catalyzing Emissions Reductions in Heavy Emitters

November 8, 2022 4:30pm

A growing group of institutional investors are seeing the value in grey to green investing. But there continues to major funding gaps in this space. Join this panel to hear from leading experts and leaders of institutional investors on this important trend and how capital is organizing around it.


  • Evan Siddall, CEO of AIMCO
  • Richard Manley, Head of Sustainable Investing, CPPIB
  • Hawazen Nazieh Nassief, ESG Advisor, Board Member (Tanmiah Food, JLL Saudia Arabia)
Organized by BCG

Decarbonizing Healthcare: a CSO perspective from the Sustainable Markets Initiative

November 9, 2022 9:00am

Decarbonizing healthcare is a true win-win for people and the planet, reducing emissions improves global health, reduces the care burden for governments and in many cases reduces costs for industry, it is a must do. This panel will gather high level representatives from the healthcare sector to discuss the need to decarbonize the healthcare sector, the responsibility of healthcare companies and how we could shape the future of SMI through concrete actions in 2023.


  • Judith Wallenstein, BCG
  • Elias Tziambazis, BCG
  • Juliette White, AstraZeneca
  • Jane Rasmussen, NovoNordisk
  • Claire Lund, GSK
  • Sandrine Bouttier-Stref, Sanofi
Organized by BCG

Unusual Suspects: Innovative Technology Opportunities for City Decarbonization

November 9, 2022 10:30am

This panel will explore how technologies such as carbon capture and local circular economy, energy storage, fuel cells, hydrogen and more can help decarbonize our urban infrastructure. With smart investments, policy and deployment of these solution – we can increase the resilience of critical institutions in the urban environment, such as government buildings, hospitals and schools. We can start at the city level to contribute to the scale of emissions reductions that are needed to meet our 2050 net-zero goals. Join us for the discussion on how an innovative and broad portfolio of technology solutions, as well as strategic public-private partnerships, will be at the heart of a successful urban decarbonization strategy.



  • Heather Reams, President, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum
  • Anna Pavlova, Vice President, Strategy & Marketing Development, CarbonQuest
  • Jason Few, CEO, FuelCell Energy
  • Chris Neidl, Open Air Collective and Carbon 180
Organized by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy

What Data Say: A Look at the (Just?) Transition to a Greener Economy

November 9, 2022 12:00pm

When policymakers describe the just transition to a greener economy, they often point to job training programs and social protections as key policy levers to use in that pursuit. Seven years post-Paris, what empirical data do we have about how these transitions look in practice and how the transition impacts people along gender and age? Are green transitions accelerating, decelerating, or in reverse at the country level? Given COP27’s focus on implementation and EPI’s interest in supporting these transitions through human-centered approaches, this side event will examine new data and provide participants an opportunity to share how they see the data manifest in real life.


  • Sue Duke, Vice President and Global Head of Public Policy & Economic Graph, LinkedIn
  • Frank Siebhern-Thomas, Head of Fair, Green, and Digital Transitions, Research Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Melisande Liu, Program Officer, Clean Energy Ministerial
  • Mathieu Prin, Global Coordinator, Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency
Organized by LinkedIn

Climate Finance Innovation in a High Interest Rate World: Opportunities to Unlock Climate Finance in Emerging Markets

November 9, 2022 1:30pm

During a decade of extraordinarily low global interest rates, global climate finance nearly doubled in size. Since interest rates began climbing, private investment has fallen, government discretionary budgets have tightened, and public and private distressed debt has risen. In this event, we will discuss how climate financiers can actively become agents of transformation under higher interest rates and lead the charge to identify, innovate, and adapt to this new economic environment.


  • Manuel Bueno, Director Climate Finance, Abt Associates
  • Vikram Widge, Senior Advisor, Climate Policy Institute
  • Jiwoo Choi, Chief Strategy Officer, Acumen
  • Amal-Lee Amin, Managing Director and Head Climate Change, British International Investment
  • Jane Wilkinson, Senior Advisor Climate Change, Abt Associate (Moderator)
Organized by Abt Associates

Semiconductor Climate Consortium's Ambition to 1.5

November 9, 2022 3:00pm

The SCC is a newly formed organization pulling together the semiconductor ecosystem organizations – from materials to chips to systems – to collectively share information and address solutions to impacts on our businesses, as well as accelerate technology that will help alleviate the impact of others.


  • Dr. Mousumi Bhat​, Vice President | Sustainability Programs​, SEMI​
  • Katie Hill​, Partner & Associate Director, BCG
  • John Golightly​, Senior Director​, ASM​
  • Claire HyunJung Seo​, Corporate Vice President​, Samsung Electronics
  • Michael Lofty​, SVP for Power Products​, Schneider Electric​
  • Richard Ooi​, Senior Manager​, ASMPT
Organized by BCG

Building on Partnerships from COP27: Working Toward a 100% Renewable Energy Future in Small Island Developing States by 2045

November 9, 2022 4:30pm

The panel will focus on Climate Impact Talks by sharing Hawaii’s success story and how every island/nation needs to achieve a 100% RE goal before 2045.

Session Recording (Part 1)

Session Recording (Part 2)

Organized by ASU Global Futures Lab, Blue Planet Alliance

California's Subnational Climate Action: A multi-sector approach to achieving carbon neutrality

November 10, 2022 9:30am

This event will explore California’s interagency-based regulatory framework to plan and execute climate action, the diverse funding sources it has tapped, and the example the state has set for both local and international partners. It will examine both the advantages and disadvantages of the state’s multi-agency, multi-sector, and multi-mandate approach, and how lessons learned in California can inform similar efforts underway elsewhere in the U.S. and the rest of the world. In addition, it will highlight the opportunities multi-state collaborations, like the U.S. Climate Alliance, present.


  • Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment and Senior Advisor to the California-China Climate Institute, UC Berkeley
  • Siva Gunda, Vice Chair and Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Darwin Moosavi, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy & Housing Coordination, California State Transportation Agency
  • Michelle Buffington, Vehicle Program Specialist, California Air Resources Board
  • Casey Katims, Executive Director, U.S. Climate Alliance
  • Cliff Rechtschaffen, Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Organized by California-China Climate Institute

Achieving Measurable Climate Benefits Through Innovative Infrastructure Investments in the United States.

November 10, 2022 11:30am

Subnational leaders in the United States are implementing infrastructure projects for water, transportation, buildings, and clean energy that measurably and transparently contribute to the goals of greenhouse gas mitigation, climate resilience, and equity for a net-zero future. In this session, the Governor of Indiana, state legislators and executive branch officials, mayors and local government leaders will share actions they are implementing to green their infrastructure.

Official UNFCCC Side Event Co-hosted by The Climate Registry, U.S. Green Building Council, and Georgetown Climate Center
*This event will be located in the Osiris Room: Area B, Side Event Room 6

Use this link to watch the virtual livestream of the event:


  • Governor Eric Holcomb, State of Indiana (Keynote)
  • David Fraser Hidalgo, State Delegate, Maryland
  • Leah Laramee, Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Coordinator, Hawaii
  • Bradley Chambers, Secretary of Commerce, State of Indiana
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San Jose, California
  • Errick Simmons, Mayor, Greenville, Mississippi
  • Pam O’Connor, Regional planning commissioner, Los Angeles County, CA and Past Mayor, City of Santa Monica, CA;
  • Moderated by Amy Holm, The Climate Registry; Kathryn Zyla, Georgetown Climate Center; and Liz Beardsley, U.S. Green Building Council
Organized by The Climate Registry, U.S. Green Building Council, Georgetown Climate Center

Delivering on Climate Commitments: Business Transformation for a Sustainable World

November 10, 2022 1:00pm

BCG and SAP discuss the overall challenges companies face in trying to become sustainable leaders, and how technology can be leveraged in achieving a successful transformation while maintaining commercial success.


  • Hubertus Meinecke, Climate and Sustainability Global Lead, BCG
  • Sebastian Steinhaeuser, Chief Strategy Officer, SAP SE
  • Georgie Frost, Award-Winning Broadcaster
Organized by BCG

Challenges and Opportunities for ESG in Emerging Markets

November 10, 2022 1:45pm


  • Burak Tansan, Chairman of BCG Turkey
  • Hakan Bulgurlu, CEO, Arçelik
Organized by BCG

Realizing Equitable and Resilient Decarbonized Communities

November 10, 2022 3:00pm

An equitable climate transition means that no one is left behind. Our solutions for the climate crisis must not exacerbate the affordable housing challenges we are witnessing across all major US cities. The discussion will explore the complex relationship between decarbonizing existing building stock to create a net zero future while creating and preserving affordable housing – calling for both to be addressed in tandem to secure a resilient future for major cities in the United States.


  • Heather Rosenberg, Arup America Resilience Leader
  • Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Edison International
  • Darwin Moosavi, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy & Housing Coordination, California State Transportation Agency
  • Shalanda Baker, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Doug Sims, Senior Director, Resilient Communities (NRDC)
Organized by Arup

Essential Data for Urban Resilience

November 10, 2022 5:00pm

In 2050, 80% of the world’s population will live in cities that will look far different than those of today. That growth represents a 43% increase from current levels. There are a multitude of decisions that need to be made regarding city planning, new and existing infrastructure, and food, health, and energy systems, among others. Do we have the necessary data and tools to plan for the changes needed, and secure financing, knowing these are long-term investments? What evidence and information is needed at the local level to lead the way to green resilient, vibrant cities of the future? Are there special considerations for conflict/post-conflict environments and those focused on disaster relief?


  • Aleisha Khan, Senior Climate Advisor, RTI
  • Jeff Petrusa, Senior Economist, RTI
  • Jonathan Richart, Deputy Vice President IEPS, MCC
  • Arghya Sinha Roy, Principal Climate Change Specialist, ADB
Organized by RTI International

Future Fuels: The Case for Hydrogen

November 11, 2022 9:00am

There is currently an estimated $42 billion-worth of green hydrogen-related projects being planned across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt have made hydrogen ambitions and commitments; UAE aims to capture 25% of the global hydrogen fuel market by 2030 and Saudi Arabia $36bln of hydrogen investments by 2030. This panel will discuss the economic, commercial, technical and regulatory requirements critical for the successful transition to hydrogen.



  • Dr. Julio Friedmann, Chief Scientist, CarbonDirect
  • Manuel Kuhn, Global VP Sustainable Energy Systems, Siemens Energy
  • Sarah Usmani, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Patrick Herhold, Managing Director & Partner Munich, BCG
  • Noel Aoun, Executive Director of Strategy, TAQA
  • Shargiil Bashir, Chief Sustainability Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank - FAB (Moderator)
Organized by BCG

Plug In and Turn On: How Electric Companies and Automakers are Teaming Up on EVs

November 11, 2022 11:00am

The power sector has reduced its emissions significantly in the last decade. This lower-carbon electricity can help decarbonize other sectors of the economy, notably transportation. EEI CEOs and automakers will discuss the exciting developments in electric transportation, including the growing range of electric vehicles being produced and the creation of a national EV highway charging coalition that is working to build a foundational network of EV fast chargers along major U.S. travel corridors.


  • The Honorable Eric Holcomb, Governor, State of Indiana
  • Brian Wolff, Chief Strategy Office and Executive Vice President, EEI
  • Pedro Pizarro, President and CEO, Edison International and EEI Vice Chair
  • Omar Vargas, Vice President Global Public Policy, General Motors
  • Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Southern California Edison and Edison International
  • Brad Markell, Executive Director, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council
Organized by EEI and Edison International

Visualizing the Impact of Climate Finance

November 11, 2022 12:30pm

There are critical gaps in climate finance, both in the types of climate solutions being funded and who is being reached. To help fill these gaps, RTI has partnered with ImpactAlpha and Vibrant Data Labs to map private climate funding in low- and middle- income countries. Learn about this new climate finance tracker and visualization tool that RTI, ImpactAlpha, and Vibrant Data Labs are collaborating on for low and middle-income countries. This interactive climate finance map is the first publicly available philanthropic and private investment tool to equitably catalyze capital for climate action.  Please join a short video demonstration and informal discussion on how the tool can support connections for improved climate finance flows.


Organized by RTI International

Role of the Private Sector, Bilateral and Multilateral Organizations in Accelerating and Scaling Methane Abatement Efforts in Developing Countries

November 11, 2022 2:30pm

The panel discussion will bring together representatives from bilateral, multilateral, and philanthropic organizations to reflect on actions they have taken one year after the launch of the Global Methane Pledge and discuss their plans to accelerate and scale methane abatement efforts in developing countries. This discussion will provide an opportunity for the audience, particularly those from Lower- and Middle-Income Countries, to learn about methane abatement actions taken by the donor community, and to identify potential areas for collaboration with external partners.


  • Rick Duke, US Deputy Special Envoy on Climate, US Department of State (Moderator)
  • Gillian Caldwell, Chief Climate Officer, USAID
  • Martina Otto, Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat, CCAC, UNEP
  • Pathy Rhee, Chief Partnership Office, Global Methane Hub
  • Gareth Phillips, Climate and Environment Finance Division Manager, African Development Back
  • Jo Puri, Associate Vice President, IFAD
Organized by Abt Associates

Science & Faith: Opening Dialogues Between Climate Experts and Faith Leaders for Practical Global Action

November 11, 2022 4:00pm

Science meets faith in this session featuring a documentary screening featuring Pope Francis, leading global climate experts, and panel discussions highlighting scientists, religious leaders, and youth.

Organized by ASU Global Futures Lab, The Laudato Si' Movement, Allen Coral Atlas, Climate Central

Understanding Climate Change Impacts on the Social Determinants of Health

November 12, 2022 9:00am

This side event will focus on identifying and incorporating linkages between climate change and health outcomes in order to improve understanding of areas where climate change may affect progress in reducing the global burden of disease and associated economic burden. We will discuss emerging research and tools that can aid in analyzing these impacts as well as informing strategies for reducing the risk of growing disparities due to climate change.


  • Robert Beach, Fellow, RTI International
  • Kris Ebi, University of Washington
  • Kathryn Bowen, University of Melbourne
Organized by RTI International

Building A Resilient Future: The Power Sector and The Clean Energy Transition

November 12, 2022 11:00am

As 1-in-50 or 1-in-100-year extreme events increase in frequency—and society increasingly depends on electricity as the economy electrifies and decarbonizes—energy grid reliability and resilience will be paramount. This event will highlight the role that IIJA and IRA can play in enhancing resiliency efforts, explore key conclusions from a new study by C2ES on how companies can support communities in addressing climate resilience, and outline efforts electric companies are taking to address resiliency concerns, including EPRI’s Climate READi (Resilience and Adaptation Initiative) program.



  • Lindsey Doyle, Climate Engagement Lead, USAID
  • Nat Keohane, President, C2ES
  • Ralph Izzo, Executive Chairman, PSEG
  • Pedro Pizarro, President and CEO, Edison International
  • Arshad Mansoor, President, EPRI
Organized by C2ES, EEI, and Edison International

Encouraging early results on the path to help 100% of driver on Uber go ZEV

November 12, 2022 12:30pm

Two years after committing to reach 100% zero emission passenger trips on Uber–by 2030 in the US, Canada and Europe, and 2040 globally–and committing $800M in resources to help hundreds of thousands of drivers jump start their switch to battery EVs, Uber now supports the largest all-electric on-demand mobility service in the world outside China. Join us for a closer look at our initiatives and products to support drivers, partnerships with industry and civil society leaders, latest results, remaining barriers and opportunities ahead.


  • Christopher Hook, Global Head of Sustainability, Uber
Organized by Uber

How is USAID mitigating methane emissions as a co-benefit of solid waste management, sanitation, and dairy productivity programs in developing countries?

November 12, 2022 2:00pm

The United States launched the Global Methane Pledge during COP26. In support of the United States Government’s effort to continue highlighting the importance of methane mitigation in keeping the 1.5-degree warmer future during COP27, USAID will showcase the methane mitigation support it has provided to partner countries during the past year.  The panel discussion will bring together implementing partners of USAID programs in Kenya and the Dominican Republic who will discuss how their respective programs contribute to reducing methane emissions. The audience will learn about USAID’s commitment to methane mitigation, and methane mitigation co-benefits including improving public health and agricultural productivity.


  • Malick Haidara, Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, USAID
  • Tracy Mitchell, Director of Resilience and Climate Adaptation, RTI International
  • Andrew Foote, CEO, Co-Founder, Sanivation
  • Jon Angin, CCBO Chief of Party, Tetra Tech
  • Lindsay Foley, Director of Climate and Clean Energy, Abt Associates (Moderator)
Organized by Abt Associates

10 New Insights in Climate Science 2022 and the COP27 Agenda

November 12, 2022 3:30pm

This session is a deep dive into the 2022 10 New Insights in Climate Science Report that synthesizes 10 of the most essential scientific updates pertinent to climate change action for decision-makers across scales and sectors. Humans are not limited by our knowledge of the problem, by economic factors, or even technology, but by other obstacles in limiting global warming and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Embracing a sense of the planet as a set of interconnected and integral commons might guide decision-making to hear the voiceless, empower the disempowered, build greater equity through thoughtful resource distribution, and otherwise engage in justice-oriented climate action. Panelists will connect the critical COP27 agenda with the findings curated and developed by more than 60 expert authors from around the world involved in the production of this report.


  • Dr. Peter Schlosser, Vice President and Vice Provost, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University (Earth League)
  • Prof. Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Earth League)
  • Mr. Sefanaia Nawadra, Director General, Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
  • Prof. Saleem Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Kristie L. Ebi, Professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Future Earth Governing Council Co-Chair (Earth League)
  • Dr. Joyashree Roy, Bangabandhu Chair Professor at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Organized by ASU Global Futures Lab, Earth League

Identifying the 10 “Must Have” Targets and “Must Do” Actions for a Thriving Tomorrow

November 12, 2022 4:20pm

What are the planetary-scale, must-have transformations for global society to halt and reverse the course of our unsustainable actions and enable an acceleration toward a society that lives in harmony with Earth’s systems? Answering that question is the purpose of the “10 Must Haves initiative,” driven by the urgency of the crises humankind faces and awareness that we are on a trajectory to miss many existing targets. An outcome of the Global Futures Conference in New York City in September, this report provides an initial effort across 10 foundational areas to help decision makers in both the public and private sectors lead the necessary changes that we know are possible to provide an opportunity for all to thrives.


  • Dr. Peter Schlosser, Vice President and Vice Provost, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University (Earth League)
  • Prof. Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Earth League)
  • Maja Groff, International lawyer based in The Hague, Convenor of the Climate Governance Commission
  • Dr. Youba Sokona, Special Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre, & former Vice-Chair of the IPCC (2015)
  • Alexandria Villaseñor, Founder & Exec. Dir. At Earth Uprising, & climate justice activist
Organized by ASU Global Futures Lab and Earth League

LACI COP27 Start-Up Showcase

November 12, 2022 5:30pm

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) will host the LACI COP27 Start-up Showcase in partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Partnerships. This showcase will feature 10-12 exciting climate tech start-ups from Africa, MENA and Europe. Each start-up will have 3 minutes to present on their companies.

Organized by LACI

Delivering High Integrity Climate Solutions: The Role of Nature

November 14, 2022 9:30am

Achieving the Paris targets will require deep decarbonization throughout all sectors of the economy, as well as leveraging all available tools to channel finance towards natural climate solutions. Carbon markets have been a primary source for funding natural climate solutions to date, but to be durable and just, the markets must define and demonstrate high integrity throughout the value chain and ensure robust benefit sharing to give confidence to all actors, including governments, the private sector, civil society and forest communities. Building upon a high integrity and just framework can unlock the scale needed to achieve credible and durable climate solutions from nature.


  • Richard Saines ONM, Managing Director, Pollination and TCR Board Member (Moderator)
  • Marcene Mitchell, Senior Vice President for Climate Finance, WWF -US
  • Hon. Senator Henry Stern, California 27th Senate District (D)
  • John O. Niles, Senior Manager, Natural Climate Solutions, Salesforce
  • Juan Carlos Jintiach, Advisor, COICA
Organized by Pollination

Scaling Nature-based Climate Solutions across California and China: What Will It Take?

November 14, 2022 11:00am

California and China are influential global climate leaders with a history of working together on climate initiatives. Last April, California and China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment signed a memorandum of understanding reconfirming their commitment to climate action and collaboration. The MOU explicitly mentions nature-based climate solutions as one of the priority areas of interest. While both jurisdictions are taking steps to integrate nature-based solutions in their climate goals and strategies, the pace and scale of action needs to be substantially increased to meet the climate commitments made in the 2015 Paris Agreement. This panel will share the many NbS happening in California and China, the ways policy and incentives can accelerate action, and how California-China collaboration on NbS could catalyze even greater global action.


  • Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Xu Jintao, Professor Peking University
  • Majority Leader Eloise Reyes, California Assembly Majority Leader
  • Warren Evans, Special Senior Advisor for Climate Change, Asian Delevopment Bank
  • Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Organized by The Nature Conservancy and California-China Climate Institute

Federal and State Collaboration on Implementing Carbon Management Strategies

November 14, 2022 1:00pm

Moderated discussion on federal and state collaboration, climate investments strategies, carbon capture, and multi-state approaches to ramping up clean energy use.


  • Amy Holm, TCR Executive Director (moderator)
  • Assistant Secretary Brad Crabtree, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management
  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee
  • New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Organized by The Climate Registry

Leveraging Market Systems to Spur Climate Adaptation

November 14, 2022 4:00pm

Resilient market systems enable communities to absorb climate shocks, proactively adapt to the changing climate, and transform to improve human wellbeing. USAID’s Market System Resilience framework can help practitioners identify market opportunities that spur equitable and transformative climate adaptation. This session will provide an overview of the USAID Market System Resilience framework and provide case studies of how market systems have been harnessed for climate adaptation.



  • Laurie Ashley, Climate Adaptation and Resilience Advisor, Center for Resilience, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
  • Rafi Alam, Director of Urban Resilience, RTI International
  • Margie Brand, Director, Vikara Institute
  • Scott Merrill, Senior Director, Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter Ahmad Shuka, Program Manager, Mercy Corps
Organized by RTI International

Pathways to Offshore Wind in the Americas

November 14, 2022 6:00pm

Decarbonizing the electricity grid is an essential step in reducing carbon emissions and a shift away from fossil fuels that can help cities meet bold decarbonization targets. This panel discussion will take a few examples from across the globe and review the challenges that need to be overcome to enable the delivery of offshore wind renewable power into the grid.


  • Beccie Drake, Arup UKIMEA Offshore Wind Leader
  • Guy Van Nieuwenhove, SVP National Grid Ventures Portfolio & Business Development, National Grid
  • Andy Ralph, Associate Principal, Americas Hydrogen Leader, Arup
  • Alice Reynolds, President, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Knut Vrålstad, Head of Strategic Market Analysis, Aker Horizons
Organized by Arup

Accelerating Transportation Electrification in Cities Across the U.S.

November 15, 2022 8:30am

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is hosting a panel talking about the policies, pilots, and partnerships–such as the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP)–needed to accelerate the move to equitable electric mobility & zero emissions goods movement. Drawing upon lessons from cities and TEP, California, and the U.S. federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), panelists will share insights on the barriers and opportunities for transit, vehicles and charging.

Speakers Include:

  • Matt Petersen, LACI
  • Caroline Choi, Southern California Edison
  • Austin Mayor Steve Adler
  • CARB Board Member Davina Hurt
Organized by LACI

Learning from Each Other: Continuing the Dialogue on Community Engagement and Investment

November 15, 2022 10:30am

At COP-26, local officials joined representatives from the environmental NGO community and the private sector to start a dialogue on community engagement and investment in the clean energy transition. This event, the third installment of the dialogue, will focus on how to achieve equity and access in the transition, including how the IIJA and IRA can play a role in ensuring such outcomes.


  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)
  • Heather McTeer Toney, Vice President, Community Engagement, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
  • Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Southern California Edison and Edison International
  • Reihaneh Irani-Famili, Vice President Clean Energy Development & Infrastructure Investment, National Grid
  • Katherine Neebe, Chief Sustainability and Philanthropy Officer, Duke Energy
  • Rick Thigpen, Senior Vice President-Corporate Citizenship, PSEG
Organized by BCSE, EEI, and EIX

Lessons from Around the World in Establishing Hydrogen Hubs

November 15, 2022 12:30pm

The US Department of Energy initiative to create hydrogen hubs in the US is gathering pace and there are lots of examples from across the globe. This panel discussion will look at the development of a partnership for a US hydrogen hub and what lessons can be learned from the development of similar hubs in other countries. Significant investments in hydrogen are flagged in the Inflation Reduction Act that will provide a key point of discussion.


  • Andy Ralph, Arup Americas Hydrogen Leader
  • Guy Van Nieuwenhove, SVP National Grid Ventures Portfolio & Business Development, National Grid
  • Katie Cook, Director in the Hydrogen and New Energies Division, Western Australian Government
  • Kersti Berge, Scottish Government, Director of Energy and Climate Change
  • Robert Kay Arup, Americas Climate & Sustainability Lead, Arup
Organized by Arup

Innovation, a prerequisite for a successful energy transition

November 15, 2022 2:00pm

Rich in natural resources, Québec is also rich in innovative companies. In this panel, we’ll hear from 3 pioneers who were ahead of their time in terms of environmental and social consciousness. We’ll discuss doing a 180 in terms of business model, implementing a completely new way of looking at long term development, and developing projects with local communities. Join us to discover innovations in traceability, infrastructure, and recycling.


  • Mr. Benoit Charette, Québec Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks
  • Mr. Jean Luc Lavergne, CEO, Lavergne
  • Mr. Olivier Joyal, Business Line Executive, Environment, Executive Vice President
  • Mr. Louis Roy, CEO & President, Optel Group
  • Mrs. Marie-Eve Jan, Vice President, Exportations, Investment Québec (Moderator)
Organized by Government of Québec – Investment Québec International

Net Zero Reporting and Pathways

November 15, 2022 3:30pm


  • Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs at Edison International
  • Adam Gromis, Sustainable Mobility Policy Manager, Uber
  • Olga Faktorovich Allen, Senior Director Climate Integration, Abt Associates
  • Mary Nichols, UN High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities
  • Diane Wittenberg, Board Chair, The Climate Registry (Moderator)
Organized by The Climate Registry

How Do We Achieve a Just Energy Transition in a Decarbonizing Economy?

November 15, 2022 5:00pm

As energy sectors around the world transition towards decarbonization, there will continue to be impacts on local communities in terms of access, affordability and costs, jobs created and lost, environmental and health, and more. The energy transition will require careful planning around these communities to ensure the transition is just and equitable. In this session, we bring together thought leadership across different stakeholder groups to discuss what a just energy transition looks like, what barriers there are to success, and how we can overcome these barriers.


  • Candise Henry, RTI International (Moderator)
  • Justin Larson, RTI International
  • Malick Haidara, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Faten Aggad, Africa Climate Foundation
  • Pradeep Tharakan, Asian Development Bank
Organized by RTI International

Adaptation and Resilience: How Analytics Can Accelerate Planning and Decision Making

November 15, 2022 7:00pm

Discussion on approaches using artificial intelligence to enable decision making support to leaders shaping A&R action, allowing them to understand climate impact baseline, cost of inaction, and socio-economic impacts of different A&R measures. The session will include a presentation of example tools functionalities, an overview of used advanced analytics backbone as well as impact stories on use cases deployed with BCG clients.


  • Hamid Maher, BCG
  • Adham Abouzied, BCG
  • Ali Ziat, BCG
  • Truman Semans, OS Climate
Organized by BCG

Delivering High Integrity Climate Solutions: The Role of Green Banks

November 16, 2022 9:30am

Achieving the Paris targets will require deep decarbonization throughout all sectors of the economy, and trillions of dollars of investments in climate solutions. Unlocking the scale of finance needed will require purpose built green financial institutions that can help convene key stakeholders, curate viable pipelines of investable opportunities and mitigate certain risks for private investors, all tailored for local circumstances and needs. Green Banks are a successful model for effectively channeling public capital to leverage private capital to deliver real climate solutions and positive outcomes in communities in both developed and developing economies. This panel will hear from some of the leaders in building the green bank institutional framework to achieve our climate and capital mobilization objectives.


  • Richard Saines ONM, Managing Director, Pollination and TCR Board Member (Moderator)
  • Hon. Principal Secretary, The National Treasury, Kenya, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, CBS – TBC
  • Hon. Senator Henry Stern, California 27th Senate District (D)
  • Audrey-Cynthia Yamadjako, Climate & Environmental Trust Funds Management, African Development Bank
  • Craig Weise, Chief Executive, New Zealand Green Investment Bank
Organized by Pollination

A just transition to ZEVs: data and feedback from drivers

November 16, 2022 11:00am

As of Q3 2022, Uber’s app supports over 37,000 active monthly zero emission vehicle drivers in the US, Canada and Europe. Up over 4x more than one year ago. Promising early results but only the beginning of a longer journey to help millions of drivers around the world make a fair and swift transition to ZEVs. Join us to learn more about what we’re hearing from drivers, what business models appear to expand access to ZEVs, and what challenges remain to help move working drivers to the front of the line for the coming clean energy shift.



  • Adam Gromis, Global Lead on Sustainability Policy, Uber
  • Bob Rupp, Director Vehicles & Electrification, Uber
Organized by Uber

Evidence-based Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation

November 16, 2022 1:00pm

The impacts of climate change pose a significant challenge to conserving the planet’s ecosystems and biodiversity, with species being affected at an accelerating rate due to the effects of shifting climate patterns. Fortunately, new approaches with climate science and data can help us more accurately monitor potential and actual changes to land and ecosystems, and help us to better respond to drivers of habitat loss. How are these approaches currently being applied in various contexts, accounting for local conditions? How can these tools be best used/scaled up for greater impact?


  • Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Thomas Kabigting, Legal Officer, Forest Management Bureau, Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Jeff Milder, Director of Global Policy and Coalitions, Rainforest Alliance
  • Robert Beach, Fellow, Agriculture, Resource, and Energy Economics and Policy, RTI International
Organized by RTI International

Cleveland, Ohio's Collaborative Path Towards an Equitable Clean Economy

November 16, 2022 3:00pm

Cleveland, Ohio, has an important role to play in the global effort to address climate change. Among the U.S. states, Ohio has the second-worst air quality and third-worst climate emissions from fossil fuel consumption. One of Ohio’s largest cities, Cleveland is located on the shores of the Great Lakes, which contain roughly 20% of the world’s surface freshwater. Join a group of Cleveland leaders at The Climate Registry Pavilion during COP27 for a presentation on the city’s unique assets, challenges, and opportunities and the ongoing efforts across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance climate action and build a more sustainable, equitable, and climate resilient region for all.


  • Mayor Justin Bibb, Mayor, City of Cleveland
  • Ronn Richard, President and CEO, Cleveland Foundation
  • Baiju Shah, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Chris Ronayne, Candidate for Cuyahoga County Executive
  • Michael Jeans, President and CEO, Growth Opportunity Partners
Organized by The Cleveland Foundation

Trailblazers, Changemakers, and Innovators: Women Leading Across the U.S. Climate Alliance

November 16, 2022 5:00pm

Women in the Alliance’s two dozen states are advancing cutting-edge climate action and solutions and accelerating America’s transition to a net-zero future. Join four women leading the charge in New Jersey, Hawai‘i, Washington and New Mexico for a discussion on how they got their start, the unique perspectives they bring and challenges they face in their roles, their top climate and clean energy priorities, opportunities for collaboration, and much, much more.



  • Jane Cohen, New Jersey Governor's Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy Executive Director
  • Leah Laramee, Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Coordinator
  • Anna Lising, Senior Climate Advisor to Washington Governor Jay Inslee
  • Sarah Cottrell Propst, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Secretary
Organized by U.S. Climate Alliance

Imaginative World-Building: Youth on Environmental Peacebuilding

November 16, 2022 6:30pm

The impacts of climate change increase the risk of violence and disproportionately affect under-resourced communities, making climate change a threat to peace and justice worldwide. However, local responses to climate change led by youth provide important opportunities for imaginative world-building and peacebuilding. This session will highlight the active work of youth leaders in environmental peacebuilding around the world, featuring perspectives from a coalition of over 90 youth leaders from over 40 unique countries. Where global leadership has lagged behind, youth are stepping up, working to imagine and build the just and peaceful future they envision. They will offer a much-needed prophetic and hopeful voice at COP27.


Organized by ASU Global Futures Lab and The Institute for Climate & Peace

Greenhouse Gas Removal: Biological, Technical, Policy and Legal Issues

November 17, 2022 9:00am

GHG removal at scale will likely be necessary to achieve the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals. This session will review the opportunities and challenges of various approaches to removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, including both nature-based approaches (for example, increasing the carbon content of soils, forestry, and regenerating marine ecosystems) and engineering-based approaches (for example, direct air (CO2) capture, accelerating the oxidation of methane, and enhanced rock weathering). After providing an overview of the technical qualities and characteristics of different GHG removal approaches, the session will examine the policy and legal issues they raise.

Organized by ASU Global Futures Lab & Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge

The Role of Youth, Gender, and Islands in Just & Resilient Global Futures: Amplifying Marginalized Voices for Positive Climate Impact

November 17, 2022 11:00am

Those least responsible for the climate crisis are also often the most impacted by it. Youth, women and island nations are courageously calling for climate justice. Join Maya Morsy, President of Egypt’s National Council for Women, and other champions in a moderated conversation led by Amanda Ellis, Former UN Ambassador and Former Lead Gender Specialist at the World Bank, to hear about actions calling for inclusive representation on the rights of present and future generations to be protected from climate change.


  • Maya Morsey, President, The National Council for Women in Egypt, World Economic Forum
  • Tagaloa Cooper, Director of the Climate Change Resilience Programme, SPREP
  • Steven Hartman, Founding Executive Director UNESCO BRIDGES, ASU
  • Shristi Adhikari, Youth Ambassador & Spokesperson, SheChangesClimate
  • Hailey Campbell, Co-Executive Director, Care About Climate
  • Catherine Mwangi, COP 27 Project Manager, Children's Investment Fund Foundation
  • (Moderator) Amanda Ellis, Former UN Ambassador & Senior Director, ASU
ASU Global Futures Lab

Scaling, blue carbon – what is missing?

November 17, 2022 1:00pm

Join this dynamic interview featuring Mission Blue and Fair Carbon on connecting nature-based carbon solutions to global market opportunities for financing ecosystem preservation.


  • John Vermilye, Co-Chair, Mission Blue
  • Elizabeth Francis, Project Lead Developer, Fair Carbon
Organized by ASU Global Futures Lab

Local Climate Action at the Intersection of Public Health and Equity

November 17, 2022 2:00pm

In this event, speakers from the San Francisco Bay Area regional air quality agency will talk about three cutting-edge local programs that integrate climate action with public health and equity. These programs serve communities overburdened by poverty, air pollution, and climate impacts by reducing local-scale air pollution, funding healthier and more climate-resilient homes, and providing clean air centers to increase these communities’ climate resilience.


  • John Bauters, Board Director/Board Chair, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Davina Hurt, Vice Chair of BAAQMD and Boardmember of CARB, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Dr. Idania Zamora, Climate Protection Assistant Manager, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Areana Flores, Technology Implementation, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Organized by Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Launching the California Sustainable Insurance Roadmap

November 17, 2022 6:30pm

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) to unveil the first state-level sustainable insurance roadmap for the largest insurance market in the United States. This event will be an interactive discussion with Commissioner Lara, Butch Bacani of the PSI, along with academic and environmental leaders on the how the strategies of this Roadmap can strengthen financial oversight, accelerate sustainable investments, catalyze new insurance products, and empower resilient communities.



  • Ricardo Lara, California Insurance Commissioner
  • Sona Mohnot, Associate Director, Climate Equity, The Greenlining Institute
  • Dr. Carolyn Kousky, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Steven Rothstein, Director of Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets
  • Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor and Humboldt - Del Norte County Director
  • Dr. Eric Riggs, Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, Cal Poly Humboldt
Organized by California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and United Nations Principles for Sustainable Insurance