LESC at COP22: Global brainstorming on pathways to low emissions at COP22

November 14-16, 2016
Atlantic Room, Blue Zone, Marrakech, Morocco, COP22

Introduction and Background

The first LESC was launched at COP22 and was the first large-scale technical-solutions conference organized for country delegations, placing innovative technological solutions at the core of the COP meeting.

The specific objectives of the conference were to:

500 participants joined the conference, including:


14 Nov 9:15AM
Welcome and General Introduction

HE Minister Hakima El Haite, Government of Morocco
Laurence Tubiana, Founder, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever & Chairman of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Chang Beom Kim, Ambassador of International Relations of Seoul Metropolitan Government & Representative of President Park Won-soon of ICLEI
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN

14 Nov 10:30AM
Networking break
14 Nov 11:00AM
Mid-century strategies for deep decarbonization at continental, national, and subnational scales

What does it mean to create a mid-century that incorporates global emission trajectories out to 2050? Join this session for a better understanding of the new age of thinking that this approach demands. Learn about the important link between LESC stakeholders, and what metrics and tools are available to help you complete this process. The session will showcase SDSN’s Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project as a case study of how a country can effectively model its current and project energy mix. We’ll also explore how cities and sub-national groups are critical partners when it comes to operationalizing NDC targets.


Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Jonathan Pershing, US Climate Change Envoy
Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning
Stephen Lucas, Senior Associate Deputy Minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada
Jim Williams, Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Director, SDSN
Georgy Safonov, Director of the Center for Environmental Economics, Higher School of Economics
Teng Fei, Professor at the Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy, Tsinghua University
Liu Qiang, Director of Strategy and Planning Department, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), China
Daniel Buira
Chris Bataille, Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
Libby Ferguson, The Climate Group
Stuart Hocking, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance, South Australia
Aristóteles Sandoval, Governor of Jalisco
Alice Ekwu, Commissioner for Climate Change of the Ministry of Climate Change
Ken Alex, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

14 Nov 12:30PM
Lunch Break
14 Nov 1:30PM
Opening & Status of Mission Innovation

This session will showcase the momentum of the Mission Innovation a year after its launch at COP21. Emphasis will be made on the critical role of innovation in achieving cost reductions and breakthroughs needed to deliver on deep de-carbonization targets globally.


Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, United States
Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate and Energy, European Commission
Sharon Dijksma, Minister for the Environment, Netherlands
Anne Vasara, Ambassador of Finland to the Kingdom of Morocco
Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy of Australian government
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power, India
Khalid Al-Falih, Minister Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Saudi Arabia
Ségolène Royal, Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France
Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning
Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates
Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD

14 Nov 2:45PM
Networking Break
14 Nov 3:00PM
The Contribution of ICT to Climate Action in Other Sectors

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to help other sectors reduce their emissions by up to 15% by 2030. That’s 12 gigatonnes, or 11 times the amount of CO2 saved by the EU in the past 25 years. Smart agriculture improves crop yields and reduces food waste; e-work can save up to 100 hours of travel yearly per person leading to 67% less travel emissions; smart metering in the home allows real-time energy monitoring, leading to energy savings; and in other sectors such as health management, education, lighting & appliances and building efficiency, ICT also has tremendous potential to help reduce emissions. Explore approaches that can maximize the integration and benefits of ICT across different sectors.


Joan Krajewski, General Manager USA DSC Safety, Compliance & Sustainability, Microsoft USA
Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson, Sustainability Director, Ericsson
Caspar Herzberg, Head of Africa, Schneider Electric
Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Lighting
Vijay Modi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University
Neil Gerber, Director of Strategy, Energy & Environment, Energy & Utilities Industry, IBM

14 Nov 4:30PM
Networking Break
14 Nov 4:45PM
ICT Innovative Approach to Raising Commitments Towards Climate

Understand how the ICT sector is paving the way in clever climate initiatives such as the corporate sourcing of clean energy, building on the work of REBA, RE100, and the CEM7 Corporate Sourcing campaign. This session will also tackle the convergence between climate country strategies and National Broadband plans.


Frances Way, Chief Operating Officer, CDP
Bill Weihl, Vice President Sustainability, Facebook
Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU
David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Gabrielle Ginér, Head of Sustainable Business Policy, BT Group
Thierry Valette

14 Nov 6:00PM
Driving NDC Implementation Through the Clean Energy Ministerial

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a partnership of 24 countries and the European Commission working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. Through its annual ministerial meetings and year-round initiatives and campaigns, the forum has been helping countries implement the policies and solutions that speed the deployment of the clean energy technologies that are available today. Post-Paris Agreement, this work is more crucial than ever. This event will feature the CEM as an operational platform well positioned to help countries implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and will highlight the CEM resources, tools and support available to all countries.


Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, United States
Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark
Khalid Al-Falih, Minister Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Saudi Arabia
Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy of Australian government
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power, India
Ségolène Royal, Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France
Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy & Resources Institute
Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates
Stephen Lucas, Senior Associate Deputy Minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada
Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD
Kate Hampton, Executive Director, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

15 Nov 9:15AM
Local Climate Action: Strategies and Implementation

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Join this session to enhance your understanding of the crucial role that cities must play in global climate action. ICLEI will introduce city and regional climate action strategies and their implementation plans for their targets, for example LEDs at the Municipal Level, Transformative Actions Program and so on. This session will also set the framework for discussing technical solutions to unprecedented challenges coming from rapid urbanization.


Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability)
Maryke Van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability
Leszek Drogosz, Director of Infrastructure Department, City of Warsaw, Poland
Antoine Faye, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Dakar, Senegal
Li Junfeng, Director General, National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, China
William Sisson, Director of United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) strategic efforts and advocacy for sustainable development

15 Nov 10:30AM
Innovation Award Ceremony & Networking Break

Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD
Molly Webb, Founder, Energy Unlocked

15 Nov 11:00AM
Smart Low Carbon & Sustainable Cities

Cities account for two-thirds of the world’s overall energy consumption and are responsible for about 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a critical player in the fight to reduce emissions worldwide, cities are developing smart solutions, concepts, frameworks and tools to reduce emissions and turn their communities into low-carbon cities and regions.
In this session, representatives from local governments and the private sector will present approaches to smart cities and discuss the challenges and opportunities of using ‘smartness’ as a method for low-carbon development. They’ll share their experiences on how the public and private actors can improve on identifying and implementing smart low-carbon solutions.


Roman Mendle, Smart Cities Program Manager, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability
Michèle Pappalardo, Coordinator, Vivapolis
Haron Idris, Chief Minister of Melaka, Malaysia
Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, Canada
Akiko Miura, Director, Emission Cap and Trade Section , Climate Change & Energy Division, Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
Sylvia Parienté, CEO, Exochems Environment, Switzerland

15 Nov 2:00PM
Sustainable Construction: Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Materials

How we can move to a more sustainable built environment? In this panel session, hear from experts discussing the solutions that cover sustainable materials, construction innovations, increased energy efficiency, and adaptation and resilience. You’ll learn how these solutions can be deployed on larger scales, and explore practical pathways to overcome barriers to their adoption.


Jennifer Layke, Global Director, Energy Program, WRI
Peter Moonen, National Sustainability Manager, Canadian Wood Council
Nev Hyman, Founder, Nev House
Karen Scrivener, Professor and Researcher, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Marcel Cobuz, CEO, LafargeHolcim Morocco
John Thwaites, Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board and Director Green Building Council of Australia

15 Nov 1:00PM
Lunch Break
15 Nov 2:00PM
Introduction to Mobility Challenges and Innovation in the Transport Sector

Transport and mobility play an important role in our economies, and they also represent about 25% of global energy related emissions. With demand set to grow significantly over the coming decades, how do we transform transport in order to we move towards a low-carbon economy?


Ahmed Barroudi, CEO of SIE (Société d’Investissement Energetique), Morocco
Patrick Oliva, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group
Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD
Nasry Juan Asfura Zablah, Mayor, City of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

15 Nov 2:30PM
Electric and Hydrogen Mobility

Demand for electric vehicles is rising quickly alongside improvements in battery technology and a growing supply of renewable energy. These technologies are sure to dominate a decarbonized transport sector in the future. This session will explore innovations in EV and Fuel Cell vehicles, and explore options for scaling up their deployment across vehicle segments and other opportunities such as maritime and aviation.


Alexis Gazzo, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY
Christian Girardeau, Vice President, Schneider Electric
Sylvain Allano, Chief Scientific Officer, PSA Peugeot Citroën
Andreas Klugescheid, Head of Steering Governmental and External Affairs and Sustainability Communications, BMW Group
Toshifumi Kokubun
Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport, City of Oslo, Norway

15 Nov 3:30PM
Keynote & Networking Break

Dario Piselli, Project Leader, SDSN Youth
Anastasia Kostamarova, Project Officer, SDSN Youth

15 Nov 4:00PM
Low Carbon Fuels

Sustainable liquid fuels are back in the spotlight, with innovations such as waste-to-fuel or power-to-liquids changing the landscape. Low-carbon fuels make up only 3% of current transport fuels, but this figure must grow to 10% by 2030 to satisfy economic growth and help keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.This panel will describe the exciting progress made from lab to market and explain how these fuels can be an essential part of LEDs and fulfill strict sustainability criteria in a wide variety of national circumstances.


Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
Gerard Ostheimer, Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)
David Burns, Manager, National Wildlife Fund, representing the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
Nour Amrani, Public Affairs and Public Relations Manager, Novozymes
Sean Simpson, Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder, LanzaTech
William Brandt, Director of Strategic Integration, ASU Lightworks
Andreas Foller, Sustainability Manager at Scania

15 Nov 5:00PM
Low-Carbon Freight & Shipping

Heavy goods transport requires a step change in order to accelerate the decarbonization of the sector. We must integrate ICT solutions, build smarter infrastructure, share data and assets, improve route optimization use and deploy new vehicle/vessel design paradigms. This panel will set a benchmark for the least emitting means of shipping (ie, boat vs truck vs plane), and will review challenges and solutions to decarbonizing freight on a global scale.


Vincent Benezech, Transport Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) International Transport Forum
Martin Rapos, Energy and Mobility Director, Route Monkey
Tristan Smith, Researcher & Lecturer in Energy and Transport, University College London Energy Institute
Sudhir Gota, Transport Specialist in Clean Air Initiative for Asian cities (CAI-Asia)
Rachid Tahri, President, Moroccan Freight Forwarders Association (AFFM)
Sébastien Bougon, Founder, Flying Whales

16 Nov 9:15AM
Clean Energy: Leading the Transition

The future of the global energy mix: as new technology developments drive down renewable costs, and new financial business models widen the diversity of energy market players and investors, decarbonization becomes more attractive and paves the way for increased levels of ambition in LEDs. This session will present the latest technological advances in clean energy, including innovative and renewable solutions that are being deployed on the ground; as well as exploring how countries and utilities are dealing with the intermittency of renewables.


Philippe Joubert, Executive Chairman Global Electricity Initiative, World Energy Council
Jordan Sturdy, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment, British Columbia Government
Eric Maucort, Deputy Vice President, Électricité de France (EDF Group)
Juan Ramon Silva Ferrada, Ferrada, Chief Sustainability Officer
Carlos Sallé, Director of Energy Policies, Iberdrola
Mandy Rambharos, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Manager, Eskom

16 Nov 10:30AM
Keynote & Networking Break

Paulette van Ommen, Sustainability Manager, DSM
Said Mouline

16 Nov 11:00AM
Smart Grids

Stable, reliable electricity is a key building block of social and economic development. Recent advances in micro-grid models and distributed energy resources have brought about a new age of thinking in the sector. Implementing smart grid technology will serve as the backdrop to envision how we generate and distribute energy differently in the new energy mix. Explore the challenges and opportunities around smart grid technology, including computerized grids, two-way digital communication, and how developing nations are making this work in their communities.


Vijay Modi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University
Terry Boston, Former President and CEO, PJM Interconnection
Deepak Divan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Maxine Ghavi, Head of Microgrids Initiative, ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)
Anjan Bose, Regents Professor, Washington State University
Felix Zhang, Envision Energy Limited, China

16 Nov 12:30PM
Lunch Break
16 Nov 1:30PM
Industry Climate Action and CCUS

The production of power, iron, steel, cement and chemicals alone are estimated to account for more than 40% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.Reducing these emissions is crucial for maintaining competitiveness in a carbon-constrained future. Hear about the approaches that different sectors are taking towards carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCU&S).


Julio Friedmann, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Eric Masanet, Leader of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Manuela Ojan, Global Environmental Sustainability, HeidelbergCement
Valérie Quiniou, VP Climate, Strategy, Innovation, Total
Julien Perez, Senior Manager, EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services
Issam Dairanieh, CEO, CO2 Sciences
Charlotte Wolff-Bye, VP Sustainability, Statoil
Alan Knight, General Manager for Corporate Responsibility at ArcelorMittal
K-C Tran, Co-Founder, Carbon Recycling International
Michel Bande, VP Sustainability, Solvay

16 Nov 2:45PM
Climate Smart Agriculture and Innovation

This session highlights the important role of agriculture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the role that climate smart agriculture solutions can play in helping countries achieve their NDCs. This panel will discuss practical solutions for Climate Smart Agriculture as a response to challenges as diverse as deforestation, soil and nutrient management, food loss and waste, and the protection of smallholder farmers. Learn how CSA can be facilitated through enhanced monitoring, reporting and verifying tools.


Sonja Vermeulen, Head of Research, Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR)
Varun Vats, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Partnerships, Syngenta International AG
Chris Brown, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam
Virgilio Viana, Superintendent-General, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation
Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company
Gabriela Burian, Global Lead Sustainable Agriculture and Innovation
Abbie Reynolds, Executive Director Sustainable Business New Zealand
Michael Obersteiner, Program Director, International Institute for Applied System Analysis
Margaret Torn, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

16 Nov 4:15PM
Networking Break
16 Nov 4:45PM
Low-Carbon Policies

This session will provide an overview of the policies and regulations that are needed to support the deep decarbonization of energy systems. Hear about the challenges, benefits, and expected outcomes of policies such as taxes, carbon trading schemes, feed-in tariffs, and carbon pricing.


Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director, Natural Capital, WBCSD
Mark Sinclair, Climate Change Ambassador, New Zealand
Thomas Kerr, Principal Climate Policy Officer, CPLC
Paul Simpson, CEO, Carbon Disclosure Project
Carlos Gentile, Undersecretary of Climate Change, Gov. Argentina
David Turk, Head of Energy Environment Division, International Energy Agency
David Heurtel, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and the Fight Against Climate Change

16 Nov 6:00PM
Lessons Learned and Pathways Ahead

Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD
Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability)
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO, Solvay