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In the past years the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) has become a leading international forum for key stakeholders of the energy sector. High-level policymakers, industry, science and civil society are given the opportunity to share their experiences and ideas on a safe, affordable and environmentally responsible global energy transition. In 2019, the conference was home to more than 2.000 participants from over 90 countries, including 50 ministers and state secretaries and more than 100 high-level speakers, exchanging on investment flows, system integration or long-time scenarios against the backdrop of dynamic innovation and the digital transformation.
Please find the official #betd2019 Flyer here (PDF).
The inspiring dialogue on the global energy transition continued 2019 with high-level participants from politics, industry, science and civil society with a special focus on:
- integrated energy transition
- structural change
The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue is hosted and supported by the German Federal Government and a joint initiative of German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), German Energy Agency (dena) and eclareon.
Impressions of the conference
30 stops, 600 VIPs, 3,000+ visitors
4,000+ tweets, 10 million social media reach
200,000+ km of travelling (carbon offsetting)
The Green Energiewende Sofa is the icon of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. It is travelling the world to liaise with other conference and events and collects statements and views on the #Energiewende. Over 4,000 people contributed already live or via twitter to the global Dialogue! When do you join the green journey and share your vision of green?
Last stops of the Green Sofa
8th IRENA Assembly, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13-14 January 2018 | Les Assisses Européennes de la Transition Énergétiques, Geneva, Switzerland, 30 January – 01 February 2018 | GLOBE Forum, Vancouver, Canada, 14-16 March 2018 | Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018, Berlin, Germany, 17-18 April 2018 | re:publica, Berlin, Germany, 02 – 04 May 2018 | German-French Energy Forum, Berlin, Germany, 12 June 2018 |Korea Energy Transition Conference, Seoul, South Korea, 04-05 October 2018 | 11th European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) Conference, Vienna, Austria, 20-21 November 2018 | dena Energiewende-Kongress 2018, Berlin, Germany, 26-27 November 2018 | 9th IRENA Assembly, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 11-13 January 2019 | Vaasa Energy Week, Vaasa, Finland, 18-21 March 2019 | Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2019, Berlin, Germany, 09-10 April 2019
MINISTERS & STATE SECRETARIES
HIGH LEVEL SPEAKERS
Final Schedule – always subject to last-minute changes
This session will set the scene with the official opening of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2019 by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. Following the ministerial speeches, keynote speakers present their views on the global energy transition from an industry and climate justice perspective. Finally, IEA and IRENA will look towards 2050. IEA will present key elements of a new study with a 2050 perspective on clean buildings, while the IRENA Roadmap to 2050 will outline required transformations and opportunities on the path towards a sustainable energy system.Linda Davis (Moderator), Heiko Maas, Peter Altmaier, Ami Vitale, Joe Kaeser, Mary Robinson, Dr Fatih Birol, Franceso La Camera
Geopolitics in the age of renewable energy
Fundamental changes are taking place in the global energy system which will affect almost all countries and have wide-ranging geopolitical consequences. Renewables have moved to the centre of the global energy landscape. Innovations in digitalisation and energy storage are expanding the potential for renewables to flourish in ways that were unimaginable just a decade ago. Just as fossil fuels have shaped the geopolitical map over the last two centuries, the energy transition will alter the global distribution of power, relations between states, the risk of conflict, and the social, economic and environmental drivers of geopolitical instability. This session will consider the geopolitical implications of a global energy transition.Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Simonetta Sommaruga, Hala Zawati, Adnan Z. Amin, Sharon Burke
Mission Possible! – Challenges and Solutions for the Energy Transition
The energy market is in full transition. Around the globe, countries have initiated processes to decarbonise their energy systems by increasing the share of renewables in the generation capacity and upgrading the existing infrastructure. Through this transition process new challenges for governments, system operators and market stakeholders emerge and need to be addressed. Other countries are proving that the transition does not come without challenges but that it is certainly a mission possible. To this end, the session will discuss existing challenges facing the participating countries and identify solutions and best practice examples to overcome the obstacles. These obstacles may include the realisation of the transition at the lowest cost without compromising the system’s reliability, the question of infrastructure and its flexibility to accommodate decentralised production, as well as the emergence of new players in the market and the requirement for existing ones to adapt. The session will provide a forum for high-level representatives to outline existing challenges, present experiences and identify solutions and best practices for the energy transition. To this end, the political high-level panellists will provide an insight into the top 3 challenges they faced in the initial phase of the energy transition or during the further transitional processes. They will also report on identified solutions to address the obstacles. At the same time, the entire panel will discuss good practice examples and provide assistance on those issues that still persist in the countries concerned.Linda Davis (Moderator) Dr Kocho Angjushev Faustine Delasalle, João Galamba
Managing the socio-economic implications of exit coal strategies
Exit coal has become a central focus of many states, regions and cities around the globe to substantially improve their carbon footprint, reduce greenhouse gas emissions or contribute to better air quality for their people. For a long time coal was an abundant and cheaply available resource that powered and heated millions of households in industrialised countries and allowed emerging economies such as China and India to raise the living standard of large sections of their societies to a new level. Coal was often “more accessible than other energy sources, easier to transport and simpler to store”; yet, besides the economic argument, coal was also a resource that ensured national sovereignty of the energy supply of some states, over dependencies on foreign imports. The truth, however, is that even today, coal is the world’s biggest source of carbon emissions, a major contributor to global warming and a central air polluting source in a number of regions and cities, decisively affecting the health of citizens. Based on the aforementioned arguments, exit coal strategies must encompass a multitude of socio-economic implications, rooted in the individual circumstances of the targeted countries, regions and cities. The individual policies and strategies will provide an exit scenario for the use of coal as a source of electricity and heat, while at the same time providing a forward-looking economic perspective for those who will lose their jobs due to the restructuring of the energy system. The session will provide an overview of different exit coal strategies, encompassing individual root causes for quitting this energy source. It will highlight opportunities and best practices and outline how structural change can be driven by innovation to provide a different but even more future-driven perspective for the people affected.Linda Davis (Moderator), Prof Dr Claudia Kemfert, Brenda Martin, Barbara Praetorius, Samantha Smith, Claude Turmes, Susana Jiménez, Lord Oliver Henley
Digital drivers for the global energy transition
The digital transformation of the energy system is the necessary next step to unlock the full potential of the global energy transition. Only by digitalising the energy system will the coordination of the growing complexity due to renewables and sector coupling be possible. Furthermore, the global energy transition emerged alongside a new value proposition to the prosumer. In order to fulfil this proposition, technological paradigms like blockchain could empower the prosumer in an unprecedented way. Thus the digitalisation of renewables is already proving itself a disruptive testing ground for the energy systems and energy markets to come. This panel will discuss the driving technologies behind the digital transformation of the energy sector and the current regulatory and technological obstacles to adopting them.Prof Dr Jens Strüker (Moderator), Kristoffer Böttzauw, Lucy Craig, Joanna Hubbard, Arnaud Leroy, Jane Rygaard Pedersen, Chun-taek Rim, Maximiliane von Butler, Dr Megan Woods
The future energy powerhouses
Rapidly growing renewables have unquestionably started to transform the global energy landscape in an irreversible way. Global investment in renewable energy continued its upward trajectory last year, raising the proportion of world electricity generated by green sources like wind, solar, biomass and geothermal to a new high. Since 2012 newly installed generation capacity from renewable sources exceeded that of fossil fuels. Almost 50 countries that will be adversely affected by climate change have agreed to make their energy production 100% renewable by the year 2050. All over the world countries are making huge strides toward green technology. The rapid growth of renewable energy and the associated changes in regional and global energy supply chains are likely to alter the power and influence of some states and regions relative to others, and to redraw the geopolitical map in the 21st century. This will also reconfigure alliances and trade flows, and create new interdependencies around electric grids and new commodities. The balance of power in a much more renewable world will change. Most countries will be able to achieve energy independence with increased energy security and more freedom to take their own energy decisions. While in the past oil and gas resource-rich countries in the Middle East, the USA and Russia were unshrinkable where access to most of the world’s primary energy supply was concerned, new players are now emerging. Fossil fuel-importing states will be able to use renewables to reap strategic and economic benefits. The session will focus on what it takes to be a future energy leader and what implications the shift from fossil fuels to renewables has on regional and global balance of power.David Patrician (Moderator), Prof Dr Georgeta Vidican Auktor, Liping Jiang, Reza Ardakanian, Babatunde Fashola, Trần Tuấn Anh
PTX: Unleash sector coupling?
For replacing fossil fuels and moving towards effective decarbonisation, the transition to renewable sources must not be limited to the power sector. Renewable energy needs to become the basis for all or most end-use sectors of energy, i.e. by connecting the sectors (sector coupling) to unleash more flexibility. Combining supply, demand and market development of all energy sectors is vital for achieving different decarbonisation options and allowing an integrated energy transition. One strategy to link the different energy sectors is Power-to-X technology (PTX). Power can be transformed into hydrogen or other renewable gases or it can be used to produce synthetic (liquid) fuels (power fuels). As renewable power production from wind and solar is variable, PTX offers value creation for the electricity that cannot be used directly or stored in batteries, as an alternative to curtailment and compensation for losses. PTX can be used to enable the so-called hydrogen economy, produce power fuels or be used directly in industrial applications. In this session we will ask what role PTX should play in the energy transition and how to unlock its potential.Dr Kathrin Goldammer (Moderator), Dr Katharina Beumelburg, Tomas Kåberger, Angela Wilkinson,Prof Suani Teixeira Coelho
Beyond electricity - Making the transition work in all sectors
The present session aims to outline the chances and challenges for the achievement of the energy transition and to discuss the future of energy systems from a holistic point of view. Reducing the costs of the energy transition by creating cost-efficient synergies between all energy sectors: this is the pledge of sector coupling, thereby largely referring to the direct electrification of end-use sectors such as industry, building and transport. Electricity stemming from renewable energy sources (RES), mostly PV and wind, has become very competitive and is regularly produced in surplus, whereas the heating and transport sectors still rely much on the use of fossil fuels. Within this context, replacing conventional heating appliances by electric heat pumps in buildings, for example, or replacing old car fleets by electric vehicles, appear to be win-win solutions to reduce emissions from the heating and transport sectors while balancing volatile electricity production. However, the extensive recourse to electricity in other sectors also poses different challenges. Large-scale electrification may threaten grid stability and implies the planning of significant and pricy grid extension. In addition, innovative technologies need to be encouraged to improve their economic feasibility and foster the development of new business models. Last but not least, energy markets need to be fundamentally redesigned to allow for an integrated sector coupling. All these aspects require the implementation of a forward-looking legal, political and technical framework.Mechthild Wörsdörfer (Moderator), Rana Adib, Ragna Árnadóttir, Drew Clarke, Dr Simone Peter, Prof Dr Miranda Schreurs, Hans-Josef Fell
Efficient, smart, mobile - Shaping cities of the future
Currently, over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Cities concentrate 65% of the global energy demand and produce 70% of the energy-related CO2 emissions. In perspective, cities are faced with the challenge of covering the rising energy needs of their population, while ensuring healthy, sustainable and environment-friendly living conditions. Within this context, the so-called “smart cities” are called upon to implement the energy transition based on a large RES deployment and an enhanced digital infrastructure. Yet each city has to elaborate its own smart roadmap based on its specific energy efficiency and renewable energy potential, taking into consideration numerous factors such as geographic and climate conditions, population density, energy demand as well as the existing building and transport infrastructure. Last but not least, the city’s economy also plays a significant role in determining the realistic opportunities for the transformation of its energy system. This session will revolve around the planning assessment of old and new cities.Claire Roumet (Moderator), Anne Sinnemäki, Theresia Vogel, Dr Rabia Ferroukhi, Long Weiding
How to use blockchain for the energy sector?
Blockchain is said to have the potential to become a game changer for the energy sector as a whole. In particular, it could be the radical new techno-economic paradigm that fulfils the political, regulatory, technological and economic requirements of a decentralised, decarbonised and digitalised energy transition.Nelly Grotefendt (Moderator), Victor Alagbe, Andrea Bauer, Dr Michèle Finck
Triggering investments in the integrated energy transition
The energy transition is driven by new technologies and falling costs, increasingly making renewables the first-best option and changing the underlying economics of the energy system. Still, the bulk of all energy investments go to the fossil fuel sector, and fossil fuel subsidies amount to 6.5% of world GDP. In order to meet the “well below 2 degrees” of the Paris Climate Agreement, investment of more than 3,500 billion on average per year in the energy transition is needed. It becomes clear that sufficient funds are available but there is a clear need to align investments and financial streams with the objective of accelerating the energy transition in all sectors. This session will deal with the question of how to secure finance for the integrated energy transition.Virginia Sonntag-O'Brien (Moderator), Nataliya Boyko, Andrew McDowell, Libby Wayman, Thabane Zulu
Using carbon pricing revenues effectively
When greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere, their warming effect has a negative impact felt around the globe. However, those causing the emissions do not pay for this external cost they impose on others. Carbon pricing policies aim to correct this market failure by creating a price signal that reflects the environmental cost of emitting greenhouse gases. They provide economic incentives for industries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to encourage an efficient, market-based transition to a low-carbon economy. The uptake of carbon pricing policies is also reflected in the increased revenue streams: in 2017 carbon revenues raised by governments accounted for USD 33 billion, about USD 10 billion more than in the previous year. This, however, raises the issue of how governments should use these considerable revenues effectively. For the way they are used can impact the economic effectiveness of pricing mechanisms, influence environmental outcomes and help improve the political acceptability of their introduction or increase. These revenues, when carefully and strategically considered, can represent a significant financial resource for governments to support public policy goals. International experience shows that there are generally four very different options for spending these revenues: investment in low-carbon projects, allocation to the general budget, reduction of other taxes to offset the burden of a carbon tax, or direct payment of premiums or subsidies. Policymakers can consider all these options, using them individually or in combination, in order to achieve the objectives of greatest importance to their jurisdiction. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for revenue utilisation, transparency of expenditure nevertheless seems essential. This session aims to show some actual examples of these options for the use of revenues and tries to look at the interplay between these options and objectives to identify challenges and opportunities.Linda Davis (Moderator), Dr Brigitte Knopf, Dr Robert B. Weisenmiller, Jonatan Julien, Benoît Revaz
Resilience & cybersecurity in decentralizing energy systems
The digitalisation of the energy system is an answer to the growing complexity due to the integration of renewables and sector coupling. However, this answer itself raises new questions regarding resilience, cybersecurity and data protection. The panel will discuss the challenges an increasingly decentralised energy system will pose to the ICT infrastructure. New technological approaches like blockchain, AI, IoT and 5G can counter these challenges and help to decentralise and distribute the digital transformation itself. By harnessing the potential of these new technologies for decentralising energy systems, there might even be a new case for the energy transition itself: besides providing clean and affordable energy, the global energy transition can become an innovation driver for cybersecurity and resilience. The panel discussion will take account of the geopolitical implications of digitalised energy systems in the future. As the importance of the hydrocarbon economy will increasingly fade away as an absolute term within the equation of geopolitics and security policy, the critical and digitalised infrastructure could become the primary target for new types of cyber-interventions instead. This digitalisation driven by renewables can actually contribute to cybersecurity and resilience in an increasingly decentralised energy system.Julia Schütze (Moderator), Dr. Giovanna Dondossola, Dr Ludmila Georgieva, Chris Kubecka, Stefan Moser, René Tammist, Dr Ana Trbovich
Wrap up and Closing
The closing session is organised as a fireside chat between Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, Dr Anita Shankar, an anthropologist specialising in behavioural change and clean energy technologies, and Dr Linda Davis, in her role as moderator of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2019. This format aims to create an intimate and pleasant atmosphere conductive to an enlightening dialogue on the most important insights gathered during the conference. The speakers will be in charge of identifying and synthesising the main findings of the conference. Furthermore, they will set the “homework” for the energy sector until the next Dialogue and provide a concerted vision regarding the outlook for the energy transition in the near future. Director-General Thorsten Herdan from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will formulate a political wrap-up of the two-day conference, including an outlook on the upcoming policy developments for a successful energy transition. Last but not least, State Secretary Antje Leendertse of the Federal Foreign Office will officially close the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2019 in the name of the German Government, sending the Green Sofa out on its global journey and officially inviting the audience to join the next Dialogue in 2020.Linda Davis (Moderator), Laurence Tubiana, Anita Shankar, Marek Kamiński, Thorsten Herdan, Antje Leendertse
Energy diversification and technology as drivers of stability and peace
Today, there is a clear awareness of the connection between energy and growth, but less attention is paid to the relation between energy, peace and stability. Yet energy is increasingly becoming a source of tensions, for example in northern Iraq, South Sudan, the Niger Delta and parts of Central Asia. Experts are sure that the geopolitics of energy will sooner or later cease to be that of gas and oil. Unlike fossil fuels, which are characterised by the uneven geographical distribution of natural reserves, renewables are abundant across regions and countries. To this end, their increased use will contribute to a decentralisation of the energy structure and thus to a larger energy independency of states, leading ultimately to a reduction in tensions and conflicts. The reaching of the peak oil momentum is expected to further accelerate the process and bring along a redesign of the geopolitical architecture of today and a democratisation of energy. The session will evaluate to what extent the diversification of energy and the application of new technologies are serving stability and peace. It will shed light on the different factors of renewables that may contribute to the prevention of future conflicts over fuels, water and land. In addition, it will also discuss to what extent regional interconnection and cooperation are stability factors and whether regional grids are replacing intercontinental commodity trading. However, besides the positive factors of renewables for peace and stability, the session will also touch on potential risks of the use of renewables at scale for international affairs and security, such as increased competition over critical materials, the emergence of new forms of the resource curse, the use of electricity disruption as a geopolitical weapon, and the rise of cybersecurity as a geopolitical risk.Jennifer Porto (Moderator), Dr Tatiana Mitrova, Katy Clarke, Fatima Al-Foora Al Shamsi, Carola van Rijnsoever, Dr Kirsten Westphal, Melissa Simpson
Start-up Energy Transition: How can public and private investment support start-ups in contributing to the energy transition?
The global energy transition is one of the biggest challenges in human history. Its successful realisation will take innovation, new perspectives and committed people. Start-ups bring all these characteristics together. They go through different funding cycles, starting from the concept and seed stage and going all the way through to scaling. Depending on what stage a start-up is at, different types of investment are needed and available. The start-up energy transition session will bring together the winners of the Start Up Energy Transition Award and experts in providing public and private funding. Together they will discuss available options and how to access funding. Meanwhile start-ups will share their insights on the challenges they experienced while looking for and accessing funding. At the SET Tech Festival, start-ups from different countries and cultures are represented, reflecting different opportunities and challenges. This session offers the chance to exchange experiences and information about all options and to get helpful inspiration from the winners.Linda Davis (Moderator), Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Julia Padberg
Power, heat, gas: Integrated infrastructures for a successful energy transition
The expansion of renewables, especially in the electricity sector, increases the need for flexibility in the energy system by linking the infrastructure of different energy sectors and by using different energy storage options. Especially at the regional level and in urban areas, there is potential for optimising the various energy infrastructures for electricity, gas and heat. In order to shift to an entirely sustainable energy supply, there is a need to expand the focus beyond electricity generation from renewables. Renewable energy is the essential part of a smart energy system that includes power, heating, direct industrial applications, gas and transportation. Therefore, the linkage and coupling of all energy sectors must be intensified. For example, storage for heat, gas, and liquid fuels can complement electricity storage, enabling a wide range of solutions for the integration of variable wind and solar power while smart district heating and cooling concepts for cities can have a major impact on reducing fossil-based energy generation.Iva Ridjan Skov (Moderator), Simone Ertel, Daniela Decurtins, Cristina Gómez Simón, Giulia Laura Cancian, Dr Jennifer Jenkins, Auke Lont
Future Urban Mobility
As more of the world’s cities become congested and polluted, new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenge. Energy transition needs a mobility transition as well. There’s a greater need to find ecological solutions for clean and efficient transportation systems as a solution to both emissions reduction and increased traffic volume. Due to growing urbanisation, large cities and metropolitan areas are becoming increasingly congested. This has led to a dramatic change in the way people get around cities. Fast-moving trends are influencing urban-mobility systems around the world. People are looking to optimise their transportation through on-demand solutions, vehicle sharing and many other options. Also bicycles, electrified or conventional, are making a big comeback. Technological advances and new transportation services make it possible for city dwellers to cross town ever more efficiently and safely. Integrated mobility, a concept that is emerging in cities across the globe, aims to offer the most convenient possible transportation journey, where people can use the most logical vehicles for any given trip. As each city is unique, the realisation of future mobility concepts will differ from city to city. The session aims to highlight some of the trends and innovations that affect urban mobility with a particular focus on integrated mobility concepts. Representatives of different mobility providers will discuss how to integrate different mobility systems and identify key success factors for integrated mobility in urban areas.Holger Dalkmann (Moderator), Fabian Krohn, Tina Zierul, Vaitea Cowan, Andre Dzikus, Dr Johanna Tzanidaki, Lars Purkarthofer, Carl-Friedrich Eckhardt
Workshop: Resilience & cybersecurity in decentralizing energy systems
Firstly, it is easier to understand what hackers are actually doing than you might think. Secondly, as a decision-maker committed to the success of the global energy transition it is of the utmost importance to have a basic understand of what hackers do: the digitalisation of the energy transition is a necessary answer to the growing complexity resulting from the integration of renewables and sector coupling. However, this answer raises crucial questions regarding the resilience and cybersecurity of the overall energy system. This workshop will therefore discuss current cyber threats to energy systems. In addition, you will be introduced to principal strategies and concepts to counter these cyber threats in the course of teamwork.Julia Schütze (Moderator)
Side Event GIZ & Agora Verkehrswende: Full power ahead! How to stimulate a global decarbonisation of mobility
In order to achieve the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, ambitious action is needed globally to reduce emissions from the transport sector. At the same time, transport demand is expected to rise steadily in view of continuous urbanisation and motorisation. In our event, we want to discuss which framework conditions are necessary in order to facilitate a global mobility transformation and how the international community can provide them. With this event, GIZ, Agora Verkehrswende, and the World Economic Forum will launch their project “T4<2° - Transport for a below two degrees future” on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office.Rolando Castro Córdoba, Carola van Rijnsoever, Yoshioka Tatsuya, Michaela Spaeth, Günter Hörmandinger, Vera Scholz
Side Event BMU - Shifting to below 2°C economies: Strategies for Just Energy Transitions
The IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C recommends to reduce CO2 Emission closely to zero until the mid of the century. To walk down this path, USD 2.4 trillion of investments until 2035 are necessary in the energy sector alone. A number that shows the huge transformational impact of decarbonisation we are facing in all our economies.
The transition to a low-carbon economy can have profound impacts on energy consumers, existing industries and the workforce. There will be opportunities to create new consumer choices and grow new sectors as well as instances where transition support will be needed. Implementing the energy transition requires leadership, excellent political tactics and effective engagement and communication to build support and manage impacts of reforms. Policy and implementation strategies are essential: these include building coalitions, reallocating resources, making transparent the costs of preserving fossil fuel industry in terms of health, climate impacts, jobs and fiscal expenditure, and highlighting the positive economic opportunities arising from a clean energy transition.
So far, the “tactics” of transition processes have not received the attention they merit and governments around the world are struggling with how to address just transitions. “Real People, Real Change: Strategies for just energy transitions” developed by IISD with support from BMU aims to fill this gap.
The objective of this side event is to bring together seasoned policy-makers, representatives of international organizations and labour organisations as well as innovative campaigners and researchers to launch the guidebook and discuss and identify successful approaches for just energy transitions.
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Meet our keynote speakers
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Special Envoy of the President of Burkina Faso for SDGs and Climate Change Chair of the H.R.H. Princes Abze Djigma Foundation
President & CEO, Siemens
Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland
National Geographic photographer and filmmaker
Meet our valued speakers
Minister for Energy and Spatial Planning, Luxembourg
Co-Founder, Grid Singularity & Energy Web Foundation
Chief Operating Officer & Blockchain Strategist, OneWattSolar, Nigeria
CEO, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) & Member of the Board, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Vice President and Director of Technology and Innovation, DNV GL Energy
Professor for Sustainability, Environmental Economics and Policy, HTW University of Applied Sciences & Member of the Coal Commission Germany
Official Side Events
Several Side Events – including guided tours, workshops, B2B events and other networking activities – will take place before and after the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Conference.
The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Side Events are ideal for gaining in‑depth knowledge about the different aspects of the energy transition, as well as for exchanging views and experiences with key experts in the field.
Are you eager to take an even closer look at the latest innovations, trends and technologies shaping the energy landscape? Ten fascinating Guided Tours take you to the hubs of the German energy transition and bring you together with its movers and shakers: visionary entrepreneurs, forward-thinking founders, leading researchers and energy experts. Whether it be the future of mobility or sustainable buildings, renewable technologies or the implications of digital technology – the Guided Tours will provide the insight you are seeking. Do not miss out on your chance to get an inside view of cutting-edge business models and innovative projects through which the energy transition is becoming a reality.
Women play a major role in paving the way for a truly global and reliable energy transition. However, it is a well-known fact that the energy sector and other energy transition sectors continue to be male-dominated. We will foster the exchange among participants of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue and representatives of various networks of women working in the energy sector by hosting the second lunch meeting for women only, jointly organised by the German Energy Agency and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET).
The Workshops of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue are a great chance to absorb and exchange the right knowledge according to your Energiewende interest. This year we present 7 different workshops with a variety of topics: Renewable Energies, Mexican Energy Transition, Power to the People: Peer-to-Peer Business Solutions, Green Energy and Climate Finance, Heat and Storage and Grid and Flexibility in the power. This is your unique opportunity to get involved and learn from the energy experts at our Workshops!
B2B (Business-To-Business) Dialogue
The participants of the BETD 2019 are also welcome to our B2B (Business-to-Business) side events. The event offers the privilege to network with excellent minds for the energy transition and get informed on innovative climate-friendly energy solutions and flagship projects developed in Germany which drive the German Energy Transition, the “Energiewende”.
Urban Energy Forum 2019
The Urban Energy Forum brings together clean technology experts from Berlin and all over the world, to discuss this year´s focus on the current transformation of the Energy Market and Economy. The accompanying challenges- of a global Energiewende that relies on clean, decentralized and urban solutions will be the center of the annual Urban Energy Forum 2019. Therefore, independent prosumers and distributed Peer-to-Peer-Solutions are of growing interest for new energy models and technologies. For this purpose, important key players will share their expertise on barriers as well as challenges and lead over to the prospects and advantages of practicable key Peer-to-Peer Business Solutions.
Evening reception & Start Up Energy Transition Award ceremony
The evening reception is one of the highlights of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, serving as the melting pot of the Berlin Energy Week. Guests of the BETD come together with the Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival participants to witness the recognition of the top start ups from the Start Up Energy Transition Award.
If you would like to join our evening reception, please register here. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail.
Guests of the BETD do not have to register separately.
Berlin Energy Week
The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue and its framework programme are at the core of the “Berlin Energy Week” from April 8th -12th 2019. This year, it will be complemented by the Tech Festival of the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) initiative , the hub Berlin, the Future Mobility Summit, the Future of Offshore Windpower, the Drawdown Europe, the IDTechEx, the Electric Vehicles and the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF). During the week, you will be able to experience 360 degrees of the Energiewende!
We cordially invite you to the hub.berlin on 10 & 11 April 2019. In the first year after Cebit, our Business Festival gains special importance: for the exchange with politics and the press, for discussions with customers and partners, as a platform within the Bitkom industry.
Future Mobility 2019 is the central congress for mobility. The congress addresses the implementation issues of the mobility transformation and presents the latest solutions from industry, science and the public sector at the EUREF Campus in Berlin.
Drawdown Europe, an initiative of the German Energy Agency (dena) and EIT Climate-KIC, was launched in 2018 and stems from Project Drawdown’s initial collaborative research project seeking the most substantive solutions to reversing global warming. The second gathering of Drawdown Europe will celebrate the launch of the German translation of the Drawdown book, and under the umbrella of the “100 solutions” proposed in the book, inspire a Call to Action in the fight against climate change across Europe.
The Future of Offshore Wind Energy is the most important event on offshore wind energy in Berlin. You can expect the 9th & 10th of April future trends & technical innovations, market developments, international speakers and important political players.
This annual IDTechEx event focuses on future energy storage solutions, including advanced- and post-Lithium-ion technologies, new form factors and emerging applications. IDTechEx brings together different players in the value chain, from material & technology developers to integrators to end-users, providing insight on forthcoming technologies, material selection, market trends and latest products. Topics covered include: Li-ion battery breakthroughs, solid-state and other beyond Li-ion batteries, battery second life and recycling, supercapacitors, fuel cells, and advances in battery manufacturing.
In the whole world, only Electric Vehicles conference looks at the total reinvention of electric vehicles and how the components opportunity is far bigger than it seems. Topics include: electric cars and buses, light EV’s, autonomous and connected cars, charging infrastructure, V2G and power electronics, electric motors for EV, and material opportunities for electric vehicles.
Meet Federal Minister Svenja Schulze, CDU party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Parliamentary Undersecretary Thomas Bareiß, MdB, IPEEC Director Benoît Lebot and more than 350 decision-makers from Business, Politics and Science at the Annual-Conference of the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF). Furthermore experts from, among others, China, India, USA, Ghana and the Netherlands will present innovative energy efficiency policies and use-cases from their countries.