WATCH: Policies for the Planet conference 2024

The poster for the Policies for the Planet conference 2024. A walkable and sustainable city centre.
Graphic: Sean Creighton/The Progress Playbook

On March 14, 2024, we hosted our inaugural Policies for the Planet conference, in collaboration with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL’s) South Africa arm.

Speakers included the policymakers behind Uruguay, Chile and South Australia’s rapid energy transitions, Norway’s world-leading electric vehicle shift, and South Africa’s flagship just transition projects, among others.

Speakers and video timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 – Intro by Victoria Evans, conference MC
  • 00:04:45 – Intro by Nick Hedley, editor of The Progress Playbook
  • 00:11:05 – Andrew Middleton, CEO of GoSolr
  • 00:42:18 – Nick Smith, managing director of Global Decarbonisation Advisory and former executive director of the South Australian department of energy and mining’s growth and low-carbon unit
  • 01:31:00 – Dr Racheal Adedokun, Robert Gordon University
  • 02:01:30 – Jon Kornik, CEO of Plentify
  • 02:29:40 – Ramón Méndez Galain, Uruguay’s former national director of energy and currently executive director of Ivy, an association that works to accelerate Latin America’s clean energy transition
  • 03:18:55 – Petter Haugneland, assistant secretary general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association
  • 03:50:00 – Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, CEO of The Global Methane Hub and former environment minister of Chile
  • 04:19:35 – Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s former mayor for technical and environmental affairs
  • 04:47:20 – Mandy Rambharos, vice president for global climate cooperation at the Environmental Defense Fund and former head of Eskom’s just energy transition office
  • 05:22:00 – Panel discussion:
    • Andrew Middleton, CEO of GoSolr
    • Chris Bellingham, head of project development at JUWI Renewable Energies (South Africa)
    • Andy O’Brien, co-director of the Bristol Energy Cooperative
    • Sanna Markkanen, head of policy analysis at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
    • Panel moderator: Ramona Mohanlall, chief operating officer of RustMo1 Solar Farm (the first renewable energy independent power project to connect to South Africa’s grid, in 2013)

This free-to-attend conference was supported by GoSolr, JUWI Renewable Energies (South Africa), and Plentify.


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