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Online Event | 14 March 2024 | Time: 10:00 – 16:15 (GMT+2)

This free-to-attend online conference, a collaboration between The Progress Playbook and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL’s) South Africa arm, will look at the policies and projects that are leading the way to a better, more sustainable world.

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

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The agenda: (all times shown are GMT+2 hours; 14 March 2024)

10:00-10:15

Welcome – Nick Hedley, editor of The Progress Playbook

10:15-11:00

Morning keynote: Inside South Australia’s world-leading shift to wind, solar, battery storage, and green hydrogen.

Speaker: 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

11:00-11:30

Advancing wind and solar adoption in Nigeria: Insights from a study by Robert Gordon University’s Prof Peter Strachan, Dr Racheal Adedokun, and Dr Anita Singh.

Speaker: Dr Racheal Adedokun

11:30-12:00

How smart water heating systems can tame the solar duck curve and unleash a global rooftop solar boom.

Speaker: Jon Kornik, CEO of Plentify

12:00-12:45

Midday keynote: How Uruguay got to circa 100% renewable electricity and bolstered its energy security.

Speaker: 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

12:45-13:00

Break

13:00-13:30

Lessons from Norway’s rapid shift to electric vehicles.

Speaker: Petter Haugneland, assistant secretary general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association

13:30-14:00

How Chile became a world leader in grid-scale solar energy.

Speaker: Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, CEO of The Global Methane Hub and former environment minister of Chile

14:00-14:30

What we can learn from Copenhagen’s cycling revolution.

Speaker: Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s former mayor for technical and environmental affairs

14:30-15:00

Inside South Africa’s flagship just energy transition projects.

Speaker: Mandy Rambharos, vice president for global climate cooperation at the Environmental Defense Fund and former head of Eskom’s just energy transition strategy

15:00-15:10

Break

15:10-16:10

Panel discussion: How to accelerate the shift to clean electricity while ensuring the benefits are widely spread.

Speakers:

  • 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)

 

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)

16:10-16:15

Closing

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The Policies for the Planet conference is supported by GoSolr, JUWI Renewable Energies (South Africa), and Plentify

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