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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)


Welcome – Nick Hedley, editor of The Progress Playbook


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


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


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

Speaker: Jon Kornik, CEO of Plentify


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




Lessons from Norway’s rapid shift to electric vehicles.

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


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


What we can learn from Copenhagen’s cycling revolution.

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


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




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


  • 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)



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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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