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Sustainable Finance and Carbon Markets: New opportunities for the GCC? 12 September 2019, Abu Dhabi National Exihibition Centre, Capital Suite 7

Join the conversation in this high-level dialogue and explore the regional potential of sustainable finance, carbon pricing, and carbon market instruments that help address climate change and foster the energy transition.

Join the conversation in this high-level dialogue and explore the regional potential of sustainable finance, carbon pricing, and carbon market instruments that help address climate change and foster the energy transition.
Notably, the event will be introduced by H.E. Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE, and includes high-level speakers and panelists of prestigious international and regional 
organizations (click here for the agenda with lineup).


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Agenda

Sustainable Finance and Carbon Markets: new opportunities for the GCC? - 12th September 2019

9.30-10am: Arrival and welcome.

10am: Welcoming words and introduction

  • Gerard Mestrallet, Co-Chair of CPLC, Honorary Chairman of ENGIE
  • Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE.

10.15-10.55am - Carbon markets

  • Global context of Carbon Markets and Pricing: Highlights from 2019 State and Trends of Carbon Pricing & What carbon pricing could be in GCC’s self-interest? (Grzegorz Peszko, Lead Economist, World Bank
  • EU Carbon Markets (Taina Sateri, Trade Counsellor Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates)

10.55-11.00am - Q&A

Regional Picture

  • Emerging landscape of Green and Sustainable Finance (Philippe Richard, International Affairs Director, Abu Dhabi Global Markets)
  • Regional tools and potential for carbon markets (Thomas Bosse, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence)

11.30-11.35am - Q&A

- 10 min break -

11.45-12.25pm - Panel 1: The challenge of decarbonization: what have we learned so far on issues of sustainable finance and carbon markets?

This panel will discuss the international and regional experiences of decarbonization and the role of sustainable finance (including carbon markets). It will explore the key successes and failures from these experiences and the economic, social and technical barriers that need to be overcome to scale up the solutions.

Moderator: [Tanzeed Alam, Managing Director, Earth Matters Consulting]

Panellists:

  • Mr. Gerard Mestrallet, Co-Chair, Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition
  • HE Fahad Hussein Al Sudairi, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Electricity Company
  • Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council MENA
  • Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson and Cofounder, Emirates Environmental Group
  • Dr. Waddah S. Ghanem, Senior Director – Sustainability, Operational & Business Excellence, Emirates National Oil Company
  • DEWA – Name tbc

12.25-12.35pm - Q&A

12.35 -13.15pm - Panel 2: Opportunities for the future - profiling solutions.

This panel will discuss the emerging ecosystem of sustainable finance and carbon markets internationally and regionally. It will outline the growth and potential of innovative financing instruments and initiatives such as carbon credits and renewable energy certificates. The session will elaborate on the potential of these initiatives to help catalyse climate action, clean energy transition and create new economic opportunities in the GCC. The session will also explore the possibilities to create synergies with carbon markets in other regions of the world.

Moderator: [Tanzeed Alam, Managing Director, Earth Matters Consulting]

Panellists:

  • Francesco La Camera, Director General, IRENA
  • Philippe Richard, Executive Director - International Affairs, Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • Mohamed Abdel Qader El Ramahi, Director Asset Management & Technology Clean Energy, Masdar
  • Grzegorz Peszko, Senior Economist, World Bank
  • Taina Sateri, Trade Counsellor Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates
  • Ivano Ianelli, CEO, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence
  • MOCCAE- name tbc

13.15- 13.25 pm - Q&A

13.25-13.30 pm - Closing Remarks – Gerard Mestrallet

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