Global brainstorming on pathways to low emissions at COP22.

November 14-16, 2016
Atlantic Room, Blue Zone, Marrakech, Morocco, COP22

Introduction and Background

The first LESC was launched at COP22 and was the first large-scale technical-solutions conference organized for country delegations, placing innovative technological solutions at the core of the COP meeting.

The specific objectives of the conference were to:

  • Strengthen the technical capacities of the 196 signatory governments of the UNFCCC to design and implement long-term low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies
  • Chart key technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems, based on public-private partnerships
  • Create an intensive global dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on best practices and innovative solutions for a low-emissions future

500 participants joined the conference, including:

  • Senior representatives from government with responsibility for the design, promotion and implementation of NDCs and LEDSs.
  • Technical experts in related fields, world-leading scientists and engineers, high level research representatives from the business sector and guests from cities and regions around the globe.


November 14th

Welcome and General Introduction

9:15 – 10:30am

  • Hakima El Haite
  • Laurence Tubiana
  • Paul Polman
  • Chang Beom Kim
  • Jeffrey Sachs

Networking break

10:30 - 11:00am

Mid-century strategies for deep decarbonization at continental, national, and subnational scales

11:00am – 12:30pm

What does it mean to create a mid-century that incorporates global emission trajectories out to 2050? Join this session for a better understanding of the new age of thinking that this approach demands. Learn about the important link between LESC stakeholders, and what metrics and tools are available to help you complete this process. The session will showcase SDSN’s Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project as a case study of how a country can effectively model its current and project energy mix.

We’ll also explore how cities and sub-national groups are critical partners when it comes to operationalizing NDC targets.

  • Guido Schmidt-Traub
  • Jonathan Pershing
  • Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo
  • Stephen Lucas
  • Jim Williams
  • Georgy Safonov
  • Teng Fei
  • Liu Qiang
  • Daniel Buira
  • Chris Bataille
  • Libby Ferguson
  • Stuart Hocking
  • Aristóteles Sandoval
  • Alice Ekwu
  • Ken Alex

Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:30pm

Opening & Status of Mission Innovation

1:30 - 2:45pm

This session will showcase the momentum of the Mission Innovation a year after its launch at COP21. Emphasis will be made on the critical role of innovation in achieving cost reductions and breakthroughs needed to deliver on deep de-carbonization targets globally.

  • Jeffrey Sachs
  • Ernest Moniz
  • Arias Cañete
  • Sharon Dijksma
  • Anne Vasara
  • Nick Hurd
  • Josh Frydenberg
  • Piyush Goyal
  • Khalid Al-Falih
  • Ségolène Royal
  • Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo
  • Matar Hamed Al Neyadi
  • Peter Bakker

Networking Break

2:45 - 3:00pm

The Contribution of ICT to Climate Action in Other Sectors

3:00 – 4:30pm

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to help other sectors reduce their emissions by up to 15% by 2030. That’s 12 gigatonnes, or 11 times the amount of CO2 saved by the EU in the past 25 years. Smart agriculture improves crop yields and reduces food waste; e-work can save up to 100 hours of travel yearly per person leading to 67% less travel emissions; smart metering in the home allows real-time energy monitoring, leading to energy savings; and in other sectors such as health management, education, lighting & appliances and building efficiency, ICT also has tremendous potential to help reduce emissions. Explore approaches that can maximize the integration and benefits of ICT across different sectors.

  • Joan Krajewski
  • Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson
  • Caspar Herzberg
  • Eric Rondolat
  • Vijay Modi
  • Neil Gerber

Networking Break

4:30 - 4:45pm

ICT Innovative Approach to Raising Commitments Towards Climate

4:45 – 5:45pm

Understand how the ICT sector is paving the way in clever climate initiatives such as the corporate sourcing of clean energy, building on the work of REBA, RE100, and the CEM7 Corporate Sourcing campaign. This session will also tackle the convergence between climate country strategies and National Broadband plans.

  • Frances Way
  • Bill Weihl
  • Malcolm Johnson
  • David Hochschild
  • Gabrielle Ginér
  • Thierry Valette

Driving NDC Implementation Through the Clean Energy Ministerial

6:00 - 7:00pm

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a partnership of 24 countries and the European Commission working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. Through its annual ministerial meetings and year-round initiatives and campaigns, the forum has been helping countries implement the policies and solutions that speed the deployment of the clean energy technologies that are available today. Post-Paris Agreement, this work is more crucial than ever. This event will feature the CEM as an operational platform well positioned to help countries implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and will highlight the CEM resources, tools and support available to all countries.

  • Ernest Moniz
  • Lars Christian Lilleholt
  • Khalid Al-Falih
  • Josh Frydenberg
  • Piyush Goyal
  • Ségolène Royal
  • Ajay Mathur
  • Matar Hamed Al Neyadi
  • Stephen Lucas
  • Mahama Kappiah
  • Paul Simons
  • Peter Bakker
  • Kate Hampton

November 15

Local Climate Action: Strategies and Implementation

9:15 – 10:30am

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Join this session to enhance your understanding of the crucial role that cities must play in global climate action.

ICLEI will introduce city and regional climate action strategies and their implementation plans for their targets, for example LEDs at the Municipal Level, Transformative Actions Program and so on. This session will also set the framework for discussing technical solutions to unprecedented challenges coming from rapid urbanization.

  • Gino Van Begin
  • Maryke Van Staden
  • Leszek Drogosz
  • Antoine Faye
  • Li Junfeng
  • William Sisson

Innovation Award Ceremony & Networking Break

10:30 - 11:00am

  • Peter Bakker
  • Molly Webb

Smart Low Carbon & Sustainable Cities

11:00am – 12:00pm

Cities account for two-thirds of the world’s overall energy consumption and are responsible for about 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a critical player in the fight to reduce emissions worldwide, cities are developing smart solutions, concepts, frameworks and tools to reduce emissions and turn their communities into low-carbon cities and regions.

In this session, representatives from local governments and the private sector will present approaches to smart cities and discuss the challenges and opportunities of using ‘smartness’ as a method for low-carbon development. They’ll share their experiences on how the public and private actors can improve on identifying and implementing smart low-carbon solutions.

  • Roman Mendle
  • Michèle Pappalardo
  • Haron Idris
  • Don Iveson
  • Akiko Miura
  • Sylvia Parienté

Sustainable Construction: Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Materials

12:00 – 1:00pm

How we can move to a more sustainable built environment? In this panel session, hear from experts discussing the solutions that cover sustainable materials, construction innovations, increased energy efficiency, and adaptation and resilience. You’ll learn how these solutions can be deployed on larger scales, and explore practical pathways to overcome barriers to their adoption.

  • Jennifer Layke
  • Peter Moonen
  • Nev Hyman
  • Karen Scrivener
  • Marcel Cobuz
  • John Thwaites

Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:00pm

Introduction to Mobility Challenges and Innovation in the Transport Sector

2:00 - 2:30pm

Transport and mobility play an important role in our economies, and they also represent about 25% of global energy related emissions. With demand set to grow significantly over the coming decades, how do we transform transport in order to we move towards a low-carbon economy?

  • Ahmed Barroudi
  • Patrick Oliva
  • Peter Bakker
  • Nasry Juan Asfura Zablah

Electric and Hydrogen Mobility

2:30 – 3:30pm

Demand for electric vehicles is rising quickly alongside improvements in battery technology and a growing supply of renewable energy. These technologies are sure to dominate a decarbonized transport sector in the future. This session will explore innovations in EV and Fuel Cell vehicles, and explore options for scaling up their deployment across vehicle segments and other opportunities such as maritime and aviation.

  • Alexis Gazzo
  • Christian Girardeau
  • Sylvain Allano
  • Andreas Klugescheid
  • Toshifumi Kokubun
  • Lan Marie Nguyen Berg

Keynote & Networking Break

3:30 - 4:00pm

  • Dario Piselli
  • Anastasia Kostamarova

Low Carbon Fuels

4:00 – 5:00pm

Sustainable liquid fuels are back in the spotlight, with innovations such as waste-to-fuel or power-to-liquids changing the landscape. Low-carbon fuels make up only 3% of current transport fuels, but this figure must grow to 10% by 2030 to satisfy economic growth and help keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

This panel will describe the exciting progress made from lab to market and explain how these fuels can be an essential part of LEDs and fulfill strict sustainability criteria in a wide variety of national circumstances.

  • Rachel Kyte
  • Gerard Ostheimer
  • David Burns
  • Nour Amrani
  • Sean Simpson
  • William Brandt
  • Andreas Foller

Low-Carbon Freight & Shipping

5:00 – 6:00pm

Heavy goods transport requires a step change in order to accelerate the decarbonization of the sector. We must integrate ICT solutions, build smarter infrastructure, share data and assets, improve route optimization use and deploy new vehicle/vessel design paradigms.

This panel will set a benchmark for the least emitting means of shipping (ie, boat vs truck vs plane), and will review challenges and solutions to decarbonizing freight on a global scale.

  • Vincent Benezech
  • Martin Rapos
  • Tristan Smith
  • Sudhir Gota
  • Rachid Tahri
  • Sébastien Bougon

November 16

Clean Energy: Leading the Transition

9:15 - 10:30am

The future of the global energy mix: as new technology developments drive down renewable costs, and new financial business models widen the diversity of energy market players and investors, decarbonization becomes more attractive and paves the way for increased levels of ambition in LEDs.

This session will present the latest technological advances in clean energy, including innovative and renewable solutions that are being deployed on the ground; as well as exploring how countries and utilities are dealing with the intermittency of renewables.

  • Philippe Joubert
  • Jordan Sturdy
  • Eric Maucort
  • Juan Ramon Silva Ferrada
  • Carlos Sallé
  • Mandy Rambharos

Keynote & Networking Break

10:30 - 11am

  • Paulette van Ommen
  • Said Mouline

Smart Grids

11:00am - 12:30pm

Stable, reliable electricity is a key building block of social and economic development. Recent advances in micro-grid models and distributed energy resources have brought about a new age of thinking in the sector.

Implementing smart grid technology will serve as the backdrop to envision how we generate and distribute energy differently in the new energy mix. Explore the challenges and opportunities around smart grid technology, including computerized grids, two-way digital communication, and how developing nations are making this work in their communities.

  • Vijay Modi
  • Terry Boston
  • Deepak Divan
  • Maxine Ghavi
  • Anjan Bose
  • Felix Zhang

Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:30pm

Industry Climate Action and CCUS

1:30pm - 2:45

The production of power, iron, steel, cement and chemicals alone are estimated to account for more than 40% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing these emissions is crucial for maintaining competitiveness in a carbon-constrained future. Hear about the approaches that different sectors are taking towards carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCU&S).

  • Julio Friedmann
  • Eric Masanet
  • Manuela Ojan
  • Valérie Quiniou
  • Julien Perez
  • Issam Dairanieh
  • Charlotte Wolff-Bye
  • Alan Knight
  • K-C Tran
  • Michel Bande

Climate Smart Agriculture and Innovation

2:45 - 4:15pm

This session highlights the important role of agriculture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the role that climate smart agriculture solutions can play in helping countries achieve their NDCs.

This panel will discuss practical solutions for Climate Smart Agriculture as a response to challenges as diverse as deforestation, soil and nutrient management, food loss and waste, and the protection of smallholder farmers. Learn how CSA can be facilitated through enhanced monitoring, reporting and verifying tools.

  • Sonja Vermeulen
  • Varun Vats
  • Chris Brown
  • Virgilio Viana
  • Diane Holdorf
  • Gabriela Burian
  • Abbie Reynolds
  • Michael Obersteiner
  • Margaret Torn

Networking Break

4:15 - 4:45pm

Low-Carbon Policies

4:45 - 6:00pm This session will provide an overview of the policies and regulations that are needed to support the deep decarbonization of energy systems. Hear about the challenges, benefits, and expected outcomes of policies such as taxes, carbon trading schemes, feed-in tariffs, and carbon pricing.

  • Maria Mendiluce
  • Mark Sinclair
  • Thomas Kerr
  • Paul Simpson
  • Carlos Gentile
  • David Turk
  • David Heurtel

Lessons Learned and Pathways Ahead

6:00 - 6:30pm

  • Peter Bakker
  • Jeffrey Sachs
  • Gino Van Begin
  • Jean-Pierre Clamadieu