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Energy, Environment & Sustainability, Commodities

Energy Transformation: Driving a Green Recovery

Webinar |
Speakers include:
Francesco  La Camera

Francesco La Camera

International Renewable Energy Agency

Leslie Hook

Leslie Hook

Financial Times

Overview

In the wake of the pandemic, policymakers, investors and business leaders are faced with the dual challenge of reviving economies and meeting long-term climate goals. There are a rising number of calls for green policies to avoid carbon-intensive spending as governments prepare stimulus packages aimed at averting a prolonged recession. Efforts to fight climate change are at the heart of the European Commission’s recently-announced recovery plan.  Increasingly, the establishment of resilient, sustainable energy systems are being recognised as a precondition to a stable long-term recovery, economic growth and a climate-safe future.

Over the past decade, consistent cost declines in renewables have made them competitive with the cheapest fossil fuels for power generation. In fact, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) latest cost analysis, up to 1 200 gigawatts (GW) of existing coal capacity could cost more to operate than the cost of new utility-scale solar PV. How does this position renewable energy as a driver in the economic recovery? What stimulus policies and government action will help accelerate the energy transition?

The Financial Times is hosting this live interactive webinar to dive deep into the policy recommendations, strategies and investment needed to achieve a sustainable economic recovery.   Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the global authority on the energy transformation, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), will present the organisation’s Post-COVID Recovery Report and will be interviewed by Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times.

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Agenda - 24th Jun

  • 10:45am
    Access to webinar opens
  • 11:00am
    Keynote presentation: Francesco La Camera, Director General, IRENA
  • 11:15am
    Fireside chat

    Francesco La Camera, Director General, IRENA in conversation with Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times.

  • 11:35am
    Audience Q&A
  • 11:50am
    Webinar ends

Discussion Points

  • What challenges are facing the renewables sector due to the coronavirus crisis?
  • What is the economic rationale for supporting green stimulus packages and accelerating the energy transition in the post-pandemic recovery?
  • To what extent can green policies boost employment – and do they risk jeopardising jobs in the fossil fuel sector?
  • Which types of renewable energy are seeing the biggest price falls, and why? 
  • What is causing the decline in the cost of renewables?  Can we expect the trend to continue?  How has investment value changed?
  • How have financing costs altered?  Are there concerns that increased financing costs will drive up clean energy costs overall?
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Speakers (2)

Francesco  La Camera

Francesco La Camera

Director-General
International Renewable Energy Agency

Francesco La Camera is responsible for leading the delivery of IRENA’s work programme and strategy in cooperation with the Agency’s member states. At a critical time for climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Mr La Camera is tasked with redefining the structure and operations of the Agency in response to the urgent needs of its members.

Previously, Mr La Camera served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea. In this capacity, he developed cooperation and partnership agreements with a wide range of countries, particularly developing countries including Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  Prior to that he held a number of roles at the Ministry and led the Italian delegation to UNFCCC’s COP 21 to 24 and the EU Presidency at COP 20, and was responsible for the preparation and organisation of Italy’s G7 Environment Presidency in 2017.   He has also served as co-chair of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development and co-chaired the Financial Platform for Climate and Sustainable Development.

Author of many publications, Mr La Camera was a Lecturer of Sustainable Development at the University of Cosenza and of Environment & Land Economics at the University of Roma 3. He began his career as an economic analyst at the Italian Ministry of Budget and Planning. He is a graduate in Political Sciences (Economic Policy major) from the University of Messina.

Leslie Hook

Leslie Hook

Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

Leslie Hook is the FT’s Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, based in London. Since joining the Financial Times in 2010, she has reported from Beijing and most recently from San Francisco, where she covered Uber and self-driving cars. She was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University during the 2013-2014 academic year, and a recipient of the FT’s Jones-Mauthner Memorial Prize (runner-up) in 2017. Previously she was at the Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Presented by (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

IRENA is the lead intergovernmental agency for the energy transformation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With 161 Members (160 States and the European Union) and 22 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

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