Climate & Environment Forum

Monday 17th January

10.30 | Visit Exhibition

13.30 | Welcome Address

13.35 | New resilience in climate measures


(Reserved; details to be announced)

13.55 | Business commitment to net zero and net negative carbon targets

Case Studies 

This presentation will look at how key companies can reduce their carbon footprint through net zero and net negative policies for real change in emissions, instead of using carbon offset approaches.

13.55: Large-scale multinational business

14.15: Mid-sized company

14.30: Small company - Adrienne Doolan, CEO, Green Touches

Adrienne Doolan


Green Touches

14.45: Audience Q&A

15.00 | Rethinking climate & environment emissions reductions

Panel Discussion

Organisations can look at their direct emissions, and methods to reduce these. But what about the emissions that are both highest and most difficult to tackle – indirect emissions within the value chain. Known as scope 3 emissions they cover all points of a product’s or a service’s value chain, including raw materials, manufacture, transport, use and disposal. This panel will discuss ideas and approaches that can be taken to start reducing these emissions.

Nour T. Mezher

Project Manager, Climate Change, Energy and

Sustainability, Emirates nature-WWF

15.30 | Expanding the role of climate-linked finance

Panel Discussion

Globally, funds following environmental, social and governance principals are now worth more than $1 trillion. Increasingly, companies are looking for 'green' investment opportunities. What does this mean for the Middle East? What opportunities exist or are on the horizon and how can organisations ensure that their efforts lead to real change and not suggestions of greenwashing?

Confirmed speakers:

Darin Rovere

Founder and CEO

Sustainability Excellence

16.00 | Close of Day One

Tuesday 18th January

10.30 | Welcome Address

10.35 | Presentation

(Reserved; details to be announced)

10.55 | Carbon capture and storage: Its future role in decarbonisation

Panel Discussion

Carbon capture & storage (CCS) has proven a divisive technology in the climate debate. Supporters argue it will have a tangible impact in reducing harmful emissions from fossil-fuel-based power stations and heavy industrial complexes. Detractors question the technology’s real impact when there are few operational CCS plants, its cost, and its material value while it is so closely linked with enhanced oil recovery. What is the future for CCS? How should the technology evolve in coming years and what needs to be in place for it to play a central role in decarbonisation? 

11.35 | Northern Lights: Decarbonising industrial emissions across Europe

Case Study

The Northern Lights project is part of a broader scheme called Longship to decarbonise industries. Backed by the government of Norway, it seeks to address how to decarbonise the economy whilst also maintaining industrial activities, value creation and jobs. This presentation will give insight into the Northern Lights project, from transportation of CO2 from industrial sites to subsea carbon sequestration.

11.55 | Decarbonising major industries

Panel Discussion

Industries such as metals, power, oil & gas and cement want to reduce their carbon footprint. Approaches under investigation include CCS, the electrification of supply, the use of alternative fuels such as hydrogen or biofuels, and in some cases, the use of Refuse Derived Fuel or increased use of scraps. This panel will discuss approaches to decarbonisation in major industries, how to define and set targets, getting buy-in from stakeholders and how progress can be monitored once a programme is underway.

12.30 | Decarbonising the environment: Climate engineering

Panel Discussion

Many ideas around climate engineering have emerged, from natural (reforestation) to man-made. This session will discuss some of the ideas, from methods of direct air capture to solar sails, and ask if they are commercially viable and worth pursuing. 

13.00 | Visit Exhibition

14.30 | Decarbonising the environment: Nature-based climate restitution for business

Panel Discussion

Some businesses are now looking at nature-based opportunities to decrease their carbon footprint. Using forests, mangroves, sea grasses, etc as a carbon sink, what are the approaches that can be taken, where can it be used and what examples can organisations look at for inspiration. 

Confirmed speakers:

Tanzeed Alam


Earth Matters

15.05 | Renewable energy certificates in Abu Dhabi


Presented by:

Bruce Smith

Director of Forecasting and Planning

Emirates Water and Electricity Company

15.30 | Building attractive socio-economic environment strategies

Panel Discussion

For any industry to build a social, economic and environmental plan several metrics must be considered. It must balance the needs of people, the economy and the environment, looking at advantages and disadvantages to build a focused, sustainable plan. This panel will look at some of the considerations that will help shape viable approaches to introducing stronger environmental policies, gender balance and more commitment to youth into an industry or company whilst also enabling growth.

16.00 | Close of Day Two

Wednesday 19th January

10.30 | Welcome Address

10.35 | Youth, climate and business: Tying it together

Panel Discussion

The youth voice in the climate debate has been loud and has influenced climate and environment-related decisions made by big business. That voice will also influence more sustainability-focused businesses in future. How should this continue to be fostered, and what more can business learn from the youth voice – their future consumers, employees and business leaders?

Confirmed speakers:

Monaem Ben Lellahom

Group CEO

Sustainable Square

Tatiana Antonelli Abella

Founder & Managing Director


11.15 | Food security in desert environments

Panel Discussion

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted not just the importance of food security, but also the challenge of achieving this in a water-stressed desert climate. Should countries avoid water-hungry crops and livestock, and instead focus on those better suited to difficult climates and poor soil? This panel will discuss arable, aquaculture and pastoral farming technology, and the IoT technologies and sensors used to monitor and improve food production in a sustainable manner.

Confirmed speakers:

Yazen Al Kodmani

Partner and Deputy General Manger

3Y Agriculture and Emirates Bio Farm

Ole Kristian Sivertsen


Desert Control

Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassimi


Soma Mater

12.00 | Organic waste recycling


If not dealt with properly, organic waste releases greenhouse gases - including methane - into the atmosphere. This is an important consideration for the UAE, which is trying to increase its agricultural production and promote food security. This presentation will look at best-practice for dealing with organic waste and its circular economy uses.

12.20 | Promoting sustainable business through the sharing economy

Panel Discussion

The sharing economy can also promote a greener economy. From ridesharing through hospitality to healthcare, the sharing economy is shaking up industry sectors. This panel will discuss the sharing economy, the short- and long-term environmental benefits it can bring, and what investment and regulations need to be in place to enable its growth.

13.00 | Visit Exhibition

14.30 | Developing science-based climate & environment research in the GCC


An important feature of future policy making – both at a government and business level – is science-based research, the papers this produces and the regionalised advice that results. This presentation will discuss the implications for government decisions, business growth and health. 

14.50 | Tackling air pollution for long-term urban benefit

Panel Discussion

Air pollution levels fell globally during the lockdowns governments imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19. As people began to travel again, pollution levels increased. This panel will look at ways to mitigate pollution levels, what they are, how can they be enforced and who pays for them.

15.25 | Biodiversity, conservation and ecosystem services

Panel Discussion

This panel will discuss how ecosystems services such as regulating, provisioning and cultural services can meet both biodiversity needs and those of humans. 

16.00 | Close of Climate & Environment Forum