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 | Commitments to carbon reductions targets - from neutral to net zero

Case Studies 

This presentation will look at how key organisations are putting in place strategies to reduce their carbon footprint, be that through plans to be carbon neutral by a set date, or to go net zero or net negative. What policies are they putting in place that result in actual reductions in their emissions and footprint, are they looking at their supply chain, and how do they measure their progress. 

13.55: Case study 1:

Capucine Dourdin Jeunet

Sustainability Business Division Director

Schneider Electric

14.15: Case study 2:

Peter Harris

VP of International Sustainability


14.30: Case study 3:

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.

Anne Marie Thodsen

Managing Director,

The Umbrella Institute

Faisal Ali Rashid

Senior Director, Demand Side Management

Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai

Marina Antonopoulou

Director, Climate and Nature Conservation

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

Dr Christian Tock

Deputy Director General

Ministry of Economy, Luxembourg

16.00 | Close of Day One

Tuesday 18th January

10.30 | Welcome Address

10.35 | Presentation

(Reserved; details to be announced)

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


Carbon capture & storage (CCS) can be a divisive technology in the climate debate. Its supporters highlight the tangible impact it can have in reducing harmful emissions, with some saying net zero targets will fail without CCS; others question its real impact and cost. But there has been renewed interest in carbon capture due to the push towards developing hydrogen economies. What is the future for carbon capture? How will it evolve in coming years, how will it fit as hydrogen use increases and will it play a central role in decarbonisation?

Presented by:

Robin Mills


Qamar Energy

11.10 | Carbon capture and hydrogen

Case Study

11.30 | 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.

Tidjani Niass

CCUS Lead Technology Strategy & Planning

Saudi Aramco

Senior Representative

Emirates Steel Industries

Senior Representative

Rolls Royce

12.10 | Circular Carbon Economy Index


The circular carbon economy (CCE) concept provides a holistic, flexible and pragmatic framework for countries to manage and reduce emissions in support of commonly agreed climate goals. The CCE Index, which has been developed by KAPSARC, offers a tool for governments and other climate change policy stakeholders to evaluate progress in support of domestic planning and decision making in the nexus of energy, emissions, and the economy. It measures how countries are currently performing in the various areas of the CCE and how they are positioned to accelerate transitions toward net-zero emissions and carbon circularity.

Presented by: 

Dr. Mari Luomi

Research Fellow II, Climate and Environment,

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research

12.30 | 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

Jane Glavan


Distant Imagery Services

Florence Fontani

VP Communications & Sustainability


13.00 | Visit Exhibition

14.30 | Renewable energy certificates in Abu Dhabi


Presented by:

Bruce Smith

Director of Forecasting and Planning

Emirates Water and Electricity Company

15.00 | Session TBA


15.20 | 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:

Moderator: Abdulla Al Zarooni

Trainee Diplomat

Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy

Monaem Ben Lellahom

Group CEO

Sustainable Square

Tatiana Antonelli Abella

Founder & Managing Director


Youth Representative


11.15 | 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.

Asma Shabab

Senior Manager, Innovation Consulting


12.00 | 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

12.40 | 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. 

13.00 | Visit Exhibition

14.30 | 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.

14.30: Case Study 1

 14.45: Case Study 2

 15.00: Case Study 3

15.15: Audience Q&A

15.25 | 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.

Confirmed Speakers:

Mohamed Al Hosani

CEO - Consultancy, Research and Innovation


Dr. Diana Francis

Senior Scientist, ENGEOS Lab Head

Khalifa University

Peter Harris

VP of International Sustainability


16.00 | Close of Climate & Environment Forum