September 24, 2020
World Climate Forum NORTH AMERICA

Alongside Climate Week NYC & the UN General Assembly

Welcome Remarks

09:00 - 09:03

World Climate Forum NORTH AMERICA Welcome


Jens Nielsen / CEO /  World Climate Foundation


09:03 – 09:15

Green Recovery & Adaptation


  • Dr. Ernest Moniz / CEO / Energy Futures Initiative and EJM Associates. Former United States Secretary of Energy (2013 - 2017)

  • Patricia Fuller / Canada's Ambassador for Climate Change

Opening Session 

09:15 – 09:45

Decarbonizing the Energy Matrix - Unlocking Finance Opportunities and Accelerating Clean Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Energy Future

Clean energy infrastructure has experienced record growth in the recent past, with renewables, storage, smart grids, electrification of buildings and transportation along with energy efficiency holding great potential to stimulate economies and job creation in the short-term. The COVID crisis has temporarily slowed clean energy progress, while faster deployment will be vital if the world is to meet its climate goals and other long-term energy targets. This panel session will discuss unlocking finance opportunities for critical clean energy sectors and solutions as a conduit to a sustainable and rapid decarbonization of the energy matrix in the 2020’s decade

  • Peter Rothstein / President / NECEC

  • Miranda Ballentine / CEO / REBA 

  • Rudy Wynter / President and COO, Transmission, Generation and Energy Procurement / 

      National Grid US

  • Alfred Griffin  / President / New York Green Bank

09:45 – 10:00

Panel Session 2

10:00 – 10:30

Smart, Sustainable, Connected - Future Proofing Cities through Sustainable Infrastructure & Partnerships

Smart, sustainable, and connected infrastructure is a lifeline to our future. Cities are the most important economic, geographic, and administrative entities in today’s world. Their prevalence, as well as the opportunities and risks they present, will only intensify in the coming decades. Global shutdown responses to the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of resilient cities and communities. Urbanization brings both opportunities and risks to businesses, governments, and society at large, and technology will be crucial to meeting these challenges, however, technology alone can’t solve the social, environmental, and logistical issues that growing cities face. This session will uncover the successful ingredients that entrepreneurs, corporations, and governments need to work together, in determining how effectively cities can transform infrastructure to build a better sustainable, and resilient urban world.

  • André Shneider / CEO / Geneva Airport

  • Scot Horst / Founder and CEO / Arc Skoru / US Green Building Council 

  • Lara Cottingham / Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer / City of Houston 

Panel Session 3

10:30 – 11:00

Transformative Mobility - Investing in the Post-Carbon Future of Transportation

The emissions from the transport sector (approximately 25%) are a major contributor to climate change. Societies have to transform mobility and support the transition to zero-emission transportation in order to mitigate climate change and reach the Paris Agreement goals. Industry leaders from across sectors are highlighting the importance of investments in the development of innovative mobility technologies and sustainable value chains. From innovations in micro-mobility to e-mobility to decarbonization strategies for heavy transportation and fuel efficiency, industries are aiming to accelerate a modal shift to public and active transport, through engaging actors throughout the infrastructure web. In this panel session, we will highlight business models, innovations, and investments leading the way towards a post-carbon future of transportation.

  • Nick Albanese / Head of Intelligent Mobility /  Bloomberg NEF

  • Drew Kodjak / Executive Director / International Council on Green Transportation 

  • Colleen Quinn / Founder and Director / EMobility Advisors

  • Ellen Greenberg / Deputy Director for Sustainability / California Department of


Closing Session

11:00 - 11:30

Catalyzing the Net-Zero Transition: Policy, Finance & Implementation

The IPCC tells us that this decade is the world’s last chance to take decisive climate action toward a net-zero by 2050 target if we are to limit the overall temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. In order to establish a positive movement in policy, finance and project implementation, the public and private sectors must actively partner to achieve net-zero targets in time. As economic activity continues to resume and countries and companies develop recovery strategies, greener strategies in policy and finance will shape our economies and societies for decades to come. This high-level closing session will uncover the critical next steps and opportunities required to reach pivotal climate targets in the coming years.

  • Julia Pyper / Senior Editor / Greentech Media 

  • Jennifer Wu / Global Head of Sustainable Investing / J.P Morgan Asset Management

  • Kimberley Henderson / Partner / McKinsey & Company 

  • Michael Renner / Programme Officer / IRENA

Contact Us

Strategic Partnership Enquiries:


James Butler

Bardha Kushutani

Programme Enquiries:

Rowena Guthrie

Media Enquiries:

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