IEA’s 50th Anniversary and 2024 Ministerial Meeting

Energy Innovation Forum 2024

13 February 2024

Fostering innovative, clean energy technology for rapid global energy transitions

 An event of the International Energy Agency’s 50th Anniversary Ministerial meeting 

For five decades, the IEA has worked with decision makers and international experts to facilitate exchanges on innovative energy technologies. This work has never been as important as it is today, with clean energy technologies playing a critical role in accelerating transitions to secure, sustainable and affordable energy systems on the road to net zero emissions. In this context, fostering an environment in which innovation, investment and policy ambition can thrive is an essential building block of the new energy economy. The IEA Energy Innovation Forum 2024 event will address the main challenges facing technologies moving from the innovation phase to early adoption, and how to bolster support for the developers and innovators on this journey. Topics that will be covered during the IEA Energy Innovation Forum’s sessions include: embracing opportunities in emerging market and developing economies; driving emissions abatement in industrial heat; leveraging best practices for large-scale demonstration programmes; and identifying priority actions for the IEA and the international community. Following the event, the outcomes and conclusions of the dialogues will be shared directly with ministers. 

50 Technologies that changed energy

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The Energy Innovation Forum Agenda

07:30 - 08:30
Welcome and keynote speeches
Moderator: Akshat Rathi, Senior Reporter for Climate, Bloomberg News Opening remarks: The. Hon. Eamon Ryan, Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, Ireland Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA The Hon. John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Fireside chat: Fezile Dhlamini, CEO, Green Scooters Leah Ellis, CEO, Sublime Systems Maria Persson Gulda, CTO, H2 Green Steel
08:45 - 10:00
Panel: Reflections on 50 years of global cooperation and future needs
Moderator: Timur Gül, Chief Energy Technology Officer, IEA H.E. Kadri Simson, European Union Commissioner for Energy The Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Canada H. E. Davis Chirchir, Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya Moderator: Akshat Rathi, Senior Reporter for Climate, Bloomberg News Agnes da Costa, Director, ANEEL, Brazil Jonathan Pershing, Program Director of Environment, Hewlett Foundation Henrik Stiesdal, Founder and CTO, Stiesdal A/S
10:00 - 11:30
Discussion: Expanding and enhancing the flow of new technologies
Moderator: Akshat Rathi, Senior Reporter for Climate, Bloomberg News Opening statements: Evelyn Wang, Director, ARPA-E, United States Department of Energy Pinakin Chaubal, Chief Technology Officer, ArcelorMittal Kojo Ako-Asare, Managing Director, Decarbonization Partners
11:30 - 13:30
Breakout 1: Spurring innovation for emerging market and developing economies
Opening statements: Warit Rattanachuen, Assistant Governor-Research, Innovation and Business Development, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Thailand Samir Rachidi, Director General, IRESEN, Morocco James Mwangi, CEO, Africa Climate Ventures Constanza Levicán, President, Climatech Chile and CEO, Suncast Moderator: Sunyoung Suh, Cleantech Innovation Expert, UNIDO
Breakout 2: Technology focus: industrial heat
Opening statements: Erika Sanchez Garrido, EMEA Sustainability Director, Dow Tim McCaffery, Global Investment Director, Siam Cement Group Joonas Rauramo, CEO, Coolbrook Pia Dorfinger, Director Start-up Ecosystem, German Energy Agency Moderator: Julia Reinaud, Senior Director, Europe, Breakthrough Energy
Breakout 3: Managing risks for successful demos
Opening statements: David M. Turk, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Iimura Akiko, Executive Director, NEDO Japan Benoît Potier, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Air Liquide Mario Fernandez, Head of Catalyst, Breakthrough Energy Moderator: Rhian-Mari Thomas, CEO, Green Finance Institute
13:30 - 15:00
Roundtable: Defining an agenda for action for the IEA and other stakeholders
Moderator: Akshat Rathi, Senior Reporter for Climate, Bloomberg News Closing speeches: The. Hon. Eamon Ryan, Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, Ireland Kiyoto Tsuji, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan David M. Turk, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Timur Gül, Chief Energy Technology Officer, IEA

IEA’s 50th Anniversary

15:15 - 17:15
50th Anniversary Opening Event – Plenary Session
Participation In Room CC1: • Heads of Delegation plus two • IEA Governing Board Bureau • Industry Leaders • Special Guests plus accompanying delegate
17:15 - 18:30
Celebrating 50 Years of the IEA: Energy Innovation and International Cooperation - Reception

Further readings

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Net Zero Roadmap: A Global Pathway to Keep the 1.5 °C Goal in Reach

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Tracking Clean Energy Technology Innovation

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Venue and travel

Where and when

The Energy Innovation Forum is an in-person event that will take place in Paris, France on the 13 February 2024 at the OECD Conference Centre.

More information

The OECD Conference Centre is accessible by metro, RER and bus. The entrance to the OECD Conference Centre is located at: 2 rue André Pascal 75016 Paris.