The Building Back Better Symposium Climate Crisis, Oil Price and Covid – 19

The global pandemic currently gripping our world has brought untold devastation to millions of people, striking deep on both the economic and social foundations of modern society. Crashing energy demand, plummeting oil price and workforce shutdown has left our sector on life support.

Join Reuters Events Virtual Build Back Better Symposium (9th July, 14:00 – 17:15 BST) to explore how we can ensure that climate recovery is placed at the forefront of plans for economic revival post Covid-19. Lockdowns have allowed our planet to breath. Energy Transition must now be placed at the forefront of all plans for economy recovery. We must build back better.

BBB Symposium 2020: Agenda

14:00 – 14:45: A Fast-Tracked Transition? Crisis as a Catalyst

With global oil demand down 30%, countries totting up their ‘coal-free days’ and renewable energy expected to grow 5% this year, we are realising an energy mix that we did not expect to see this decade. Has COVID-19 fast-tracked the energy transition, and can we use this crisis as a catalyst to build back better?

Sharing Insights: Fiona Reynolds, (CEO United Nations PRI), Dr. Judith Hartmann (EVP & CFO, ENGIE), Dr. Arunabha Ghosh (CEO, Council on Energy, Environment & Water), Jennifer Layke (Global Director, Energy, World Resource Institute)

14:45 – 15:15: Reuters News in Conversation with Lord Browne

Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large of Reuters interviews Lord Browne, former CEO, bp and chairman of both L1 Energy UK and Huawei Technologies (UK).*

*Please note: This interview is conducted by Reuters Editorial, which operates independently from Reuters commercial operations… (continued)

15:15 – 16:00: Peak Demand?

Will we look back at 2019 as the year of peak oil demand? What does this mean for companies in transition, how will it affect first-mover advantage, and how can O&G companies pivot through crisis to ensure better-business, rather than business-as-usual?

Sharing Insights: Tom Delay CBE (CEO, Carbon Trust)

16:00 – 16:15: Opportunities and Risks for Energy Transition Reform

As industry looks to press ahead with transition, we must remain aware of the opportunities of regulatory reform and financial interventions whilst remaining vigilant for crisis opportunism. Explore what data-driven analysis can tell us about the parallels being drawn on climate crisis and the pandemic.

Sharing Insights: Dylan Tanner, (CEO, Influence Map)

16:15-17:00: Clean Energy as an Agent for Recovery

As governments promise billions in financial stimulus packages, how can we ensure that clean energy provides the power for recovery? How can we continue to grow established renewable sectors whilst delivering money for new innovations? Debate how and where this money should be spent to enable crisis planning through crisis recovery.

Sharing Insights: Camilla Palladino (EVP Strategy & Investor Relations, Snam), Axel Thiemann (CEO, Sonnedix), Guloren Turan (General Manager – Advocacy, Global CCS Institute), Adam Bruce (Global Head of Corporate, Mainstream Renewable Power)

17:00-17:15: In Conversation

Reflect upon a morning of debate and discussion and have your say through this interactive Q&A and live polling session.