Program

10:30 am - 11:00 am   Registration and coffee

11:00 am - 11:05 am   Opening remarks by the moderator

  • Katie Fehrenbacher, Independent journalist, contributor to The Guardian and Greentech Media

11:05 am – 11:30 am  Welcome addresses 

  • Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. , Governor of California
  • Sharon Dijksma,  Minister for the Environment, the Netherlands

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Climate Is Big Business - Keynote addresses

  • Amory Lovins, Co-founder Rocky Mountains Institute
  • Frank Elderson, Director De Nederlandsche Bank (Netherlands Central Bank)
  • Kristin Skogen Lund, Commissioner New Climate Economy (video message)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   Let's Talk Business

A discussion on how leading companies pro-actively make the transition to low carbon business models: What makes it big business, How did they kick start, what does it take to reap the full benefits of climate action in terms of cost savings, innovation, jobs and prosperity? How to get to the next level?

  • Hugh Welsh, President DSM North America
  • Marina Leight, Vice President Philips Lighting
  • Michael Carr, Shell International
  • Vince Digneo, Sustainability Strategist Adobe
  • Ray Williams, PG&E
  • Moderator:  Eric Olson, Senior Vice President, Business for Social Responsibility
  • Andrew Steer, Director World Resources Institute (video message)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm     Networking lunch

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm     Starting It Up - Scene setting remarks

  • Nick Cohn, TomTom  
  • Guus Velders, Senior Scientist Air Quality and Climate Change, Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment
  • Adair Turner, Chairman Energy Transition Commission (video message)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm     Making It Happen

Parallel working sessions which will provide the opportunity for a deep dive into specific challenges and opportunities for the respective themes. What do we learn from current business? How to sustain and enhance the momentum and take the business opportunities to the next level?

Sessions:

  • Climate Smart Mobility:

The Netherlands and West Coast US face many similar challenges on air quality, oil dependence, sustainable jobs creation, congestion, crowded cities, etc. Which opportunities for change and economic growth does Climate Smart Mobility have to offer?

  • Rob Ferber, Director of Energy Systems, Hyperloop One
  • Sten de Wit, TNO Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, Solaroad
  • Harold Langenberg, Head of Strategy & Communications, Allego
  • Moderated by: Peter van Deventer,  Coast to Coast e-Mobility

 

  • The Energy Revolution

Fastly dropping prices of renewable energy strongly change the energy landscape offering cost saving, new job opportunities and spurring new technologies. Yet strong challenges remain. How will the energy revolution play out and what are key defining issues?

  • Tom Werner, CEO SunPower
  • Quentin Foster, Director Climate, California Environmental Defense Fund
  • Marjolijn Vencken, Transition Coalition
  • Michael Tubman, Director for Outreach, Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions C2ES
  • Moderated by: Katie Fehrenbacher, Independent Journalist, contributor to The Guardian and Greentech Media

 

  • Financing The Transition

Across the financial sector and within businesses climate change is growingly addressed to manage financial and asset risk. And a growing range of innovative instruments is deployed to incentivise investments towards a low carbon future. Where do these development across the financial sector and across instruments take us?

  • Alan Gordon, Deputy Treasurer, California State Treasurer
  • Jessica Brown, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Hannah Cushing, Project Manager, Climate Disclosure Project
  • Moderated by: Karin Corfee, Managing Director Navigant Energy Practice (tbc)

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm     short break

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Taking It Forward: Actions, Partnerships And Fair Transition

Closing summary reflections focusing on the key findings of the thematic sessions and concrete actions to be taken forward to 2018, with:

  • Representative from California State government (tbc)
  • Marcel Beukeboom, Special Envoy for Climate Change of the Netherlands
  • Debbie Raphael, Director Department of the Environment, City of San Francisco

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm    Closing Remarks

  • Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection, California EPA

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm     Informal drinks