The International Vienna Energy and Climate Forum showcases innovative solutions and best practices to accelerate an inclusive energy transition and contribute to global climate action, catalyzing the needed progress to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
The Energy and Climate Forum is co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Austrian Government and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
This new Forum will present solutions to today’s energy and climate question under UNIDO’s new motto “Progress by Innovation”. We have technologies to address these questions on a global level. What we need is ambition. I invite all stakeholders to present their contributions.
Climate and energy policy are two sides of the same coin – this forum helps to tackle both issues together. And there is no time to lose – the multiple and interlocking crises have shown that we need to step up our ambition to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies and innovative solutions in the energy sector – not only for the sake of the climate and secure energy supplies for all, but also to secure peace. Therefore, this event fits perfectly with the new claim ‘International Vienna – Center for Dialogue, Sustainability and Security.
There is no climate policy without energy transition – it’s as simple as that. We cannot effectively tackle climate change without promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies. I am confident that the International Vienna Energy and Climate Forum will help us shape the way forward in tackling the challenges lying ahead.
The new International Vienna Energy and Climate Forum will act as a springboard to the upcoming UN Climate Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in Dubai. A focus must and should be on climate action and making progress on the urgent matter of climate finance. The importance of right-scaling the financial commitments for real impact is imperative. Together with the urgent need to rapidly scale back on fossil fuels, these are key hurdles holding us back from immediate climate progress. The forum will serve to catalyze the key ingredient of political commitment to this common cause for humanity.
H.E. Mr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
COP 28 President-Designate and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology
United Arab Emirates
Mr. Nikolaus Marschik
Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria
Ms. Lara Hirschhausen
Head of Climate Innovation Programmes - Strategy & Delivery
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, United Kingdom
Ms. Mathilde Mesnard
Deputy Director for the Environment Directorate and OECD Co-ordinator for Climate and Green Finance
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Mr. Li Junhua
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi
CEO, Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations
H.E. Ms. Leonore Gewessler
Federal Minister Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Mr. Jürgen Czernohorszky
Executive City Councillor, Head of Climate, Environment, Democracy and Personnel
City of Vienna
Forum Solutions Week Highlights
LEADING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
The IVECF gathers the global energy and climate community to foster collaboration on advancing the energy transition and working towards the 1.5 degrees scenario of the Paris agreement.
It’s all about networking! The IVECF is the perfect arena to connect with existing partners and set in motion new partnerships and business opportunities. Our matchmaking platform ensure that you make the most valuable connections.
POLICY AND EXPERT SIDE-EVENTS
Policy and expert side-events with key partners and thought leaders share insights and propose concrete steps to drive action towards reaching sustainable development and climate goals with a focus on inclusion, finance, policy and long-term plans.
YOUTH SOLUTIONS DAYS
The IVECF mobilizes the unprecedented power of young women and men to use innovative technologies and drive the energy transition forward by building their skills and competences.
Innovative solutions from all around the globe that have the potential to be scaled up to catalyze the energy transition and contribute to reaching sustainable development and climate goals are showcased in the conference main themes.
Cleantech Days present innovations by entrepreneurs and companies supported through the UNIDO programmes, the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme and the Private Finance Advisory Network.