Overline: ISIGET Symposium 2020
Headline: The global energy transition: reconciling energy justice with post-Covid-19 realities

ISIGET Symposium 2020

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

Online Event via Zoom, Chatham House Rule applies

The annual ISIGET Symposium brings together thought leaders and decision makers from the policy communities, the corporate world, NGOs and academia, to assess the state of play of the energy transition and the Global South.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Livia Bizikova, Lead, Monitoring and Governance, Tracking Progress, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Michael Cohen, Chief US Economist and Head of Oil Analysis, BP
  • Frank Peter, Deputy Executive Director, Agora Energiewende        
  • Dr. Ing. Natalia Realpe Carrillo, CEO, HEDERA Sustainable Solutions GmbH – Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow 2020 – 2021, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies                                    

ISIGET Symposium 2020: Welcome speech by Ortwin Renn



Theme & session


1:45-2 pm (CET)



2-3:30 pm (CET)

Reshoring, trade tariffs and the COVID-19 impact. Whither global supply chains in low carbon tech?

Global supply chains are the lynchpin of the globalized economy. Moreover, they were instrumental in giving low carbon technologies the learning curve to bring down costs and make solar and wind competitive in the market. The global Covid-19 pandemic has hit supply chains hard, also in low carbon tech. Moreover, several governments have renewed their call for bringing production ‘back home’ and for pursuing a manufacturing-based green industrial strategy. The panel will discuss the future of supply chains and assess the implications for the low carbon transition going forward.


4-5:30 pm

Future-Proofing Energy Policies: Reflection on energy transition scenarios post-COVID-19

Long-term energy scenarios have been used to inform energy policy decisions to support low-carbon energy transitions in unprecedented futures due to global climate change. However, the recent Covid-19 pandemic presents new unprecedented challenges, raising the need for us to rethink whether energy policies are future-proof. This panel session will discuss energy transitions after the world recovers from the current Covid-19 pandemic. In this discussion, we will consider random events and reflect on the use of scenarios to better understand systemic impacts and risks of energy transition in developed as well as developing countries.


Theme & session


10-11:30 am (CET)

Energy justice and the renewable energy transition in developing countries: implications for finance, policy and project implementation

The energy justice dimension has been gaining traction the past years in the discussions surrounding the global energy transition as it addresses the danger of an unequal transition. Although the energy justice literature is diverse the majority uses the “three core tenets framework” that includes procedural, distributional and recognition justice. In other words, this framework takes into account the social and development impacts of policies and interventions by incorporating elements of better information disclosure, broader community involvement and participation, affordability, accessibility and energy access. In this panel we will discuss the link of these tene

IASS-HBS Expert Workshop on Border Carbon Adjustment
A joint event of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Brussels and the IASS

3-4:30 pm

EU Border Carbon Adjustment and the risk of an uneven transition

This webinar looks at how the EU’s plans for a border carbon adjustment mechanism may impact the global transition to a low-carbon economy. In conversation with researchers and policymakers, we explore the potential impacts of BCA for international relations, especially the effects such a policy would have on developing countries. The panel discussion asks: how can the EU balance its priority of stopping carbon leakage without deepening the decarbonization divide?

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Participation is only possible by personal invitation.

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