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Calendar15-16 June 2021, 9:00am - 6:00pm

The Citizens Energy Congress, taking place virtually on 15-16 June 2021, will bring together a broad spectrum of energy industry professionals, policy makers, investors and civil society. Together, these groups will challenge the concepts and constraints of the existing energy models and foster consensus-driven foundations for a low carbon energy system.

The 2-day agenda will address the difficult questions facing the energy industry as it strives to balance energy access and climate change commitments. The broad audience will facilitate a balanced debate between all stakeholders from producers, end users, technology and service providers to investors, policy makers and civil society.

Ipieca Executive Director Brian Sullivan will be participating in a session on How can we meet the anticipated demand growth in energy whilst slashing emissions? on 15 June, 15:35-16:20.

Session topics: The world's population is expected to grow by 2 billion, from 7.7 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050. How should the energy transition differ between developed - and developing - countries? Currently more than 1 billion people have no access to electricity, and nearly 3 billion have no access to clean cooking fuels (relying on high-polluting energy sources).

Attendee insights: Access to affordable and reliable energy sources are top priorities for world leaders who have the responsibility to ensure countries have access to the resources they need to survive and economically develop alleviating energy poverty. A key session gathering expert insights on how to successfully meet energy demand creating sustainable energy for all, gain profitable returns whilst reducing and mitigating carbon and methane emissions.

Other speakers:

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Former Danish Prime Minister and Former CEO of Save the Children (confirmed)

Brian Sullivan, Executive Director, Ipieca (confirmed)

David Malpass, President, World Bank (invited)

Marco Alverí , CEO, Snam (invited)

Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (invited)

Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President, European Green Deal, European Commission (invited)

Jasim Husain Thabet, Group CEO and Managing Director, TAQA (invited)

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Our Speakers

Brian Sullivan

Executive Director

Brian joined Ipieca as the Executive Director in 2011 following a 23 year career in bp. He graduated in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Imperial College, London, UK and was recruited into bp's Refining and Marketing international graduate programme in 1986.

During his time with bp he has had a varied career of technical, commercial, financial and leadership roles across the downstream value chain including crude and products trading, marine fuels, lubricants and alternative energy.

During his tenure at Ipieca, he has overseen the growth of the Association and leads their contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Energy Transition. 2022 saw the launch of the Ipieca Principles, a new condition of membership promoting support for UN agreements and practices that align with them.

Brian is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

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