Collaborate, Accelerate, and Scale: Bellona’s programme at COP27

Publish date: November 9, 2022

COP27 this November is about collaboration, accelerating and scaling up climate solutions that are critical to keep the 1.5-degree target alive. Many solutions are available but not yet moving
the needle.  At our pavilion in Sharm El-Sheik, the emphasis is on accelerating development of climate solutions and scaling up rapidly.


Monday, 7 November

15.30 – 16.00: Grand Opening of the Bellona Pavilion

Formal opening of the Pavilion, a collaboration between the Bellona Foundation, Sahara Forest Project Foundation, Aker Horizons, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


  • Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Fritjof Unander, Chief Economist, Aker Horizons
  • Frederic Hauge, President, Bellona Foundation
  • Kjetil Stake, Managing Director, Sahara Forest Project
  • Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway


Tuesday, 8 November

10.00 – 11.00: Leapfrogging fossil fuels – pipe-dream or generational opportunity for Africa?

Organised by NABA

Amid the global shift from fossil fuels towards sustainable and renewable energy, Africa faces the challenge of driving industrial development, while also decarbonising its economies. Many are calling for a “just transition” that will rely on more, and not less, production of fossil fuels to drive growth. Yet with vast renewable energy potential, and facing the most severe impact from climate change, can Africa leapfrog the need for fossil fuels entirely?


  • Fritjof Unander, Chief Economist, Aker Horizons
  • H.E. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission (TBC)
  • Francesco La Camera, Director-General, IRENA (TBC)
  • Terje Pilskog, CEO, Scatec (TBC)
  • Nigel Topping, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion (TBC)

11.30 – 12.30: Where We Are in the State of the Energy Transition

Organised by Aker Horizons

Revolutionizing the world’s energy system is the hardest challenge the world has ever faced. Progress on climate action and energy innovation in the last few years has been unprecedented — and yet, we need infinitely more. The war in Ukraine has further disrupted global supply chains, sending energy prices soaring and prompting governments to pursue an “all-of the-above” strategy to replace Russian oil and gas, in the words of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. For this reason, more efforts will be needed to decarbonize, while ensuring energy security and affordability. Leading regions and sectors will have to go much further and faster. In this panel, you will hear from public and private sector leaders on where the energy transition stands today, and the solutions needed to get the world back on a 1.5 degree path.


  • Ann Mettler, Vice President Europe, Breakthrough Energy
  • Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA
  • Espen Barth Eide , Minister of Climate and Environment Norway
  • Nicola Sturgeon,First Minister, Government of Scotland
  • Anders Opedal, CEO, Equinor
  • Romanric Roignan, Climate Director, TotalEnergies
  • Philippe Kavafyan, Executive Director, Aker Horizons
  • Valborg Lundegaard, CEO, Aker Carbon Capture

13.00 – 14.00: Launch Green desert platform – a game changer for scaling up the Sahara Forest Project in Jordan

Organised by Sahara Forest Project and the Bellona Foundation

Cross-sectoral approaches are emerging on the ground. The integrated approach of the Sahara Forest Project in Jordan helps us to better understand the dynamic interrelationships between water, energy and food, so that we can use and manage our limited resources sustainably. It also encourages cross-sectoral collaboration to scale and accelerate action-oriented solutions that benefit the climate, social development, and business.

The event will address the potential of such integrated solutions, as well as questions regarding the financial needs necessary to bring them to scale.

The event will also see the launch of the “Green Desert Platform” – revealing new environmental recommendations for outdoor revegetation for a commercial Sahara Forest Project facility in southern Jordan.


  • Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Dr. Muawieh Khalid Radaideh, Minister of Environment, Jordan (TBC)
  • Kjetil Stake, Managing Director, Sahara Forest Project
  • Frederic Hauge, President of the Bellona Foundation, and board member of the Sahara Forest Project
  • Prof. Dan Kammen, University of California
  • Moderator: Magnus Borgen, Sahara Forest Project

14.30 – 15.30: Ocean knowledge for climate resilience

Organised by The Norwegian Research Council

Healthy coastal and marine ecosystems have a vital role to play in climate mitigation and adaptation. This event will look at the critical challenges and opportunities that exist around these four pillars to allow ecosystems to fully play their role in climate adaptation and mitigation. The outcome of the event will be to develop a short statement of the key conditions of success for marine ecosystem-based resilience to support climate action.

16.00 – 17.00: Net Zero is not enough – Technologies for greenhouse gas removal

Organised by SINTEF

The climate crisis represents a fundamental challenge. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions will not be sufficient to meet the 1. 5-degree target. SINTEF Global Climate Fund seeks to invest in research of carbon removal critical for our ability to preserve the environment, climate and all living species. In this event, we will bring together leading stakeholders to discuss the need for scaling up new technological solutions and the urgency to start investing in them.


  • Espen Barth Eide, Norwegian Minister of Environment and Climate (TBC)
  • Nils Røkke, Executive Vice President Sustainability, SINTEF
  • Mari Sundli Tveit, Director General of the Norwegian Research Council
  • Lee Beck, Senior Director Europe, CAFT
  • Representative from the IEA (TBC

Moderator: Paal Frisvold, Executive Officer, SINTEF


Wednesday, 9 November

10.00 – 11.00: A new paradigm for climate action in Africa

Organised by NABA

The prevailing narrative about Africa positions the continent as a victim of circumstance – facing the most severe impact from climate change, despite being the world’s lowest emitter. With limited financial resources, African economies are seen as being reliant on global support to tackle the climate action challenge.

A paradigm shift is needed that emphasises Africa’s agency in driving sustainability and establishes a path to industrial development built around climate action.


  • January Makamba, Minister of Energy, Tanzania (TBC)
  • Winnie Cheche, Kenya Environmental Action Network (TBC)
  • Wale Shonibare, Director – Energy Financial Solutions, Policy & Regulation, African Development Bank (TBC)
  • James Mwangi, CEO & Founder Climate Action Platform for Africa
  • Carlijn Nouwen, Co-founder, Climate Action Platform-Africa
  • Bilha Ndirangu, Yale Emerging Climate Leaders Fellow

12.30 – 14.00: Climate finance: risk reduction as a tool to mobilise finance

Organised by the Bellona Foundation

Financing the green transition is one of the greatest challenges faced by the global community. In addition to technology, knowledge and skill sharing across borders, it is crucial to ensure a flow of capital, in particular towards developing economies – disproportionately affected by the consequences of climate change.

Even if the pledge to provide $100bn in climate finance to developing economies annually is met, mobilising additional capital is crucial, and the participation of the private sector is key to ensuring a successful green transition. At this event, Bellona will convene experts to discuss how we can best mobilize finance to support the green transition.


  • Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Norwegian Minister for International Development
  • Heidi Finskas, VP Corporate Responsibility, KLP
  • Leah Pedersen, Senior Director, Convergence
  • Bernhard Mauritz Stormyr, VP Sustainability Governance, Yara
  • Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Director for Financial Services, Africa Finance Corporation
  • Marat Zapparov, CEO, Pentagreen Capital
  • Lina Strandvåg Nagell, Senior Manager Projects & EU Policy, Bellona Foundation

14.3015.30:  Climate Action 2.0: Advancing Gender Equity through Climate Solutions in Africa and Asia

Organised by Pathfinder and Sahara Forest Project

Climate Action 2.0 is action rather than words; solutions at a scale; and work that tackles inequity. Bellona and Pathfinder have partnered on Climate Action 2.0 to take work to scale. Climate Action 2.0 meets the realities of climate change – and tackles immediate challenges.

This discussion will feature:

Ongoing work in Egypt
Project in Jordan to scale to Africa
A Solutions Guide showcasing evidence from around the world

Targeted panelists:

  • Barbara Merz, Pathfinder MD
  • Rannia Elsayed, Pathfinder Egypt
  • Frederic Hauge, President, Bellona Foundation
  • Dan Kammen, Science Advisor to US Govt
  • Dr. Gehan Saleh, Economic Advisor of the Egypt Prime Minister
  • Jameela Pedicini, Climate Finance Initiatives at Bloomberg
  • Moderator: Kjetil Stake, Managing Director Sahara Forest Project

16.00 – 17.00: Unlocking industries’ net-zero transformation

Organised by Aker Horizons

Industrial sectors account for more than 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the transformation of these sectors is pivotal to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. Abating emissions in sectors such as cement, iron and steel requires the deployment of solutions such as carbon capture and hydrogen. Despite a series of ongoing projects, the reality of net-zero for most hard-to-abate industries is lagging. This session looks at how the gap needs to close, and what can be done to accelerate developments.


  • Fridtjof Unander, Chief Economist Aker Horizons
  • Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet and Stategic Brands A.P. Moller-Maersk
  • Irina Gorbounova, Head of XCarb Innovation Fund, ArcelorMittalJonathan Eckart, Head of EMEA partnerships, Breakthrough Energy
  • Severine Mateo, Head of the Low Carbon Transition Group ,BNP Paribas
  • Lei Zhang, CEO, Envision
  • Arshad Mansoor, CEO,EPRI
  • Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA
  • Dr Gokce Mete, Senior Manager Global Hydrogen Stakeholder Platform, South Pole

17.30 – 18.30: Delivering a climate neutral German industry

Organised by the Bellona Foundation and Clean Air Task Force

In the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war, the German industrial sector is facing enormous challenges due to the energy crisis. At the same time, delivering a transition to a climate-neutral industry remains a key priority for Germany, which for generations has led the world in producing high-quality materials and providing vital areas of employment.

This event will share insights on new low-carbon technologies, the critical role they will play in delivering a climate-neutral industry in Germany and what actions are needed on a global level in order to accelerate their development.


  • Lee Beck, Senior Director Europe, CAFT
  • BDI – TBC
  • Thyssenkrupp – TBC
  • Heidelberg Materials – TBC
  • Malte Bornkamm, Head of the Division for Industrial Decarbonisation, BMWK


Thursday, 10 November

10.30 – 12.00:  The path to global digital sustainability disclosure

Organised by Children’s Investment Found Foundation.

The ISSB is actively working to establish a digital-ready global baseline for sustainability-related financial disclosures. This baseline approach is welcomed by the G7, G20, IOSCO, the FSB, and by companies and investors. Upcoming, statutory disclosure obligations are creating seismic shifts in the way that this information is managed inside the enterprise, enhancing quality, reliability, and accountability. Key standards setters are working to ensure that information is digital from the outset! But what are the challenges that need to be addressed? What steps need to be taken to urgently ensure that digitised sustainability data is available when it is needed, and in a way that can be relied on? In other words, what is the path to global digital sustainability disclosures?


  • Michael Hugman, Director of Climate Finance, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Frederic Hauge, President Bellona Foundation
  • Mardi McBrien, Director, IFRS Foundation
  • Jean-Paul Servais, Chair IOSCO Board
  • Mohamed Farid, Chairman, Egypt Financial Regulatory Authority
  • Ambassador Shuaibu Adamu Ahmed, Financial Reporting Council Nigeria
  • Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, ISSB Board Member
  • John Turner, CEO XBRL International, Inc
  • Liv Watson, Managing Director Advisers SaS on Secondment to Capitals Coalition & Co-Founder of the DSD-Lab
  • Simone Kramer, GFANZ
  • John Bottega, President, EDM Council
  • Dr. Iheanyi Anyahara, Technical Director, Financial Reporting Council Nigeria

13.00 – 14.00: Global governance of CDR: carbon accounting of transboundary projects 

Organised by the Bellona Foundation

Carbon Dioxide Removal is essential to meet net-zero goals. Many projects to permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere will have international supply chains and will involve transporting biomass, materials and CO2 across boundaries. This session will discuss the possible accounting issues which may arise from such international CDR projects. In the context of the NEGEM Horizon 2020, Bellona will present the draft findings of its analysis and will open the floor to an expert panel along with a lively Q&A with the audience.


  • Dr Samantha Eleonor Tanzer, CDR Research and Technology Manager, Bellona Foundation
  • Nils Anders Røkke, Executive Vice President Sustainability, SINTEF
  • Matthias Honegger, Senior Consultant, Perspectives Climate Group


  • Mark Preston Aragonès, Policy Manager, Bellona Foundation

14.30 – 15.30: Deploying CCS at scale: Impact of new policy and demand approaches

Organised by Aker Carbon Capture and the Bellona Foundation

First Movers Coalition are launching cement as a new segment under the First Movers Coalition umbrella at COP27, driving the demand for low carbon cement towards 2030 and beyond. This event provides insights on how cement production can be decarbonised through carbon capture and storage – and how mature the solution is. As cement constitutes about 6-8% of the world’s total emissions, it is of utmost importance to realise decarbonisation quickly – what are the important global drivers throughout the value chain to make this happen? How will the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) drive climate solutions deployment together with demand for low carbon materials – do we have the ingredients required to decarbonise the hard-to-abate industries?


  • White House Advisor (TBC)
  • Nancy Gillis, Programme Head, Climate Action & First Movers Coalition
  • Valborg Lundegaard, CEO, Aker Carbon Capture
  • Hilde Røed, Senior Vice President Sustainability, Equinor
  • Industry representative (TBC)
  • Panel moderated by Jon Christopher Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer, Aker Carbon Capture

16.00 – 17.00: Taking stock of climate change and human rights – what’s new since COP26, and what to expect going forward?

Organised by Norges instutisjon for menneskerettigheter

Join us for a stocktake on recent developments in the field of human rights and climate change. What has happened since COP26, what can we expect from COP27 and going forward?

You will hear from leading experts in human rights and environmental law, legal practitioners and campaigners with substantial experience from negotiations at COPs or from working on the ground with climate change and human rights. They will discuss issues like how human rights are integrated under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, recent developments in human rights and climate change law and litigation, and human rights approaches to mitigation and loss and damage. The event also provides you with an opportunity to hear from and ask questions to speakers from ClientEarth, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), the Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement’s Implementation and Compliance Committee and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) on these issues.


  •  Christina Voigt, Professor of the University of Oslo and Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement’s Implementation and Compliance Committee
  • Laura Clarke, CEO of ClientEarth
  • Lien Vandamme, Senior Campaigner for CIEL’s Climate & Energy Program
  • Jenny Sandvig, Chief Policy Director, Norwegian National Human Rights Institution
  • Robert Cadiz, President of the Climate Action and Human Rights Institute and former Commissioner at the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (an NHRI).

Moderated by Hannah Brænden, Advisor at Norwegian National Human Rights Institution

17.30 – 18.30: Partnerships for scaling climate solutions

Organised by Aker Carbon Capture and SINTEF

Collaboration and innovative business models are key enablers to realise climate solutions. As we are scaling the deployment of CCS and increasingly enabling carbon removal for the world’s net zero target, we are dependent on a high level of insights and trust in the solutions. This can be supported by data through the value chain, ensuring transparency and traceability – fundamentals to obtain financing through the voluntary carbon market and to document the impact of the solutions.


  • Randi Skytte, Senior Manager, Ørsted Bioenergy
  • Nils Røkke, EVP Sustainability, SINTEF
  • Hanne Rolén, Head of Sustainability, Aker Carbon Capture
  • Elisabeth Brinton, Corporate VP Sustainability, Microsoft
  • Grethe Tangen, Senior research scientist, project manager CO2 DataShare, SINTEF
  • Mona Mølnvik, Research director, Director NCCS, SINTEF
  • Panel moderated by Paal Frisvold, Executive Officer, SINTEF


Friday, 11 November

11.00 – 12.30: Industrial decarbonisation: a global perspective

Organised by the Bellona Foundation

On the path to net-zero by 2050, the decarbonisation of heavy industry must be addressed; not only to meet climate targets, but also to provide a just transition to a carbon neutral economy. How do we build regulatory frameworks that will enable technologies to contribute to industrial decarbonisation on a large scale? What have we learned from projects so far and how can that experience inform the design of industrial decarbonisation policies?

Opening remarks:

  • Jonas Helseth, Director of Bellona Europa, Bellona Foundation


  • Peter Levi, Energy Analyst and Author of IEA’s Steel Decarbonisation report, IEA
  • Montserrat Mir Roca, Special Advisor at the ITUC Just Transition Centre
  • Lee Beck, Senior Director at Clean Air Task Force
  • Karen Scrivener, Head of Laboratory of Construction Materials at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Felipe Sanchez, Research Associate and Member of the Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) Secretariat at the Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Anne van Ysendyck, Vice President and Head of Government Affairs and Environment at ArcelorMittal


  • Theo Mitchell, Europe & International Climate Director, CIFF

13.00 – 14.00: Creating an Environment of Peace from the ground up

Organised by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Environmental degradation and climate change are increasing risks to peace and security, especially in fragile and conflict affected states. Drawing upon the findings of the recent Environment of Peace report, this session will explore what role civil society can play in enabling a green transition that is both just and peaceful. In conversation with members of the Environment of Peace youth panel, it will discuss how well-designed climate action can contribute to building peace and vice versa.


  • Claire McAllister, Environment of Peace Project Lead, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Adenike Oladosu, Climate Justice Leader/ Ecofeminist, Nigeria
  • Nadiah Dzulfakar, Chairperson Klima Action Malaysia – KAMY
  • Kasha Sequoia Slavner, Founder, The Global Sunrise Project & award-winning Gen-Z documentary filmmaker & social entrepreneur, Canada (tbc)
  • Cecilia Quaglino, Country Contact Point COY17, Argentina (tbc)

14.30 – 15.30: Carbon Management and Industrial Decarbonisation: Cement, Steel and Beyond

Organised by Global CCS Institute

With energy intensive industries pursuing ambitious climate targets, carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is expected to play a strong role along that journey. Industries, such as steel, shipping, and cement , have said CCS is a required technology in their net-zero transition. Join the Global CCS Institute at COP 27 as we speak to industry and policy experts on climate change mitigation and the value of CCS as it relates to industrial decarbonisation.


  • Jon Christopher Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer, Aker Carbon Capture
  • Andrew Purvis, Director of Sustainable Manufacturing, World Steel
  • Catherine Raw, Managing Director, SSE Thermal
  • Bo Cerup-Simonsen , CEO, Zero Carbon Shipping (TBC)
  • Guloren Turan, General Manager of Advocacy, Global CCS institute (Moderator)


15.30 – 16.30: Carbon Management and Industrial Decarbonisation: Cement

Organised by Global CCS Institute

With its strong durability, cement is one the most widely used material in the world. Although its reliability for building long-lasting and safe infrastructure is proven, cement production accounts for around 7% of global CO2 emissions and requires CO2 mitigation to ensure that climate targets are reached. Join the Global CCS Institute as we host discussions with experts in the cement and concrete industry, alongside policy experts, as they unpack the ambitious steps that are being taken to support a low-carbon transition, and the role carbon capture and storage will play in decarbonising cement production.

  • Dominik von Achten, CEO, Heidelberg Materials
  • Brad Crabtree, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management
  • Claude Lorea, ESG Director, Global Cement and Concrete Association
  • Jarad Daniels, CEO, Global CCS Institute (Moderator)




Monday, 14 November

11.30- 12.30: Football and climate

Implementation requiers more support from the public

A non-traditional way to create support for the green shift. We Play Green`s collaborative roadmap for mobilising the football family. Does fotball have a role to play in saving the planet? If so, how should it be played?

Morten Thorsby, founder of We Play Green and Norwegian national team and Union Berlin football player, and Mercelo Vieira, Ambassador of We Play Green and engaged Brazilian national team and Olymikos player. (Both on video)



  • Martina Donlon, Climate Communications Lead at UN
  • Paolo Caridi, Head of Unit Clima Eurepoeean Commission
  • Carlos Rittl, Rainforest Foundation
  • Stine Lise Hattestad, KPMG
  • Ivar Simensen, Aker Horizons
  • Espen Thorsby, Chariman We Play Green


  • Mark Preston Aragonès, Policy Manager, Bellona Foundation

13.00 – 14.00: Prospects and challenges for a clean hydrogen economy

Organised by Aker Horizons

 With its ability to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors like chemicals and steelmaking industries, clean hydrogen is expected to be in high demand as countries are racing to achieve their net zero targets. However, the current clean hydrogen market is at an infant stage and more needs to be done, especially from the policy makers’ side, to maximize its impact in the decarbonising of the industrial sector and end-use sectors as a whole. What are the solutions and policy frameworks needed to scale up green hydrogen use in industry and establish a credible market?


  • Kristoffer Dahlberg, CFO Aker Horizons Asset Development
  • Jonas Moberg, CEO, The Green Hydrogen Organisation
  • Atle Harby, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF
  • Marta Lovisolo, Policy Advisor on Renewable Energy Systems, Bellona Foundation

14.30 – 15.30: Transport of CO2: infrastructure for large-scale industrial decarbonisation

Organised by the Bellona Foundation

Transport of carbon dioxide can be one of the greatest infrastructure projects of our time. The need for capture, transport and storage of CO2 to reach climate targets calls for a holistic approach by governments, but also a massive challenge for the transport sector. How can policy makers, ports, shipping companies and the petroleum sector enable large scale CO2 transport? In this discussion we will highlight the scale of the challenge, political and practical solutions for industrial decarbonisation by CCS.


  • Espen Barth Eide, Norwegian Minister of Environment and Climate (TBC)
  • Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer, MAN Energy Solutions, MAN Energy Solutions
  • Johanne Koll-Hansen Bø, Vice President, Head of CCS, Altera Infrastructure
  • Randi Skytte, Senior manager, Ørsted
  • Jonas Helseth, Director Bellona Europa, Bellona Foundation
  • Runa Skarbø, Team Lead, Transport & Energy, Bellona Foundation


  • Eivind Berstad, Team Lead, carbon capture and storage, Bellona Foundation

16.00 – 17.00: Permanent geological storage of CO2

Organised by Clean Air Task Force and the Bellona Foundation

The permanent storage of CO2 in geological sinks must make a major contribution to global efforts to limit global warming. This event will bring together policy makers and leading experts from industry and academia to explore how best to create and cultivate a global market for CO2 storage, and to what it extent it could help realise the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Opening remarks:

  • Jonas Helseth, Director Bellona Europa, Bellona Foundation


  • Kurt Waltzer, CEO, Clean Air Task Force
  • Lina Yassin, Environmental Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Dr. David Khoza, Executive Manager, Council for Geoscience
  • Finn Mortensen, Executive Director, State of Green

Closing Remarks:

  • Marta Lovisolo, Policy Advisor, Bellona Foundation


Tuesday, 15 November

10.00 – 11.00: Pyrolysis for a circular and low carbon economy

Organised by Vow ASA

Recent advances in technology mean that climate friendly solutions are now available to replace fossil coal and natural gas. Join this session and find out how current pyrolysis solutions convert biogenic material and waste into advanced biocarbon and CO2 neutral pyrolysis gas, replacing fossil reduction agents and energy sources, decarbonising industries.


  • Cecilie Jonassen, CEO, Vow Green Metals AS
  • Harald Bier, Head of Office, EBI
  • Pål Jahre Nilsen, VP Innovation, Vow ASA
  • Eivind Berstad, team lead CCS, Bellona Foundation

11.30  -12.30: Hydrogen – hype or solution?

Organised by the Bellona Foundation

Will the pick-up of the hydrogen economy hinder the decarbonisation of the local economy in the producing countries?

Renewable hydrogen is considered a key energy carrier of the future; however, its production is highly resource intensive and risks displacing emissions to other sectors of the economy. Unless properly regulated, hydrogen risks turning from a green transition tool, to one that exacerbates climate change. How is hydrogen produced and transported? What are relevant alternatives to hydrogen? How is it linked to climate justice, availability of resources, certification, etc.?

Keynote speech:

  • Jochen Bard, Division Director Energy Process Technology, Fraunhofer IEE


  • Jan Rosenow, Principal and European Programme Director, RAP
  • Antonella Battaglini, RGI Director
  • Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO MAN Energy Solutions SE, Member of the German National Hydrogen Council
  • Roland Roesch, Director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
  • Sam Bartlett, Director of the Green Hydrogen Standard, Green Hydrogen Organisation


  • Dr. Simon Evans, Deputy Editor, Senior Policy Editor, Carbon Brief

13.00 – 14.00: Why modelling and data sharing is crucial in the global energy transition

Organised by SINTEF

We face an enormous challenge to transform the energy system to meet climate change targets. Globally, we must develop a secure energy supply which respects nature and at the same time ensure economic development – all this within the framework of very ambitious climate targets. For this, we need advanced models of energy systems and data sharing. This event will present result from the openEntrance project and discuss how science, industry, policy and the civil society can work together globally to trigger the potential in open data sources and models.


  • Ingeborg Graabak, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF, openEntrance project coordinator
  • Adel El Gammal, Secretary General, EERA
  • Atle Harby, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF
  • EU representative (TBC)
  • Representative from IEA (TBC)

Moderator: Paal Frisvold, Executive Officer, SINTEF

14.30 – 15.30: Sludge as resource: How linear bureaucracy prevents circularity

Organised by the Bellona Foundation

This event will showcase opportunities for turning waste into valuable resources, fueling the new bioeconomy. Putting the spotlight on how outdated legislation today prevents circular production systems. Barriers for utilising sludge from Norwegian fish farming will be used as a concrete example of these issues.


  • Aquaculture Sludge in Circular Bioeconomy – Aleksander Handå, Senior researcher at SINTEF Ocean
  • Pär Larshans, Director of Sustainability at Ragn-Sells and Jan Svärd, CEO EasyMining
  • Pål Jahre Nilsen, VP Innovation Scanship

Panel discussion:

  • Aleksander Handå, Senior researcher at SINTEF Ocean
  • Pär Larshans, Director of Sustainability at Ragn-Sells
  • Pål Jahre Nilsen, VP Innovation Scanship
  • Lars Haltbrekken, The Norwegian Committee of Energy and Environment
  • Ola Elvestuen, The Norwegian Committee of Energy and Environment


Moderator: Mari Vold Bjordal, Bellona Foundation

16.00 – 17.00: Getting to net zero cities with circular economies – the low-hanging fruit

Organised by Cambi

Responsible recycling of the energy and nutrients in wastewater solids is essential for the development of thriving sustainable cities. It is also easy to do, with affordable and readily available solutions at scale. One solution, associated with the lowest carbon emissions and lifecycle costs for water utilities is thermal hydrolysis from Cambi. It is already used in more than 70 cities and 25 countries on all continents, serving at least 110 million people. Billions more could follow.


  • Davy Ringoot, Sales Director at Cambi
  • Christopher Gasson, Owner at Global Water Intelligence
    (or Sebastian Lennox, Editorial Director, TBC)
  • IWA or Oslo/ C40 representative (TBC)
  • Dragos Talvescu, Marketing Director, Cambi


Wednesday, 16 November

13.00 – 14.00: Key principles to save the carbon cycles

Organised by the Bellona Foundation

The disruption of the carbon cycle is at the heart of the ongoing climate catastrophe. Carbon Dioxide Removal, alongside enormous emission cuts, will be vital to return to a healthy carbon cycle. This session will present the importance of keeping efforts to reduce emission reductions separate from carbon removal. At the same time, it will be important to manage the geological and biological carbon cycles separately to ensure a sustainable path to net-zero. Bellona will also present a legal proposal to implement this in German legislation, followed by a panel discussion.

Opening remarks:

  • Mark Preston Aragonès, Policy Manager, Bellona Foundation


  • Dr Samantha Eleonor Tanzer, CDR Research and Technology Manager, Bellona Foundation
  • Erika Bellmann, Head of the German office, Bellona Foundation
  • Olga Gassan-zade, Carbon Limits
  • Ville Niinistö, Member of the European Parliament
  • Oliver Geden, Lead Author of the IPCC’s AR6 WG III, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)


  • Eli Mitchell-Larson, Chief Science & Advocacy Officer, co-founder, Carbon Gap

14.30 – 15.30: Delivering Africa’s Green Energy Potential

Organised by Aker Horizons

Africa’s vast renewable energy sources holds great potential for producing high volumes of green hydrogen. What policies, capacity building, financing and certification needs are required to supercharge green hydrogen production for domestic use and export?


  • Gylfi Mar Geirsson, Aker Horizons
  • Wale Shonibare, Director Energy Financial Solutions, Policy & Regulation, African Development Bank
  • The Green Hydrogen Organisation (GH2)
  • James Walsh, Senior Development Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power

16.00 – 17.00: Carbon capture with seaweed cultivation – How to do it right

Organised by the Bellona Foundation

Seaweed farming has been picking up in the media lately as a positive future biomass source, but we also see a lot of claims where seaweed is promised to capture and store large amounts of carbon. Seaweed is efficient at capturing carbon, but whether this carbon is stored or not is dependent on the use of the biomass. During the event we will discuss and learn more about which climate effects seaweed cultivation can have depending on the use of the biomass and how we can develop a future seaweed industry that can contribute to net zero emissions.


  • Mark Preston Aragonès, Policy Manager, Bellona Foundation
  • Philippe Potin, Research Director at CNRS Roscoff Biological Station (digital)
  • Aleksander Handå, Senior Researcher at SINTEF Ocean
  • Espen Barth Eide, Norwegian Minister of Environment and Climate (TBC)


  • Mari Vold Bjordal, Bellona Foundation

Thursday, 17 November

10.00- 11.15: Spotting embodied carbon

Organised by the Bellona Foundation.

Opportunities, barriers and first movers for low-carbon products markets in the built environment.

The notion of ‘embodied carbon’, the appreciation of emissions that result during the manufacturing of a material in the final product, is an increasingly important dimension in the growing debate on reducing emissions in the built environment. Showcasing new possibilities and pulling low-carbon products into the market is of paramount importance for the transition to a net-zero economy.  

This event’s aim is two-fold: to illustrate the concepts around embodied carbon, its framework and policy needs, and to showcase how lead markets and lighthouse projects can become a reality already today. We will bring together policy experts, city developers and industry that are at the forefront of green buildings and construction, and provide a platform for meaningful conversation at COP27. 


  • Irene Domínguez Pérez, Policy Analyst, Bellona Foundation
  • Pamela Conrad, Senior Fellow, Architecture 2030
  • Ola Elvestuen, Member of Energy & Environment Committee, Norwegian Parliament
  • Hugh Garnett, Senior Programme Manager – Real Estate, IIGCC
  • Alejandra Rivera, Global Programme Manager, Built Environment, IHRB
  • Mohammed Chahim, Member of the European Parliament

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