Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions will be the heart of the summit. They feature interactive discussion on the most prominent issues in energy. Topics include:

Connecting the Unconnected: Energy Access

This panel will challenge students to think about how both developed and developing nations can together as partners in addressing the issue of energy access.

The Emerging Asia

As many countries in Asia develop and strive to achieve economic stability, sustainable development is often overlooked. This begs the question of if it is possible to tackle Asia’s growth in a sustainable way.  This session will explore the possibilities for tackling this complex and far-reaching issue.

Changing Trends in the Fossil Fuel Market

This session will be focused on the changing dynamics of fossil fuel supply and demand looking at how the industry is adapting to a new global energy landscape.

Investment and Risk for Sustainable Energy Ventures

This session will provide a deep dive into the world of energy investing through the eyes of key energy investors and stakeholders - the public, private equities, venture capitalists, and the government.

The Road to Paris 2015: International Treaty on Climate Change

For decades, world leaders have been attempting to reach a globally binding climate agreement without success. As the world gears up for COP21 in Paris people are asking tough questions.  What needs to change to achieve a “successful” outcome? Perspectives provided in this panel will give students with new insight about the impending negotiations. 

The Future of Energy Supply Mix

This session will discuss the transformation of policy, investment, infrastructure and consumption needed to balance the conflicting dynamics that are at play in our move towards a sustainable energy mix. 

Parallel Sessions

Parallel session will focus on a more specific and detailed issues that surround the energy system. Three parallel sessions will occur simultaneously and students will choose their own learning stream. Topics include:

Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities

This session will provide a forum to discuss Indonesia’s challenges, opportunities and its potential to become a global energy player.

Energy and Women

This session will explore women working to address the world’s energy problems.

Global Problems Meet Local Solutions

This session will highlight successful examples of grassroots innovation and evaluate the best practices we can take forward to tackle energy challenges all over the globe.

Sustainable Cities

This panel will encourage students to see urban development from a new lens and to rethink the way we build and live in cities.

Energy and Human Behavior: Searching for Links

This panel will explore how social, cultural and behavioral dimensions contribute to our energy problems and could be a large part of the solution. 

The Role of Ethics and Societal Norms in Energy

This panel will discuss the embedded societal challenges present in energy policy development, drawing on the experience real world energy policy implementation.

Global Coal Outlook

This panel will explore if there is a role for coal in a sustainable energy future and what it might look like - if there is a role at all. 

Energy Storage

This session will examine energy storage technologies and their potential applications while providing students with a new vision of what a grid of the future may look like.

Geothermal Energy

This panel will discuss the massive potential of geothermal and the challenges we must overcome in order to achieve mass deployment of the technology. 

Second Generation of Bioenergy

This session will discuss advanced bioenergy technologies; the challenges in developing this energy source and the solutions needed to unlock bioenergy potential.

The Story of Shale Gas: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This session will provide an open, honest look at shale gas’ potential risks and rewards and explore the question of how we can ensure shale gas development is done in a responsible manner.

The Science Behind Climate Change

This session will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of climate change - the natural systems, the causes, the modeling, the expected outcomes, and how we tackle it whether that be through adaptation or mitigation.