WFES: The Role of Regions in the Global Energy Transition


Regions, states and cities can play a key role in the global energy transformation. Some have made considerable progress during the past years, others have established ambitious plans. In the context of multi-level governance, many regions, states and cities, faced with local realities, are already deploying cutting-edge technology innovations, setting some of the most ambitious renewable energy targets, and investing in clean tech infrastructure and start-ups, thereby spurring local and regional development and market growth, and accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy.

The meeting discussed how regions, states and cities can accelerate the uptake of renewable energy at the subnational level. It explored important drivers, identified best practice approaches and assessed how regions can learn from each other. The meeting showcased existing ambition, success stories and innovations at the forefront of the global energy transition. It explored which governance structures can lead to a successful energy transition, how to finance this transition, and what are realistic targets. Speakers discussed how an energy transformation at the local and regional level can drive stronger action that results in change nationally – and even internationally.

13:30 Welcome
Sakari Oksanen, Deputy Director-General of IRENA
13:40 Fukushima as a pioneering place for the new energy society
Message from H.E. Taro Kono, Foreign Minister of Japan, delivered by Misako Takahashi, Director, Economic Security Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Japan's Energy Policy and the Fukushima Plan for a New Energy Society
Tadashi Mogi, Director Policy Planning Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
Toshiba's activities towards the realization of the hydrogen society
Ryo Nakajima, Technology General Manager Toshiba, Japan
14:00 Jing-jin-ji Region of China: Uptake of renewable energy and its integration into regional development
Liang Zhipeng, Deputy Director General, New and Renewable Energy Department, National Energy Administration of China
14:15 Kasese: Driving the Energy Transition from the bottom up
Godfrey BK Kabbyanga, Mayor of Kasese, Uganda
14:30 The Dubai sustainable energy strategy
Saeed Al Tayer, CEO Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, United Arab Emirates (tbc)
14:45 The transition to green gold - an example of smart specialization from Flanders in Belgium, as central region in the EU
Guy Vekemans, Strategy developer smart cities & sustainable energy, VITO
15:00 The 100% renewable energy cities and regions network
Stefan Gsaenger, Executive Committee Member, Global 100 RE
15:15 Roundtable: Best practice and lessons for regional energy transition
Moderator: Dolf Gielen, Director IRENA Innovation and Technology Center
16:00 Questions and answers with the audience
16:15 Summary and conclusions