Global Energy Transition Congress, 1-3 July 2024
The GET Congress delegate pass offers access to 25 strategic conference sessions, 3 keynote addresses, 13 Ministerial, CEO and critical agenda sessions, 9 energy transition in action sessions and over 20 spotlight sessions taken from our international call for papers.
In addition to a seat at the conference, you will also have access to the:
- Delegate lounge and lunch
- Delegate networking events
- Exhibition featuring 500+ companies from across the energy, carbon intensive manufacturing, finance, and start-up sectors.
- Project X-change theatre featuring presentations of decarbonisation projects in action from around the world as well as decarbonisation projects seeking investment.
The GET Congress Strategic Programme
The GET Congress 2024 is one of the world’s largest cross-industry gatherings of energy transition experts.
Discussions will centre on meaningful, long-term, actionable steps towards international climate targets, emissions reduction in carbon intensive industries and global climate justice.
The conference agenda has been developed after extensive consultation with the GET Congress Steering Committee, an international body of experts spanning the energy, finance and hard-to-abate sectors.
Confirmed Strategic Panels
We are pleased to provide a preview of our initial agenda for GET 24. The seven sessions below give a flavour of what you can expect from the conference. The full conference programme will be published in December.
1. Coherent, cross-sector international action on the energy transition
Global decarbonisation is a mass-participation effort, requiring nonpartisan engagement and scientific evidence-based, outcomes-led action. Open channels of communication across and between sectors has been key to furthering the consensus on holistic, achievable, and socially inclusive net zero impasses. Policymakers around the world are seeking a balance between national economic prerogatives and co-ordinated, multilateral climate action, paving the way for a multi-speed, single-destination global energy transition.
But while much work has been done to align net zero incentives across industry boundaries and international borders, frustrations around the pace of progress remain. This opening panel session will focus on the continued importance of dialogue in building understanding between governments, and across industrial sectors and geographies. How are stakeholders in the global energy transition identifying pain points, managing fair and unfair expectations, and developing market-appropriate net zero frameworks? And to what extent have overarching political, economic, commercial and social considerations shifted as the energy transition discussion has matured?
2. Empowering industries to accelerate transition: Striking the right balance on a lower carbon industrial strategy
Climate policy interventions across the world suggest differing schools of thought on how legislation can best facilitate the energy transition. While recent policy programmes in the USA and India have focused on incentivising lower carbon activities, the EU has favoured a mix of incentives and regulation. This “carrot or stick” dilemma is part of a wider global discussion on integrated industrial policy for a lower carbon future. The challenge for legislators is to find the point at which market incentives create a “rising tide to lift all boats”; and regulatory frameworks that serve as an effective deterrent against emissions, without placing upward pressure on costs. This picture is further complicated by differing economic and environmental priorities in the Global North and South.
How can policymakers and industry work towards a single, internationally agreed direction of travel that remains sensitive to unique market and sectoral pressures? Could tight regulatory frameworks in one part of the world and generous incentive schemes in another create a push/pull effect that damages international alignment on net zero?
3. Decarbonisation capital de-risked: Mechanisms for unlocking energy transition funding
The United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative estimates that climate investment opportunities could be worth up to US $275 trillion between now and 2050. Contrary to fears around the potential costs of net zero, the research points to the enormous economic growth potential of the energy transition. Nonetheless, vast funding gaps remain, with high upfront capital needs, low short-term yields, and uncertain longer-term market conditions testing many investors’ risk appetite.
Tax reduction schemes and subsidies for mature climate technologies have been proven to incentivise demand for mature energy transition technologies. The IEA estimates that renewables will be the largest source of global electricity generation by 2025; meanwhile, one in seven vehicles purchased in 2022 was an electric vehicle – a tripling of the sales share since 2020.
But the technologies that will support the energy transition in hard-to-abate sectors have not matured at an equivalent pace, and remain under-incentivised and in need of capital injections. Furthermore, risk factors in emerging and frontier markets are inhibiting much needed energy transition investment in some of the world’s most climate vulnerable places. Can policymakers go further with support schemes to upscale hydrogen, encourage low emissions fuels, and incentivise carbon capture and other such technologies? Are Public-Private Partnerships a viable means of spreading risk? And could sovereign wealth funds utilise their financial and political capital to de-risk investments in traditionally higher risk markets and breakthrough climate solutions?
4. The new attention economy: Countering climate disinformation
While the scientific community has reached near unanimous consensus on manmade climate change, and multilateral plans for a greener global economy are taking shape, popular perception remains in the balance. Across much of the developed world, net zero scepticism is an obdurate feature of public discussion fuelled in part by a new media ecosystem in which it can be difficult to separate reliable and reputable reporting from misleading journalism.
The question of how to effectively counteract fake news is both pressing and unresolved, demanding the full participation of public and private sector organisations. Climate disinformation undermines international consensus, disrupts co-ordinated action on net zero, and can negatively influence consumer behaviours. How can all stakeholders, from governments and businesses to media platforms and private individuals, build resilience to the deliberate corruption of the global conversation on climate?
5. Harnessing the green economic growth opportunity
While net zero scepticism often focuses on the financial cost of decarbonisation, the energy transition represents a major economic opportunity. The renewables sector is poised to expand, creating new jobs, skills bases, research and development specialisms, and a related array of professional and knowledge services. The medium-term fiscal multiplier effect of public investment in infrastructure is calculated by the Global Infrastructure Hub at 1.5%, suggesting that upfront expenditure in green energy networks will generate inclusive economic growth.
The hydrogen economy has the potential to usher in a new age of bilateral energy relations, underpinning global energy security and reducing volatility in markets. The promise of a shift away from a single global, carbon-intensive energy system towards smaller, geographically distinct and lower-carbon systems promises a future in which energy complementarity and localised expertise builds resilience and self-sufficiency in market economies.
And improved energy efficiency at point-of-use will save on operational costs across hard-to-abate industries, allowing businesses to tap into increasingly climate-conscious consumer markets.
As an evolving economic opportunity linked to Industry 4.0, the energy transition will be powered by innovators, disruptors and entrepreneurs. What can policymakers and stakeholders across the energy, hard-to-abate and global finance sectors do to empower them?
6. Do carbon capture technologies have an image problem?
If carbon capture technologies are to be deployable internationally, the industry must develop an infrastructure network comparable in size and scope to the global LNG infrastructure network. Furthermore, if this infrastructure is to effectively drive emissions reductions between now and mid-century, the build-out must be complete within a decade. Such progress seems implausible without policy interventions similar to those that are driving renewables capacities up and costs down.
But carbon capture technologies remain the source of much conjecture. To some, they are as yet unproven, even ineffective; to others, a means by which the hydrocarbon sector can go about its business as usual. So, do carbon capture technologies have an image problem? And if so, how can those negative perceptions be remedied?
7. The cost of living: Will consumers pay for lower carbon products?
The question of who bears ultimate responsibility for climate change – and crucially, who should shoulder the cost of decarbonisation – remains contentious at both macro and micro level.
Research has shown that wealth correlates with emissions. It is well-established that emerging economies have made a lesser historical contribution to human-made climate change. And within wealthier societies, it is those communities impacted by generational poverty that have the smallest carbon footprint, and those same communities that are hardest pressed by the economic realities of energy transition.
Can more be done to make environmentally conscious consumer choices more economically viable? In an age of global polycrisis, is the climate emergency a waning priority for ordinary households? And, if so, how great a threat does that pose to progress on net zero?
The guiding pillars of GET
With the input of our knowledge partners, Wood Mackenzie and BCG, as well as feedback from our Steering Committee, we have developed six strategic pillars which guide the conference programme for GET.
Net zero impasses
- Integrating energy transition policy across industries and borders
- Creating the conditions for targeted capital investment
- Collaborating on net zero enablement
- Navigating geopolitical volatility
Sustainability at scale
- Accelerating industrial-scale deployment of new technologies and viable low carbon solutions
- Designing decarbonised market structures
- Abating global carbon output
- Laying the foundations of a zero emissions future
- Financing a multifaceted energy transition
- Structuring incentives
- Balancing risk and reward
- Driving social buy-in and ensuring an inclusive energy transition
Inclusive green growth
- Harnessing innovation
- Capturing economic growth opportunities
- Reskilling the labour force
- Easing congestion in supply chains
Corporate and consumer behaviour change
- Bridging the gap between intentions and actions
- Rewarding climate adaptation in challenging economic times
- Demanding transparency and managing misinformation
Climate action beyond carbon
- Addressing biodiversity loss
- Realigning economic models for circular and regenerative impact
- Developing resilient societies
- Co-creating the economic and energy systems of the future
Behind the scenes at GET HQ
Listen to insights from our energy advisor, Arthur Hanna, on our ambitions for the GET Congress 2024.
“Can we go beyond announcements and get to actions, partnerships and collaborations…Can we create an event that helps to platform these – because they’re real, they’re tangible and they will make a difference in terms of carbon reduction – but also, can we accelerate some of these ideas and innovations and help reduce the timeline to market?”
Ministerial, CEO and Critical Agenda sessions
Energy Transition in Action Sessions
Thought leadership opportunities at GET
The GET strategic conference programme offers a number thought leadership and sponsorship opportunities. If you would like to discuss bespoke ways for your company to be associated with this industry leading programme, or if you would like to propose your CEO to speak at GET, please contact [email protected].