COP27 | Catalyzing electrification: Building synergies across value chains

Although electrification has been identified as a key enabler to achieve net-zero targets, its pace is still far too slow to ensure a 1.5°C trajectory. Increased synergy between stakeholders is needed to unlock new business cases and propel a zero-carbon future. Collaboration between businesses and utilities to electrify their sectors is demonstrating clear environmental, social and economic benefits for communities. However, coherent and stable policy frameworks and well-targeted regulatory mechanisms are still needed to create a level playing field and lower the initial up-front investment to stimulate the uptake of electrified solutions and enable a clean and secure energy future.


  • Daniele Agostini, Head of Energy and Climate Policies, Enel


  • Thomas Birr, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, E.ON
  • Kristen Siemen, Chief Sustainability Officer, General Motors
  • Gwenaelle Avice Huet, Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Schneider Electric
  • Thomas Deloison, Director – Mobility, WBCSD

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COP27 | Hydropower’s role in achieving an electrified and decarbonised economy

In collaboration with International Hydropower Association (IHA)

In order to achieve global climate goals, it will be necessary to accelerate the pace of electrification, primarily in the transport, building and industrial sectors. The Global Electrification Monitor contextualizes the scale of the challenge of providing the necessary large amount of low-carbon electricity.

As outlined in “Hydropower 2050: Identifying the next 850+ GW towards Net Zero,” sustainable hydroelectric power has a critical role to play in achieving these goals, as it can provide the flexibility and stabilization of large-scale power grids to enable the vast amounts of wind and solar energy that will be required to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) co-organized a French-language panel that assessed the role of hydropower in decarbonising the energy mix. Panelists examined challenges and solutions for its deployment, such as the need to advance the understanding of policymakers, NGOs and the general public. Electricity companies’ challenges in ensuring sustainable, affordable and stable electricity production were also addressed.

Intro and moderator:

  • Vincent-Michel Duval, Executive Director, GSEP


    • Debbie Gray, Climate Policy Manager, IHA
    • Nour Eddine Fetian, Director, Central Production, ONÉE (virtual)
    • Joana Freitas, Executive Board Member, EDP Produção
    • Carine de Boissezon, Chief Impact Officer, EDF

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