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Electricity is the central energy vector to reach decarbonisation in all energy systems, with benefits that go well beyond CO2 reductions. GSEP held an event around the challenges and enablers of electrification at Climate Week NYC on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Program below. 

09:00 – 09:30Registration and breakfast
09:30 – 10:30

Catalyzing electrification through stronger alliances

Electrification can provide significant economic, environmental, and social benefits. It has been identified as one of the key enablers of the energy transition towards decarbonization. Yet we’re not progressing fast enough, with the pace of change remaining far from required to meet local and global climate goals. Increased interaction and synergy between stakeholders is needed to unlock new business cases and propel a sustainable energy transition through electrification. What role can utilities play in supporting their customers through the electrification of their industries?  What are the hurdles faced by business leaders in decarbonizing their activities? How can policymakers and decision makers help advance low-carbon electrification?

The Catalyzing Electrification Accord was launched during this panel discussion.

10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 13:00

Decarbonizing Cities, an Electrification Dialogue

Cities account for nearly two-thirds of the CO2 emissions globally, but local governments are making increasingly bold commitments to reduce their carbon footprint and create value for their communities. Considering buildings contribute to a significant amount of CO2 emissions, what are the main challenges faced in electrifying the built environment? How can the infrastructure needed to sustain electric mobility development be deployed? What role can energy efficiency and circularity play in the transition towards decarbonized cities?

A roundtable with interactive conversation between speakers and guests. 

13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30

Securing a Clean Power Future

Electrification must go hand-in-hand with the decarbonization of the power sector to achieve the Paris agreement goals globally. As we face the current energy crisis, how can we swiftly phase-out the most polluting fossil fuels while maintaining energy security? What challenges are faced by grid operators in integrating large renewable energy sources? Can the deployment of low-carbon technologies ensure a stable and secure decarbonized power sector?

This panel discussion featured a short presentation of GSEP’s Global Electrification Monitor.


Please note that the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership will cease operations as of the end of June 2024.