September 20, 2022

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

09:00 - 09:30 Registration 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 will be launched during this panel discussion.

Moderator: Francesco Venturini, CEO, Enel X


  • Abderrahim El Hafidi, CEO, ONEE
  • Riccardo Garrè, CEO, Ferroli
  • Hank Choi, President B2B - Europe, LG Electronics
  • Phil Dion, Vice President – Federal Affairs, American Electric Power (AEP)
  • Donald Wingate, Senior Director - Utility Sales, Schneider Electric
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee 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?

This roundtable will foster an interactive conversation between speakers and guests. 


  • Daniele Agostini, Head of Energy and Low Carbon Policies Enel
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Securing a Clean Power Future
In collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)


The power sector lies at the heart of the global energy transition, which will rely on increased electrification of end uses and decarbonization of the means of electricity production. The acceleration of the integration of variable renewable energy (VRE) will be the key enabler of grid decarbonization. However, the challenges to integrate this new production are numerous with the lack of transmission capacity and the fact that today’s power systems are heavily depended on large centralized and dispatchable power plants. It is therefore essential that power system structures evolve to meet the requirements of the renewable era that will allow a further acceleration of the pace of electrification.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?

Moderator: Vincent-Michel Duval, Executive Director, GSEP


  • Serge Abergel, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro-Quebec Energy Services
  • Sandra Nessing, Chief Sustainability Officer, AEP
  • Wilfired Biya, Chief of the New York Office and Permanent Observer to the United Nations, IRENA