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FCA at COP28

Future Cleantech Architects at COP28 in Dubai

The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) took place in Dubai, UAE, from the 30th of November until the 12th of December this year. As in the past years, Future Cleantech Architects attended the conference and actively participated in a number of panels, events, and sessions to push cleantech innovation harder. You can find an overview of our co-hosted sessions and the biggest highlights of this year’s COP below.

Read our Key Takeaways brochure for an overview of our results!

Future of RD&D Needs

Future of RD&D Needs:
Perspectives on Key Global Technology Development Needs

The session focuses on the key takeaways of the results of the survey and the ways in which we can use these findings to better support and accelerate RD&D in the most urgent sectors. Special attention was paid to the different results from developed and developing economies as well as those stakeholders that have been identified as most effective in supporting these endeavours. The session began with an overview of the survey and its results, followed by a short panel discussion on lessons learned and next steps.

Innovative Renewables for Energy Security

Innovative Renewables for Energy Security:
Alternative sources of flexible low-carbon energy to meet global electricity demand

This session focused on the technological innovation landscape in renewable energy production. The session centered on the increasing demand for electricity and the need for more flexible energy sources next to conventional solutions, such as solar and wind, and the key challenges and roadblocks that innovators globally are facing and discuss the relevance of their technology for global and regional electricity generation.

Short film on Aviation

Future Cleantech Film on Aviation

Aviation accounts for 2-3% of all global CO2 emissions. If we take into consideration the non-CO2 effects, the sector accounts for 3.5% of global warming, with the largest contributor being contrails. It is also the fastest-growing emitter in the transport sector. Although 2020 saw a drop in flights due to COVID-19, demand is bouncing back, already at 70% of pre-pandemic levels in 2022. By 2025, demand is expected to hit 2019 levels again and to continue rising.

As part of our COP28 UAE endeavors, Future Cleantech Architects (FCA) produced a short film anchored by our CEO Peter Schniering, featuring Clara Pfeffer (RTL Deutschland), Eleanor Webster (Mission Innovation), Ingrid El Helou (FCA), and Marlène Siméon (FCA). They discuss the challenges of bringing aviation on to a more sustainable path and the elements needed for a holistic transformation of the sector that takes into account both CO2 and non-CO2 effects.

We also participated in:

Mission Innovation Member Insights Report Launch: Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Goals through Collaboration

December 5th, 15:30 – 16:20 | Saudi Arabia Pavilion

The Mission Innovation Member Insights Report Launch at COP28, moderated by Peter Schniering, shined the spotlight on the progress made by MI members in advancing clean energy and climate goals through collaboration. This event delved into the four core elements of the report:
1. Public RD&D Expenditure
2. Clean Energy Innovation Activities
3. International Collaborations
4. Involvement in Mission Innovation

UN Climate Technology Centre & Network's session "Fostering innovation through collaborative climate technology RD&D"

December 8th, 18:30 – 20:00

In this session, our Founder & CEO, Peter Schniering, presented the main key takeaways from our joint survey on the Future needs of RD&D. The overall focus of the session was on the introduction of the outputs and activities of Technology Mechanism on collaborative climate technology RD&D, endogenous capacities, and national systems of innovation and the introduction of successful international, regional, and national collaborative climate technology RD&D partnerships and activities

Clean Air Task Force’s side event “Getting Real on Hydrogen: A pragmatic view of use, production pathways, transport potential, and more”

December 9th, 12:30 – 13:30PM | Zero-Carbon Future Pavilion, Blue Zone.

This Panel discussion focused on providing a realistic view of hydrogen deployment in ‘no-regret’ applications. These are sectors where hydrogen would be indispensable to complete industrial applications or where no other energy-efficient or cost-effective decarbonization options exist. We also discussed hydrogen production pathways, transportation potential, and economics. For more information on the panel, please see CATF’s website.

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