Sustainable energy

Connecting generations: Meeting the energy challenge

30 Oct 2013

Organised by: Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

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Energy innovation has given us reliable heat, light, transport and communication. But has it also created dangerous dependencies and severe environmental consequences?

As we look ahead to our energy future, we are challenged with developing technologies and building an infrastructure that give us sustainable and diverse energy supplies.

A mixed age group of entrepreneurs, industry experts, researchers and behavioural experts came together to discuss how their generation envisions its energy future and Switzerland's contribution to it as a global centre of energy innovation.

You can still join the discussion on meeting the energy challenge 2050 on our Open Minds blog!

The Swiss Re 150 year anniversary event series 'connecting generations' brings together international experts, entrepreneurs and practitioners to discuss current and future economic, political and societal risks and opportunities. The four events will focus on energy, food security, funding longer lives and natural catastrophes.
Learn more about Swiss Re 150 years anniversary.

Agenda

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

17.30

Registration

18.00

Welcome

  • Oliver Schelske, Risk Research Relations, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
  • Bernd Wilke, Top Topic Management, Swiss Re

18.10

Meeting the energy challenge 2050 – Switzerland's contribution
Fritz Fahrni, Chairman of the Board of u-blox and INSYS

18.25

Interactive panel discussion
Moderated by Oliver Schelske, Risk Research Relations, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue and Bernd Wilke, Top Topic Management, Swiss Re

  • Fritz Fahrni, Chairman of the Board of u-blox and INSYS
  • Eva Geilinger, Project Manager, Topten International Services
  • Claire-Michelle Loock, Head Client Solutions, BEN Energy AG
  • Jan Ossenbrink, Doctoral candidate at the ETH Chair of Sustainability and Technology
  • Erik Schmausser, Leader of energy efficient projects, Swisspower Services AG
  • Rupert Wimmer, Originator, Weather & Energy, Corporate Solutions, Swiss Re

18.50

Incentives to encourage energy savings among consumers
Claire-Michelle Loock, Head Client Solutions, BEN Energy AG

19.05

Interactive panel discussion
Panellists and moderators as above

19.30

Apéro and networking

 

This event will be broadcasted live, photographed, videotaped, and/or recorded. A summary, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Speakers

Fritz Fahrni

Chairman of the Board, u-blox and INSYS


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Eva Geilinger

Project Manager, Topten International Services


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Claire-Michelle Loock

Head of Client Solutions, BEN Energy AG


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Jan Ossenbrink

Jan Ossenbrink

Doctoral candidate at the ETH Chair of Sustainability and Technology


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Erik Schmausser

Leader of energy efficient projects, Swisspower Services AG


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Rupert Wimmer

Rupert Wimmer

Originator, Weather & Energy, Corporate Solutions, Swiss Re


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Summary

Securing affordable energy supplies, changing the energy mix towards a more sustainable and renewable portfolio, as well as providing energy to those who currently have no access ranks high on the global agenda.

In order to discuss these issues as part of Swiss Re's 150-year anniversary event series 'connecting generations', Swiss Re organised a small conference entitled 'Meeting the energy challenge'. The event which took place at the Centre for Global Dialogue brought together a mixed age group of entrepreneurs, industry experts, and researchers, to discuss Switzerland's contribution to our energy future.

Professor Dr Fritz Fahrni (ETH Zurich, University of St. Gallen) delivered the first keynote speech. From an engineering and scientific perspective, Professor Fahrni outlined our energy challenges and how we could meet them. In the Swiss context, achieving sustainable energy use by 2050 will require using about half as much energy per person as we currently consume; the use of practically no oil for heating or gasoline for mobility; producing electricity with renewable resources; emitting five times less CO2 into the air than today; and producing energy without nuclear plants.

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