Decarbonizing the German industry:

What’s needed and can a fossil energy exporter like Norway be part of the solution?
Cross-Border Cooperation to reach the “Grüne Null”
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It’s the big question everyone is talking about: How do we close the gap between our high climate ambitions and the current situation? How do we reach net zero emissions without jeopardizing jobs, competitiveness, and balance sheets?

With new governments in place in Germany and Norway, both with high ambitions within climate, energy and the green transition, the stage is set for accelerating cross-border cooperation. Golden opportunities lie within hydrogen, renewables, and battery technology. We must also deal with residual emissions in hard-to-abate sectors, where Norway has tailor-made solutions at hand.

These questions will be on top of the agenda when Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre meets

  • Dr. Patrick Graichen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Holger Lösch, Deputy Director General, Federation of German Industries BDI
  • Dr. Sopna Sury, Chief Operating Officer Hydrogen of RWE Generation SE
  • Dr. Erika Bellmann - Bellona Foundation

for an open conversation moderated by Journalist Juila-Niharika Sen and hosted by Peter Adrian, President Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).

Join us on Wednesday 19 January from 10:30 – 11:30!

Speakers
Program

Speakers

Julia-Niharika Sen - Moderator

www.julia-niharika-sen.de

Is a German journalist and television presenter.

Peter Adrian - HOST - President, DIHK Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)

DIHK - Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag

Peter Adrian is the president of DIHK, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce e. V., since March 2021. DIHK represents the entire commercial sector in Germany. Its members comprise the 79 chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs) with several million companies from industry, trade and services – from kiosk owners to large corporations. The DIHK bundles the interests of businesses across all sectors and branches of the economy in a democratic and deliberative manner. In addition, the DIHK coordinates the network of more than 140 foreign chambers of commerce, delegations and representative offices of German business in 92 countries

Jonas Gahr Støre - Prime Minister of Norway

https://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/smk/organization-map/prime-minister-jonas-gahr-store/id2877186/

Jonas Gahr Støre was born on 25 August 1960. He is married to Marit Slagsvold and they have three children. Mr Støre underwent naval officer training at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen in 1979–1981. He then studied for a degree in political science, specialising in history and social economics, at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris in France from 1981 to 1985.

In 1989, Mr Støre was employed as Special Adviser at the Office of the Prime Minister, and in 1995, he was appointed Director General of its Department of International Affairs. From 1998 to 2000, he served as Chief of Staff under Gro Harlem Brundtland at the World Health Organization.

Jonas Gahr Støre was Minister of Foreign Affairs in Jens Stoltenberg’s second government from 2005 to 2012, and then Minister of Health and Care Services until the change of government in 2013. Before that, he was State Secretary and Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister in 2000–2001. He has also held a number of other senior positions in the civil service and humanitarian organisations, including serving as Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross from 2003 to 2005.

Mr Støre became Leader of the Labour Party in 2014 and has been a member of the Storting for Oslo since 2009. He has served on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, and the Enlarged Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Holger Lösch - DEPUTY Director General, FEDERATION OF GERMAN INDUSTRIES (BDI)

https://english.bdi.eu/bdi/organisation/executive-board/holger-loesch/

Holger Lösch was born in Schweinfurt in 1963. He is married with two children.

From 1983 to 1992 he studied Political Sciences, History and German at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.

Even during his studies he worked as a journalist and editor in the television section of Bayerischer Rundfunk. From 1995 he was head of the staff of the television directorate at Bayerischer Rundfunk, subsequently moving on to assume the management of Central Programme Coordination in 1998. In 2001 Holger Lösch moved from the Bayerischer Rundfunk to the Schörghuber Group in Munich and was head of the central area Communication and Marketing until 2007. From 2006 he was also a member of the corporate management.

From 2007 to 2008 he was in charge of the management of Corporate Development, Communications and Customer Relation Management of Arabella Hotel Holding Munich.

In 2008 he was appointed head of Communications and Marketing at the Federation of German Industries (BDI), also becoming a member of the management in 2009.

Holger Lösch has been a member of the BDI Executive Board since July 2011 and Deputy Director General of the BDI since April 2017.

Dr. Sopna Sury - Chief Operating Officer Hydrogen of RWE Generation SE

https://www.rwe.com/en/the-group/organisational-structure/rwe-generation/executive-board/sopna-sury/

Since February 2021 - Chief Operating Officer Hydrogen of RWE Generation SE

09/19 - 02/21 - Director Strategy & Regulatory Affairs, RWE Renewables GmbH, Essen

2016 - 2019 - COO Energy Services & Infrastructure, Uniper SE, Duesseldorf

2015 - Director Energy Solutions, E.ON Global Unit Next Generation, Essen

2012 - 2014 - Director Business Development & Business Affairs, E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH, Essen

2011 - 2012 - Member of the Management Team, E.ON Inhouse Consulting GmbH, Essen

2001 - 2010 - McKinsey & Company, Inc., Duesseldorf, most recently Manager EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)

2003 - 2005 - Doctorate at Witten/Herdecke University

1996 - 2001 - Studies of Economics at Witten/Herdecke University and The Darla Moore School of Business, Columbia S.C., USA

1994 - 1996 - Bank Clerk Apprenticeship, BHF-Bank AG, Duesseldorf


Dr. Patrick Graichen - State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/EN/Artikel/Curriculum-Vitae/curriculum-vitae-psts-graichen.html

From 15 December 2021 - State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

January 2014 to December 2021 - Executive Director and Managing Director of Agora Energiewende

2012 to 2013 - Deputy Director of Agora Energiewende

2007 to 2012 - Head of Division at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

2001 to 2006 - Deputy Head of Division for International Climate Action and Personal Assistant to the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

1996 to 2001 - Research assistant at the interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics at Heidelberg University and doctoral degree (Dr. rer. pol.), thesis: ‘Municipal Energy Policy’

1993 to 1996 - Degree in Economics and Political Science at Heidelberg University and the University of Cambridge (UK)

Dr. Erika Bellmann - Bellona Foundation

https://bellona.org/employee/erika-bellmann

Dr. Erika Bellmann is Head of Germany Programs of the Bellona Foundation and Managing Director of Bellona Deutschland gGmbH, the newly established Berlin branch of Bellona. Prior to joining Bellona she worked for WWF Germany’s Climate and Energy Policy team. Her work focuses on climate-neutral industry, infrastructure for climate neutrality and negative emissions. Her educational background is in chemistry and chemical engineering, and she has prior work experience in the chemical industry and strategy consulting.

Program

Implementing the Dutch-German Innovation & Technology Pact

Welcome remarks

by Peter Adrian, President DIHK


Panel discussion, moderator: Julia Sen

  • Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Holger Lösch, Deputy Director General, (BDI)
  • Dr. Sopna Sury, Chief Operating Officer Hydrogen of RWE Generation SE
  • Dr. Patrick Graichen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Dr. Erika Bellmann - Bellona Foundation

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