Rapid decarbonisation and its impact on society


IEEE Switzerland will investigate the latest positive technological, financial, social and political developments in rapid decarbonisation

The Paris Agreement aims to limit global temperature rises caused by man-made climate change, but many say that the 2C target does not go far enough. Climate efforts need to be much more ambitious to curb temperature rises and limit the impact of carbon emissions on future generations.

An emerging area of research is rapid decarbonisation, focused on accelerating efforts beyond the baseline Paris target to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C and so avert climate disaster.

In this special one-day event, IEEE Switzerland PES will investigate the latest positive technological and political developments and outline concrete steps for rapid decarbonisation. By assembling a range of experts we will consider policy, economic, financial and technical perspectives of rapid decarbonisation, and investigate business models that could emerge.

The agenda is available here.

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  Date and Time




  • Date: 07 Nov 2019
  • Time: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT+01:00) CET
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  • University of St Gallen
  • Dufourstrasse 50
  • St Gallen, Switzerland
  • Switzerland

  • Co-sponsored by Canton of St.Gallen


1030 Welcome coffee

1100 Welcome address

1110 Elmar Grosse Ruse - 100% fossil free or 100% climate disaster?

1150 Ruth Wood - The impacts of climate change on power networks (adaptation and resilience strategies)

1230 Stefan Scnheider - Zero Emission Construction Sites with Electrified Machines

1310 Lunch

1410 Roberto Bernacchi - Shore-to-ship power and port electrification: paving the way to zero emission terminals

1450 Daniel Bretscher - Methane, Meat and Money: Low emission strategies for the Swiss agriculture and food sector.

1530 Coffee

1540 Pablo Fernandez - Climate finance and markets (details to be confirmed)

1620 Markus Balmer - Decarbonising Basel (details to be confirmed)

1700 Rolf Wüstenhagen - Closing keynote (details to be confirmed)

1740 Closing remarks

1800 Apero

2000 End of event


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