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    01 July 2021
    9:00 am - 10:00 am - 01 July 2021

    Day 1 Opening

    Plenary Room

    9:00 am

    Paul Givan, First Minister, NI Executive
    Michelle O’Neill, deputy First Minister, NI Executive 

    9:10 am

    Mike Reilly, Executive Editor, MIT Technology Review, USA

    9:20 am

    Dave Vincent, Chief Digital Officer, Tourism NI 

    9:30 am

    Dr Ugur Sahin and Dr Özlem Türeci, Founders, BioNTech, Germany
    Followed by Q&A with William Crawley, Presenter BCC NI
    01 July 2021
    10:00 am - 3:35 pm - 01 July 2021

    EPISODE I: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

    Meet the engineers, entrepreneurs, politicians, polemicists, funders, futurists, and founders who are leveraging emerging technologies to
    stave off planetary meltdown addressing solutions from renewables and green energy solutions to optimizing manufacturing processes.
    What is the promise and potential of these breakthrough technologies?
    10:00 am - 10:45 am - 01 July 2021

    Introduction

    Plenary Room

    10:00 am

    Dr Iain Percy OBE, CEO Artemis 

    10:10 am

    Cllr Kate Nicholl, Lord Mayor of Belfast
    Jayne Brady, Digital Innovation Commissioner, Belfast City Council

    10:30 am

    Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy recently published its vision for the next decade, 10X Economy
    – An economic vision for a decade of innovation. Northern Ireland’s hi-tech advisory panel “Matrix” will be centralin pushing that agenda and making the case that science and technology is the key driver for economic growth in theregion. Looking at the potential that hydrogen can play in nurturing this brave new world is just one of the research pieces undertaken by this industry led expert panel.

    Dr Rob Grundy FRSB, Chair of Matrix
    Sponsored Talk


    01 July 2021
    10:45 am - 12:05 pm - 01 July 2021

    The Green Transition

    Plenary Room
    Meaningful change towards a green economy will be driven by consumers, investors, venture capitalists,
    entrepreneurs and governments.

    10:45 am

    Europe’s Consumers are demanding that brands take real action to develop a truly authentic green
    approach. An overview on the companies which are ahead of the curve and winning the loyalty of the
    empowered customer.

    Thomas Husson, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester, France

    10:55 am

    Mitigating the carbon impact of large-scale industrial facilities such as data centres and assessing
    carbon tax initiatives. Identifying the new green technologies which can succeed in business and
    environmental terms. Plus an expert insight into the emerging technologies being adopted by cement
    producers in response to changing consumer demand and governmental action to tax carbon
    emissions.

    Moderator: Amanda Ferguson, Freelance Journalist with Sky, Reuters, The Washington Post, BBC, RTÉ
    Rebecca Lamas, European Investment Bank Chair Team, European University
    Institute, Italy
    Adrian Bührer, Co-founder and managing partner of Übermorgen Ventures, Switzerland
    Eric Trusiewicz, Industrial Decarbonization Specialist, Spain

    11:30 am

    Reducing greenhouse gas emmissions requires the ability to create non-carbon fuel alternatives which are both clean and a ordable and deliverable at scale. 30 years ago, Northern Irish entrepreneur David Surplus set up some of
    the rst wind farms in the British Isles in order to tackle climate change. Since then, he has forged a bold path in
    the world of green-tech, culminating in his current company B9 Energy which is using ‘curtailed’ wind power

    to convert water, through electrolysis, into hyrodgen, oxygen and heat – with a valuable end use for each. B9 Energy’s rst bespoke electrolysiser is now on site outside Belfast in a pilot program which could create a thousand green jobs and reduce reliance on carbon fuels.
    In association with Phoenix Natural Gas.

    David Surplus, Founder and CEO B9 Energy
    Sponsored Talk

    01 July 2021
    12:05 pm - 1:45 pm - 01 July 2021

    Balancing Greenhouse Gas Emitters and Converters

    Plenary Room
    Who are the brilliant minds identifying solutions to the climate crisis through the removal of carbon from the atmosphere? What companies have the breakthrough technologies to capture CO2?
    Do offsets really work? How can we best identify and apply solutions to the climate challenges ahead?

    12:05 pm

    How much CO2 do we need to remove over the next decades? How can we integrate removals
    into our economy and create carbon-negative products and value chains?

    Petrissa Eckle, Executive Director of the Sustainability in Business Lab,
    ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

    12:25 pm

    Cement production worldwide releases nearly four times as much carbon dioxide into the air as
    global air traffic. This session introduces next-generation technology for the mineralisation of carbon
    dioxide, turning broken concrete into stone granulate as a replacement for sand and gravel in
    fresh concrete.

    Valentin Gutknecht, CoF0under and CEO, Neustark, Switzerland

    12:45 pm

    A multitude of challenges face the cutting-edge companies deploying ‘miracle’ technologies to
    capture carbon. Vital questions abound: How effective is it to deploy these technologies at the
    mammoth scale our overheating planet requires? How will the carbon be stored? And how to avoid
    pumping even more CO2 from carbon capture machines into the atmosphere?

    Nathalie Casas, Head of Technology, Climeworks, Switzerland

    1:05 pm

    Why it’s hard to abate energy-hungry industries that rely on fossil fuels today. Which alternatives
    have a promising outlook? Can batteries compete with hydrogen, methanol or, ammonia?
    What opportunities exist for collaboration to speed the transition?

    Carsten Reincke-Collon, Director Future Technologies, Aggreko, Germany

    1:25 pm

    Biochar is one of the most promising negative emission technologies but how a new innovation play
    an outsize role in removing carbon from the air, sequestering it for thousands of years and
    providing a source of heat and greener urban infrastructure – all at a competitive price per ton of
    carbon removed.

    Henrietta Moon, Co-Founder & CEO, Carbo Culture, Finland
    01 July 2021
    1:45 pm - 3:00 pm - 01 July 2021

    Tomorrow’s Transport

    Plenary Room
    Boundless ambition for a carbon-free transport future is matched by the speed of innovation and scale of
    investment in potential breakthrough technologies. Cars are going electric first but there is now significant
    momentum behind technologies driving hydrogen-powered shipping, clean aircraft, battery-powered ferries and
    methanol-fuelled trains. Explore the technologies which could be first across the line in this global green race.

    1:45 pm

    Carmakers are under pressure in Europe to sell more electric cars or face huge fines for
    breaching new emissions rules aimed at tackling global warming. However, significant barriers
    to truly widespread adoption of electric batteries in vehicles remain in relation to cost, energy
    storage efficiency and recharging. But is society exploiting the full potential of the electric vehicle
    revolution to accelerate a societal green shift?

    Peter Rawlinson, CEO & CTO Lucid Motors, USA in conversation with
    Tate Ryan-Mosley Reporter, Data and Audio, MIT Technology Review

    2:10 pm

    Anxiety bedevils plans for all-electric aircraft — to date the technology to enable sustained battery
    power over thousands of kilometres doesn’t exist. And then there are issues of weight and of cost, not
    to mention production at sector scale and safety. However, NASA has advanced proposals to test
    electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft while Rolls Royce claims to be on the cusp of
    manufacturing power systems for some of the first eVTOLs. Which technologies will fuel a clean and
    green aviation industry?

    Clay Dumas, Partner, Lowercarbon Capital Partners, USA and Anders Forslund,
    CEO Heart Aerospace, Sweden in conversation with Amanda Ferguson, Freelance Journalist with Sky, Reuters, The Washington Post, BBC, RTÉ

    2:35 pm

    If sustainability is to be a pillar of the global economic recovery, then the innovation and swift rollout
    of new electric charging solutions will form the bedrock of tomorrow’s energy landscape. Consumers
    used to three-minute fuel stops are demanding batteries which can be charged in minutes, not
    overnight, and they want access to that solution to be ubiquitous. Who is best-placed to ensure the
    switch to electric cars runs smoothly?

    Enric Asunción, CEO Wallbox, Spain in conversation with Amanda Ferguson, Freelance Journalist with Sky, Reuters, The Washington Post, BBC, RTÉ

    01 July 2021
    3:00 pm - 4:15 pm - 01 July 2021

    Sustainable Cities

    Plenary Room
    Introduced by Tina McKenzie, CEO Staffline Ireland, Hon Consul General of Finland in Belfast.
    More than half of the world’s population live in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of humanity — 6.5 billion people — will be urban. Meeting global sustainable goals will not be achieved without a metamorphosis from polluting metropolises to smart, clean, green net carbon neutral cities. That transformation will not be possible without revolutionary technologies rolled out at scale. Meet those at the cutting edge of this change.

    3:00 pm

    Cities with ambitious green agendas are critical if Europe is to do more than just pay lip-service to its Sustainable Development Goals.  Lahti, Finland, first unveiled plans to drive down emissions in 1997. Today it is a global leader in air quality, waste, green growth and eco-innovation, earning it the European Commission’s title of Green Capital 2021.

    Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti, Finland, EU Green Capital 2021 in conversation with Tina McKenzie, Hon Consul General of Finland for Belfast & CEO, Sta ine Ireland

    3:30 pm

    The energy transition is a cornerstone of Net Zero strategies across the world. This transition will principally be enabled by technology, investment, data and behavioural change. In isolation these factors can have limited impact but when brought together, they can accelerate meaningful change.At Energia Group, we see this as the role of the modern utility and it is core to our businessstrategy.

    Derek Scully, Head of Corporate A airs, Energia Group
    Sponsored Talk

    3:40 pm

    The developers and architects behind Europe’s rst timber skyscraper plan nothing less than a social and ecological paradigm shift.

    Jonny Klokk, Partner, Mad Arkitekter, Norway.

    3:55 pm

    One of the regions at the very cutting edge of technological change and the creation of smart cities isAndorra, a tiny country tucked between Spain and France. The 180-square-mile nation of 77,000 people has served as a ‘living lab’ for researchers for MIT Media Lab’s City Science Initiative to prototype, deploy and test urban innovation.

    Moderator: Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Host, EmTech Europe
    Luis Alonso, Principal Investigator Andorra Living Lab Project, Andorra and
    MIT Media Lab, USA
    Vanesa Arroyo, Project Co-ordinator and International Relations Manager, Andorra Research+Innovation, Andorra

    01 July 2021
    4:25 pm - 4:45 pm - 01 July 2021

    New Food

    Plenary Room
    Cattle are the No. 1 agricultural source of greenhouse gases worldwide. Inefficient animal agriculture practices that
    contribute to climate change drive the need to create safe, humane and sustainably produced animal proteins.
    Formo produces delicious, nutritional and sustainable dairy products using precision fermentation.

    Dr Britta Winterberg, CSO and founder of Formo, Germany

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