08 DECEMBER 2021


02.00 PM - 04.30 PM CEST

02.00 PM - 02.05 PM
Welcome Note

By 2030, global carbon emissions must be cut in half, yet between 2009 and 2020, average emissions rose by 1.5% per year. Compounding this challenge, the rate of decarbonisation is still too slow.

Decarbonisation rate of 11.7% is required to keep warming within 1.5°C, and to get there, countries with the highest rate of decarbonisation, will need to double their efforts moving forward, and those with the lowest rate may need up to a 10x improvement. The reality is that a country cannot meet a net-zero commitment without transforming its economy and industries therein.

This requires a wholesale transformation of a company’s business and operating model. Building on a net-zero ambition, companies have to ensure accountability at the top, realign their corporate growth strategy with net zero, adapt their operating model and supply chain to support the transformation, invest in innovation, provide the necessary financing, and prioritise transparency and engagement.

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Sidhant Rastogi
Managing Partner & Global Head


In the journey of achieving net-zero future, countries cannot meet a net-zero commitment without transforming its economy and industries therein. Building on a net-zero ambition, companies have to ensure accountability at the top, realign their corporate growth strategy, adapt their operating model to support the transformation, invest in innovation and right skills.

We need a Net-zero workforce equipped with the right skills and the enthusiasm, to help us build a cleaner, greener system and operate a newer sustainable buisness model. This workforces transformation will require a diverse mix of skills, from scientists and engineers, to communications professionals and data specialists, who leads the change and drive towards the net-zero future.

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Vijay Swaminathan
CEO & Co-founder


The 6G era will be defined by the symbiosis of digital, physical, and biological worlds with the goal to augment human productivity and wellbeing. While in the 5G era, with thanks to the massive scale deployment of sensors, the digital world perfectly captures past and current states of the physical world, the connection of these two worlds with the biological or cognitive world remain largely unaddressed. We believe that in the 6G era cognitive systems will anticipate individual and collective intents to plan for actions in the worlds that optimally serve human needs. For that to happen we will need to witness significant advances in artificial intelligence, computing and sensing technologies. The 6G network will be the essential infrastructure for the integration of these future capabilities.

Green and sustainable development in 6G is thus the core requirement and ultimate goal of network and terminal designs. It is not just a nice-to-have feature, rather, it will be a make-or-break requirement for 6G mobile networks. On the other hand, with the increasing new capabilities embedded, 6G shall continue to address the challenges of the mankind and facilitate the realization of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nation. This keynote talk will aim at providing insights for industry on key technical challenges and research directions at the beginning of 6G definition towards the sustainable development of 6G itself as well as its role serving as a tool to help improve the sustainable development of the whole society.

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Dr. Volker Ziegler
6G Leadership at Nokia Bell Labs


New business models are needed that place sustainability at the heart of business activities. It is no longer a question of having an economic strategy that works from a sustainability perspective, but rather a sustainability strategy that works from an economic perspective. The transformation to a lower-carbon business model must therefore become an important cornerstone in the strategy of every company. To implement such a change of direction, in addition to cross-industry cooperation between companies, it requires a climate strategy, measurable goals, clearly defined action plans, and reporting that assesses the effectiveness of the measures.

The session will focus on how companies are systematically integrating to solve for social and business values in one business model. Most of the companies that begin this journey are already skilled at optimizing for business advantage. They may already recognize the importance of taking into account their environmental and societal impacts. With sustainability business model approach, companies are now ready to take on innovation for a business that optimizes for both business and social value.

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Ioana Botezatu
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Société Générale Global Solution Centre, India and Romania
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Session Chair
Amit Kulkarni


Decarbonization and digitalization are megatrends that will force sectors and industries to undergo structural change and operating models.

Alongside climate change, globalization and demographic change, digitalization is one of the developments that are shaping our world. Digitalization in itself is neither good nor bad for achieving climate targets. It depends on what we make of it – whether we let it roll over us or put it to good use. This change will only take place to its full extent when the technologies are integrated into society as a matter of course: into organizational procedures, work processes, human behavior, business models, and political action.

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Frédéric Moret
Industrial Director, Faurecia Zero Emission

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Patrick Blankers
Head, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Europe

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Jeremy Gibbons
Senior Enterprise Architect

Air Liquide
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Session Chair
Vimal Menon
Partner & GM, Zinnov SAS


The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. The global clean energy transition will require deploying, at massive scale, the full range of clean energy technologies, including nuclear energy, over the next decade and beyond as we go about limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5°C and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 - is a formidable challenge and an immense economic opportunity.

Nuclear Power's dispatchable, low emission, flexible and reliable, nature can underpin net zero energy mixes based on electricity, while also helping to lower the costs of the overall electricity generating system. Nuclear power is vital for achieving the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring 24/7 energy supply, which provides stability and resilience to electrical grids and facilitates the wider integration of variable renewables such as wind and solar needed to drive the clean energy transition. It also is a firm source of low carbon electricity is well suited to replace coal and other fossil fuels while also providing heat and hydrogen to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors such as industry and transportation. Nuclear power’s partnership with renewables will be key to driving emissions to net zero.

04.25 PM - 04.30 PM
Closing Note