2019 July 12 Friday

Energy Infrastructure in a Decarbonized World - Joint AIIB-Host Country Seminar (Open Event)

Conferences 2, ECCL


  • To discuss and analyze the policies and governance structures that need to be put in place globally to guarantee the sustainability of energy supply and to foster the transition towards increased use of renewable energy sources.
  • To highlight the renewable energy technologies that countries need to focus on, in order to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
  • Showcase the potential opportunities for innovative, efficient and clean energy technologies and business models for emerging economies and major cities.  



Global energy policy must rise to the challenge of complying with the declared ambition to limit global warming to 1.5°C. To reach this goal, it is imperative to achieve the target of zero emissions by 2050 and to transition fully to renewable energy sources as soon as possible.


However, clean energy has not yet realized its potential due to development barriers, including the use of coal, which still contributes to around a third of global energy supply. Other barriers are a lack of appropriate policies and regulations applicable to renewable energy sources or a lack of adequate infrastructure to support them. 


One way to overcome these barriers is to implement renewable energy support policies. The use of a series of innovative approaches, notably through sector coupling, can also help to decarbonize the energy system. By connecting energy-consuming sectors, the need to use conventional power plants can be decreased. 


Luxembourg is the ideal location for a discussion of how to accelerate the transition towards increased use of renewable energy sources. Luxembourg is committed to substantially reducing its domestic greenhouse gas emissions and will pursue its ambitious policy for the use of renewable sources of energy, notably with a specific focus on wind and photovoltaic solar energy. 


Discussion Topics: 

  • What are the most successful policies that support greater investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy?
  • What are the challenges to accelerating investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy? 
  • What are the critical infrastructure needs to deliver a rapid transition to a decarbonised economy?
  • What role can MDBs play in accelerating the financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy?


Session Format: 

 A moderated panel discussion, followed by audience Q&A. 



Jan Corfee-Morlot

Senior Advisor, New Climate Economy

Dr. Jan Corfee-Morlot is Senior Advisor to the New Climate Economy (NCE) project, which is based at World Resources Institute in Washington DC. She is also founder of 3Cs, a consulting company based in Paris.  Jan spearheaded the author teams of NCE's 2016 and 2018 global reports and now leads NCE Africa initiatives. Jan spent most of her career with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, leading policy-relevant research and advising governments on climate change and development. Previously she was an IPCC lead author and held positions with the International Energy Agency in Paris, and PG&E Co and state and local governments in the US.  Jan has a PhD in geography from University College London, as well as degrees from MIT and Haas at UC Berkeley.

Annegret Groebel

Director International Relations/Postal Regulation, Bundesnetzagentur


Dr. Annegret Groebel has worked German Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway since 1997. She has held the post of Head of Section "International Coordination" since 2001 and was promoted to Head of the International Relations/Postal Regulation Department in 2009. She is responsible for all contacts with other European and non-European regulatory bodies as well as for the contacts with the European Commission, including the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). In 2012, she was appointed Vice-President of CEER and since 2019 as CEER President. She has extensive expertise in the European regulatory framework for the internal energy market. 

Robert Guild

Chief Sector Officer, Asian Development Bank


Robert Guild is Chief Sector Officer of the Asian Development Bank. He is responsible for ADB-wide technical collaboration, innovation, and knowledge management for sector groups in transport, energy, urban, water, education, health, and finance. Dr Guild is an expert on infrastructure investment for social and economic development. Dr Guild began his career as an engineer in the United States, has worked extensively for bilateral and multilateral agencies in international development, and holds degrees in civil engineering, public administration, urban and regional planning, and international development. He has held faculty appointments at universities in the United States, the Pacific region, and New Zealand. He has been with the Asian Development Bank since 2003.

Andrew McDowell

Vice President, European Investment Bank


Andrew McDowell joined the European Investment Bank as Vice-President in September 2016. He has responsibility for energy and agriculture lending, economics and institutional relations with 10 European and 15 Asian countries. He is the first Irish membEr of the bank's Management Committee for 12 years.

Prior to joining the European Investment Bank, Andrew McDowell was Economic Advisor to the Taoiseach, Ireland's Prime Minister, since 2011. He has 20 years of experience in economic policy and public service management. Prior to working for the Taoiseach, Andrew was Chief Economist at the Irish business development agency, Forfás and European Deputy Editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit. He holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and studied at John Hopkins University and University College Dublin.

Claude Turmes

Ministre, Ministère de l'Energie et de Aménagement du territoire


Mr. Claude Turmes is the Minister for Energy and Spatial Planning since October 2018. Previously, he was the Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures. Mr. Claude Turmes, was a Member of the European Parliament from June 1999 to June 2018. He was the vice president of the parliamentary group of the Green Party in the European Parliament and was a member of the Committee on Environment, Health and Consumer Protection as well as a member of the Committee on Industry, Energy, Telecom and Research.

He was the rapporteur of a large number of European directives, in particular on renewable energies, energy efficiency, the electricity market and climate plans, as well as on the European lobby register. From 2004 to 2018, he was the chairman of EUFORES (European Forum for Renewable Energy
Sources), the Interparliamentary association for the promotion of renewable energies in Europe.

Prior to his election to the European Parliament, Claude Turmes was an activist and, later, he volunteered to lead various environmental associations. He has been active at both the European (Friends of the Earth Europe, the European Environmental Bureau) and national level. He was a member of the committee and vice president in charge of energy/climate and European affairs and Europe of the Mouvement Écologique Luxembourg from the late 1980’s to 1999.



Paul Speltz

International Advisory Panel member, AIIB


For over 40 years, Ambassador Paul W. Speltz has lived and worked in Asian business and finance, both in the private and public sectors. Paul served as the President of Kissinger Associates, Inc. Prior to that, he served as Ambassador/Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila. In this role, Paul represented the US extensively throughout Northern, Southern and Central Asia to expand regional trade, promote financial cooperation, and increase private sector lending and financing activity. In 2004, US Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow designated Paul as the Financial and Economic Emissary to China, in which capacity Paul spearheaded the US government’s economic and financial cooperative initiatives with China.

Paul is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and the Board of Directors of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of American Ambassadors, the Asia Society, the US-China Business Council, and the National Committee on US – China Relations.