Infrastructure & City

Customized Program for Infrastructure & City Sessions

If you're a city planner, engineer, municipal representative or if you're generally interested in infrastructure and urban development then these sessions may be of interest to you.

 

From Paris to Practicalities: Policy Play & The Role of Business in Climate Action

A historic agreement was reached in Paris when 196 countries agreed on a non-binding framework to address the global climate change challenge. The question remains, how will the private sector and governments make the directives from Paris a reality? Furthermore, what is the role of business in these directives and how will companies apply a combination of voluntary and regulatory measures to contribute to mitigation, adaptation and other climate priorities?

The Road from Paris & Climate Prosperity: How Carbon Action Can Re-Energize Economies

Hear from government and policy-makers on the commitments agreed to at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris and the actions required to move the agenda forward from both business and policy perspectives. The GLOBE Climate Plenary will highlight low carbon technology projects, climate change policy, and fair regulatory systems which encourage equality and ensure climate action. Emerge with the latest insights on how businesses, investors, and governments can take the next critical steps to advance climate action.

Mayor’s Roundtable: Bright Green Cities & the Future of Urbanism

Cities stand on the front lines of climate disruption. But they’re also a lead solution to the global crisis, because they open up efficiencies and economies of scale with respect to services, transportation networks, resource recovery, and much more. In this spirit, we’re presenting a star international lineup of mayors who are leading the way for senior governments with ambitious renewable energy targets and smart green infrastructure investments. These leaders will outline their innovations, share successes, compare notes on ongoing challenges, and outline post-COP21 plans and objectives. A GLOBE Series “must-see session.”

The Big Picture: Megatrends, Innovation and Collaboration for a Prosperous Planet

Dynamic leaders share their personal insights and expertise around the power of innovation and collaboration and chart the course on business, environment and development trends.  

Valuing Nature: The Business Case and Innovative Methods for Eco-Asset Management

A growing group of business, community, and organizational leaders now recognize that protecting, enhancing, and restoring natural capital is essential to business success, sustainable economies, and high quality of life. This session will showcase leading strategies for optimizing the value of natural capital, and will spotlight how business decisions impact natural capital assets and, in turn, organizations and stakeholders. Emerge with a compelling, up-to-date understanding of the links between natural capital protection and the bottom line. 

Food Security and Innovation: Scaling up to Meet the Challenge

By 2050, the world’s population will crest nine billion—a 34 percent increase over today’s total. Five years ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization predicted that humans will by then need to produce 70 percent more food than we do today. This past year alone, investors moved some USD $2.06 billion into agricultural technology start-ups. These numbers will continue to grow. This session will explore the role of emerging agricultural technologies and small scale start-ups in scaling up food solutions to feed the world.

Water Integrity: Infrastructure & Innovation

This session brings a solutions-oriented outlook on water security trends and scalable solutions to foster access to water and catalyze economic growth. Join industry pioneers and leaders to learn how innovation in technologies and wastewater management is solving water scarcity issues.  Take away key insights from engineering firms, corporations and city experts leveraging infrastructure systems, water use efficiency and collaborative partnerships to effectively conserve, manage, and distribute this vital resource.

Disruptive Innovation & Technology: What will it Really Take to Move the Needle on Climate?

Research has shown that our current approach to today’s climate change challenges isn’t moving the dial far enough or fast enough. Game changing innovation and investments in disruptive new businesses hold invaluable potential to help reverse climate change and the associated ominous impacts. How can we accelerate innovation to bend down the carbon curve? 

The Future of Electricity & Grid Infrastructure: Powering the 21st Century Economy

Grids are getting smarter, but so are customers. Thanks to the sharp drop in installed solar panel costs, in many parts of the world the model of a large, centralized—and typically fossil-fueled—utility is unraveling. How are enlightened power providers responding to this shift and the others that are currently roiling the energy landscape? How will grids grow more resilient and better adapted to tomorrow’s variable-output sources? Our experts weigh in.

Green Economic Development: Global Best Practices for Job Creation & Investment

With a global market for environmental products and services estimated at $5 trillion and expanding quickly, there is a growing appreciation for the significant business, investment, and employment opportunities that come from the transition to a lower-carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive green economy. At the same time, there is a lack of consistency in linking green growth policies, goals, and objectives with quantifiable economic impacts and outcomes. In addition, while traditional economic development measures such as job creation and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are used, it is becoming increasingly clear that these metrics are insufficient for capturing other key benefits, particularly related to environmental and social performance. 

The Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: How fast will it happen?

The transition to a clean energy economy is gaining significant momentum. At the same time, modelling and projections are often based on historical data making them poor predictors for the actual rate of future change. Gain insights based on three different clean economy transition trajectories on the key factors, policy actions, and indicators to watch.   

Financial Inclusion & Fiscal Reform: A Global Perspective on Enhancing Sustainable Prosperity

Over the past two decades, economic growth has lifted more than 660 million people out of poverty. Approaching related issues through a global lens, foremost speakers will look at how financial inclusion, the way we tax, regulate, and encourage fiscal reform can have a positive impact from a social and environmental perspective. This applicable session will also share a practical toolbox on the role of innovation in improving social, economic, and environmental prosperity.

The Carbon Bubble: Managing Financial Risks of Stranded Assets

Recent science suggests that the lion’s share of fossil reserves must stay in the ground if the earth is to keep below two degrees of warming. How are investors and pension fund managers responding to the potential for stranded assets? What is the balanced approach to risk analysis and capital management? How can we promote synergy between corporations, policymakers, technology companies, capital markets, investors, analysts and rating agencies?

Mayor’s Roundtable: Bright Green Cities & the Future of Urbanism

Cities stand on the front lines of climate disruption. But they’re also a lead solution to the global crisis, because they open up efficiencies and economies of scale with respect to services, transportation networks, resource recovery, and much more. In this spirit, we’re presenting a star international lineup of mayors who are leading the way for senior governments with ambitious renewable energy targets and smart green infrastructure investments. These leaders will outline their innovations, share successes, compare notes on ongoing challenges, and outline post-COP21 plans and objectives. A GLOBE Series “must-see session.”

Smart Technology. Smart Cities. Smart Business. Information Communication Technologies and the Grid

Welcome to the future of smart cities and robust, self-healing grids. In this session you’ll hear from government and business leaders who are working to implement information communication technologies. Don’t miss this hands-on experience with emerging information communication technologies and the unparalleled opportunity to learn about smart city business models and how to implement and scale up initiatives that have a positive impact on your urban environment.

Climate Cool: Designing and Financing Innovative Eco-Resilient Infrastructure for Cities & Coasts

More than half of the world's population now lives in cities.  It is estimated that 90 trillion of investment dollars is required in climate-smart infrastructure over the next several decades, which creates tremendous opportunities for business and government to collectively solve infrastructure related challenges.  What innovative financing models and mechanisms are enabling this investment around the world?  What is the role of innovation in design, engineering, technology, and community engagement as we prepare for extreme weather events? Hear from key players on the role of investment and green infrastructure in catalyzing resiliency to meet the climate adaptation challenge.

Wild Weather Forecast: Tackling the 'New Abnormal’ in Canada’s Natural Resource Sector

More frequent and costly severe weather – from prolonged droughts to intense precipitation events – has become the “new normal” in Canada and beyond. Industry, governments and communities alike are grappling with this emergent source of risk for good reason. The cost of natural catastrophes worldwide is dramatically on the rise, introducing new and elevated risks to employee safety, infrastructure, supply chains, operational continuity and social license to operate.

Leading natural resource development companies, industry associations, academic institutions and government agencies are taking severe weather more seriously.  This interactive session provides a timely opportunity to learn, share ideas and collaborate on the latest developments in this area.  Come join us!

Spotlight on ASEAN

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) initiatives are helping establish Southeast Asia as a center for global trade by building stronger connectivity and modernizing infrastructure that includes intermodal transportation, information and communication technology (ICT), and energy networks. GLOBE 2016 will shine a spotlight on ASEAN and serve as an international platform to raise awareness for the sustainable infrastructure and technology business, investment and partnership opportunities throughout the region.

The Spotlight on ASEAN will feature conference program content specific to market needs and sustainable infrastructure financing, as ASEAN Pavilion on the GLOBE Innovation Expo floor, a business-to-business (B2B) match-making program, and relevant site visits for visiting delegations from Southeast Asia.

Ramping up to 100% Renewable Energy: Insights from Corporate Leaders

An increasing proportion of leading companies are committing to 100 percent renewable energy because over the long haul it just makes business sense. This session offers renewable-energy insights from policy and commercial perspectives. Gain practical advice from leading companies that have locked down their future energy supplies. What are the key enablers, strategies, dynamics, and capacities required?

Accelerating China’s Green Transformation: Catalyzing Business, Partnership & Investment Opportunities

China’s rapid industrialization has led to unprecedented economic growth over the last several decades that has come with both positive and negative consequences. Urbanization is also quickly shaping China’s future. If current trends hold, an additional 300 million Chinese will become urban residents by 2030, consuming as much as four times more energy and two and a half times more water per capita than rural Chinese.  How is China managing these shifts and resulting impacts on the environmental and society more broadly? Find out in this market session about current policy priorities (including the Thirteenth Five-year Plan starting in 2016) and learn about the business, investment, and technology opportunities that will help China with its transformation to a greener, lower carbon mega-economy. 

Zero Emissions, Big Business: How Can the Private Sector Help Cities Deliver on the Promise of Paris?

How can businesses help cities deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement? Come and listen in as global urban resilience leaders highlight the emerging opportunities as local governments cut carbon and commit to 100% renewable energy targets.  How do robust municipal climate and energy policies spur job creation and business development at the city scale? How do these policy signals attract investment? How will the private sector help foster better more livable cities? Take away the latest intelligence on the mutual benefits of ambitious targets and promising opportunities for business in the renewable cities of tomorrow.