07 MARCH 2024 / HABTOOR JBR / DUBAI / UAE

Stepping up the construction and
energy sectors’ focus on
decarbonisation post COP28

#ESSummit
MAIN HALL

08:45

Introduction
Registration and Networking

Delegate Registration and Networking

Registration and snacks/networking at the main ball room of the Habtoor Grand Resort, JBR, Dubai

MAIN HALL

09:15

Introduction
Introduction and Welcome

MC Event Introduction and Welcome

Welcome to the 2024 Energy & Sustainability Summit, event mechanics and what’s lined up for the day

MAIN HALL

09:25

Welcome Address
Jason Saundalkar / Head of Content / Big Project Middle East

Welcome Address

Big Project Middle East’s Head of Content Jason Saundalkar welcomes speakers and delegates to the summit and discusses the event’s key themes and focuses. He will also outline the Big Project brands’ plans for the rest of the year including the upcoming Critical Infrastructure Summit and Digital Construction Awards.

MAIN HALL

09:30

Keynote Address
Eng. Faisal Ali Rashid / Senior Director – DSM / Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Keynote Address

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy’s roadmap to decarbonise the building sector in Dubai, addressing existing structures and new buildings.

MAIN HALL

09:45

Keynote Address
Chris Wan / Associate Director of Sustainability and CSR / Masdar City

Keynote Address

How can a city achieve Net Zero?

According to the UN, cities are responsible for nearly three-quarters of global carbon emissions. One of cities’ biggest culprits? The built environment. Pledges to decarbonise cities, including the built environment, abound. It is clear that the climate is in crisis, and that we need to make significant changes – but how do we move past exploring ambitions and strategies to create a meaningful, achievable plan for cities to decarbonise?

Chris Wan will present Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City as a case study in sustainable urban development. He’ll take listeners through a practical development methodology that balances passive architectural design, technology and innovation, renewable energy, and holistic master planning. He’ll also present a data-driven roadmap of Masdar City’s journey to net-zero with an overview of current challenges and barriers, as well as potential solutions.

MAIN HALL

10:00

Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion

Post COP28 Net Zero Action

With COP27 and COP28 being held in Egypt and the UAE respectively, the region has been at the forefront of discussion relating to sustainability and achieving Net Zero. With two key deadlines for the Paris Agreement looming, the time is now to act. This panel will focus on how the construction and energy sectors can step up their focus on achieving Net Zero:

Talking points:

  • Key takeaways from COP28, and where are we in 2024 in terms of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and Net Zero emissions?
  • What new governance/mandates relating to real estate development/operations, and the energy sector have been rolled out post COP28? What should be mandated to supercharge the push towards Net Zero?
  • How can we shift mindsets away from short-term thinking and the pursuit of profits at the expense of the environment?
  • Biggest opportunities and threats to decarbonising the construction and energy sectors
  • Critical built environment and energy issues that need to be addressed in the Middle East
  • How can key construction and energy stakeholders influence change across their respective sectors in the absence of government mandates?
  • What do we need to adopt from international markets in terms of governance on sustainable development and energy?
  • The dangers of greenwashing and why actual sustainable action can bring tangible business benefits

Moderator:

  • Farah Naz Innovation and ESG Lead, MEA / AECOM Middle East

Speakers:

  • Abdullatif Albitawi / Director / Emirates Green Building Council
  • Ahmed Labeeb / Senior Sustainability Manager / KEO International Consultants
  • Dr. Yianni Spanos / Vice President, Sustainability / EXPO City Dubai
  • Farouk Jivani / Co-founder and CEO / Zeroe

MAIN HALL

10:55

Fireside Chat
Multi Speakers

Fireside Chat

Speakers:

  • Jason Saundalkar / Head of Content / Big Project Middle East
  • Engi Jaber / CEO/ Managing Director / Climatize Engineering Consultants


MAIN HALL

11:20

Coffee Break
Networking

Coffee Break

Short break for snacks and networking in the foyer area.

MAIN HALL

11:35

Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion

Sustainable Materials and Decarbonising Construction Sites

To lessen its substantial impact on the environment, the construction sector has to urgently tackle embodied carbon and decarbonise worksites. This panel discussion will focus on the use of sustainable materials, developing supply chains that are able to feed the demand for green materials, and decarbonising jobsites:

Talking points:

  • Developing a supply chain robust enough to supply sustainable products for real estate development including low carbon concrete, green steel etc.
  • What alternative materials can the industry turn to, to slash the embodied carbon footprint of buildings and infrastructure?
  • What materials can the built environment adopt so that structures and infrastructure become carbon sinks?
  • 3D printing vs Modular construction – which technology holds the key to sustainable development in the future?
  • Electrifying jobsites – how feasible is it to adopt and use electric machinery and equipment exclusively to deliver projects in the region?
  • Tackling construction and demolition waste – how can waste be addressed sustainably?

Moderator:

  • John Shenton / Chair of Dubai Hub / CIOB

Speakers:

  • Atousa Aslmainezhad / Assistant Professor of Architecture / Heriot-Watt University Dubai
  • Calum Perey / Principal Structural Engineer / Cundall
  • Seb Davies / Director – Cost Management / Rider Levett Bucknall

MAIN HALL

12:25

Fireside Chat
Multi Speakers

Fireside Chat

Speakers:

  • Matthias Gelber / NetZero Ambassador for Desert Board / Co-Founder ESG Innovation Hub Singapore
  • Kamal Farah / Director / Desert Board by Al Talah Board Manufacturing Co. Ltd

MAIN HALL

12:45

Presentation
Networking

Lunch

Buffet lunch and networking.

MAIN HALL

13:45

Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion

Raising the Middle East’s Clean Energy Game

Several countries in the Middle East have committed to decarbonising and diversifying their energy sectors. This has seen the widescale development of solar energy plants and the integration of solar systems across structures and infrastructure, however there are alternative clean energy sources that are worthy of consideration, particularly to fill in gaps when solar energy isn’t feasible. This panel aims to shed a light on:

Talking points:

  • Solar energy continues to permeate the Middle East but what other clean energy sources should countries in the region be looking into developing to diversify their energy mix? What are the opportunities and challenges associated with these alternative clean energy sources?
  • Why are fossil fuel energy plants still being developed when renewables have become a cost effective and viable alternative?
  • Can existing fossil fuel power plants be made more sustainable? What can be done to make aging power plants more efficient and clean?
  • Are state of the art waste-to-energy facilities the answer to diverting waste from landfills?
  • Nuclear microreactors or small modular reactors are seeing a lot of active development by global and local nuclear energy players – could this be the solution to decarbonise heavy industry in the region?
  • Development of Green Hydrogen facilities and its place in the Middle East’s energy mix
  • Are current Battery Energy Storage Systems the answer to filling in energy gaps when renewable sources are not producing power at their best? What alternatives are available that can be adopted on a large scale?
  • What mandates does the government need to roll out to push decarbonisation of the energy sector?

Moderator:

  • Boushra Barakat / Senior Environmental Engineer / AECOM

Speakers:

  • Abdullatif Albitawi / Vice Chair / Energy Institute Middle East Branch
  • Riad Bestani / Founder and CEO / ECOSquare

MAIN HALL

14:35

Presentation
Thinkproject

Presentation

To be announced.

MAIN HALL

14:55

MC closing remarks
MC

Closing Remarks

Thank you for attending the 2024 Energy & Sustainability Summit; the event will return in 2025.