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  1. 1. February 21-22, 2012 Congress Center Basel, SwitzerlandWelcome by Daniel Wiener, Chairman
  2. 2. 2 GEB RationaleThe current energy paradigm is facing three major crises1. GHG emissions are linked to catastrophic climate change.2. The high rate of resource consumption and limited supplies will result in resource scarcity.3. Energy security is threatened both locally and globally.The challenge is to• Reduce CO2 emissions by at least 80% in OECD countries• Create low-carbon growth in all other countries• Reduce localised pollutants from energy use• Secure energy supply and conserve resources “It is the infrastructure that allows people to take the right choice”
  3. 3. Confronting Energy 3 ChallengesAt GEB 2011 we learned that… A major redesign of the housing, transportation and energy infrastructure is key for overcoming the crisis. And it will trigger huge investments. Over the next 20 years, • US$ 25 trillion required for energy infrastructure (WEC) • US$ 140-175 billion per annum in incremental financing required for climate change mitigation (World Bank) • US$ 30-100 billion per annum in incremental financing required for climate change adaptation (World Bank)
  4. 4. 4 InfrastructureAt GEB 2011 we learned that…• Globally, existing infrastructure for renewable energy, transportation and buildings is not adequate to meet current, let alone future, needs.• Political and economic logic often create a short-term focus when a long-term view is required.• Sustainability has not been prominent in policies for cities.• Investment is inadequate in the planning, consultation, delivery and maintenance of infrastructure projects. Traffic Congestion, Karachi 2003 Blackout, New York City Urban Slums, Caracas
  5. 5. Competitive Advantage with 5 Sustainable InfrastructureAt GEB 2011 we learned that… Businesses, cities and nations can gain competitive advantage by developing Sustainable Infrastructure that incorporates seven co-benefits • Efficient energy use • Improved local environment • Improved energy security • Improved quality of life • GHG emission reductions • Job creation and economic • Resilience to change competitivenessHammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm Hamburg Eco-industrial Development Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Transmilenio BRT, Bogota
  6. 6. A New Page in 6 Infrastructure FinanceAt GEB 2011 we learned that… A multi-stakeholder approach allows… •A combination of private and concessionary financing •Risk to be accepted by the entity most suited to bear it •“Investment Grade” policy to be developed Stakeholders Participating at GEB City and National Governments NGOs Multilateral Development Banks Pension Funds Bilateral Development Agencies Private Banks Insurance Companies Foundations Technology Solution Providers Donor Organisations Carbon and Climate Fin. Orgs. Sovereign Wealth Fnds.
  7. 7. GEB Toolbox for Evaluating 7Sustainable Infrastructure
  8. 8. 8 GEB Value PropositionThe Global Energy Basel (GEB) Platform1. Facilitates an annual summit to connect financial service providers with developers of qualified infrastructure projects and to lead a policy dialogue among stakeholders2. Provides subject-matter expertise about sustainable infrastructure finance3. Supports an on-going process with consultative services including A. A Self Assessment Tool for Sustainable Infrastructure • An Online Database of Good Practice • Capacity Building for Sustainable Infrastructure Finance • Partnerships with organisations such as ICLEI, the C40 and CHINCA
  9. 9. 9 GEB Summit Structure• Plenary sessions focus on analysis, agenda setting, strategy and innovative financing mechanisms necessary to stimulate sustainable infrastructure financing and development• Roundtable discussions involve a small number of high-level participants in a policy dialogue to overcome the financing bottlenecks for sustainable infrastructure• Workshops are conducted in breakout sessions that address pressing infrastructure financing issues and present practical solutions to real world problems (good practises)• Investment Forums allow high quality sustainable infrastructure developers, particularly cities, to present their projects to investors
  10. 10. 10GEB Network Partners
  11. 11. 11 Opening Plenary SessionInfrastructure for a Sustainable Future – Supporting 9 Billion People by 2050Moderator: Daniel Wiener, GEB ChairmanSpeakers (followed by Q&A)Guy Morin, President of the Government of Basel-CityMarie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, State Secretary, Head of State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SwitzerlandDaniel Wiener, GEB Chairman: Introduction to GEB 2012Edward Farquharson, Program Director Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG)Jeb Brugmann, The Next Practice/ICLEI Senior Advisor Paul Clements-Hunt, Head, UNEP Finance InitiativeYuan Wang, Chief Economist, China Development BankSiegfried Zhiqiang Wu, Vice President Tongji University / Chief planner World Expo 2010 Shanghai / Chief planner Shanghai Creative Industry Centre
  12. 12. 12Outlook: Closing Plenary SessionVisions for the City of the Future - Resiliency and ReinventionModerator: Daniel Wiener, GEB ChairmanSpeakers (followed by Q&A)Michael Kuhndt, Managing Director, UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and ProductionKonrad Otto-Zimmermann, Secretary General, ICLEIPeter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development WBCSD (respresented by Christian Kornevall, Director, Urban Infrastructure Initiative)James Carson, CEO C40