The key takeaways and priorities for action from IVIW2020 are summarised and discussed in the IVIW2020 Summary Report here.

The IRENA Innovation Week series has become a landmark biennial event to discuss the latest innovations that will lead to a global energy transition. The 2016 and 2018 editions focused on the energy supply side, exploring zero-carbon power systems based on integrating high-shares of renewables. The third edition of the IRENA Innovation Week (5-8th October 2020) moved into the energy demand side by providing important new insights into challenges, opportunities and emerging solutions for end-use energy sector decarbonisation, informed by IRENA’s recent Reaching Zero with Renewables report.

Innovation Week 2020 provided a forum for in-depth accessible dialogue between policy makers, private sector representatives and the research community. IRENA partnered with World Economic Forum, Electric Power Research Institute, International Transport Forum, Hydrogen Council, FAO’s Global Bioenergy Partnership and others to organise sessions on: smart electrification of end-uses; green hydrogen (electrolysis, ammonia and other e-fuels); growing the bio-economy; renewable solutions for industry and for transforming transport; and a session showcasing young entrepreneurship and innovation. Over 100 expert speakers participated, including Energy Commissioners from the European Commission and the African Union, Energy and Climate Ministers from four continents, panellists and facilitators from over 35 different countries, and an audience of over 1600 from circa 1250 organisations and almost 140 countries. The level and breadth of participation indicate the expanding recognition of the critical importance of decarbonising industry and transport and its significant implications for global economies.


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Session Summaries


Opening Session

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Ministers’ keynote remarks

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Hydrogen & e-fuels

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Keynote Speakers

Director-General IRENA

Energy Commissioner European Commission

Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism African Union Commission

Minister of Climate Change and Environment UAE

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy UK

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Indonesia

Minister of Natural Resources Canada

State Secretary for Energy German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

President World Economic Forum

Deputy Director-General IRENA

Secretary General International Transport Forum

Deputy Director Ministry of Environment and Energy, Sweden

Head of Division - General issues of international energy cooperation, multilateral energy cooperation, BMWi Germany

Director of International Climate and Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy UK

Director General Office of Energy Research and Development, Natural Resource Canada

Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center IRENA

Director, Planning and Programme Support IRENA

Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre IRENA

High-Level Climate Champion Chile

Chief Executive Officer Methanol Institute

Executive Director Confederation of Indian Industry


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Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center, IRENA IRENA

Head of End-use Sectors & Bioenergy, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre IRENA

Programme Officer, Leads on Innovation Analysis and Quality & Standards IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre IRENA

Programme Officer, Power Sector Transformation Strategies, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre IRENA

Associate Programme Officer, Innovation Strategies, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre IRENA

Associate Programme Officer, Renewable Energy Innovation, Innovation and Technology Centre IRENA

Bioenergy Analyst, Innovation and Technology Centre IRENA

Associate Programme Officer, Innovation Networks, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre IRENA

Project Lead in the Future Fuels team SkyNRG

Head of Business Development Nikola Motor Company

Head, Supply Chain and Transport Industries Shaping the Future of Mobility

Executive Director American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Senior Vice President, Strategic Development Vattenfall

Vice President, Electrification & Sustainable Energy Strategy Electric Power Research Institute

Executive Director World Bioenergy Association

Vice President Europe for LanzaTech

Chief Executive Officer Microbiogen

Co-Founder, Director, Chairman and CEO Nuvve

Director, eMobility and Building Electrification Southern California Edison

Scientist Natural Resource Governance and Bioenergy ICRAF

Secretary General Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

Head, Environment and Climate Change World Steel Association

Professor University of British Columbia (UBC)

Managing Director Projects WIP Renewable Energies

Director EU Public Affairs, Group Communication & Investor Relations Heidelberg Cement AG

Senior Vice President Strategic Impact Projects & Industry-Expert Collaboration Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (Malaysia’s National Innovation Agency)

Business Development Lead Latin America Sector Lead - Ground Transport, RSB

Cofounder Enapter

Director General IRESEN

Head of Innovation Management Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH (SNH)

Vice President Zero Emission Aircraft, Airbus

Executive Director MPP (WEF & the Energy Transition Commission)

Chief Sustainability Officer and Advisory services lead Global Biofuture Solutions

Industrial Policy Director Cembureau

Chief engineer System perspective, Energinet

Global Head of Mobility World Economic Forum

Chief Innovability Officer ENEL

Distinguished Researcher in Environmental Sciences Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Co-founder & CSO tiko Energy Solutions

Chief EU Representative Methanol Institute

Team leader and topic speaker Energy and climate, DECHEMA e.V

Director, Sustainable Mobility Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

Lead Alternative Fuels Bauhaus Luftfahrt

Hydorgen Project Manager EMEC

Executive Secretary Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP)

Advisor on Energy, Technology and Environmental Sustainability ITF

Head of Quantitative Policy Analysis and Foresight Division ITF

Vice President Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry

Planning & Environment Manager National Electric Utility of Uruguay (UTE)

Head of Global R&D Cemex

Director Energy Transitions Commission (ETC)

Chief Engineer ThyssenKrupp

Team Lead International Cooperation Hydrogen & Powerfuels

Manager Research & Innovation European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)

Founder Skoon Energy

Secretary General The European Association for Electromobility (AVERE)

Senior Project Advisor Getting to Zero Coalition, Global Maritime Forum (GMF)

Director for Market Development and Public Affairs Nel ASA

Senior Innovation Portfolio Manager Maersk

Co-founder Enapter

Product Owner Volvo Group

Chief Technology Officer EnergyNest

Armin Schnettler, Executive Vice President of the New Energy Business at Siemens Energy President, VDE

Head, Chemical and Advanced Materials industry World Economic Forum

Strategic Business Development Manager Sodra

Principal Counsellor Confederation of Indian Industry - Godrej Green Business Centre

CEO, Hydrogen Business Unit Engie, Hydrogen Council

Executive Director IPHE

Energy Business Mentor Energy 4 Impact

Bioenergy Technologies Office U.S. Department of Energy

Managing Director, Climate & Energy World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Senior Vice President, Management Counsulting Center POSRI (POSCO Research Institute)

Director SHURA Energy

COO Trekk Scooters

CEO Trekk Scooters

COO GoodFuels

Project Lead for Clean Trucking World Economic Forum

Lecturer University College London

Head of Innovation and Partnerships DFDS

Investment Manager Vækstfonden

Climate and Sustainability Technology Strategist Aramco

Programme Officer, Sustainable Mobility Unit, Economic Division UNEP

CEO & Co-Founder eDRV

Optim Energy

CBO Jedlix


Latin American Observatory of Geopolitics of Energy

Investment Associate Seed & Early-Growth Venture Capital

electric Tuk Tuk

Engineering Manager Croda

Past Events

  • Innovation Week 2018: Solutions for a renewable-powered future
    Bonn, Germany 05 – 07 September 2018

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  • Innovation Week 2016: The Age of Renewable Power
    Bonn, Germany 10 – 13 May 2016

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