Sustainable Cities event - Time to implement at scale!

Join us on April 9th at 15:00 CET

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According to the COP28 agreement, energy efficiency efforts must double to reach global net zero targets by 2030.

With cities accounting for 80% of the global energy consumption and more than 70% of global carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency in heating and cooling systems, implementing sector coupling, and forming groundbreaking partnerships can make a difference.

That’s why we are hosting our first sustainable cities collaboration event. A broadcast where energy and sustainable city development experts will discuss the most pressing solutions and how we can implement them at scale.

Join experts from across multiple industries, cities, and partner organizations on the 9th of April to find out what they have to say about the future of our cities. Our host during the day will be journalist and EU Climate Pact Ambassador, Catarina Rolfsdotter.

Duration: 45 minutes

Date: April 9th, 2024

Time: 15:00 PM (CET)

Webinar platform: LinkedIn/YouTube streaming


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INTRODUCTION – The city challenge in the energy transformation

Catarina Rolfsdotter, Moderator, TV program host, key note speaker, EU Climate Pact Ambassador


COP28 – The cities’ contribution to doubling the implementation rate of energy efficiency

Mark Watts, Executive Director at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group



Julien Gennetier, President Gasketed Plate Heat Exchangers at Alfa Laval
Anna Hall, Head of Public Affairs, Energy Division at Alfa Laval


SEEING IS BELIEVING – Best practices for energy efficiency in cities and their sur-rounding ecosystems


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PANEL DISCUSSION - What are the solutions and how do we implement at scale

What roles do energy, district heating, and heat networks play in a Sustainable City? How does standardization and collaboration across the value chain support the scale up? How can policies and financial instruments support the change? What role do energy efficient buildings and a holistic energy system play? How can district cooling sup-port cities on the journey towards net zero?

  • Aurélie Beauvais, Managing Director at Euroheat & Power
  • Olivier Racle, Head of the Business Platform DHC at ENGIE
  • Phil McDermott, City Energy Transformation Lead at E.ON UK
  • Sezgin Kadir, Group CEO at Kraftringen
  • Anna Ekdahl, Director, Energy Intensive Industries, Energy Transition at Ramböll
  • Ulf Gehrckens, Executive Vice President Corporate Energy & Climate Affairs at Aurubis AG
  • Malgorzata Moczynska, President Brazed and Fusion-bonded Heat Exchangers at Alfa Laval
  • Neil Parry, Global Head of District Energy at Alfa Laval



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Mark Watts
Executive Director,
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Mark has been named one of the world’s most influential leaders driving climate action by TIME as part of its inaugural TIME100 Climate list. Prior to joining C40 Cities, Mark was a director at Arup and a senior adviser to the Mayor of London. Today, under Mark’s tenure, C40 has grown dramatically with 300 staff supporting nearly 100 of the world’s leading cities, representing around 700 million residents.


Aurélie Beauvais
Managing Director, Euroheat & Power

Aurélie is the Managing Director of Euroheat & Power, the European association promoting sustainable district heating and cooling solutions. She has over a decade of experience in political strategy, advocacy, and EU energy & climate policies. She previously held the position of Deputy CEO and Policy Director of SolarPower Europe, the European Solar PV association, from 2017 to 2021. She has also headed the European Affairs department of the French Union of Electricity from 2012 to 2017.



Olivier Racle
Head of the Business Platform DHC, ENGIE

Olivier joined ENGIE in 2005 and has 20 years of experience in the energy sector, 13 of which were devoted to the development of urban energy infrastructures. Olivier is a Fervent advocate for the long-term benefits of district energy systems in the energy transition. Olivier has been a board member of Euro Heat and Power since 2022 and IDEA. He is also an active member of EGEC.



Phil McDermott
City Energy Transformation Lead, E.ON UK

E.ON is leading the energy transition, providing smart, sustainable and personalised solutions for customers at home, in business and across entire towns and cities. Phil McDermott leads on City Energy Transformation, responsible for developing strategic, long term partnerships with private and public sector organisations, local authorities and property developers in the UK to support their transition to net zero.



Sezgin Kadir
Group CEO, Kraftringen 

With an electrical engineering degree from Lund University, Sezgin has held managing positions at E.On in electricity networks, trading operations, and as the CEO of gas operations. Through his leadership, commitment, and international experiences, Sezgin has driven Kraftringen's transformation into a significant energy company, prioritizing a circular energy system to enhance efficiency and minimize environmental impact.



Anna Ekdahl
Director, Energy Intensive Industries, Energy Transition, Ramböll 

Anna Ekdahl is a visionary leader in the energy sector, with a rich background in strategic business development, project management, and innovation. At Ramboll, she spearheads initiatives aiding industries through their energy transition, providing solutions that ensure security of supply, affordability, and sustainability. She drives business opportunities, leveraging advanced technologies in heat recovery, electrification and conversion projects, carbon capture and P2X.



Ulf Gehrckens
Executive Vice President Corporate Energy & Climate Affairs, Aurubis AG

Ulf Gehrckens graduated in economics at the Hamburg School of Business Administration. He joined the Material Procurement Department at “Norddeutsche Affinerie” in 1984 before working as the General Manager of Central Services and becoming a member of the Board of Pension Fund at Aurubis. After acquiring “Cumerio” in 2008, Ulf was put in charge of worldwide activities in the energy and climate sector.



Julien Gennetier
President Gasketed Plate Heat Exchangers, Alfa Laval

Julien Gennetier has more than 20 years of business experience in a wide range of industrial sectors, such as Food, Process Industries and HVAC. He is committed to deploy and develop solutions that create a more energy efficient and decarbonized tomorrow with the help of technology and collaboration.



Malgorzata Moczynska
President Brazed and Fusion-bonded Heat Exchangers, Alfa Laval

Driven by people, progress, and results, Malgorzata has been working 24 years in several leading positions within Alfa Laval. She is committed to the challenge of the energy transition and is proud to work with innovative products and diverse global teams that contribute to creating a cleaner tomorrow. 



Neil Parry
Global head of District Energy, Alfa Laval

Neil is an engineer with 30+ years of experience in HVAC building services and district energy arena. He is passionate about how district energy is the facilitator for the integration of waste, renewable energy and its key, proven, role in the decarbonization of heating and cooling in cities. Neil is a registered CIBSE lecturer and has been an active speaker and panelist at many key industry conferences.



Anna Hall
Head of Public Affairs Energy Division, Alfa Laval

Anna Hall has a long experience in energy efficiency, innovation, business development, policy making and collaboration between public sector and industry. In her previous work, as the Director for Big Science Sweden, she has been working with cross function and cross country collaboration in advanced processes. She has been driving Alfa Laval’s initiative around sustainable cities and have a broad experience in partnerships, both between industries as well as between industry and academia.



Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson
Moderator, TV program host, key note speaker, EU Climate Pact Ambassador

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson is a Swedish journalist, moderator and program host focusing on sustainability. She is program host for We Don´t Have Time in collaboration with UNDP where she hosts online TV-broadcasts for audiences of up to 50 million people. She is Content Director and moderator for A Sustainable Tomorrow and a TED-X speaker. Her expertise is on all aspects of sustainability, but primarily climate action.



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