Social Acceptance of Energy Solutions in a Polarized World
23-24 May 2019, St. Gallen
The world is more polarized than ever before in recent history. While 2018 has seen extreme weather events at unprecedented levels, and hence many people appreciate the need to accelerate climate change mitigation, influential world leaders are pushing back against the transition to a low-carbon economy. While countries like Norway and China are seeing a fast diffusion of electric vehicles, governments and industry associations elsewhere seem to prefer slowing down change. While some investors are divesting from coal, others are reluctant to change. While young people in many countries see wind turbines as symbols of modern technology, others feel threatened by them. The rise of social media, once hailed as an enabler of democratization, appears to make consensus building in society and politics even more difficult.
How can we make progress towards decarbonization of our energy system in this environment? How and when does polarization translate into policy risk, and how can this be managed? What are the positive drivers of change, and how can they be leveraged for innovation? What is the outlook on energy-related customer preferences? And what can firms and other decision-makers do to secure continued social acceptance of the energy transition?
These are the questions that the thought leaders of tomorrow’s energy markets will discuss at #REMforum 2019, the 10th St.Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies. Managers, investors, entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders in the global energy transition will share their latest insights and discuss new business opportunities. The Forum represents a great opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved over the last decade, and explore what the next 10 years will bring.