ESG supports dialogue on sustainable investments in Eurasian energy

10 Eurasian energy

11-14 June 2015 – ESG supported the 4th BMW Foundation Global Table in the Polish village of Luslawice. A unique informal atmosphere where 20 influencers from Russia, China, Europe, Turkey, Central Asia and Saudi Arabia (covering energy companies, former Heads of State, politicians and Ministries of Foreign Affairs, policy-makers and civil society – participant list below), came together to discuss new opportunities for energy security and sustainable investment in Eurasia.

Earth Security Group was the strategy partner for the meeting, framing outcomes and collaborations and facilitating partnerships. The discussion focused on how sustainable investments in the region can help build trust between these countries. The China ‘Silk Road’ strategy, which connects Asia, Europe and Africa, and the launching of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), both present unprecedented opportunity for sustainable development. To realise this vision, the next decade’s energy infrastructures investments and electricity interconnections in the region must prioritise renewable energy.

A range of practical outcomes and collaborations emerging from the meeting, from collaborative newspaper articles to taking next steps among discussions between utilities and scientists around large-scale renewable electricity, will be followed up in the road to the Berlin Global Forum, the final activity of the 2-year cycle of BMW Foundation Global Tables supported by the Earth Security Group.

The meeting venue, Penderecki European Music Centre in the South of Poland

The meeting venue, Penderecki European Music Centre in the South of Poland

ESG’s Alejandro Litovsky with Michael Schaefer, former Ambassador of Germany to China and Chairman of the Board of Directors BMW Foundation; and Moritz Rudolf, Research Fellow Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Participants of the meeting:

  • Al Shehri, Abdullah M. – Governor, Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, Riyadh
  • Beckmann, Bernd – Partner, Raue LLP, Berlin
  • Bickmeyer, Anette – Vice President, Sustainability Management, Political Affairs & Corporate Communication, E.ON SE , Dusseldorf
  • Camara, Alejandra – Climate Change Financial Adviser, 33 Investments, The Hague
  • Filippova, Liudmila – Programs Manager – Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow
  • Gao, Shinxian – Deputy Director – Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, Beijing
  • Groβmann, Wolf-Dieter – Founder, International Center of Climte and Society  (ICCS), Hamburg
  • Grossmann, Christian – Climate Business Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Washington
  • Harks, Enno – Senior Political Advisor and Deputy Director External Affairs, BP Europe, Berlin
  • Lei, Teng – Senior Vice President, Russia-China Investment Fund, Beijing
  • Litovsky, Alejandro – Founder and Chief Executive, Earth Security Group, London
  • Lokurlu, Ahmet – Chief Executive Officer, Solitem Group, Aachen
  • Otorbaev, Djoomart – Former Prime Minister, Government of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan
  • Popov, Julian – Chairman of the Board of Directors, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, Brussels
  • Reiter, Janusz – Chairman of the Board, Center of International Relations, Warsaw
  • Rudolf, Moritz – Research Fellow, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Berlin
  • Savran, Aslin – First Secretary, Directorate General Energy, Water an Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Turkey, Ankara
  • Schaefer, Michael – Chairman of the Board of Directors, BMW Foundation, Berlin and Munich
  • Shen, Wei – Director, Confucius Institute at Lancaster University, Lancaster

Photo credits: Claudia Leisinger