The critical importance of sustainability has been further reinforced during the pandemic. While the impact of COVID-19 has taught us how truly fragile our world can be, it has also demonstrated the power we possess, when working together, to overcome global challenges.
The virtual ADSW Summit brought together leaders from policy, business and technology to define new pathways for delivering a green recovery in a post COVID-19 world.
Taking place across three sessions, the Summit centralized around three pillars - Live & Move, Care & Engage, Work & Invest. Each pillar allowed participants and audiences to explore topics that are reimaging sustainable development and opening up social, economic and technological opportunities for delivering a green recovery.
Hosted by Masdar, the virtual ADSW Summit was held in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Atlantic Council and Abu Dhabi Global Market.
As the anchor event of ADSW, the virtual Summit will allow participants to:
Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change; and Chairman, Masdar
Managing Director & Group Chief Executive Officer, Mubadala Investment Company
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kalimat Publishing Group, President, International Publishers Association
Minister for Sustainability and the Environment of the Republic of Singapore
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, KBW Ventures, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Minister of State for Food and Water Security, Government of the United Arab Emirates
State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of the Netherlands
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, United Arab Emirates
Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, United Arab Emirates
President, UN-SDSN, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc., United States of America
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems
Group Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Holdings plc
Executive Director UN-Habitat
Director General, European Space Agency
Chairman, S4 Capital
President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Energy AG, Germany
Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates
Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), United Arab Emirates
Strategy and Sustainability, bp, United Kingdom
Secretary General & CEO, World Energy Council
EDF Group Senior Executive Vice President, Renewable Energies, Chief Executive Officer, EDF Renewables, France
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Saint-Gobain, France
Individuals are changing their eating habits, traveling less, and making different energy choices. A younger generation of consumers is increasing the pace of change.
In a recent study, more than 54% of respondents said that living in a way that is good for themselves, others and the environment was a major priority, but only 37% said they currently lived this way. What more must be done to minimize the gap between intention and behavior?
COVID-19 has also changed the notion of place of work for many, possibly for good, while government policy to drive a green recovery will change the way we power our homes and embrace sustainable living.
COVID-19 dictated lockdowns are giving us the opportunity to experience how reduced activity and travel impact the environment. Surveys show that for many people slower economic growth would be a price worth paying to protect the environment.
COP26 has the potential to kick start a new decade of high-impact climate agreements and sustainable global recovery. National resilience strategies are also taking on a new meaning as they now have to encompass not just sustainability but also pandemic preparedness, which calls for new solutions.
How will business leaders adapt to the consumer expectations of responsible sourcing? With signs that the end of unchecked consumption is nearing, many consider the Circular Economy as the way forward. It will help consumers and organizations appreciate and implement systemic sustainability.
Driven by visionary leaders, as well as pressure from investors, positive developments in the corporate world are emerging: ESG investments are now outperforming non-ESG, and a growing number of the world’s biggest companies are focusing on Net-Zero with 2030 identified as the target year for becoming carbon-neutral.
The Future of Food - New Tastes, New Priorities, New Technologies
The Future City
Water – New Solutions
The Backbone of Digitization: the Next Generation of Space Technologies
The Sustainable Future Home
How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Us Avert Future Health Crises
COP26 – a Crucial Stepping-Stone on the Path to a Sustainable Global Recovery
Culture and Climate Change: Raising Awareness to Drive Critical Change
National Resilience in the Time of COVID-19
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in the Boardroom
New Imperative, Renewed Focus: Net-Zero
COVID-19 Demonstrating the Importance of Gender Equality
The Circular Economy and the End of Unchecked Consumption