29|05|19 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Different Locations in Vienna


On the second day of our Summit you have the chance to attend one of our Breakout Sessions, organized in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, taking place on different locations in Vienna. You can choose between topics such as Green Finance, Sustainable Cities, Climate Communication, Plastic Pollution, Forests & Climate Change, Sustainable Tourism or Bioeconomy.

09:30 – 12:00
Location: Austrian Chambers of Commerce, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1045 Vienna Saal 6
Organized by R20AWS

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Whilst climate-related finance flows are considerable, they remain relatively small in the context of wider trends in global investment. For example, while global investment in renewable energy and renewable energy subsides are rising, global investment in fossil fuel and fossil fuel subsidies remain considerably higher. Nevertheless article 2.1.c in the Paris Agreement states: “Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

As reported in developed countries biennial reports to the UNFCCC, climate finance increased by 24 per cent in 2015 to USD 33 billion and, subsequently, by 14 per cent in 2016 to USD 38 billion. But the question remains: How can our financial sector support the necessary change in decarbonising our economy, particularly in developing countries, to accelerate project implementation in places it is needed the most? Which kinds of innovative finance mechanisms are already available and how can these be made accessible to small and medium sized projects too? We seek to gain knowledge from best practice projects on success factors and lessons learned.

08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session
12:00 - 13:00 Networking & Lunch

Host: Christoph Resch, brainbows & Konrad Eckl, Austrian Economic Chamber of Commerce
Gunter Schall, Head of Unit Private Sector and Development, Austrian Development Agency
Michael Otter, CEO AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA Austrian Chamber of Commerce
Barbara Buchner, CEO, Climate Policy Initiative
Sabine Gaber, Member of the Executive Board, Developing Bank of Austria
Michaela Seelig, Director for Sustainable Finance and Regional Economic Policy, Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism
Martin Hiller, CEO, REEEP
Riccardo Decarolis, Sustainability Adviser, South Pole
09:30 – 12:00
Location: Austrian Chambers of Commerce, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1045 Vienna, Saal 2
Organized by R20 Headquarter Geneva

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We know that to keep pace with population growth, migration and urbanization trends in a way that mitigates climate risks, improves living standards and delivers long-term sustainable growth, an increase in sustainable infrastructure investment is needed. This need is particularly high at the city, state and regional levels, where mid-size projects offer an unprecedented opportunity to maximize development impact. And yet, financing for such projects remains limited. This breakout session will bring together high-level participants from a broad range of stakeholder groups and foster discussions on the current opportunities and constraints surrounding the financing of mid-size sustainable infrastructure projects at the sub-national and city level. In particular, participants will explore topics such as the investment opportunity and impact potential of mid-size sustainable infrastructure, the current barriers to investment and the practical solutions to accelerate results.

08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session
12:00 - 13:00 Networking & Lunch

Host: Stefano Battiston, University of Zurich
Yannick Glemarec, CEO, Green Climate Fund
Christian Schwarzenegger, University of Zurich
Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard
Karen Wilson, Social Impact Investment OECD
Philip Moss, Head of Sustainable Development Investment Partnership and Blended Finance, WEF
Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Investment Officer, Blue Orchard Finance
Paulus Geraedts,Team Leader EIP, European Commission
Weixi Gong, Chief Investment and Technology Promotion, UNIDO
Frannie Léautier, Senior Vice-President, African Development Bank
Dana Barsky, COO Impact Advisory and Finance Department, Credit Suisse International
Alexander Kern, Law & Finance Professor, University of Zurich
Johannes Reich, Energy Transition Regulation Specialist, University of Zurich
09:30 – 12:00
Location: Technical University, Resselgasse, 1040 Vienna, Kuppelsaal
Organized by R20AWS in cooperation with City of Vienna

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08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session
12:00 - 13:00 Networking

Around three quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions are produced in urban areas. The majority of cities face enormous challenges, such as pollution and traffic gridlock, due to increasing population and climate change. As studies show, the organisation of urban infrastructure has a significant impact on the balance of emissions and may affect long-term emissions by a factor of 10. Therefore, the integration of energy planning within urban design is crucial to avoiding carbon lock-in effects. Cities and regions have the potential of making a significant difference and hold the keys to powerful tools in their hands. An afternoon panel on May 28th will reflect on the role of cities and regions in fighting climate change. The breakout session on May 29th will focus on transformative solutions in regard to carbon-neutrality and affordable housing. Vienna serves as an international example of social housing with high standards. Nevertheless, the Austrian capital also faces challenges produced by urbanisation trends and our need for rapid decarbonisation. The infrastructure we set up dictates the carbon footprint for many decades to come. The event will inspire international and Austrian stakeholders from a range of construction related sectors and take a look at how to implement solutions than can provide a carbon-neutral approach, high quality, and social aspects such as affordability.

Georg Günsberg, Günsberg Strategy Consulting
Birgit Hebein, designated Deputy Mayor of Vienna
Claire Roumet, Executive Director Energy Cities
Magnus Berntsson, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and R20
Bernd Vogl, Head of Department for Energy Plannung, City of Vienna
Rana Adib, Executive Director REN21
Peter Pätzold, Mayor for Urban Development and Environment, Stuttgarty
Arnout Smit, Arnhem Nijmegen City Region
Fran Pavley,USC Schwarzenegger Institute and former California State Senator
09:30 – 12:00
Location: ORF Radiokulturhaus, Argentinierstraße 30a, 1040 Vienna
Organized by R20AWS in cooperation with Climate and Energy Fund Austria

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The main outcome of the R20AWS 2018 was the identification of climate communication as a potential to implement, mobilize and support climate action by addressing decision makers in the political arena, media, business sectors and society. With initiator Arnold Schwarzenegger as a prominent climate activist and motivator for a wide range of people, R20AWS will focus on climate communication challenges to develop strategies, tools and discussions on methods to overcome current obstacles within the media and public discourse. Together with top media representatives, communication experts, scientists and well-known protagonists of climate action, the objective of this breakout session shall be to discuss the shape of strategies and instruments leading to successful climate communication. Based on current research results from various disciplines and practical experience, the side event will show best practices and try to solve some challenges in the current climate debate by addressing issues such as framing, storytelling, narration and communication instruments of mobilisation.

08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session
12:00 - 13:00 Networking

Host: Chris Cummins, Radio FM4
Ingmar Höbarth, CEO, Climate and Energy Fund, Austria
Marcus Wadsak, Weather Forecaster, ORF 1 (Austrian Television)
Leo Hickman, Editor, Carbon Brief
Christian Rainer, Editor, Profil
Isabella Uhl-Hädicke, Salzburg University/CCCA
Madeleine Daria Alizadeh, Daria Daria
Markus Hafner-Auinger, Klimabündnis
Cornelia Daniel, Dachgold and Energy Blogger
Katharina Rogenhofer, Fridays for future Vienna
Carel Mohn, klimafakten.de
09:30 – 12:00
Location: Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Stubenring 1, 1010 Vienna, Marmorsaal
Organized by Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism

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In recent decades, plastic waste has become one of the biggest threats to our planet and as a consequence to our society. An increasing amount of plastic is reaching the oceans and entering our food chains. For the first time in history plastic particles are being found in the human body. We understand that finding new strategies to reduce plastic waste requires urgent steps to avoid further irreparable damage being inflicted on our ecosystems. The objective of the break out session is to discuss alternative materials, as well as approaches to recycling and reusing plastic, to foster a circular economy. The transfer of technology and knowledge of waste management strategies and systems from Austria to developing countries is one solution in the fight against plastic pollution. Political, professional and NGO representatives will share their insights into current projects as they work together to seek new possibilities and solutions for the future. While we face a dramatic increase in the need of raw material, the discussion will explore new business models, policies, technologies and investment opportunities.

08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session
12:00 - 13:00 Networking & Lunch

Host: Thomas Jakl, Director General, Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism
Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization
Werner Boote, Documentary Filmmaker (Plastic Planet)
Hans-Peter Hutter, Deputy Head, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna
Craig Helgreen, Director Sustainability & Public Affairs, Borealis
Joost van Dun, Global Circular Economy Lead, ING
Tanja Dietrich-Hübner, Head of Sustainability, REWE International AG
Christian Redl, Apnoea Diver, Initiator 7 Oceans Project
Martin Wesian, CEO, Helioz
Ewald-Marco Münzer, Münzer Group & Joseph Siaw Agyepong
09:30 – 12:00
Location: Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Stubenring 1, 1010 Vienna, Gobelinsaal
Organized by Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism

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Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world and represents an important source of income to many regions and cities. Facing challenges such as climate change and opportunities arising from new trends, sustainability must be an integral aspect of tourism success and an inherent aim of tourism policy. Moreover, an agenda for sustainable tourism needs to address all aspects of the sector’s economic, social and environmental impact: Beside economically healthy enterprises, a reasonable balance should be found between the usage and respect of natural resources. Tourism can also help to enhance quality of life and value added for all, including guests, the local population and people working in the sector. This breakout session will focus on strategic and planning processes, partnerships and networks for successful sustainable tourism development. The new Austrian Masterplan for Tourism, launched in March 2019, already states sustainability as the main principle of tourism. Beside the presentation of this new Austrian strategy, good practices will demonstrate solutions in the fields of climate compensation, sustainable mobility and respectful and efficient use of resources.

08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session

Host: Christian Baumgartner, Response & Ability
Ulrike Rauch-Keschmann, Director General, Tourism and Regional Policy, Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism
Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Partner/Founder, Condsiderate Group
Florian Werner, Arlberg Hospiz Hotel
Elisabeth Hauser-Benz, Stanglwirt
Brigitte Hainzer, Mobility Coach for the Tirol Werbung
Michaela Reitterer, Boutique Hotel Stadthalle
09:30 – 12:00
Location: Palmenhaus, Burggarten 1, 1010 Vienna
Organized by Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism

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Bioeconomy aims to replace fossil resources (rawmaterials and energy) with bio-based raw materials in as many areas and applications as possible. It covers all industrial and economic sectors that produce, process, handle or use biological resources. This creates great potential to strengthen existing biobased sectors, to open up new markets and to further develop the ecological advantage of environmental friendly production and processing, thus saving CO2 emissions. Accordingly, the bioeconomy offers a great opportunity to tackle global challenges, such as climate change, food and water scarcity or growing environmental pollution, while at the same time strengthening economic development. By this, the UN-Sustainable Development Goals form the framework in order to meet possible challenges and optimize synergies with other objectives. This break out session focuses on projects that make bio-based solutions already happen today.

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session
12:00 - 13:00 Networking & Lunch

Host: Gerda Daniel
Jürgen Schneider, Director General for Climate, Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism
Philippe Mengal, BBI JU Executive Director
Karolina Begusch-Pfefferkorn, Head of Unit, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Theodor Zillner, Deputy Head of Department
Tanja Meyer, BioBase4SME Project Coordinator
Christian Gorsche, Head of Material Development, Cubicure GmbH
Martin Greimel, Head of the Austrian Bioeconomy Center, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Dana Peskovicova, BIOEAST Contact Point Slovakia
Nicole Kocher, ALPLA GmbH, bio – degradebale coffee capsules
Caroline Palfy, Development HoHo Wien, cetus Baudevelopment GmbH
09:00 – 12:30
Location: University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna, Kleiner Festsaal
organized by Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism & Ministry of Education, Science and Research & IUFRO

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Sharing state-of-the-art knowledge on the role of forests, trees and their sustainable conservation and management in limiting climate-related risks in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); showcasing on-the-ground projects in Africa related to forests in climate change involving Austrian partners; and announcing new Austrian initiatives for promoting science cooperation and networking with Africa. Guiding questions:
  • How can forests, trees and forest products contribute to limiting global warming and associated risks?
  • What are the challenges and potential trade-offs that need to be addressed in order to ensure the contributions of forests and trees in the landscape to climate change adaptation and mitigation especially on the African continent?
  • How can Austria support projects that contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation in the African context?


  • 08:30 - 09:00 Registration
    09:00 - 12:00 Breakout Session
    12:00 - 13:00 Networking & Lunch

    Host: Alexander Buck, Executive Director, IUFRO
    Heinz Faßmann, Austrian Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research
    Johan Eliasch, CEO, HEAD
    Maria Patek, Director-General for Forestry and Sustainability, Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism
    Emma Archer van Garderen, University of Pretoria, South Africa
    Hubert Hasenauer, Rector, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
    Ramni Jamnadass, Co-Leader, Tree Productivity and Diversity, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Kenya
    Wubalem Tadesse, Former Director General, Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute (EEFRI), Ethiopia
    Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
    Ingwald Gschwandtl, Head of International Forest Policy, Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria
    08:30 – 16:00
    Loaction: Messecongress Süd, Graz

    Graz as the Styrian cycling capital invites cycling enthusiasts to spend three days discussing and participating with national and international cycling experts. Detailed information on the Cycling Summit can be found on the website.
    Information and registration: https://radgipfel2019.zgis.at/en/home-2/
    13:00 – 15:30
    organized by South Pole
    Nature-based solutions play an integral part in keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5°C. Recent studies show that carbon capture through nature-based approaches such as climate-smart agriculture, restoration and conservation, can provide more than a third of the emissions reductions needed to meet our climate goals. During this Climate Leaders Forum Corporations and Organizations will share their experiences, successes and roadblocks when implementing nature-based approaches. During round table discussion facilitated by South Pole the challenges posed by the speakers will be discussed allowing to tap into the wisdom of a crowd of climate professionals and stakeholders.
    Information and registration: http://climateleaders.green/registration-form-vienna/

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