Promotional image for the Energy Transition Conference 2023
Promotional image for the Energy Transition Conference 2023
Promotional image for the Energy Transition Conference 2023

NTNU Energy Transition Conference 2023

This Conference is organised by NTNU in collaboration with many partners, including FME NorthWind.

When: 21 March 2023, 09:00-18:00
Venue: Olavshallen Concert Hall


0900: Mingling and check-in

1000: Introduction and keynotes, featuring guests such as:

  • Dimitri Lorenzani, Cabinet Member of VP, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight,
    European Commision
  • Andreas Bjelland Eriksen, State Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • Anne Borg, Rector, NTNU

1045: Session I: Transitioning Industries and Global Trade

Global supply disruptions, high prices, geopolitical instability, and the continued transition away from carbon-intensive energy systems have led to an Energy crisis in Europe in 2022. Global trade patterns are affected both by the geopolitical situation and climate related measures like carbon border adjustment mechanisms. What could this mean for renewable energy, upcoming industry transformations, fuel substitutions, CCS and CO2-removal? Looking at international companies and global trade, this session aims to better understand the situation and how we better can align goals.

  • Daria Taglioni, Research Manager, Development Economics, The World Bank
  • Helge Haugane, Sr. VP, Gas & Power Marketing, Midstream and Processing, Equinor
  • Marie Jaroni, Head of Decarbonization and Sustainability,
    Thyssenkrupp Steel
  • Graham Holman, Director, Sumitomo Corporation Europe Ltd.
  • Knut Einar Rosendahl, Professor, NMBU


1315: Session II: The Role of Infrastructures and Storage

Almost overnight, energy security became a major concern in the short term, but also so for the whole energy transition. Major infrastructure projects got halted, some shut down or even blown up impacting the global market. Can critical infrastructure become more resilient and how will it have to be monitored? Is repurposing existing infrastructure – here mainly pipelines for hydrogen transport – a sustainable option or do we even need to build new? How does storage factor into these global markets, for both CO2 and fuels? This session aims to shed light over what solutions exist, what emerging technologies should we be looking at, and how we can foster development in turbulent times. This session will feature NorthWind’s Magnus Korpås, professor at NTNU.

  • Frode Leversund, CEO, Gassco
  • Magnus Korpås, Professor, NTNU
  • Mark O’Malley, Professor, Imperial College London
  • Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
  • Astrid Skjønborg Brunt, General Counsel, European and international affairs, Statnett


1515: Dialogue Session: Climate Finance

  • Francis (Frank) O’Sullivan, MIT and Managing Director S2G Ventures
  • Egil Madsen, Professor, NTNU Business School
  • Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, Chief Analyst, Sustainable Finance, Nordea


1630: Session III: Future Technologies and Lifestyle Changes

The energy transition and path towards a zero-emission society depends both on new solutions and lifestyle changes. In this session we explore some of these and their interfaces. With climate change and harsher weather conditions, solutions for how to heat and cool our buildings are increasingly important. For example, the energy transition raising new demands for sustainable transport, energy efficiency, flexible consumers, sector coupling and infrastructure. What is needed to succeed in a deep decarbonization globally, and how does citizen engagement factor into the equation, in terms of policy and behavioural adaptation? These are some of the aspects the conference aims to take a closer look at.

  • Linda Steg, Professor, University of Groningen
  • Henrik Sætness, EVP Corporate Staff, Statkraft
  • Matt Ries, Director, Strategic Leadership and Sustainability, DC Water
  • Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO, SINTEF
  • Sølve Sondbø, Head of Section for Green Business, Infrastructure, Vestland County Council


See the full programme