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Transformation of the Global Energy Supply

ThursdayDecember 5, 2019 12:00 - 2:00 PM Other | Paid Event Register Here
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  • Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer
    Executive Chair
    World Energy Council

Explore three plausible paths for the transformation of the global energy supply by 2060 with us presented by the World Energy Council

Just a few weeks ago, the World Energy Council presented three plausible paths for the transformation of the global energy supply by 2060 at the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi. Join us on Thursday, December 5, 2019 for a lunch and learn from 12:00-2:00pm at the offices of GACC Philadelphia. Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, Executive Chair of the World Energy Resources Programme of the World Energy Council, will talk about future paths and scenarios for the transformation of the global energy supply.

None of the identified future paths and scenarios achieves the goals of the Paris Agreement. This also applies to the scenarios that the U.S. Energy Information Administration released in September 2019 and the International Energy Agency published in mid-November 2019. The biggest challenge, which results from the findings of these studies, is to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial level. The key to the solution is seen in innovations that are exponentially changing the global energy system. A technology-neutral supporting framework, the pricing of CO2 and the reduction of administrative hurdles and regulations are a prerequisite for the desired success. International cooperation and open markets are also indispensable, turning away from unilateral and protectionist policies.


  • 12:00 PM Welcome
  • 12:05 PM Presentation
  • 1:15 PM Q&A
  • Light lunch will be available during the presentation
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Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer

Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer is the Executive Chair of the World Energy Resources programme of the World Energy Council, London. He spent more than 20 years working for the RWE group in Essen, Germany, where he held various positions. He left his position as head of RWE´s General Economic Policy/Science department in April 2014, but continues to work for RWE as a consultant and advises the Executive Board on issues concerning international energy policy matters, in particular.

Born in 1949, Mr. Schiffer studied economics at the University of Cologne and at the Pennsylvania State University. Between 1974 and 1978, he served as scientific assistant at the Institute for Energy Economics of the Cologne University. After a nine-year career with the Federal Economics Ministry, including a period with the British Department of Energy, he moved in 1987 to work with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation und Nuclear Safety. Following his role as personal assistant to the parliamentary state secretary, Mr. Schiffer was appointed head of the Product-Related Environmental Protection division of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Dr. Schiffer is a visiting lecturer for Energy Economics in the Mineral Resources Engineering masters program at RWTH Aachen University. He is also the author of the standard work Energiemarkt Deutschland. The 14th edition of this book was published in November 2016 (in German) as yearbook 2017.