The Vienna Energy Forum 2017 aims to contribute to the successful implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. It serves as a platform for discussing and highlighting the importance of the linkages between climate and development as well as the synergies among the SDGs, and the importance of joint and integrated approaches for successful implementation. The Forum will explore the role of innovation in opening up new avenues for achieving SDG 7 “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” and related SDGs. The implementation of these goals and of the Paris Climate Agreement calls for an unprecedented global transformation process that extends far beyond the energy sector. Innovation is urgently needed to drive this transformative agenda.

Energy Academy’s André Faaij was invited to speak and contribute as a panel member – below is an overview the panel’s subject and content.

A growing population, economic progress, and lifestyle changes in developing countries call for reliable, affordable, and modern energy access. While demand for energy is expected to continue to increase worldwide, global society is facing a serious challenge: climate change. In the process of meeting energy demand and combating climate change as well as achieving a low-carbon society, innovation is expected to be the key and relevant policy responses will be required. Knowledge, insight, and wisdom from all sides of the globe need to be gathered against the common and present challenge.

The event will look at practices, concepts, and policies to promote innovation for climate change or to tackle climate change itself.

Discussion will revolve around profound insights and expertise from multiple players engaging in innovation for climate change and grappling with climate change from public sector, private sector, and academia.

The event will contribute to Day 1, HLP 4: SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 13 Climate Action.


The Vienna Energy Forum 2017 brings together over 1,600 participants, including heads of State, ministers, energy experts, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector.