Clean Energy Conference: Empowering Consumers through the Transition
The events of 2022 were a forceful reminder of the difficulty of ensuring affordability and security in the transition to clean energy. Last year global energy prices were estimated to rise by an average of 50% by the year end, impacting people everywhere and causing many to drastically change their lifestyles to pay for energy. Today’s challenge is to help consumers through present difficulties whilst enabling a rapid transition that guarantees sustainability, security, and affordability in the long term.
Consumers could be the missing catalyst for change. We are all consumers of energy services, and as consumers, we all have the potential to drive tipping points in the transition. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that demand-side changes could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% by 2050. But current energy systems and policies have not been designed from the perspective of the end user.
For World Consumer Rights Day 2023, Consumers International will hold the first conference of its type to coalesce stakeholders around this new global action agenda. The opportunity to leverage available tools to empower consumers is well within our reach. We will unite senior leaders, experts, and practitioners from consumer advocacy, government, business, civil society and academia to explore how to put consumer-powered energy transitions into action.
See below for an overview of interactive sessions. Register now as places are limited.
- The Consumer Journey on the Road to Clean Energy - 13.03
- Shaping the next generation of consumer-centred business models in energy - 14.03
- Our consumer vision for clean and affordable energy - 15.03
- Grassroots solutions for energy access: how can we leverage the power of consumers? - 16.03
- Is consumer policy fit for a clean energy future? - 17.03
Clean Energy Conference: The Consumer Journey on the Road to Clean Energy
Monday 13 March, 1pm – 2.30pm UTC | 2pm – 3.30pm CET | 9am – 10.30am EDT | 9pm – 10.30pm HKT | 12am – 1.30am AEDT
Consumer shifts will be key to energy transitions that deliver benefits for both individuals and systems – whether a consumer opts for an electric vehicle, adopts cleaner cooking methods, or takes on a solar system installation. Yet key questions remain unanswered. What conditions and interventions are needed to support consumers to take action? What additional protections will they need in rapidly evolving markets? How are new models of consumer engagement in energy systems delivering benefit for people and planet?
As we start our clean energy conference, our session will bring together leaders from business, government and consumer advocacy to discuss findings and recommendations from our latest publication. Our paper assesses the barriers and opportunities encountered in an ordinary consumer journey, from awareness to investment to use. Speakers will bring this journey to life with thumbnail sketches from around the world, illustrating the importance and potential of consumer protection and empowerment to accelerate the energy transition.
Consumers InternationalLearn More
Associate Director of Sustainability Policy
Consumer ReportsLearn More
Pedro Luiz de Oliveira Jatobá
Chief Generation Officer
Sustainability and ESG Specialist
S&P GlobalLearn More
Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen
Vice President, Group Public Affairs
International Energy AgencyLearn More
Head of Product and Business Development, Renewable Energy Communities
Enel XLearn More
Maria Teresa Da Piedade Moreira
Head, Competition and Consumer Policies Branch
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)Learn More
Global Focal Point SDG 7 Youth Constituency
Major Group for Children and YouthLearn More
Clean Energy Conference: Shaping the next generation of consumer-centred business models in energy
Tuesday 14 March, 3pm – 4.30pm UTC | 4pm – 5.30pm CET | 11am – 12.30pm EDT | 11pm – 12.30am HKT | 2am – 3.30am AEDT
Given the complexity of the energy landscape, new and innovative business models are key to advancing clean energy transitions. To step change energy efficiency, energy utilities are evolving from a traditional approach of selling as much energy as possible to providing solutions that mean consumers use less energy – and pay less as a result. And to build much needed flexibility into energy systems transitioning away from fossil fuels, businesses are providing new ‘demand response’ services to consumers like dynamic pricing tariffs.
What are the win-win-win solutions for individual consumers, energy system, and planet? Do the drivers of new business models see consumer protection as a bottleneck? How can we change that? This session will convene industry, operator, and consumer voices in a dialogue on how to design innovations that build in consumer protection from the outset.
Director of Policy and Advocacy and Chief Economist
Head, Clean Power and Electrification
World Economic ForumLearn More
Head of European System Change and Non Executive Director
Octopus Energy and EelpowerLearn More
Managing Director, FlexiGrid
SMS PlcLearn More
Senior Market Engagement Manager
Clean Energy Conference: Our consumer vision for clean and affordable energy
Wednesday 15 March 1pm – 2.30pm UTC | 2pm – 3.30pm CET | 9am – 10.30am EDT | 9pm – 10.30pm HKT | 12am – 1.30am AEDT
In 2022 Consumer International Members shared the extent of rising prices for consumers with 1/5 reporting price increases of more than 100%. Consumers find themselves in the eye of the storm, picking up the bill for skyrocketing fossil fuel prices. The twin challenge is to help consumers through current difficulties whilst enabling a rapid transition that protects consumers from price crises going forward. The future costs of inaction will be severe, both for people and planet.
In a multistakeholder dialogue with business, government, and multilateral agencies we look at how to secure sustainability and affordability in the long term. What are the difficult trade-offs that can no longer be skirted? What are the potential benefits of redesigning systems and policies which ensure consumers are at the heart of dialogue and action.
Hong Kong Consumer CouncilLearn More
Organisation of Consumers and Users of Chile (ODECU)Learn More
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
World Energy CouncilLearn More
Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group (CAG)Learn More
Commissioner for Energy
European CommissionLearn More
Clean Energy Conference: Grassroots solutions for energy access: how can we leverage the power of consumers?
Thursday 16 March, 11am – 12.30pm UTC | 12pm – 1.30pm CET | 7am – 8.30am EDT | 7pm – 8.30pm HKT | 10pm – 11.30pm AEDT
Access to basic energy service remains a challenge for millions of people around the world. To address this, consumer advocates across low- and middle-income countries are innovating through initiatives such as promoting collectively buy and use off-grid solar equipment and appliances. Businesses are finding new financing solutions to expand access to poorer consumers. What are the best solutions to achieve access for all? How can a unique partnership between consumer advocates, innovators and grassroots groups build and scale solutions? Our session hears from these actors, the case studies that have worked in the most unlikely of contexts and considers their applicability worldwide.
Lead, Consumers in the Energy System
Consumers InternationalLearn More
Rosemary Shumirayi Chikarakara Mpofu
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Consumer Council of ZimbabweLearn More
Zuwa EnergyLearn More
Jenny Corry Smith
Chief of Programs
Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative for Africa (REES Africa)Learn More
Christine Eibs Singer
The Shine CampaignLearn More
Juan Carlos Izaguirre
Senior Financial Sector Specialist
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)Learn More
Clean Energy Conference: Is consumer policy fit for a clean energy future?
Friday 17 March, 12pm – 1.30pm UTC | 1pm – 2.30pm CET | 8am – 9.30am EDT | 8pm – 9.30pm HKT | 11pm – 12.30am AEDT
To date, energy policy has not been designed from the point of view of the energy user, or with adequate consideration of consumers’ needs and vulnerabilities. Similarly, consumer policy has not been geared towards energy systems transformation. This session will explore how meaningful collaboration between energy system designers, regulators, policymakers and their consumer protection counterparts can change the system for the better.
We will invite participants and session attendees to feed into Consumers International’s global recommendations to update and strengthen international consumer policy for the energy transition. As we close our conference, we share our next steps to advance change globally and how you can join us on that journey.
Consumers InternationalLearn More
Chair and Deputy Director
OECD Committee on Consumer Policy and Office of International Affairs, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Government of the United StatesLearn More
Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Government of GermanyLearn More
Head of Global Public and Government Affairs
Energy Cluster Lead
The Climate Champions TeamLearn More
Chair, Commission on Environment and Energy
International Chamber of CommerceLearn More
Head of Global Customer Operations
Her Excellency Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany
Permanent Representative of the UAE
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)Learn More
Competition Authority of KenyaLearn More