Promoting Clean-Tech Innovation for Low-Carbon Growth

Opportunities for clean-tech innovations are growing, driven by policy changes, market shifts, and continued growth in energy and resource consumption, particularly in developing regions of the world. The next 20 years will be critical for the development, demonstration and deployment of clean technologies that can support climate mitigation and adaptation, energy security, resource efficiency, job creation, and competitiveness. This panel will feature recent projects and lessons learned in promoting low-carbon and clean-tech innovation and entrepreneurship in both established multinational companies and start-ups. Business leaders will discuss the drivers and strategies for developing solutions that reduce GHG emissions at the same time as they bring bottom-line value, improved efficiency, enhanced performance, or competitive edge in a global marketplace. Innovation experts from business and government will describe the steps that can be taken to recognize and support innovation and entrepreneurs in their countries, including the needs for mentorship and incubation for aspiring innovators and small-medium enterprises.

This event is organizied by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Opening Remarks

David Rodgers
Senior Energy Specialist, Global Environment Facility
Meg Crawford
Markets Business Strategy Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)


Clay Nesler
Vice President, Global Energy Sustainability, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Dawn Rittenhouse
Director, Sustainable Development, DuPont
Rex Northen
Executive Director, Clean Tech Open
Pradeep Monga
Director, Climate and Energy, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Roberto Alvarez
Agency for Industrial Development in Brazil (ABDI)