The forum “The challenge of Energy Transition and the Circular Economy”, held at the ESADE Auditorium in Barcelona on Thursday, November 14th was organized by Suma Capital and Fondation E5T; a think tank specialized in promoting energy transition.
This international forum, in which Willis Towers Watson, PwC and RCD Rosaud Costas Duran participated as partners, focused principally on the urgent need to respond to climate change and its effects through innovative solutions, and affirmed the role that responsible and sustainable investment must play in this.
Myriam Maestroni, president of the Fondation E5T, and Enrique Tombas, president of Suma Capital, welcomed more than 250 attendees to the forum, introducing the topics that were presented throughout the day at the talks and round table events.
Jose Luis Porté, President of the ESADE Alumni Energy and Environment Club, and Francisca Rivero, General Secretary of the Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE) participated in the first block of presentations, addressing the current situation and general future perspectives in the field of energy transition and the development of the circular economy.
The round table discussion, dedicated to the role of large companies in the field of energy transition, was moderated by Ruperto Unzué, Suma Capital partner and the panel was comprised of Antonio Calvo, Sustainable Mobility Manager of SEAT; Carlos Krohmer, Director of Corporate Development at Inmobiliaria Colonial; Elena González, Managing Director of Acciona Esco; Juan Ignacio Nicolau, CEO of Willis Towers Watson Catalonia; and Javier Olmos, RCD Rosaud Costas Duran partner.
The conference presentations that followed addressed innovative solutions in this field and were given by Damián Martín, CEO of Cooltra; Mario López, professor of the Department of Construction and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Oviedo; Anastasia Pavlik, CEO of Atriom Service Platform; and José Miguel Bermúdez, CEO of Bound4Blue.
After the break, the conference continued with the participation of the attendees in an interactive test about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, prepared by Jean-Christophe Carteron, director of the CSR at Kedge Business School and creator of the Sulitest.
The second block of events, dedicated to the circular economy, began with a round table discussion on the challenge of responsible and sustainable growth moderated by Pablo de Muller, Suma Capital partner. The round table was attended by Margarita de Rosselló, director of Sustainability and Climate Change at PwC, Josep Bagué, president of the Circular Economy Commission of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Jean-Christophe Chalot, president of Clean Sustainable Energy; and Sandra González, director of Responsible Banking at CaixaBank.
The last of the blocks moved the focus back to the field of innovative solutions, in which Erika Escolar, CEO of BioEnGas-Enagás; Alberto Gómez, president of the Amatex Group; Robert Bell, president of the Department of Finance and Business Management of Brooklyn College New York; and François van den Abeele, founder and CEO of Sea2see Eyewear all participated.
The event concluded with the intervention of Luis María Huete, Professor of Production, Technology and Operations Management at IESE Business School, who raised the need to rethink the value chain in order to make the world more sustainable.
Pleased by the excellent reception of the conference, Enrique Tombas, president of Suma Capital, reaffirmed the need for “a paradigm shift, in which we prioritize the will to generate positive impact through investments, so that they transcend mere profitability and generate environmental and social benefits”.
Myriam Maestroni, president of Fondation 5ET, wanted to emphasize that efforts to slow climate change must be based on “the development of energy generation through renewable sources, the optimization of the consumption of natural resources, and the reuse of resources generated by closing their economic and ecological loops in the most efficient way possible”.