In light of a global health crisis unlike any other in our lifetime, the co-organizers of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) – the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the Austrian Development Agency, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – have decided to postpone the Vienna Energy Forum to 2021. The new dates will be announced soon.
The biennial Vienna Energy Forum will gather leaders from governments, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector, with the aim of pushing the development of inclusive and sustainable energy solutions through technological innovation.
This year the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) will center around the theme ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution as a catalyst for energy transition’ and will highlight the potential for a paradigm shift to low-emission, climate-resilient development pathways that the growing use of new technologies offers. IIASA, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Development Agency, and the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs bring together policymakers, development planners, industry, and other stakeholders to examine how new technologies can support and accelerate the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement. Given the urgency of the climate crisis and the rising demand for reliable energy access, a transition towards clean energy has never been more crucial. VEF 2020 will explore the challenges and opportunities offered by The Fourth Industrial Revolution such as the Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence, de-materialization and circular economy, demand-side transformations and e-mobility, and effective financing and governance to accelerate the clean energy transition and support efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.
VEF is a biennial global, multi-stakeholder forum with the objective of exploring developmental challenges within the realm of sustainable energy. The forum introduces a platform for policy- and decision-makers from all sectors of society to conceive practical solutions to sustainability issues. Since its founding in 2008 by a joint initiative of the Austrian Government, IIASA and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, VEF has assembled thinkers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss practical solutions to sustainable development challenges and pave the way for tangible partnerships on the ground.