05 July 2021 - 07 July 2021
Virtual event

Vienna Energy Forum 2021

Since its founding in 2008 by a joint initiative of IIASA, the Austrian Government, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Vienna Energy Forum (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.

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The VEF 2021 is designed to facilitate a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable energy for inclusive development and productive capacities. Guided by the motto “Where Action Meets Ambition” and designed as the first virtual VEF, the 2021 edition will include a Youth Day on the 5th of July 2021, followed by the VEF on the 6th and 7th of July 2021.

As a flagship platform designed to spur action, this year’s edition will bring together key stakeholders and experts to explore and deliberate on the key topics that advance sustainable development in the energy domain. Senior government representatives and leading experts will discuss key priorities, offer local perspectives, and highlight opportunities and potential solutions that also contribute to global climate action.

The sessions will delve into key priorities, showcase projects, and highlight the action-oriented steps required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, helping to forge an inclusive pathway that leaves no one behind as we work to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

IIASA is a member of the VEF Steering Committee and this year, IIASA leadership and several researchers will participate in various sessions - see below a few highlights. The institute will also be hosting a digital exhibition booth featuring interactive presentations and videos covering a range of topics relating to sustainable energy and forging an inclusive pathway that leaves no one behind on the road to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Click here to download the VEF 2021 agenda. 


IIASA participation

05 July 2021, 12:30-13:30 CEST (TBC)

“Youth for VEF” event: Reaching net-zero with youth: technology and policy for a just energy transition

Panel includes Shonali Pachauri, Research Group Leader, Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group, Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


06 July 2021, 09:00-10:00 CEST

VEF 2021 Opening Session

Speakers include Leena Srivastava, IIASA Deputy Director General for Science; LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Alexander Schallenberg, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs; and Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.


06 July 2021, 12:00-13:00 CEST

IIASA side-event: What does a commitment to net zero imply and how can we get there?

Speakers include:

  • Keywan Riahi, Program Director, Energy, Climate, and Environment Program
  • Bas van Ruijven, Research Group Leader, Sustainable Service Systems Research Group
  • Elina Brutschin, Researcher, Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group



07 July 2021, 14:30-15:30 CEST

IIASA side-event: Importance of finance sector analysis in transformation assessments

Includes panel discussion led by Bas van Ruijven, Research Group Leader, Sustainable Service Systems Research Group



07 July 2021, 10:30-11:30 CEST

Side-event organized by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay: Towards Zero Carbon Industry Futures 

Speakers include Bas van Ruijven, Research Group Leader, Sustainable Service Systems Research Group





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CONTACT DETAILS

Keywan Riahi

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Pollution Management Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Sustainable Service Systems Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

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CONTACT DETAILS

Shonali Pachauri

Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Principal Research Scholar Sustainable Service Systems Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Principal Research Scholar Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

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Bas van Ruijven

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Sustainable Service Systems Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Senior Research Scholar Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Senior Research Scholar Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

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