The energy and resource consumption in the post-industrialization era has produced a structural increase of Greenhouse Gases emissions, causing critical and unsustainable global warming effects. Despite five years have passed from the Paris Agreement, current efforts remain insufficient to put the world on a pathway towards global climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a negative energy demand shock, decreasing Greenhouse Gases emissions in an unprecedented way; previous crises, though, showed that the reduction of emissions due to contingent phenomena is unlikely to turn into a long-term trend, and have marginal impacts on the climate change trajectory. Thus, structural actions are needed to accelerate the radical decarbonization of global economy and a “low-carbon energy transition”.
A sustainable energy transition could offer a range of economic opportunities; however, while pursuing them, it is of paramount importance to address inequalities and vulnerabilities among communities.
Alongside decarbonization strategies, urgent actions are also required to stop environmental degradation and preserve the natural balance of the ecosystems.
A growing group of major economies and leading companies has recently committed to pledge a consistent, sustainable, carbon neutral and climate resilient transition by 2050. In the wake of this increasing awareness, the Italy’s B20 ‘Energy & Resource Efficiency’ Task Force aims at providing impactful and actionable recommendations to empower a sustainable progress, reshaping our future in an inclusive way
CEO and General Manager of the Enel Group (joined in 2000) since May 2014. From 2008 to 2014 he served as CEO and General Manager of Enel Green Power. His previous experiences were in General Electric Group, ABB Group, Alstom Power Corporation. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In 2015 he joined the Board of Directors of the United Nations’ Global Compact. From 2019 he has become member of the UN Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD). From 2016 until 2018 he was co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community. From 2017 to 2019 he served as President of Eurelectric, the European association for the electricity industry. Mr. Starace was nominated Co-Chair B20 the 2017 B20 Energy, Climate and Resource Efficiency Task Force in 2016 and Co-Chair of the Energy, Sustainability and Climate Taskforce – B20 Saudi Arabia in 2020. He graduated in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan.
Simone Mori is Head of Europe at the Enel Group. This is one of the world’s leading integrated electricity operators, with a presence in over 30 countries and around 74 million end users globally. In his role, he is responsible for the Group’s advocacy activity towards European institutions and he oversees operations in several countries in Europe where the Group is present, including Russia, Romania and Greece.
Over the years he has held various positions within the Group and has been responsible for European Affairs, for Regulatory Affairs, Environment, Innovation and for Carbon Strategy. He has served on the board of Enel companies both in Italy and abroad and is currently a board member of Enel Russia and Slovak Power Holding, in addition to being member of the scientific committee of the Enel Foundation.
Simone Mori has held leadership positions in business associations such as Assoelettrica and Elettricità Futura, the latter being the first example in Europe of integration among power operators from conventional and renewable sources. He has been in charge of the Energy Committee of the Business Association of Milan and Rome and of Confindustria. He is a board member of Bruegel, a European think tank, of the Centre on Regulation in Europe and of the scientific committee of the EastWest European Institute. He has also been a Senior Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the US and a member of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee of Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie. He lectures in Economics and Management of Energy Sources at La Sapienza and LUISS Guido Carli Universities in Rome. He has a degree in Physics and an MBA.