Climate Leaders to Discuss Green Transition at Next Budapest Climate Summit
November 29, 2023
Budapest, Hungary

Aretera is proud to support the 4th edition of the Budapest Climate Summit, an annual regional conference that brings together climate and sustainability stakeholders from Central and Eastern Europe and beyond to discuss the challenges and opportunities of climate change in view of our net-zero ambitions.

High-level policymakers, industry experts, corporate leaders and technology pioneers will come together on December 4 at the Budapest Climate Summit – a well-established regional climate forum – to share their perspectives on how to enable businesses and civil society to deliver actions necessary to achieve climate objectives. As a niche event focusing on the green transition of the CEE region’s economy, the Budapest Climate Summit is ideally placed to take a prominent role in connecting sustainability stakeholders by providing a platform to discuss the driving trends of the region’s green transition and to identify the opportunities and challenges ahead of us.

The conference will be opened by Attila Steiner, State Secretary of Energy and Climate Policy at the Ministry of Energy of Hungary, who will present Hungary’s progress on the green transition. Speakers from ACER (the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators), Cleantech for Europe and the European External Action Service will also share their insights on the EU’s response to the unprecedented energy crisis of the past two years, in light of Europe’s ambitious climate and energy goals for 2030 and 2050.

Also among the speajers is Hungarian climate researcher Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, elected this year as Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an organisation that provides regular assessments on the scientific basis of climate change.

A key focus of the conference will be the challenges of decarbonization and supply security facing the energy sector, which will be presented by speakers such as Nikolaas Baeckelmans, Vice President of EU Affairs of ExxonMobil; Gábor Balázs Lehőcz Executive Chairman of MET Green Assets Holding AG; Zsolt Jamniczky, Deputy CEO of E.ON Hungaria Zrt.; Károly Mátrai, CEO of MVM Group; Franck Neel, Member of the Executive Board of OMV Petrom, Dóra Zombori, Partner at Dentons and Zsófia Beck, Managing Director and Partner of BCG. Innovative energy solutions such as the potential of small modular reactors (SMR) in supporting energy security climate objectives will be also on the table.

Another key topic of the conference is the future of green finance and sustainable investment, to be presented by speakers including András Puskás, Deputy CEO of MBH Bank, Réka Janosik, Executive Director in Quantitative Research and Head of Budapest Climate Risk Center at MSCI, Linda Zeilina, Founder & CEO of the International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC) or Anders Risberg, Head of Corporate Financing in Central and South Eastern Europe.

The Budapest Climate Summit will also present how business leaders are transforming their operations to become competitive, sustainable, inclusive and to deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Matt Simister, Central European CEO of Tesco, will speak about the company’s sustainable business goals and the implications of green transition in the retail sector, while Dácil Borges, Global Director Consultancy of Xdroid, will share her insight on digitalization and climate change.

Join the Budapest Climate Summit and learn firsthand about sustainable transformation and the road towards a low-carbon economy. More information about the conference can be found here.