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CATF at Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Climate Week

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Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is participating in a series of high-level engagements at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Climate Week next week, emphasizing the need for the region to focus on climate action and innovation to advance decarbonization technologies. CATF will be highlighting the complexities of addressing the climate challenge and sharing opportunities for the region to advance the full range of solutions needed to position itself for leadership in a net-zero emissions world. 

“The MENA region is making progress in positioning itself as a long-term leader in clean energy innovation, and a hub for clean manufacturing and innovation in areas like carbon capture and sequestration, zero-carbon fuel production, and methane mitigation,” said Olivia Azadegan, MENA Energy Transition Director at CATF. “We’re looking forward to engaging leaders at this Climate Week in Riyadh, in the lead-up to COP28 – where the region will once again have an opportunity to showcase its climate ambition and action.” 

MENA Climate Week is one of several regional climate weeks taking place around the world, leading up to COP28 in Dubai that is taking place between November 30 and December 12, 2023.  

The MENA region represents one of the world’s largest energy hubs, but it is also facing widespread vulnerability to significant growing climate impacts,” said Lee Beck, Europe and Middle East Senior Director at CATF. “Given its substantial energy and financial resources, technical knowledge, and its position as a global energy supplier, there is a clear need and opportunity for leadership in the region to advance solutions that reduce emissions while increasing energy access and economic strength. To meet the unique climate challenges in the region, it is imperative that we engage with local leadership and other major stakeholders around a shared regional approach to advancing global decarbonization at scale.” 

CATF experts will be on the ground throughout the week participating in high-level stakeholder convenings, and speaking at the following public events: 

The Role of Critical Minerals, Metals and Materials in the Energy Transition 
Date and time: Monday, October 9 at 2:00pm 
Location: Theater 2, The Boulevard, Riyadh 
Hosting: Atlantic Council 
CATF Speaker: Lee Beck, Senior Director, Europe and Middle East  

Three Stakeholder Perspectives: Abatement in the Paris Agreement (Geologic Net Zero) 
Date and time: Monday, October 9 at 4:00pm 
Location: Zone 3, Action Hub Event 
Hosting: CATF, Oxford University, AEON 
CATF Speaker: Kurt Waltzer, Senior Advisor 

The Role of Clean Hydrogen and CCUS to Achieve Climate Ambitions in MENA 
Date and time: Tuesday, October 10, all day 
Location: APEX Center 
Hosting: KAPSARC, IEF 
CATF Speaker: Lee Beck, Europe and Middle East Senior Director 

Creating a Business Case for Carbon Management through Policy Action 
Date and time: Wednesday, October 11 at 3:00pm 
Location: Jazan 
Hosting: CATF, CEM, GCCSI, KAPSARC 
CATF Moderator: Olivia Azadegan, MENA Energy Transition Director 

CCUS Climate Technology: Driving Decarbonisation in Cement and Steel 
Date and time: Thursday, October 12 at 10:30am 
Location: Zone 1 – Plenary 
Hosting: CATF, CEM, GCCSI, KAPSARC 
CATF Speaker: Olivia Azadegan, MENA Energy Transition Director 

Fireside Chat with CCUS Financiers 
Date and time: Thursday, October 12 at 12.45 pm 
Location: Zone 3, Action Hub Event 
Hosting: CATF, CEM, GCCSI, KAPSARC 

Net Zero Knowledge Consortium Event 
Date and time: Thursday, October 12 at 12:00pm 
Location: The Boulevard, Riyadh 
Hosting: Atlantic Council, KAPSARC 
CATF Speaker: Lee Beck, Europe and Middle East Senior Director 

If you are interested in meeting with a CATF expert in Riyadh, or to learn more about their work over the phone, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Source: CATF

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