Sustainability Debate: “A just energy transition: reaching the Paris climate targets leaving no one behind“
Aspen Institute España hosted a debate session within the Sustainability Program and the Aspen Ideas Cycle Economy and Society on “A just energy transition: reaching the Paris climate targets leaving no one behind” with Riccardo Puliti, Vice President for Infrastructure at the World Bank and one of the most renowned experts on global energy policy, and was moderated by María Sicilia, Director of Strategy at Enagás and Aspen España Fellow. The debate took place online last Tuesday, 27 September at 10.15 am.
The session brought together around 50 participants from the Sustainability Program, which held its first seminar on “Sustainability and Intergenerational Balances” last May, as well as participants from the Aspen Ideas Economy and Society Cycle, which has organized sessions with speakers such as Óscar Arce, Silvana Tenreyro, Claudio Aranzadi and Ángel Ubide over the past academic year.
Italian national, is the Vice President for Infrastructure at the World Bank as of August 16, 2021. In this position, he leads the Bank’s global efforts to build effective infrastructure in developing and emerging markets and supports the World Bank Group’s strategic business priorities such as the climate change action plan. He oversees the Bank’s critical work across energy and transport sectors, digital development, and efforts to provide access to renewable energy and low-carbon transportation and quality infrastructure services to communities through public-private partnerships. Infrastructure represents around USD 75 billion of the Bank’s portfolio. Prior to this appointment, Riccardo served as Regional Director, Infrastructure for Africa, covering 48 countries and overseeing and providing strategic direction for the largest infrastructure program in the World Bank while working with IFC and MIGA to develop the conditions for mobilizing private capital. Riccardo joined the World Bank Group as Senior Director of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice in November 2016 and led a team of professionals, developing policies and financing in the global energy and extractive industries. In July 2019, in addition to his role as Global Director, Riccardo assumed the position of Regional Director for Infrastructure in Africa.