The Chief Patron of the conference is János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary 

About us

Budapest Climate Summit is a niche event focusing on the green transition of the CEE region’s economy.

The summit brings together policy makers, industry experts, corporate leaders, technology pioneers and next generation sustainable leaders to share their perspectives on how to enable businesses and the civil society to deliver actions necessary to achieve climate objectives.

The first Budapest Climate Summit took place in 2020. The conference was attended by guests and speakers from a more than 21 countries including leaders of leading companies in Hungary and the region, high-ranking representatives of the government and European Union, cities and opinion leaders, who discussed the green transformation of the economy in the light of the 2050 climate targets. Encouraged by the success of the event the Budapest Climate Summit will be organised in 2021 as a two-days conference.

Hot topics

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is a global challenge that requires coordinated, complex and urgent solutions on every level of policy-making.

At the Budapest Climate Summit you will learn about:

  • On the road towards a Low-Carbon Economy: How companies contribute to making their operations and the economy more sustainable and resilient across various industries?

  • The Transforming Energy System: What are the main accomplishments and how should we go on?
  • Innovation, the Key Driver of Sustainability: Top technological innovations that will shape the sustainability agenda of the future.

  • The future of circular economy: how should we enhance the uptake of a low-carbon, climate-resilient circular economy where today’s products are tomorrow’s resources.

  • Sustainable Finance and Investment: The role of green-finance in climate change mitigation, integration of ESG (Environmental, social and governance) criteria in the investment portfolio of financial and corporate actors.

  • Clean Transport and Smart Mobility: How can we manage to reduce the harmful environmental impacts of the transportation sector which accounts for almost one-third of the European carbon emissions?
  • Smart Urban Solutions: The development of a smart city ecosystem with sustainable solutions in local mobility; integrated infrastructure; logistics and public services.
  • Preserving Biodiversity: Protecting and restoring nature for the benefit of people and the planet to tackle climate change and encourage sustainable development.


János Áder

President of Hungary

Anita Orbán

External Affairs Director, Deputy Chairwoman of the Board, Vodafone Hungary

Matt Simister

Central European CEO, TESCO

Attila Ságodi

Partner, Impact Advisory, Dentons

Gergő Lencsés

General manager, Gas Turbines Value Chain, GE Gas Power

Barna Tánczos

Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests, Romania

Grzegorz Zielinski

Director, Head of Energy Europe, EBRD

Attila Steiner

State Secretary for the Development of Circular Economy, Energy and Climate Policy, Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Graham Stuart

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Exports, UK

Dóra Zombori

Ambassador-at-Large for Energy and Climate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

László Varró

Head of the Shell Scenarios Team

Anne Larilahti

Vice President for Sustainability, Finnair

Pekka Timonen

Mayor of Lahti, European Green Capital 2021

Barbara Botos

Deputy State Secretary for Climate Policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Julian Popov

Fellow, European Climate Foundation

Zsófia Beck

Managing Director, Partner, Boston Consuting Group

Daniel James Besley

Senior Climate Change Specialist, Worldbank

Péter Kaderják

Senior Adviser on Green Economy Development, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera PhD

CEO, Forum Energii, Poland

Miran Gajšek

Head of Urban Planning Department, City of Ljubljana

Pál Ságvári

Vice President, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA)

Jakub Groszkowski

Executive Director, Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP)

Konstantin Ivanov

Regional Coordinator for Central and Eastern Europe, Global Water Partnership

Nándor Csepreghy

Director, Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation

Claudia Patricolo

Editor-in-Chief, CEENERGYNEWS

Eran Raizman

Senior Animal Health & Production Officer, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Petra Alberti

Editor-in-chief, InStyle Hungary


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Buy your ticket for the Budapest Climate Summit to access all sessions and panel discussions of the conference. Join the major climate stakeholders of the CEE region and take the opportunity to gain insight from experts who shape the future of sustainability. Meet policy makers, industry experts, corporate leaders, technology pioneers and next-generation sustainablity leaders.

You should participate in the Budapest Climate Summit if:

  • you want to grow your professional network and strengthen your existing business relationships
  • you want to learn about the current climate-related projects & technologies and get first-hand information from policymakers, business leaders and innovators
  • you want to find partners, investors, or new clients


Hotel Marriott Budapest is the venue of the Budapest Climate Summit, which awaits the guests of the Summit on the banks of the Danube River with the most beautiful view to the city. Hotel Marriott Budapest is our partner to guarantee the highest safety standards for our participants.

Budapest Climate Summit 2020


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