08.30 - 09.00

Arrival and registration

Welcome by the Host of the Summit

09.00 - 09.15

Welcome speech

János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary, Main Patron of the Budapest Climate Summit

09.15 - 09.30

Keynote address

Towards climate neutrality in 2050

Yvon Slingenberg, Director, DG Climate Action, European Commission

09.30 - 09.45

Keynote address

How bad is climate change? - Insights from the latest IPCC report and implications for action

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Vice Chair, Working Group III. of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

09.45 - 10.00

Main sponsor’s welcome

Matt Simister, Central European CEO, TESCO

10.00 - 11.00

COMPANY LEADERS PANEL - The Transforming Energy System

We have less than two decades to make serious cuts in carbon emissions in line with the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Ambitious investments in the energy sector will be necessary to reshape power generation and energy use on both the supply and demand sides. What are the main accomplishments so far and how should we go on?


  • Zsolt Bertalan, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, MVM Hungarian Electricity
  • Zsolt Jamniczky, Member of the Board of Directors, E.ON Hungaria Zrt.
  • Gergő Lencsés, General Manager, Gas Turbines Value Chain, GE Gas Power
  • Péter Horváth, CEO, Dunamenti Power Plant, MET Group
  • Zsófia Beck, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Claudia Patricolo, Editor-in-Chief of CEENERGYNEWS

11.00 - 11.30

Networking, coffee break

11.30 - 11.45

Keynote address

László Varró, Vice President Global Business Environment, Shell

11.45 - 11.55

Keynote address

FuelsEurope’s strategy for Low Carbon Liquid Fuels - Reaching the parts other transport technologies cannot reach

John Cooper, Director General, FuelsEurope

11.55 - 12.05

Keynote address

Way to Zero

Balázs Németh, CEO, Porsche Hungaria

12.05 - 12.15

Keynote address

Line Hestvik, Chief Sustainability Officer, Allianz SE

12.15 - 12.25

Keynote address

Cost Matters

Eric Sievers, Director-Investments, ClonBio Group Limited

12.25 - 13.00

PANEL DISCUSSION – Sustainable transportation

The future of transportation. 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?


  • Line Hestvik, Chief Sustainability Officer, Allianz SE
  • Anne Larilahti, Head of Sustainability, Finnair
  • John Cooper, Director General, FuelsEurope
  • Eric Sievers, Director-Investments, ClonBio Group Limited

Jakub Groszkowski, Executive Director, Central European Energy Partners (CEEP)

13.00 - 14.00

Networking Lunch

14.00 - 14.15

Keynote address

Hungary on the green path - Climate policy, strategy and measures

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

14.15 - 14.30

Keynote address

Julian Popov, Fellow, European Climate Foundation

14.30 - 15.30

PANEL DISCUSSION - Smart urban revolution

On their way to developing a smart city ecosystem, city leaders share their experience and insights on the transformation of urban areas with sustainable solutions in local mobility; integrated infrastructure; logistics and public services.


  • Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti, European Green Capital 2021
  • Péter Kaderják, Head of Zero Carbon Hub, Hungary
  • Joanna Maćkowiak- Pandera, President of Forum Energii, Poland

Barbara Botos, Deputy Secretary of State for Climate Policy at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary

15.30 - 16.00

Networking, coffee break

16.00 - 16.15

Keynote address

Vodafone's path to net zero - On our way to become net zero until 2040 we conquered some major milestones, however the path ahead of us still has its challenges. Get to know our commitments and sustainability agenda making the industry greener.

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

16.15 - 17.15

PANEL DISCUSSION– Sustainable Finance and Investment

The financial sector is undergoing transformative changes. Stakeholders discuss the role of green and sustainable finance in climate change mitigation, integration of ESG criteria in the investment of financial and corporate actors.


  • Grzegorz Zielinski, Director for Central Europe and the Baltics, Director of our Energy Europe team, EBRD
  • Manuel Dueñas, Head of Division, Public Sector in Central and South-East Europe, EIB
  • Attila Ságodi, Partner, Dentons Europe Consulting
  • Pietro Calice, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
  • Gabriella Sódar, Head of Organizational Development and Acceleration, Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation
  • Alexander V. Protsenko, CEO, Allianz Hungária

Péter Kaderják, Head of Zero Carbon Hub, Hungary

19.00 - 22.00

Networking Party

Liz and Chain Sky Lounge

08.30 - 09.00

Arrival and registration

Host of the Summit

09.00 - 09.15

Warm-up speech

Barna Tánczos, Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests, Romania

09.15 - 09.30

Keynote address

Towards COP26: how the EU agriculture is contributing to climate goals

Jorge Pinto Antunes, Cabinet Member of Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission

09.30 - 09.40

Keynote address

COP 26: A pivotal moment to act on climate change

Mike Freer MP, Minister of Exports, United Kingdom

09.40 - 10.30

PANEL DISCUSSION - Regional cooperation on climate

What are the biggest opportunities and challenges ahead of the region in light of the 2050 climate goals?


  • Christian Zinglersen, Director, ACER - EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
  • Dóra Zombori, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy and Climate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
  • Pál Ságvári, Vice President, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA)


András Huszár, Co-Founder and Director, Green Policy Center

10.30 - 10.40

Keynote address

CCS4CEE – The Role of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the Green Energy Transition in Central Eastern Europe

András Jenei, President of KBA Central European Safety Training and Research Center

10.40 - 11.00

Networking, coffee break

11.00 - 11.10

Keynote address

From maestros to polyhistors – The evolving role of TSOs in the green energy transition

András Biczók, CEO, MAVIR Hungarian Transmission Operator

11.10 - 12.10

PANEL DISCUSSION - Supply security: critical infrastructure, critical questions

What are the major challenges TSOs must face in light of the transition towards climate-neutral integrated EU energy systems? Is the fear of blackouts in Europe real? What are the lessons learnt from the recent system splits? And what are the mid-term benefits of the COVID pandemic?


  • Peter Dovhun, Chairman of the Board and CEO, SEPS - National Transmission System Operator, Slovakia
  • Kjell Arne Barmsnes, Chair, ENTSO-E Market Committee
  • Tahir Kapetanovic, Chair ENTSO-E System Operations Committee, Head of National Control Center of Austrian Power Grid AG
  • Gergő Batta, Deputy CEO for Operations, MAVIR Hungarian Transmission System Operator


Claudia Patricolo, Editor-in-Chief of CEENERGYNEWS

12.10 - 12.25

Keynote address

Christian Hürlimann, Renewables CEO, MET Group

12.25 - 14.00

Networking Lunch

14.00 - 14.45

Climate Youth

This young generation grew up in a world where climate change and its impacts were all around them from the start. How does this generation perceive climate change and what option do they have to be involved in the climate debate and protect their future?

Keynote Speakers:

  • Lucie Parsons, Climate Activist, United Kingdom
  • Gábor Kiss, Youth Climate Activist, Hungary
  • Liz Madaras, Co-Founder and CEO, Poliloop


Fanni Mátyók, individual children’s rights expert


Round Table Discussion:

  • Barbara Botos, Deputy Secretary of State for Climate Policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary
  • Liz Madaras, Co-Founder and CEO, Poliloop
  • Roxána Kunos, Youth Ambassador, Unicef Hungary
  • Benedek Mile, Student, Award winner of the National Climate Competition of Hungary in 2021

14.45 - 15.45

PANEL DISCUSSION – Preserving biodiversity

Climate change and biodiversity are two sides of the same coin. Biodiversity is the basis of life, it plays a central role in protecting human health and sustaining our economy, but it is at serious risk. The pandemic highlighted this even more. Experts discuss the closely intertwined relationship between biodiversity and climate change.


  • Konstantin Ivanov, Regional Coordinator at the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe
  • Eran Raizman, Senior Animal Health & Production Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation
  • Gábor Földvári, PhD biologist, research associate professor at the ELKH Centre for Ecological Research, Institute of Evolution, Budapest

Claudia Patricolo, Editor-in-Chief, CEENERGYNEWS

15.45 - 16.00

Closing remarks

16.00 - 17.00

Networking Coffee