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Cleantech Forum Europe Goes Virtual

It’s clear to us and our partners in Luxembourg that a live event in December 2020 would be unsafe because of the continuing pandemic. But the challenge of the climate crisis is too important to set aside. Investors, corporates, financiers and innovators need to stay connected and build networks that enable change and the solutions we’re all committed to.

Announcing a new date

Our partners, sponsors and long-time friends, both in Luxembourg and from across our European network, support us in the creation of a virtual Cleantech Forum Europe that will take place on 12-14 January 2021. It will be an opportunity to start the new year with a bang, re-set priorities and turbo charge your rolodexes, your dealflow, and your thinking for the year ahead.

The announcement of the 2021 Global Cleantech 100 and our Cleantech Forum San Francisco (now 19-21 January 2021), will open up the potential for crossover benefits.

Prioritizing teams

We all miss in-person gatherings. Over the next month, our team is committed to delivering the things you care about most in the best possible online format. Both virtual Forums will encourage and incentivize you to adopt a team-access approach, so your colleagues can take part and share the experience and opportunities on offer, and reduce the screen time per individual.

We hope you and your team will join us for the January 2021 Cleantech Forum season.

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Since 2002, we’ve brought together global investors, innovators, corporates and change makers looking for answers to the biggest question: who will lead the transformation we’re all waiting for?

We’ll let our community tell you what makes Cleantech Forum Europe invaluable.

Reasons to attend Cleantech Forum Europe Sandra TrittenCleantech Forum Europe is a conference where you exchange in an interactive way on the latest topics with all different kinds of stakeholders relevant to our ecological and environmental future. It is a unique opportunity you can only get there.”

-Sandra Trittin, Co-Founder and Head of Business Development & Marketing, tiko Energy Solutions

 

 

“For me, the Cleantech Forum remains a unique opportunity to meet with the most significant and active investors in clean energy and environmental technologies in Europe, partake in conversations that inform new investment directions and create opportunities to work with peers in supporting new companies together. the Forum’s uniqueness resides in its ability to bring together the whole industry for a couple of days and create the opportunities for co-investment in portfolio companies”                                                             

                                                        -Julien Mialaret, Operating Partner, Idinvest Partners

Reasons to attend CLeantech Forum Europe in Luxembourg fro Antoine Hubert

 

I was able to meet with several very interesting people, with good prospects of future business!”

-Antoine Hubert, CEO, Ynsect

 

Who Attends

You’ll interact with the people, companies and technologies building a decarbonized and resource efficient future.

Find out who attended last year

What to Expect

A wide range of sessions means you can choose the topics and formats that interest you most. Pursue your area or expertise or widen your horizons. Our agenda will cover all six of our industrial sectors.

Agenda

Welcome to the 2020s: The Time to Lead

The 2020s brings the threat of chaos. Can Europe lead the revolution and transform its industries? Will it demonstrate that halving emissions while fostering prosperity is possible? This year’s European Forum agenda is developing around themes to prepare you for the 2020s:

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Deep De-Carbonization

Halving our emissions requires deep cuts in the carbon intensity of our industries. Where are the low-hanging fruit and longer shots?

Circularity

In every sector, circularity offers new opportunities. What is the potential scope and scale? Can we stop the make, use and dispose model?

Inspired by nature

More than ever, we’re turning to natural solutions to fight the climate crisis. Can we leverage soil, trees and biodiversity to create a climate-positive path?

Digital for Good

Edge connectivity, AI and digitization enable decentralization and optimization. But data demands energy. What role should digitization play in the 2020s?

Resilience and Urbanization

The climate crisis is pushing us toward adaptation. Cities face the brunt of the risk and depend on innovation for survival.

Financing the Transition

How will financing models and players evolve in the 2020s to scale innovation faster and achieve the transition we’re all waiting for?

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December 7, 2020

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  • Pre-Registration
  • Registration
    Cleantech Tour of Luxembourg

    For the 12th year running, Cleantech Forum Europe will offer a pre-Forum opportunity to see some of the cleantech sights of our host city/area.

    Kirchberg: Sustainability Drives a Leading Business District

    Kirchberg is one of Luxembourg’s main business districts and home to several European institutions. Originally dominated by large business buildings, the area is now being transformed into a sustainable, welcoming neighbourhood where people live, work, shop and relax. The City of Luxembourg is reviewing the ratio between housing and offices, and the current number of around 6,000 inhabitants is eventually expected to grow to 25,000.

    The study visit will introduce you to the plans and concepts for the area’s sustainable development, showcase several buildings that are being built according to cradle-to-cradle principles and highlight the recent massive investments into innovative public transport solutions.

    You can reserve your place through the registration form.

    (Places will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis via the registration system, so we recommend registering early if you want to join!)

  • Executive Summit - Financing Sustainable Innovation in the 2020s (by invitation only)

    Globally, venture capital is seen as one of the main levers supporting innovative companies. However, there are areas where VC has shown weakness, especially when capital expenditures are high. As we enter a new decade of opportunities, we must take stock of new financing models and what they can bring to our space.

    In this session, innovation financiers of all types – venture capitalists, project financiers, corporations, family funds, impact investors, accelerators, universities and governments discuss how different financing models can work together to accelerate the rise of sustainable technology.

  • Foyer
    Registration & Opening of Cleantech Forum Europe
  • Main Conference Room
    Welcome to Luxembourg and Host City of our 16th Cleantech Forum Europe!

    Welcome to Luxembourg, the Host City of our 16th Cleantech Forum Europe! Our opening session begins with an introduction to the innovation, and venturing landscape of our host region to offer context for the next two days, give you an idea of the players to meet and companies to hear.

  • Foyer
    Welcome Reception

December 8, 2020

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  • Foyer
    Registration & Welcome Coffee
  • Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking (pre-registration only)

    The Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking session will connect investors, corporates, and entrepreneurs via a facilitated ‘speed dating’ format. Entrepreneurs will have the chance to meet with multiple investors throughout the session. To be equitable for all participants, this session is designed as ‘blind’ for both the entrepreneur and investor/corporate. As you register for the event you will automatically be prompted by the question to participate if you are in applicable category. You will be asked to fill out some preferences which will be the basis of the matching.

    Limited seating, first come first served principal.

  • Main Conference Room
    Welcome to the 2020s: this will be no ordinary decade!

    Our opening morning plenary will include Cleantech Group’s annual lay of the land, incorporating the trends and organizations to keep an eye on, in the months and years ahead.

    Along with guest speakers, the opening session of the day will provide you with some key themes and things to look out for in the 2020s – including shifts to localization and circularity, Green Deals, and the potential for some big shifts (e.g. towards strategies of greater ambition and scale, towards differently-positioned investor mandates, and shifts of innovation capital towards Resilience and Adaptation)

  • Networking Break

    From this point, most of our programming takes place in parallel tracks so you have a wider variety of subjects to choose from.

  • Main Conference Room
    Closing the Loop on Electronics

    Electronic waste is increasing and polluting our ecosystems by leaching heavy metals. Can we use electronics for longer by repairing, refurbishing or remanufacturing to avoid disposal? Our session explores new technologies and business models facilitating circularity in electronics.

    Co-hosted by BNP

  • Interaction Track
    Meeting Room 2
    The Decade of the Energy Molecule

    Ammonia, methanol and hydrogen are now considered direct replacements for carbon-based fuels with the ability to decouple transport, heating and industrial processes from fossil fuels. This session explores how the 2020s could be the year of the energy molecule.

  • Foyet
    Networking Lunch
  • Lunch Session - VC Clinic for Investors and Start-Ups

    Whether you are an investor looking to deploy capital in Europe, or a company looking to raise money from investors, this legal clinic is for you. Three partners from leading international law firm Taylor Wessing will answer your questions on investing in Europe, VC terms, and any other topic you would like their advice on.

    Co-hosted by Taylor Wessing

  • Lunch Session - Early-Stage Industrial Innovation

    Co-hosted by Aderly

  • Room D
    Profitable Reforestation: a silver bullet for the 2020s?

    Forests are extraordinary carbon sinks, and have the potential to mitigate climate change and foster biodiversity. They are also becoming financially attractive. However, more and more forests are at risk of wildfires and monoculture. To what extent can resilient forests help us fight the climate crisis?

  • Main Conference Room
    Accelerating electrification in the last mile

    The last mile segment of mobility is highly polluting and creates congestion in cities. Innovative technologies, form factors and business models can solve many of these challenges. In this session, we’ll explore current solutions, promising innovations and how different players can help get these technologies to market as soon as possible.

    Co-hosted by InnoEnergy

  • Transition Break
  • Room D
    Traceability in the Energy Supply Chain

    Renewable energy certificates and guarantees of origin are nothing new, but corporate demand is increasing scrutiny in order to determine how green packaged renewable supply contracts really are. As a result, innovators are looking at certificate-tracking opportunities to make renewable energy more traceable, granular and easy to manage. Our session explores the technology and business models being developed and commercialized in Europe.

  • Main Conference Room
    Circularity Showcase
  • Networking Break
  • Main Conference Room
    Energy Showcase

    A showcase of companies looking to de-carbonize the energy space.

    Co-hosted by Encevo

  • Interaction Track
    Meeting Room 2
    From pipes to taps - building a successful digital water business

    As sensors, imaging and devices become cheaper, digital water is slowly but surely expanding from utility-scale leak detection to smart home water management. However, building a successful story in the digital water space can be challenging. This session will discuss how to go from lab to a successful business and investment case in the water space.

    Co-hosted by Agio Capital & Business Solutions

  • Transition Break
  • Main Conference Room
    Plenary Session
  • Downtime prior to Gala Dinner / Transportation of Guests to Neimënster Abbey
  • Neimënster Abbey
    The 16th Annual Cleantech Forum Reception, Dinner & Awards

    Join us for the 16th Cleantech Forum Europe Dinner and Awards at Neimënster Abbey. There will be drinks on arrival from 7:00pm, followed by a 7:30pm seated dinner, as well as the presentation of the 2020 European Cleantech Awards.

    Co-Hosted by Oraxys

    (Limited to 220 places – seats get reserved through the registration form on a first-come, first-served basis.)

December 9, 2020

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  • Foyet
    Registration and Welcome Coffee
  • Main Conference Room
    Plenary Session
  • Transition Break
  • Room D
    Circular Batteries

    As more of us switch to electric vehicles, what will we do with growing number of end-of-life batteries? Demand for materials and the environmental impact of discarding batteries are forcing the market find solutions. In this session we explore how these solutions can be scaled over the next ten years.

  • Main Conference Room
    A Showcase of Digital for Good Companies
  • Networking Break
  • Main Conference Room
    Circular Carbon

    Carbon is used for the fuel, chemicals and products we use every day. And, since our main source of carbon is fossil fuels, it’s also the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Our session explores using alternative sources of carbon, including carbon from recycled materials or carbon capture, for displacement of fossil-based carbon and the potential for positive environmental impact.

    Co-Hosted by Capricorn Partners

  • Interaction Track
    Meeting Room 2
    Soil Wealth: regenerative agriculture and carbon markets

    Could the fastest way to solve climate change be paying farmers to sequester carbon by adopting regenerative agriculture practices? Offering farmers an additional revenue stream through a new markets also creates investment opportunities. What are the key challenges and opportunities in this market?

  • Networking Lunch
  • Lunch Session - SolarImpulse Foundation
  • Room D
    Decarbonizing Heavy Industry

    Industry is responsible for about 24% of all GHG emissions – more than transportation and almost as much as energy. Decarbonizing heavy industry won’t be easy, but it is possible. Europe has recently become a testing ground for industrial players piloting short-term and long-term decarbonization technologies. The session explores what pathways are most viable today and offer the biggest potential for impact.

  • Main Conference Room
    Indoor Farming: making cities food-resilient

    Greenhouse, sunless vertical and container farms are all finding profitable applications and use-cases. Will this help make cities more food-resilient?

  • Networking Break
  • Main Conference Room
    Corporates and Plastics: recycle or replace?

    The US, EU and China have all introduced legislation forcing corporates to assume Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for some of the plastic they produce. Corporates now face the choice of increasing plastic recycling or doing away with plastics altogether. This session explores this dichotomy, the coming regulatory changes and potential trade-offs for corporates.

  • Main Conference Room
    Closing Reception

Travel

PLEASE SEE HERE FOR UPDATE ON COVID-19.
HERE’S OUR GUIDE FOR PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO LUXEMBOURG:

Forum Venue – the Forum will be held at the European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL)

16th Annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony – the Dinner will be held at the Neumünster Abbey (max 220 seats available)

Hotel Accommodations – guidance on our special rate hotel at the Novotel Luxembourg Kirchberg

How to Get to Luxembourg / the Venueinfo coming soon

Forum Venue

The 2020 Cleantech Forum Europe will be held at the European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL) in Luxembourg. This modern venue is located on Luxembourg City’s Kirchberg plateau, within walking distance from a number of major European institutions.

European Convention Center Luxembourg | 4 Place de l’Europe | 1499 Luxembourg

16th Annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

The 16th Annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will take place at the Neumünster Abbey in the Marcel Jullian Agora. This inner courtyard of the Neumünster Abbey – a UNESCO World Heritage site – is covered with a glass canopy whose airy and contemporary architecture is in perfect harmony with the stone walls, vestiges of another era.

Due to this unique venue, there is a 220-seat maximum for the dinner. Seats will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registrants are more likely to receive a seat. 

Hotel Accommodations

NOVOTEL LUXEMBOURG KIRCHBERG

Reserve your room at the official venue of Cleantech Forum Europe. Our special hotel block rate of €170/night will be available for the nights of May 17 – May 20, with limited availability May 15-16 and May 21-22 on request. Deadline to book is 1 May 2020.

HOW TO BOOK:
  1. Follow the booking link.
  2. Fill in “NOVOTEL LUXEMBOURG KIRCHBERG” in the DESTINATION field.
  3. Click the SEARCH button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Select the SUPERIOR ROOM option. Choose the CLEANTECH GROUP pricing option with our negotiated rate.
  5. Click BOOK and fill in your personal information to confirm your reservation.

 

 

Novotel Luxembourg Kirchberg
6 Rue du Fort Niedergruenewald
2226 Luxembourg

 

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Sponsors

Sponsorship Increases Your Visibility

We’re grateful to our sponsors for making Cleantech Forum Europe possible.

Our sponsors and partners enjoy increased visibility and networking opportunities. Each sponsorship package is different and reflects your goals.

Interested in sponsoring Cleantech Forum Europe? Please contact us at sponsors@cleantech.com to discuss opportunities. 

More information about registration for virtual Cleantech Forum Europe coming soon.

The Forum Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all keynotes, general sessions, and (non-invite-only) breakout sessions and workshops
  • Access to all general (non-invite-only) breakfasts, lunches, networking breaks, and receptions
  • Access to the networking area and exhibitor space

It also includes full access to our online community and monthly virtual event series, valid until 31 December 2020.

Our Covid-19 Downside Commitments to You

Cleantech Group has amended its standard terms and conditions – see below – to give you appropriate downside protection from Covid-19 not allowing us to host this event in person in December.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee to Cleantech Forum “First-Timers”

Cleantech Group has run Forums since 2002 with many annual returnees. As a statement of confidence – and as a commitment to newcomers’ satisfaction, who are least familiar with the event – we will gladly refund your registration fee if you are dissatisfied with the value you received from participating in your first Forum.

Available Discounts

All discounts are offered via online registration and payment only, unless otherwise agreed by Cleantech Group.

Discounts are available to the following individuals. Please note that only one discount type/code can be applied against the standard rates published above. Cleantech Group reserves the right to reject any registrations where a double-discount is deemed to have been applied.

  • CTG Subscribers: The CTG subscriber rate – $300 off the registration fee – is available to paying subscribers of CTG. You must register with the email address you use to log into i3. If you have any issues with your subscriber discount, please email us at forumeurope@cleantech.com
    • You can find more information about our services and subscription offerings here.
  • i3 Start-up Users: If you have an active start-up profile on i3, you will have access to an exclusive start-up rate of $1295. Please email forumeurope@cleantech.com for profile verification and how to register.
    • If you do not have an active i3 startup profile, go to i3connect.com and select “For Start-ups” to create one.
  • Government/Non-Profit Representatives: We offer a tiered discount rate for government employees and non-profit representatives. For more information, or to receive this rate, please email us at forums@cleantech.com with the name of your organization and verification of your government or non-profit status.
  • Groups of 3+: If your organization or company would like to bring 3 or more attendees, we offer special group rates. For groups of 3, we offer a 15% discount; for groups of 4, we offer a 20% discount; and for groups of 5+, we offer a 25% discount. Please contact us for more information.
  • Students: We do not offer a student rate to the Forum. Instead, we encourage students to apply to be a Forum volunteer to get access to unique networking and learning opportunities.

Media

Media registration is by invitation only. For a media pass, please contact us.

Volunteering

Are you in business school or a graduate program? Apply to volunteer at Cleantech Forum Europe, and get access to unique networking and learning opportunities.

Please note that this opportunity is open to those still in school, with occasional exceptions made for recent graduates.

Terms & Conditions

For the full list of terms and conditions, please click here.

  • Invoice Policy:
    • If an invoice is requested, payment will be required by no later than the Event Date. If payment is not received before then, Cleantech Group reserves the right to cancel the registration without notice. Payment may be made by check, credit card or bank transfer.
  • Substitutions:
    • A request to transfer a registration to a colleague should be made by giving written notice via email. Cleantech Group reserves the right to deny a request for such a substitution, but will not unreasonably do so.
  • Cancellation by You:
    • Up to 12 weeks before the event date, a 20% cancellation fee will be applicable
    • Up to 8 weeks before the event date, a 30% cancellation fee will be applicable
    • Up to 4 weeks before the event date, a 50% cancellation fee will be applicable
    • Less than 4 weeks before the event date, the full fee will be applicable
    • No Show, the full fee will be applicable

Cancellation by Cleantech Group (and a special Covid-19 message)

  • If Cleantech Group chooses to cancel an event, a full refund would be owed except in the case where an event is cancelled, through no fault of Cleantech Group (e.g. a force majeure event like Covid-19).
  • In such a force majeure case, our standard terms and conditions do not oblige Cleantech Group to refund. This is a standard and necessary protection across the event industry (particularly aimed at the situation where a very late cancellation is forced upon the host at which point all the time and costs for hosting the event have been expended)
  • That said, given the abnormality of the Covid-19 situation (where a cancellation would not likely be last minute), we wish to vary that as follows:
    • If the Covid-19 situation forces us to cancel this December 2020 event (postponed from its original May dates), the following will apply:
      • If that cancellation happens with more than 2 months to go before the event, Cleantech Group will provide tickets holders with equivalent value, related to our 2021 events series, virtual and/or in person.
      • If that cancellation happens with less than 2 months but more than 1 month to go before the event, we will provide tickets holders with 50% of equivalent value, related to our 2021 events series, virtual and/or in person
      • If that cancellation happens with less than 1 month to go, the original/current no refund obligation will apply.

If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to contact us at forumeurope@cleantech.com.