Mon Mar 21 CET - Wed Mar 23 CET (in 4 months)
In your timezone (EST): Mon Mar 21 3:00am - Wed Mar 23 12:00pm
Chem. de Beau-Rivage 21, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland
The journey to net zero is going to be anything but straightforward - that much is clear. The recent power crunch in Europe and China has highlighted the fragility of the world’s energy system, forcing some of the assumptions around fossil fuels to be rapidly rethought. It has also shown the interconnectedness of the commodity markets and how the impact of decarbonisation will be felt well beyond the natural resources industry, shaping the political and economic agenda. The crisis also has important lessons for the future, underscoring the importance of investing in new sources of supply. For commodity traders this fast changing and complex backdrop offers both opportunities and challenges as they try to balance their existing businesses while investing in renewable energy and sustainable production.
Now in its 11th year FT Commodities Global Summit has established itself as the pre-eminent gathering of senior commodity executives, traders and financiers.
Key discussion topics will include:
• Net zero targets have sapped investors’ willingness to put money into developing supplies of fossil fuels that could be largely
obsolete in 30 years. But what does this lack of investment mean for the stability of the energy systems and what can be done to address it?
• The energy transition and the growing focus on sustainability will fundamentally change the landscape for commodity traders but how should they adapt their business model to these new realities?
• What will China’s shift away from a property-based model of economic growth mean for commodity markets and big producers? Can the energy transition and President Biden’s huge infrastructure programme pick up the slack from a slowing China? Are hopes of supercycle misplaced?
• Could carbon trading overtake oil as the world’s most heavily traded commodity? What would need to happen for that forecast to be realised?
• For decades, hydrogen has been hailed as a potentially revolutionary alternative to fossil fuels but has its time now arrived as policymakers throw their weight behind the gas?