The United States and the World Economic Forum launched the First Movers Coalition during COP26 as “a new platform for companies to harness their purchasing power and supply chains to create early markets for innovative clean energy technologies that are key for tackling the climate crisis.“ The International Energy Agency forecasts that roughly half of the emissions reductions to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 must come from technologies that are not currently ready for commercial markets. The First Movers Coalition focuses on accelerating innovation in eight sectors where these technology needs are concentrated: steel, trucking, shipping, aviation, cement, aluminum, chemicals, and direct air capture.
Meanwhile, in December, President Biden released a new Executive Order on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability, aimed at leveraging the purchasing power of the federal government to spark innovation and market demand for climate solutions. The Department of Defense has an outsized role to play in meeting the goals of this EO, given its size and energy demand.
This panel will discuss potential opportunities and synergies as the State Department, DoD and private industry all pursue the goal of accelerating innovation, market demand, and adoption of clean energy technologies.
The panel will be on the record and open to the public, including members of the press.
Sherri Goodman, Senior Advisor, Center for Climate & Security
Varun Sivaram, Senior Director for Clean Energy & Innovation, Office of US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, US State Department
Joe Bryan, Senior Advisor for Climate, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Brian Moran, Vice President, Global Sustainability Policy & Partnerships, The Boeing Company
Dr. Anshu Roy, Founder & CEO, Rhombus Power
Mike Witt, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation