VISTA seminar 2019

The annual VISTA seminar

The theme of the seminar was: global energy transition and the 1,5 degree target. 


This seminar aims to investigate the role of different policies and technologies in the future energy system where there will be no or even negative emissions. This will clearly affect the markets for energy commodities like natural gas, coal and oil and have spillover effects to other sectors in the economy. This raises interesting discussions both on a global, European and Norwegian level.

Of particular interest for Norway is the effects of the energy transition both on our own emissions and on our value creation from energy resources. The future of Norwegian oil and gas in light of the transition to a low-carbon society is, understandably, a central topic in Norwegian public discourse. 

The purpose of the VISTA seminars is to bring together high-level experts, in order to review our knowledge on energy transition strategies leading to a sustainable future.


11.30 – 12.00    Coffee / light lunch

12.00 – 12.15     Opening: by Vice President Anders Elverhøi/VISTA Board: The Global energy transition and the 1.5 degree target

12.15 – 12.35     Status and challenges after the Paris-agreement:
                                 Jae Edmonds, Chief Scientist JGCRI

12.35 – 12.55     Global Energy transformation: A roadmap to 2050:
                                 Gayathri Prakash,  International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The future of energy commodities:

12.55 – 13.15     The future of coal:

                                 Professor Franziska Holz, DIW Berlin

13.15 – 13.35     The future of oil and gas:
                                 Ottar Skagen, Equinor

13.35 - 14.05      Coffee Break

The energy transition in Norway: value creation and climate objectives:

14.05 – 14.25     The role of Norway in the European energy transition:
                  Professor Asgeir Tomasgard, Director of CenSES, NTNU

14.25 – 14.45     Integrated Energy and Transport Systems
                    Øystein Ulleberg, Principal researcher, IFE

14.45 – 15.05     Norwegian climate objectives - tough targets and weak policies?:
                    Cathrine Hagem, Senior Researcher, SSB

15.05 – 16.00     Panel discussion

16.00 – 16.30     Aperitif
16.30 – 19.00     Dinner



Time: November 5, 2019

Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Drammensveien 78 · NO-0271 OSLO · NORWAY
Tel: +47 22 84 15 00 / +47 415 10 974
E-mail: vista@dnva.no