Skip to main content

Other buildings & construction events

Breakthrough Agenda - One Year On

Climate Action Zone, Blue Zone

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

COP27 Breakthrough Agenda Ministerial

Location: Action Room 1, Action Zone, COP27, Sharm-El-Sheikh

Date: 11 November 2022

Time: 8:00-9:30 EET

Audience: This event is open to all holders of blue passes at COP27.

Livestreame: click here to follow live and watch the recording


We know that to keep 1.5 alive, we must halve global emissions by 2030. International collaboration is vital to achieve this. Last year at COP26, 45 countries committed to the Breakthrough Agenda - an unprecedented worldwide plan to dramatically speed up the development and deployment of clean technologies. Covering five sectors that together represent at least 50% of emissions, the Breakthrough Agenda aims to make clean technologies the most accessible, affordable and attractive option by 2030.

The International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the UNFCCC High Level Champions co-authored the Breakthrough Agenda Report which reviews progress towards the Breakthrough goals annually. This report makes a series of recommendations which will help us to meet these goals. Now is the time to turn these recommendations into actions.

This event hosted by the COP26 President will demonstrate the commitment that countries have to acting on the report recommendations, as well as celebrate new endorsements of the Breakthrough Agenda. It will give Ministers the opportunity to share how they will be delivering on these plans and the benefits they will bring. Industry leaders in the Breakthrough Agenda sectors explain how the Breakthrough Agenda will change the way they collaborate and accelerate the low carbon transition. In this event, Stéphane Crouzat, French Climate Ambassador, will make a call to action for the Buildings Breakthrough.


Approx. Time Activity Description
08:00 Breakthrough Agenda Video A short film which will set the scene for the Breakthrough Agenda.
08:05 Welcoming remarks The COP26 President, Alok Sharma, will make welcoming remarks, formally launch the priority actions, and welcome new endorsers of the Breakthrough Agenda.
08:08 Ministerial Panel Opening UK Secretary of State Grant Shapps will open the Ministerial panel.
08:10 Climate Investment Fund announcement Intervention from Mafalda Duarte, CEO of the Climate Investment Funds
08:15 Ministerial Panel A panel of ministers representing Breakthrough Agenda co-lead countries will examine what they will do to ensure the priority actions they have committed to are delivered.
08:50 Buildings Breakthrough
A representative of the French Government will make a call to action for the Buildings Breakthrough.
08:55 High Level Action Champion Nigel Topping will give his reflections of the first year of the Breakthrough Agenda, and what he hopes will happen over the next year.
09:00 Non-State Actor Panel Industry leaders in the Breakthrough Agenda sectors explain how the Breakthrough Agenda will change the way they collaborate and accelerate the low carbon transition.  
09:25 Closing Remarks Closing remarks will be provided by HLAC Mahmoud Mohieldin, who will reflect on the session and the year ahead



Opening remarks: COP26 President, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP 

Confirmed Ministerial Panel:

  • Mohamed El-Quseir - Egypt - Minister for Agriculture
  • Stefan Wenzel- Germany - Parliamentary State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Steven Guilbeault - Canada - Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Kristin Tilly- Australia- Ambassador for Climate Change
  • Varun Sivarum - USA - Managing Director for Clean Energy, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Invited Ministerial Panel:

  • HE Mariam Almheiri - UAE - Minister of Climate Change and Environment
  • Bhupender Yadav - India - Minister for Labour and Employment, Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Moderator: The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP - United Kingdom- Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary of State.

Buildings Breakthrough: Stéphane Crouzat - French Climate Ambassador

High-Level Champion Remarks: Nigel Topping - UNFCCC High Level Champion

Non-State Actor Panel:

  • Svein Tore Holsether, Yara International
  • Mafalda Duarte - Climate Investment Funds
  • Wale Shonibare - African Development Bank
  • Vaishali Nigam Sinha - ReNew Energy Global PlC
  • Maria Persson Gulda - H2GreenSteel
  • Moderator: Ann Mettler, Vice President, Europe at Breakthrough Energy

Closing Remarks: Mahmoud Mohieldin- UNFCCC High Level Champion