Asahi Kasei Europe Business Forum 2019

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Düsseldorf, October 29
The UN Sustainability Development Goals - Towards a Green Hydrogen Society
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

They recognize that ending poverty must go and-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

By leveraging Asahi Kasei’s strengths of diversity and capability to change, we endeavor to contribute to a sustainable society, while achieving sustainable growth of corporate value. With the presentation of our solution approaches we want to point out how the Asahi Kasei Group can contribute to the implementation of at least seven of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Take this opportunity to gain insights and exchange ideas on coming environmental challenges, sustainable product development and the possibilities and consequences of using “Green Hydrogen” as energy source – together with inspiring expert speakers.

The Agenda

Part 1
13:30 – 13:40
Greeting and Opening speech
Hideki Tsutsumi, Asahi Kasei Europe
Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf
Masato Iso, Düsseldorf Consul General of Japan
13:40 – 14:15
“The UN Sustainable Development Goals – Challenges and Chances for the Industry”
Filippo Veglio, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
14:15 – 14:45
“Asahi Kasei Takes a Stand – Technologies for Sustainable Development”
Hiroshi Shirai, Asahi Kasei Corporation
Coffee break
15:05 – 15:35
“Overview and Outlook of the Hydrogen Market in Germany/Europe”
Thorsten Herbert, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH)
15:35 – 15:55
“Hydrogen and Renewable Fuels Production for the European Industry”
Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe (MHPS)
15:55 – 16:25
“Asahi Kasei’s Vision of a Green Hydrogen Society”
Masami Takenaka Ph.D., Asahi Kasei Europe
16:30 – 17:15
Panel Discussion: “Towards a Green Hydrogen Society”
Panelists: Thorsten Herbert, Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras, Dr. Masami Takenaka, Moderator: Emily Whigham
Coffee break
Part 2
17:30 – 20:00
Reception / Party

Guests and Speakers

Filippo Veglio
Managing Director, People Program
& Outreach – Senior Management
Team, World Business Council for
Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Thorsten Herbert
Divisional Head Transport and
Infrastructure, National Organisation Hydrogen and FuelCell Technology
(NOW GmbH)
Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras
Vice President and Head of Innovation & New Products Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH
Hiroshi Shirai
Lead Executive Officer and
Head of Corporate R&D Division
Masami Takenaka Ph.D.
Senior Managing Executive Technology Policy Center & Clean Energy Project, Corporate Research & Development ASAHI KASEI CORPORATION
Hideki Tsutsumi
Managing Director
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Emily Whigham
Longtime journalist, TV presenter, speaker and moderator at trade fairs and events


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