BETD side event: Climate Capitalism and a fair transition - How can business fix the climate crisis without wrecking democracy?

18 March 2024, 17.30 CET
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"It's now cheaper to save the planet than to destroy it." For long, profitable business and effective climate action have been portrayed as unreconcilable opposites. Yet over the past few years, a different picture of what could become a green economy has emerged. But what will this climate capitalism look like? What is the role of business leaders, policymakers and civil society to ensure faster climate action? And how can we ensure no one gets left behind? Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) together with Stiftung Mercator will host a panel discussion in Berlin with Bloomberg Green journalist and book author Akshat Rathi and climate activist and think tank founder Katharina Rogenhofer. Join us on the eve of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) for insightful conversations, followed by networking with snacks and drinks to follow up on the debate. First come, first serve: so sign up quickly!

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CLEW and Stiftung Mercator look forward to welcoming you in Berlin.


17.30 - 18.00


18.00 - 18.10

Welcome by Stiftung Mercator and Clean Energy Wire (CLEW)

By Philipp Offergeld, project manager Stiftung Mercator

18.10 - 19.30

Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience

Moderated by Sven Egenter, editor-in-chief Clean Energy Wire

19.30 - 21.00

Networking, food and drinks


Stiftung Mercator, Berlin office - Neue Promenade 6, 10178 Berlin


If you have questions, please contact


Akshat Rathi writes the Zero newsletter and hosts the Zero podcast for Bloomberg Green, which reaches hundreds of thousands of people around the world each week. The goal of the podcast is to have a relaxed conversation with decision-makers in business, politics and technology on how to scale climate solutions. Since its launch in September 2022, the podcast has hosted high-profile guests such as Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, and Jennifer Morgan. In 2023, his book "Climate Capitalism: Winning the Global Race to Zero Emissions" came out, tracking the unlikely heroes driving the fight against climate change.

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Katharina Rogenhofer co-founded KONTEXT in early 2024 together with Tina Deutsch and Florian Maringer - an institute providing insights into climate policy developments. Katharina studied zoology in Vienna and "Biodiversity, Conservation and Management" at Oxford University. Between 2019 and 2022, she was spokesperson for the Austrian Klimavolksbegehren (people's petition on climate action), which collected almost 400,000 signatures and led to a successful motion in the Austrian parliament. In April 2021, she published her first book "If nothing changes, everything changes".


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Which language will be spoken?

The event language is English.

Where does the event take place?

The event will take place at Stiftung Mercator, the address is Neue Promenade 6, 10178 Berlin.

Is the event free of charge?

Yes, the event is free of charge, this includes food and drinks.

Is this event open to people not participating in the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD)?


Can people join online?

No, this event will take place offline and there will be no online meeting or recording.

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