Energy Transition Changemakers

Energy Transition Changemakers is a COP28 UAE Presidency initiative which aims to foster private sector collaboration in delivering innovative and scalable decarbonization projects globally and demonstrate solutions to help enable and accelerate the energy transition.

The COP28 Presidency is looking for projects from all over the world that are in development or operation that have overcome challenges through game-changing innovative solutions or approaches that have the potential to be replicated and scaled elsewhere, accelerating the just energy transition benefiting society as a whole. Companies and organizations of all sizes from all over the world are welcome to apply and projects of all types within the four eligible sectors will be considered:
Renewables, Renewable Integration & Clean Power
Energy Efficiency
Low-Carbon Hydrogen
Heavy Emitting Sectors - Steel, Cement, and Aluminum
Following the application and evaluation process, the top projects will be selected as Energy Transition Changemakers and company/organization executives will have the opportunity to present their work to an audience in separate sessions dedicated to each of the four sectors. These executives will also participate in an award event recognizing all the Changemakers from across the four sectors. These events will take place on 5 December during COP28 UAE at Expo City Dubai.

Energy Transition Changemakers Awardees

Sector Company
ENEL Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
Energy Dome Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
Kyoto Group Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
Masdar Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
China Power International Development & Golden Cooperate Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
Michigan Central Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
Reactive Technologies Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
ReNew Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
Envision Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
Yna Kenya Renewables, Renewables Integration, & Clean Power
Advanced Microturbines Energy Efficiency
Alabaster Agro-Allied Industries Energy Efficiency
Asterra Energy Efficiency
Burn Energy Efficiency
E.ON Energy Efficiency
Heata Energy Efficiency
NeedEnergy Energy Efficiency
SPIC Energy Efficiency
TATA STEEL Energy Efficiency
Turntide Energy Efficiency
Air Products Low-Carbon Hydrogen
Enertrag Low-Carbon Hydrogen
ENGIE Low-Carbon Hydrogen
Envision Low-Carbon Hydrogen
Hyphen Low-Carbon Hydrogen
Hysata Low-Carbon Hydrogen
Iberdrola Low-Carbon Hydrogen
NEOM Green Hydrogen Company Low-Carbon Hydrogen
SmartEnergy Low-Carbon Hydrogen
Unigel Low-Carbon Hydrogen
Carbon Clean Heavy Emitting Sectors
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Heavy Emitting Sectors
Hindalco Industries Heavy Emitting Sectors
Holcim Heavy Emitting Sectors
JSW Steel Heavy Emitting Sectors
Norsk Hydro Heavy Emitting Sectors
Saipem Heavy Emitting Sectors
Shandong Chamtopper Carbon Minus Technology Heavy Emitting Sectors
SSAB Heavy Emitting Sectors

Program timeline

Each of the categories will have a 1-hour slot in the Green Zone following the below schedule.


The finalists from each of the categories will be presented with a COP28 Energy Transition Changemakers (ETC) award in a ceremony which will take place in on the 5th of December during Energy, Industry, and Just Transition Day.

View Energy Transition Changemakers Committee



To be recognized as a COP28 Energy Transition Changemaker, we are seeking projects which fit the following eligibility criteria:

Innovative solutions

Innovative solutions to overcome barriers and accelerate progress, including a demonstrated use of:

  • Innovative strategies and business models such as novel financing methods, solutions for policy obstacles, enhanced community involvement, successful action outcomes, grid connections, and offtake agreements.

  • Technical, process, and technological innovation that improves efficiency or makes use of new technologies.

Scalable Solutions

Scalable solutions with the potential to be rolled out within other new and existing projects globally

Projects that:

  • Are already in development (can be pre-FID) or have reached initial commercial operations this year (2023).

  • Have overcome major challenges to demonstrate credible solutions, for example permitting, procurement, offtake agreements, and financing.

  • Are making a measurable contribution to decarbonization/emissions abatement.

Applicants must be an equity holder in project(s) submitted.


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