• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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Christian Bruch

Siemens Energy

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr.-Ing. Christian Bruch was born in 1970 in Düsseldorf, Germany. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering (Diplom-Ingenieur) from Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany, studied at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom, and received his doctorate in 2001 from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, where he also worked as a project engineer in research between 1997 and 2000. Christian Bruch was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Energy AG and President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Energy Management GmbH effective May 1, 2020. Before he joined Siemens, he worked for more than 15 years at the Linde Group in various positions, from which he resigned in April 2020 when he joined Siemens. From 2019 he was speaker of the Executive Board of Linde AG. Between 2015 and 2018 he was the Executive Board Member responsible for the Engineering Division and the Corporate & Support Function Technology & Innovation and determined the Group’s digitalization topics. Two years earlier, in 2013, he had been appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Engineering Division. In 2009, he moved from Linde’s Gases Division to the Engineering Division, after being appointed as a General Manager of the Air Separation Plants product line. Between 2004 and 2009, Mr. Bruch held several management positions at Linde’s Gases Division. Christian Bruch began his career in 2000 with the RWE Group in Essen, Germany, where he worked first as a project engineer and then starting in 2002 as head of research and project development at RWE Fuel Cells GmbH. Christian Bruch has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG in Austria since 2019. He is also a board member of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, Chair of the MSC Security Innovation Board and a member of the ESG Council CNBC.

Sessions With Christian Bruch

Monday, 6 March

  • 02:15pm - 02:55pm (CST) / 06/mar/2023 08:15 pm - 06/mar/2023 08:55 pm

    Low-carbon Pathways to Net Zero

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization
    In “Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) stated that net zero by 2050 requires “nothing short of a total transformation of the energy system that underpins our economies,” and “the pathway is narrow but achievable.” In the past two years, there has been a groundswell of net-zero commitments by countries and companies across a wide spectrum of sectors led by the energy sector. At the same time, after the 2020 pandemic-induced drop, global GHG emissions have resumed an upward trajectory. Although there has been considerable progress in reducing emissions in the power sector, the progress in other sectors, notably transport, industry, residential and agriculture, has been very slow. In this conversation, we will discuss the potential pathways to net zero across a spectrum of sectors and the challenges to achieve these goals. How quickly can light-duty transport sector be decarbonized? What are the technological choices in heavy-duty transport, including air and shipping? What are the potential pathways to reduce emissions in the industrial sector? Is there an economic case for hydrogen and CCS now? How far can “electrification of everything” go? How would you accelerate deployment of energy infrastructure ready for net-zero—transmission lines, charging stations, hydrogen plants, pipelines, etc., (considering local opposition)? Will consumers have to pay higher energy and fuel prices for the foreseeable future to support net-zero goals?

Tuesday, 7 March