Julien Rolland


Head of Power and Renewables

Julien Rolland is Head of Trafigura’s new Power and Renewables Division, and a member of the Management Committee. Julien’s focus is to build the company’s capability to trade Power globally (in Europe, in the US and in other geographies) and to develop a portfolio of projects and investments in the domain of renewable and energy transition including renewable power, batteries and power storage technologies, green hydrogen and ammonia. Julien sits the board of Nala, H2E, Impala and Porto Sudeste. Julien joined Trafigura to set up the Johannesburg office in 2006 to initiate and develop trading activity and business development across Southern Africa for non-ferrous metals and for the company’s fuel, logistics and mining operations. He moved to Switzerland in 2010 to head the company’s lead and zinc concentrates trading desk and following this, developed the company’s bulk minerals trading activity. Julien started his career in Brazil as a production engineer, moving into metal and concentrates trading with Transamine in Paris in 1997. A French citizen, Julien is married with three children and lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sessions With Julien Rolland

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 09:20am - 09:55am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 03:20 pm - 09/mar/2022 03:55 pm

    Big Shovels: Copper & commodities required for the energy transition

    Panel Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chain

    The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is disrupting the status quo. Capturing and distributing renewable energy and the shift to electric vehicles will drive soaring demand for the required minerals as the global economy undergoes consequent restructuring. The scale and speed of the mineral supply needed to meet surging demand will pose challenges, potentially delaying adoption of new low carbon technologies. Copper exemplifies the issues facing policymakers: a metal used across the value chain—in power transmission, renewable electricity generation, EV production, batteries, etc. Mounting issues around access, availability, and price may prove problematic to energy transition. Will government policies and climate goals amplify demand for copper, cobalt, nickel, lithium, rare earths, and other minerals? Will regulatory hurdles hamper investment? How severe might the mismatch between mineral supply and future demand be, globally and in the United States? How will these challenges influence the speed and direction of energy transition? How will geopolitical vulnerabilities affect production?