Conference

Agenda

02-04 June 2021



Τhe agenda time is in Coordinated Universal Time +3

Day 2

3rd of June 2021

9.15-9.30 (UTC+3) Pre-Event Virtual Networking & Live Expo
Opening EU Representative

Plenary Session

09.45-11.30 (UTC+3)

  • The New Framework for Energy Players: Succeeding in a Context of Disruption
The New Framework for Energy Players: Succeeding in a Context of Disruption

How does Covid-19 & the ensuing recession affect energy demand and production? In which uses? In which geographical areas? What types of energy production? For how long? Will there ever be a ‘new normal’? What are the most likely scenaria?

To what extent do public policies like the EU Green Deal mitigate the lockdown-induced recession?

Focus on the EU policies in further detail, & sectors in detail; how does the Green Deal itself affect energy transition, technology switch and public attitudes? Is stepping up on climate action an economically risky gamble? The Role of the Recovery Fund. What will exist after the Green Deal?


Yannis Tountas, Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine, Univ of Athens, GR
“Energy and GHG Emissions Aspects of the COVID Impact in Greece”
Dimitris Lalas, Senior Advisor, Facets SA
“Green Deal”
Prof Phoebe Koundouri, Athens Univ. of Economics & Business, President Elect EAERE, co-Chair UN SDSN Europe & Greece
Athanasios Savvakis, President of the Hellenic Energy Exchange, President of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece
“The German Textile & Fashion Industry and Climate Policies”
Ralph Kamphöner, Head of Brussels Office & Foreign Trade Dept, Confederation of the German Textile & Fashion Industry, Germany

Parallel Session

09.45-11.30 (UTC+3)

  • Policy Tools: Energy Taxation, Regulation
Policy Tools: Energy Taxation, Regulation

Is Carbon pricing better than a Carbon tax?

Will the EU Energy Taxation really ‘serve raise the necessary funds for Covid-19, redistribute income’? Are energy products and electricity used in industrial processes rightly out of scope of the current EU legislation, thus may be taxed or not taxed at all, by each individual Member State?

Is the proposed EU/EFTA Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) keeping free allocation as the main carbon leakage management instrument and how compatible will it be with WTO rules? How could China and other countries like the US retaliate?


“Climate Change and Energy Economics”
Prof Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts Univ, USA, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment & Energy, USA
“Impacts of the Upscaling of GHG Emission Targets for 2030”
Prof Pantelis Capros, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the NTUA, Head of E3MLab, GR

Parallel Session

09.45-11.30 (UTC+3)

  • Hydrogen: How green? How soon? For which applications?
Hydrogen: How green? How soon? For which applications?

A fuel for all uses industrial, residential, heating, motion, but can it turn heavy industry green? Is the current state of H2 at the state of Wind 20 years ago regarding prospects of economical/commercial deployment?

Should we aim only for hydrogen produced by RES-generated electricity, or should ‘all shades of H2’ be tolerated in the energy transition?

How easy & fast will scaling up be? In which cases does H2 create power?


Grzegorz Pawelec, Research, Innovation and Funding Manager, Hydrogen Europe, Belgium
“Energy Cogeneration Using Hydrogen’’
Hans Korteweg, Managing Director, COGEN Europe
Dr. Sofoklis Makridis, Director in Hydrogen Systems Manufacturing Lab, Assoc. Prof.
“CHP Stationary Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Generation”
Melissa Verykios, Deputy CEO Helbio S.A. GR
David Harvey, NuNrg Reformers Ltd., Ireland
11.30-12.00 (UTC+3) Virtual Networking Break & Live Expo

Plenary Session

12.00-14.00 (UTC+3)

  • Energy Transition: Winners and Laggards in the Energy Value Chain
Energy Transition: Winners and Laggards in the Energy Value Chain

The decision-making mechanisms of a business confronted with this new environment. eg for an oil/gas company, strategic questions such as: to invest or divest, or merely preserve cash? to go 100% to renewables and green hydrogen? what is exploration’s future in a low-cost, low-carbon, discouraging-policy world; will Covid accelerate key long-term shifts for credit?  And similarly, for energy consuming industries such as manufacturing, transport, buildings.


“Energy, Sustainable Mining and the Current State of the Post-Covid Economy”
Mark Rachovides, President, Euromines, Brussels
“Today’s role and future prospects of the Magnesia Industry”
Bert Jan Bruning, Managing Director, Nedmag, The Netherlands
“The Bulgarian Mining Industry in a Period of Covid-Driven Economy and Green Deal Policies”
Dr Ivan Mitev, Executive Director, Bulgarian Chamber of Mining and Geology, Bulgaria
“The Impact from the European Green Deal on Energy-Intensive Sectors in the Context of a Demand-Destructing Covid-19 Crisis”
Iva Ganev, Expert in Climate Policy & Strategy, Belgium
“Energy Transition in Turkey: A Case Study”
Gulmira Rzayeva, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), UK

Parallel Session

12.00-13.30 (UTC+3)

  • The Household Energy Consumer
The Household Energy Consumer

Think ‘Future’: The energy consumer 4.0

Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, dematerialization and changing mobility needs, shifting demographics and urban/rural patterns, as well as evolving values are changing consumer behaviors and preferences. Energizing the circular economy. Refueling the talent pipeline: The energy professional of the future. The age of digitalization: Reimagining energy systems.

Access to information? Will it become easier? Self- sustainable households

Water: compost- water is connected in the planet


Parallel Session

12.00-13.30 (UTC+3)

  • Social License to Operate vs Not in my Back Yard (NIMBY)
Social License to Operate vs Not in my Back Yard (NIMBY)

Is it ‘right’ that possessing all official licenses is often not enough for a project to actually go ahead? How can companies better plan, i.e. by enhanced fiscal revenues, environmental benefits, community development opportunities. New models of leadership: profit with purpose. The NIMBY syndrome Education by government/associations? Priority? Can the EU ‘Just Transition Mechanism’ be used as a (large-scale) example in the case of moving away from coal/lignite?


Dr. Athanasios Dagoumas, President of the Regulatory Authority of Energy, GR
“Wind energy”
Panagiotis Ladakakos, Chairman of ELETAEN/ HWEA, GR
“Renewable Energy, Energy Security and Energy Transition”
Pranvera Dobruna Kryeziu, CEO, Energy Legacy L.L.C., Kosovo

Parallel Session

12.00-13.30 (UTC+3)

  • Domestic manufacturing: How Much Added Value Do Countries Reap from RES Investments?
Domestic manufacturing: How Much Added Value Do Countries Reap from RES Investments?

RES surely helps Denmark, Germany, China and other developers and suppliers of technology and equipment. It also contributes to the local balance of payments by substituting oil and gas and also to local GDP growth to the extent there is a local manufacturing component. Hydro and biomass projects offer a high local added value. Can a local chain involving shipyards, ports, manufacturers of cables/other electrical & electronic equipment be developed and mobilized?

How EU/WTO compatible is the Turkish model whereby the awarded bidder obtains the usage right for 30 years only by committing to use domestically manufactured equipment and accessories?


14.00-14.30 (UTC+3) Virtual Networking Break & Live Expo

Plenary Session

14.30-16.30 (UTC+3)

  • Is the Elephant in the Room a Panda?
Is the Elephant in the Room a Panda?

Is China a huge beneficiary from the pandemic? Epidemiological and macroeconomic performance: Why is the economy rising in China vs a recession almost everywhere else? Focus on the energy field. Also: Materials for the Energy Transition: Do we have enough? Who is ‘we’? Steel, Rare Earths and Electric vehicles in China.


Francis Perrin, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South (PCNS, Rabat), Morocco
“Tackling the challenges of green transition with sustainable mineral resources”
Dr Nikolaos Arvanitidis, Economic Geologist, Coordinator of EU mineral resources issues, Geological Survey Sweden
Filip Manneberg Kozlowski, Leading Edge Materials Corp, Sweden

Parallel Session

14.00-16.00 (UTC+3)

  • Electrical Energy System Integration
Electrical Energy System Integration

Electrical Energy System Integration

How reliable can autonomous/decentralized networks be?

With mounting costs, i.e., for the decarbonization of electricity generation, the roll out of clean hydrogen & the electrification of end-uses, market rules should incentivize smart planning involving various existing and emerging technologies, processes and business models, e.g. ICT and digitalization, smart grids and meters and flexibility markets.

The EC’s EU Strategy for Energy System Integration

Linking the various energy carriers – electricity, heat, cold, gas, solid and liquid fuels with each other and with the end-use sectors, e.g., buildings, transport or industry.


“Towards carbon neutral energy systems”
Andreas Poullikkas, Chairman at Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority, Cyprus
“Smart Cities, Transportation, Energy Transition, Climate Policies post-Covid”
Maria Yeroyanni, Senior Expert ‘Innovating Cities’, DG for Research & Innovation, European Commission, Belgium
Michael Villa, Executive Director smarten, Belgium
“The new paradigm of consumption following supply in a Rich Renewable Generation and Distributed Energy Resources Future”
Prof Michael Caramanis, Boston Univ, former President of RAE and DEPA, USA

Parallel Session

14.30-16.30 (UTC+3)

  • Where Will (Enough) Green Jobs Come From?
Where Will (Enough) Green Jobs Come From?

Over the next 6-18 months, countries are expected to invest more than US$ 20 trillion to recover from the fallout of COVID-19. How can we design an appropriate policy mix for fostering green business growth?

Policies and instruments countries have at their disposition to support SMEs going green include:

• Green business development services, green business competitions, green business training, marketing, fast prototyping and B2B

• Certification, eco-labelling and tracing in the supply chain

• Green financial instruments: Green loans, green bonds and green investments

Whose responsibility, and at which geographical/administrative level, is the EU Just transition mechanism?


Dr Arthouros Zervos, President of REN21, REN21: RENEWABLES NOW!, past President of PPC, France
Hasan Cerhozi, Head of Product Development – Impact & Sustainable Finance, Vigeo Eiris
Conall Bolger, CEO, Irish Solar Energy Association, Ireland
16.30-17.00 Virtual Networking Break & Live Expo

Plenary Session

17.00-18.30 (UTC+3)

  • Green Banking and Insurance: Greenbacks only for green projects
Green Banking and Insurance: Greenbacks only for green projects

Accelerating action on the SDGs and the Carbon+ agenda. Case studies: Companies facing the problem. 

Financing energy: Closing the clean energy investment gap. Is death of coal financing exaggerated with China, Japan stepping up? EU Taxonomy of green projects: Bureaucracy or substance? Financing a green recovery and maintaining momentum for green finance and investment. 

Insuring Energy, water, food: An ecosystem on the cusp. Are insurance companies steering away from carbon intensive activities, future and present? 


Konstantinos Makedos, Chairman of the Board, Attica Bank
“EU Green Deal and Sustainable Finance Strategy”
Romain Rard, Counsel, Gide Loyrette Nouel International Law, Belgium
“The Impact on the Financial Sector of Covid-19 and the Ensuing Recession”
Philip Toth, Investment Banker and Professor of Finance and Economics NY, USA
Guy Auger, Partner at Andera Partners, private equity, Paris, France
“Maintaining Momentum for Green Finance: The EU Taxonomy”
Johannes Drielsma, Drielsma Resources Europe, Germany
“Corporate Sustainability”
Bloomberg NEF Representative

Parallel Session

17.00-18.30 (UTC+3)

  • Energy Storage: Just a Tool?
Energy Storage: Just a Tool?

Energy transition needs flexibility in energy systems to cope with seasonal variation in demand and generation, depending on load demand.

Pumped storage in hydro plants more effective for storing and releasing larger amounts of stored energy – while electricity storage in batteries at delivering small amounts of stored energy over a short time at high power levels.

Other energy storage technologies. Policy Incentives.


“Energy Storage Solutions”
Hariram Subramanian, CTO Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution, Europe
“Hydroelectric Storage Power Plants as a tool for Climate Change”
Martin Georgiev, Head of Market Bulgaria, Alpiq Energy SE, Switzerland
Jenson Ho, Director, Infrastructure Engineering & Data Center Operations, Pure Storage, USA
“Resilience: The Urgency of Climate Change; Case Study: Project Energos, Net-Zero Data Centers, Nevada”
Joe MacDonald, Founder, Design Strategist, Urban A&O Inc, New York, USΑ

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