02-04 June 2021

Τhe agenda time is in Coordinated Universal Time +3

Day 3

4th 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)

  • Which Energy Technologies Will Survive?
Which Energy Technologies Will Survive?

Which Energy Technologies will be competitive? How they can work in mature, emerging or non-emerging markets?

Are coal, oil, gas, nuclear necessary [with renewables] as they provide base a load, until battery storage becomes fully competitive? Meantime, is gas still the ideal ‘transition fuel’? The problem with being a transition fuel is that when events such as the Covid-19 pandemic dent demand growth, the length and breadth of the transition are shortened, especially in particular regions across the world. A new dawn for nuclear? Small nukes, Floating nukes. When will [which type of] hydrogen be ready?

Brian Ricketts, Secretary General, Euracoal Brussels
Adrian Borotea, Vice President, The Romanian Wind Energy Association (RWEA), Romania
“Floating Photovoltaics & Hybrid RES”
Philipp Sinn, CEO, SINN Power
“Sea Wind Generated Energy”
Kyriakos Gialoglou, Seawind Ocean Technology B.V. Belgium, Director of European Government Affairs, Belgium
Hector Sanchez Ruiz, Soltec Trackers, Spain

Parallel Session

09.45-11.30 (UTC+3)

  • Energy Saving: The ‘Inglorious’ Source
Energy Saving: The ‘Inglorious’ Source

Energy saving has always been crucial, not only at times of energy transition. An obvious source of ‘generating energy out of nothing’.

From upstream energy to the final consumer, all sectors: efficiencies in design & operational procedures. Automation and digitalization. Product Life cycle analysis. Policy incentives.

“Vision for a European Energy System Based Only on Renewables and Energy Efficiency”
Dirk Hendricks, Secretary General, EREF, Belgium

Parallel Session

09.45-11.30 (UTC+3)

  • The European Green Deal and Sustainable Agriculture
The European Green Deal and Sustainable Agriculture

New challenges owing to Covid-19 related to climate change and sustainability while technological innovations are having a considerable impact on the production, processing and distribution of foodstuffs.

The agricultural sector is not only affected by climate change but also contributes significantly to it. However, emissions from the agriculture and animal feed value chains are very significant.

New issues and questions arise:

• the European Green Deal and sustainable agriculture

• the Green Agenda and CAP post 2020

• the EU’s Farm to Fork policy, including food safety related to Covid-19

• should the agri sector be included in the EU ETS system?

• financing the agribusiness sector; tax incentives; smart farming

11.30-12.00 (UTC+3) Virtual Networking Break & Live Expo

Plenary Session

12.00-14.00 (UTC+3)

  • Energy Transition: By Whom and for Whom? Consumers?
Energy Transition: By Whom and for Whom? Consumers?

Electricity Market design: How can another Texas be prevented? Who should enable the energy transition in present and projected market prices? New technology frontiers: from electrons to molecules, graphene to nanotubes, AI to IoT to blockchain, how will these breakthrough technologies drive the energy transition?

example – Google building her own city / data centers / technology – AI and climate, individuals or celebrities using their own voice to make podcasts, create impact through the media e.t.c.

It is the job of politicians rather than engineers to find the right balance between useful surveillance and dystopian nightmares. Who might be left behind?

“European Power Transition”
Andreas Gandolfo, Senior Associate, European Power Transition, BloombergNEF, UK
Dionysis Tsitos, General Manager, Volton, GR
“The role of regulation to ensure a properly functioning energy market”
Dennis Hesseling, Head of Gas Department, ACER – Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
Simon Uzunov, Deputy Head of Electricity Unit, Energy Community, North Macedonia
Yiannis Yiarentis, Chairman of BoD and CEO, DAPEEP, GR

Parallel Session

12.00-14.00 (UTC+3)

  • Energy in Transport
Energy in Transport

The transport of people and goods causes 24% of global GHG emissions and is the fastest growing sector worldwide.

One of the great challenges of the energy transition in transport is to shift the use of oil products to alternative fuels, i.e., decarbonized energy sources or energies with a lower carbon content.

How soon, and how economically, can this transition occur? Policies needed. Land transport, Sea freights –IMO, Air freight. The role of batteries.

“Maritime Energy Law”
Dr Catherine Banet, Vice Dean Internal Relations, Scandinavian Inst. of Maritime Law, Energy & Resources Law Dept, University of Oslo, Norway
“Electrical Energy Needed to Replace Just the Fossil Fuels Currently Being Used in Road Transportation; How Will This Energy Be Produced?”
Leo Drollas, Energy economist, specialising in oil and gas, UK
“Mega Trends in the Automotive Industry”
Rashmi Rao, Industry Manager – Automotive, India at MathWorks Bangalore Urban, Karnataka, India
Wendy Ye, Eurasia Marine Consultants CO LTD, GR/China
“The Maritime Industry in Today’s Economic and Environmental Framework: Demand Destruction Due to Covid-19, IMO-induced Fuel Constraints etc”
Theodore Chouliaras, BoD President & CEO, UPoilTankers INC, GR
“Decarbonization Strategy in View of IMO Regulations”
Charis Plakantonaki, Chief Strategy Officer, Star Bulk Carriers Corp., GR
Alexandros Lagakos, COO, Blue Grid/GM, BlueFuel

Parallel Session

12.00-13.30 (UTC+3)

  • Automation and remote work/control, especially now with Covid, vs. Cyber security risks
Automation and remote work/control, especially now with Covid, vs. Cyber security risks

Digital money / digital services, digital world, next war will be about DATA?

Hacking data, terrorism. Sept ’19 strikes targeted Abqaiq & Khurais plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry. Now targeting oil infrastructure as punishment for the Kingdom warming up to Israel.

Why digitalization has become a sine qua non for refineries. Big Data & Advanced Analytics. Implementing digital tools for data storage and processing, loT, AI, Predictive Analytics. IT/OT convergence.

“SCADA cybersecurity in the energy sector”
Prof Stephen D. Miller, Eastern New Mexico Univ, USA
“Cybersecurity threats and strategies to maintain a sustainable energy future”
Dr Costis Toregas, Director, Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute, The George Washington Univ, USA
“Energy and Cybersecurity”
Florian Pennings, Director EU Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft, Belgium
14.00-14.30 Virtual Networking Break & Live Expo

Plenary Session

14.30-16.00 (UTC+3)

  • Good Practices regarding Green/New Energy
Good Practices regarding Green/New Energy

To which extent should we take for granted that the global economy is profoundly reliant on the Energy sector? How meaningful is ‘Regulating ESG Investing the EU Way’? What lessons can be learned from Norway’s core beliefs, strategies and actions? Who are the main stakeholders and how can their perspectives be incorporated in order to establish an actionable disclosure framework?

“Climate Change Policies and Circular Economy in the Post-Covid Framework”
George Kremlis, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Energy, Climate, Environment & Circular Economy, Honorary Director of the European Commission, GR
“The Maritime Industry in Today’s Economic and Environmental Framework: Demand Destruction Due to Covid-19, IMO-induced Fuel Constraints etc”
Mario Schirru, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Encavis AG, Germany
“Wind & Solar Energy Projects”
Alexander Kolb, Investment Manager/Director, Blue Elephant Energy, Germany
“PPAs, the Target Model and EU Policy eg the Green Deal”
Dr Nektaria Karakatsani, Energy Regulation Expert, Regulatory Authority of Energy, GR

Parallel Session

14.30-16.00 (UTC+3)

  • Carbon Capture and Storage – and Utilization?
Carbon Capture and Storage – and Utilization?

CO2 Capture or Carbon Capture [CC] is essential to render coal, hydrocarbons and non-green hydrogen compatible with net-zero energy transition.

Used by the oil and gas industry. Examples: Aramco’s Hawiyah NGL gas to be injected in the Uthmaniyah reservoir, making it the first CO2 enhanced oil recovery project of this scale in the region. The Prinos project, in combination with hydrogen storage.

CO2 utilization also a solution. Current CO2 Transportation and Storage Logistics.

Parallel Session

14.30-16.00 (UTC+3)

  • Energy Trading – Energy Exchange Target model etc
Energy Trading – Energy Exchange Target model etc

Trading in Energy Commodities, Energy Derivatives and CO2 Energy Exchanges, Trading Companies, Platforms.

• Why did negative oil prices happen? Will we see them again?

• Why was electrical transmission in Europe almost cut in two in Feb?

• What happened in Texas? and years ago in California with Enron?

• Will the Target Model eventually lower prices in SE Europe?

• Can the EU/EFTA Carbon price reach or exceed €100/mt?

“EU Green Deal and ETS, Impacts of covid-19 on ETS Free Allocation”
Irini Nikolaou, Policy Officer, DG Clima, DG Climate Action, European Commission, Brussels
“The Role of EEX Regarding Climate Change and Energy Transition”
Alex Papageorgiou, Senior Sales Manager, Sales Power Derivatives Southern Europe, European Energy Exchange AG (EEX), Germany
“The World Needs Uranium to Power the Green Economy”
Bram Vanderelst, Head of Uranium, Curzon Resources, UK
“Guarantees of Origin (GO) Market. What are the prospects in Greece”
Ilias Karanasis, MSc, Managing Director of SOL SUN SA, owner of
“Methods for Electricity Price Forecasting”
Ekaterina Popovska, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
16.00-16.30 Virtual Networking Break & Live Expo

Plenary Session

16.30-18.00 (UTC+3)

  • (When) Will Hydrocarbon Demand Peak? From the viewpoint of demand – 10 years ago we were worrying about supply!
(When) Will Hydrocarbon Demand Peak? From the viewpoint of demand – 10 years ago we were worrying about supply!

Is it safe to worry exclusively about when will hydrocarbon demand peak? — while only a few years ago there was agony about ‘Peak Oil’, ie when would supply peak?

Could it be that Covid-19 has brought forward a triple peak in the power sector? Despite a post-crisis recovery, coal use and emissions both peak in 2018 and gas in 2019, per one Economic Transition Scenario, and do not return to pre-Covid levels. Power demand in 2020 is down and returns to 2019 levels again by 2022. Innovation as a solution to future shortage.

“Hydrocarbons Management”
Rikard Skoufias, Chairman BoD Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management, UK
“Seeking to Lead Positive, Measurable Changes Within the, Upstream Energy, Industry to Help Reduce Climate Change”
Pieter Scheffers, Project Engineer, Schlumberger
Tereza Fokianou, President & CEO, Flow Energy & Environmental Operations SA, GR

Parallel Session

16.30-17.30 (UTC+3)

  • Information Technology and Energy: IT Software and Hardware
Information Technology and Energy: IT Software and Hardware

Modern manufacturing plants, but also transportation vehicles and buildings are becoming increasingly energy efficient with the help of new hardware and software. The same holds for IT devices and components themselves: they are utilizing less energy individually. Artificial intelligence is also energy-hungry.

When will the solutions available today be outdated? green software, energy-aware software code, data analytics platforms, cloud computing, modern data centers, 5G wireless networks, new hardware to curb AI’s energy appetite.

Parallel Session

16.30-18.30 (UTC+3)

  • Energy Projects in SE Europe and the East Med
Energy Projects in SE Europe and the East Med

Energy geopolitics in the area

Specific projects

• New hydrocarbon discoveries

• The Eastern Mediterranean [EastMed] Pipeline Project

• The electricity interconnection Crete-Cyprus-Israel

• New variants

How are such projects affected by geopolitics & climate change policies eg the EU Green Deal, the EIB new financing rules etc?

“Economic Development and Geopolitics regarding Energy in the Current International and Greek Situation”
Christos Folias, Former Minister of Development and MEP, GR
“Geopolitics and Energy in the Mediterranean”
Prof Yannis Maniatis, Former Minister of Environment, Energy and Climatic change, GR
“Black Sea Gas: a unique opportunity for Romania and the region”
Ionut Cristian Ciubotaru, Vice President for Business Development, OMV Petrom, Romania
“Albania Towards the Era of Power Exchange, Sustainability and Efficiency”
Dr Lorenc Gordani, Lawyer of Energy, Tirana Business University, Albania
“Croatian Energy Policies”
Neven Duic, President, SDEWES Centre, University of Zagreb, Croatia
“Energy, Climate and Sustainability in North Macedonia: Policies and Case Studies”
Aleksandar Dedinec, Research Center for Energy & Sustainable Development, Academy of Sciences of North Macedonia
Shkelkim Bozgo, former member of the Albanian Energy Regulatory Commission, Albania
18.30-18.45 Virtual Networking Break & Live Expo

Plenary Session

18.45-19.30 (UTC+3)

  • Deep Decarbonisation: New Strategies for Net Zero Carbon Emissions
Deep Decarbonisation: New Strategies for Net Zero Carbon Emissions

Can all sectors be decarbonized? Debate on future fuels and hard to abate heavy industries eg steel, chemicals and petrochemicals, cement and lime, and aluminium – plus road freight, aviation, and shipping. Decarbonisation options for each sector span efficiency improvements, electrification, direct heat, and fuel production using renewables [Reaching Zero with Renewables], along with CO2 removal measures.

Stefan Savonen, Senior Vice President Energy & Climate, LKAB, Sweden
“The Energy Transition”
Bloomberg NEF representative
Valentina Dedi, Lead Economist, KBR and Head of Global Operations, GEF, London

*The agenda is under construction

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