Join EREC2013, Europe´s leading Renewable Energy Policy Conference, which will be be held in Brussels on 28 November 2013.

The biennial policy conference, organised by EREC (European Renewable Energy Council), has grown ever since its first edition in 2004 and has become Europe´s major occasion for exchange and interaction between industry, research and policy.

European and national policy makers, industry leaders and research experts will meet at the heart of European decision making to discuss market trends, legislative developments as well as future energy strategies.


Download the preliminary programme here
(Last update 06/11/2013)

8:00 – 9:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00 – 9:15
Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes
President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)

9:15 – 10:45
High-Level Opening: “Change Management”

Session Description

Leading political figures from the European and international institutions as well as national governments will open the conference with visionary speeches. Setting the scene for EREC2013, the speakers will share their views on the status and future of the renewable energy sector at the Member State and European levels.

Josche Muth, Secretary General, European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)

Jaroslav Neverovič
Energy Minister of Lithuania, EU Presidency

Günther Oettinger
European Commissioner for Energy

Anni Podimata
Vice-President of the European Parliament

Adnan Amin
Director-General of IRENA

João Manso Neto
Chief Executive Officer of EDP Renováveis

Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes
President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)

10:45 – 11:15    Coffee Break and Press Conference
Press Conference for journalists only

11:15 – 12:45    Panel Discussion: “Prospects for 2030”

Session Description

With the European Commission´s Energy Roadmap 2050 and its Green Paper on a 2030 Climate and Energy Framework the discussions about developing a European 2030 framework had started. Concrete proposals for such a framework are expected towards the end of 2013.
Panellists will debate about what needs to be done to create an environment of certainty and stability for investors on a post-2020 horizon.

Fiona Harvey, Guardian

Input presentation:
Pat Rabbitte, Energy Minister of Ireland (tbc)

Pat Rabbitte
Energy Minister of Ireland (tbc)

Marie Donnelly (tbc)
Director for New Energy and Renewable Sources of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

Ángeles Santamaría
Director, Markets and Prospective, Iberdrola

Nigel Cotton
Program Director, European Copper Institute

Sandra Parthie
Director EU Regulatory Affairs, ALSTOM

Claude Turmes
Member of the European Parliament

12:45 – 14:15    Lunch

14:15 – 15:45    Parallel Break-out Sessions

A.    Electricity Market Design

As shares of renewable energy are increasing, consensus is growing that the existing energy-only market structure will need to be adjusted to trigger necessary investments. The purpose of this session is to debate which changes are necessary to design an electricity market suitable to the new market reality.

Raffaele Piria, Energy Policy Expert

Input presentation:
Simon Müller, Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Corinna Klessmann
Managing Consultant for Policy Design and Evaluation, Ecofys

Keith MacLean
Policy and Research Director, SSE

Simon Bradbury
Principal Consultant, Pöyry

Michel Matheu
Head of Public Affairs, EDF

Simon Müller
Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)

B. Heating and Cooling Market Action

Heating and Cooling represents 47% of the final energy consumption, but dedicated EU action is still lacking. There is a clear need on disseminating and applying best-practice examples on how to boost renewable heating and cooling in the EU28. This session will debate how to allow in an efficient and effective manner for a widespread uptake of renewable heating and cooling.

Fiona Riddoch, Managing Director, Cogen Europe

Input presentation:
Sergio Tirado, Research Associate, University of Manchester

Werner Weiss
Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC)

Federica Sabbati
Secretary General, Association of the European Heating Industry (EHI)

Edmund Ward (tbc)
Senior Technical Advisor, OFGEM (UK Heat Incentive)

Sergio Tirado
Research Associate, University of Manchester

C. Alternative Fuels Strategy

The transport sector is potentially the most challenging of all in terms of ending dependency on fossil fuels. 90% of Europe´s transport sector is still running on oil. Furthermore, while most sectors have been reducing CO2 emissions, transport’s share has been steadily increasing. Cutting emissions and reducing imported fossil fuel bills means developing and deploying alternative fuels and supporting behavioural change. This session will debate how best to go about the change that needs to happen in the sector.

Carlo Hamelinck, Managing Consultant, ECOFYS

Input presentation:
Hugues van Honacker, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission (tbc)

Lutz Guderjahn (tbc)
Südzucker AG

Philippe Schulz
Expert Leader in Environment, Energy and Raw Materials, Renault

Jos Dings
Director of Transport and Environment (T&E)

Hugues van Honacker
Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission (tbc)

15:45 – 16:15
Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30
Panel Discussion: “Achieving 2020 in times of austerity”*

Session Description

With the RES Directive, the EU has a stable legislative framework for achieving the binding 20% target. However, while Member States are generally on track regarding the indicative trajectory, meeting the 2020 renewable energy targets seems much more uncertain: Recent years have seen abrupt and sometimes retrospective changes to national regulatory frameworks, including austerity measures impacting on RES support or regulatory frameworks, and increasing difficulties in accessing capital and the rise of costs of capital.
Based on key findings of “Keep on Track!”, stakeholders from the finance sector will debate how to ensure and secure clean energy investments needed to achieving the EU`s 2020 ambitions.

*This session is organised in the framework of the IEE funded project “Keep-on-track!”

Eamon Ryan, Green Party Ireland

Input presentation:
Jan-Benjamin Spitzley, Senior Project Manager, eclareon

Maria da Graça Carvalho (tbc)
Member of the ITRE Committee, European Parliament

José López-Tafall Bascuñana
Director of Regulatory Affairs, ACCIONA

Ben Caldecott (tbc)
Head of Government Advisory, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Jan-Benjamin Spitzley
Senior Project Manager, eclareon

17:30 – 18:00
Closing Keynote Address:
“Window of Opportunity: From 2013 to 2015”

Connie Hedegaard
European Commissioner for Climate Action

18:00 – 19:00
Cocktail Reception