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.
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(Last update 06/11/2013)
8:00 – 9:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:00 – 9:15
President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)
9:15 – 10:45
High-Level Opening: “Change Management”
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)
Energy Minister of Lithuania, EU Presidency
European Commissioner for Energy
Vice-President of the European Parliament
Director-General of IRENA
João Manso Neto
Chief Executive Officer of EDP Renováveis
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”
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
Pat Rabbitte, Energy Minister of Ireland (tbc)
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
Director, Markets and Prospective, Iberdrola
Program Director, European Copper Institute
Director EU Regulatory Affairs, ALSTOM
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
Simon Müller, Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Managing Consultant for Policy Design and Evaluation, Ecofys
Policy and Research Director, SSE
Principal Consultant, Pöyry
Head of Public Affairs, EDF
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
Sergio Tirado, Research Associate, University of Manchester
Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC)
Secretary General, Association of the European Heating Industry (EHI)
Edmund Ward (tbc)
Senior Technical Advisor, OFGEM (UK Heat Incentive)
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
Hugues van Honacker, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission (tbc)
Lutz Guderjahn (tbc)
Expert Leader in Environment, Energy and Raw Materials, Renault
Director of Transport and Environment (T&E)
Hugues van Honacker
Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission (tbc)
15:45 – 16:15
16:15 – 17:30
Panel Discussion: “Achieving 2020 in times of austerity”*
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
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
Senior Project Manager, eclareon
17:30 – 18:00
Closing Keynote Address:
“Window of Opportunity: From 2013 to 2015”
European Commissioner for Climate Action
18:00 – 19:00