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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)

Žydrūnė Juodkienė
Vice-Minister of Energy of Lithuania, EU Presidency

Jasmin Battista
Member of the Cabinet of Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy

Anni Podimata
Vice-President of the European Parliament

Dolf Gielen
Director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)

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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.

Dafydd ab Iago, Argus Media

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Paula Abreu Marques,
Head of Unit, Renewables and CCS Policy, European Commission

Carlos Gascó,
Head of Prospective Regulatory Department, Iberdrola Renovables

Nigel Cotton
Program Director, European Copper Institute

Sandra Parthie
Director EU Regulatory Affairs, Alstom

Claude Turmes
Member of the European Parliament

Paula Abreu Marques
Head of Unit Renewables and CCS policy, European Commission

12:45 - 14:15 Lunch (sponsored by PPC - Public Power Corporation S.A. Helias)
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

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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

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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)

Helena Charlton
Head of RHI Operations, UK Government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

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

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Hugues van Honacker, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission  

Marten Keil
Member of the Executive Board (COO), CropEnergies AG

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

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

Cristelle Noirhomme
Head of Communications and Governmental Affairs, BioWanze

Hugues van Honacker
Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission

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!” project, 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 co-funded project “Keep on Track!”

Eamon Ryan, Green Party Ireland

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Isabel Cancela de Abreu
Policy Adviser, EREC

José López-Tafall Bascuñana
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Acciona

Klaus Schreiber
Product Manager Renewable Energy Department, Gothaer Allgemeine Versicherung AG

Willem Jaspers
Consultant, European Regional Affairs Consultants

Markus Trilling
EU Funds Coordinator, CEE Bankwatch Europe 

Isabel Cancela de Abreau
Policy Adviser, EREC

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 (sponsored by EDF)
Speech by José Irisarri, CEO - Fotosolar, EDF Group