Thursday, 30 November 2017

7:45 - 8:30

Registration and networking

8:45 - 9:00


  Ján Petrovič, Director General, Energy Section, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
  Dušan Matulay, Director General, Economic Cooperation Section, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
  Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
9:00 - 11:00

Panel I. The Energy Union as a driver of the modernisation of EU’s economy

Maria Theresia
The Energy Union aims to make energy more secure, affordable and sustainable. The completion of the Energy Union requires engagement and close cooperation between the European Commission, Member States and society as a whole. The aim of the Commission is to complete the Energy Union by the end of its current mandate in 2019. In order to achieve this ambitious goal Member States will need to finalise the draft integrated national energy and climate plans for the post-2020 period by early 2018. As we move towards the modernisation of the European economy and energy supply, Director General for Energy together with representatives of the Member States will evaluate the state of the Energy Union and its progress from their perspectives. They will also discuss recent EU legislative proposals and outcomes from the second Energy Union Tour.

Keynote speech

  Dominique Ristori, Director General, DG ENER, European Commission

Member States’ perspectives

  Pavol Demeš, Member of the Board of Directors, Slovak Foreign Policy Association
  Vojtech Ferencz, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
  Rein Oidekivi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Slovak Republic
  Michael Losch, Director General for Energy and Mining, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy of Austria
  Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the Committee of Regions
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Panel II. The SET Plan as a driver of the energy transition: achievements in Energy R&I and the way forward

Maria Theresia
The SET Plan was launched in 2007 with the aims, first, to accelerate knowledge development and technology transfer and up-take within the EU; second, to maintain EU industrial leadership on low-carbon energy technologies; and third, to foster science and research for transforming energy technologies to achieve the Energy and Climate Change policy goals. Over the past 10 years the SET Plan has delivered and placed the acceleration of clean energy innovation among the top political priorities at EU and global levels. The coordination among European countries, research and industry, the identification of synergies among national research programmes and priority areas for joint action are at the core of the SET Plan. The panel will discuss the progress achieved in the energy transition placing Europe at the forefront of the next generation of innovative low-carbon technologies as well as the way ahead to meet the goals of the Energy Union in the years to come.

Keynote speech and chairing

  Andris Piebalgs, Former European Commissioner for Energy
  Nils A. Røkke, Chairman, European Energy Research Alliance
  Marko Topič, Chairman, European Technology & Innovation Platform PhotoVoltaic, University of Ljubljana
  Pierre Blanc, Chief Technology Officer, Temporary working group on Batteries for e-mobility & stationary storage, Leclanché
  Klaus Willnow, Head of Innovation & Future Technologies, Siemens Gamesa
  Lidia Borrel-Damián, Director for Research and Innovation, European University Association
  Hans-Guenther Schwarz, SET Plan Steering group member, Austria
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Panel III. Global dimension of the Energy R&I

Maria Theresia
Climate change is a global challenge jointly addressed by the nations of the world under the Paris Agreement. The EU is a global leader in energy science and technology, and a leading voice in global debates. The EU engages in science diplomacy and worldwide scientific collaboration. The panel will discuss these aspects and major initiatives contributing to accelerate the pace and uptake of clean energy technologies to tackle climate change. Mission Innovation provides the frame for a close collaboration triangle between public sector, businesses and international organisations to create synergies and accelerate clean energy solutions.
Keynote speech
  Patrick Child, Deputy Director General, DG RTD, European Commission
  Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy, University of Cambridge
  Florence Lambert, Director, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et Énergies Alternatives (CEA-Liten); and CEO, Institut National de l'Énergie Solaire (INES)
  David Turk, Acting Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency
  Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre, Bonn
15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00

Panel IV. Innovative low-carbon technologies and European competitiveness: financial tools

Maria Theresia
The panel will present the main elements of different financial instruments to accelerate the transition to a clean-energy based economy such as InnovFin Energy Demo Projects and the Innovation Fund. A discussion on how they fit the needs of innovative project promoters and the successful commercialisation of novel technologies – in light of the SET Plan implementation and the achievement of its strategic targets – is expected to follow.
  Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  Pilar Solano, Head of Division on Infrastructure, New Products and Special Transactions, Directorate for Operations, EIB - InnovFin Energy Demonstration Projects
  Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Vice President Strategy & Innovation, New Energy Solutions, Statoil
  Diego Pavía, Chief Executive Officer, KIC InnoEnergy SE
  Stefaan Vergote, Adviser to the Director for Climate Strategy, DG CLIMA, European Commission
  Mark van Stiphout, Deputy Head of Unit, New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, DG Energy, European Commission
17:00 - 17:30

Coffee break

17:30 - 19:00

Parallel evening sessions

  ES I. Smart specialization platforms and the transition to a low-carbon economy for coal intensive regions
  ES II. Smart grids, smart homes, storage and e-mobility
  ES III. Addressing energy poverty

Glass of Wine



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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 785277.