Thursday, 30th November 2017

7:45 - 8:30

Registration and networking

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome

  Ján Turňa, Director General, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
  Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
8:45 - 9:00

Official opening

  Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic (tbc)
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. As we move towards the modernisation of the European economy and energy supply, Vice President of the European Commission for the Energy Union Mr. Maroš Šefčovič together with high level representatives from Member States (current Trio Council Presidency and the Visegrad Four) 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

  Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union
 

Member States’ perspectives

 
Chair
  Pavol Demeš, Member of the Board of Directors, Slovak Foreign Policy Association
 
Speakers
  Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
  Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia (tbc)
  Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy of Austria (tbc)
  Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria (tbc)
  Minister of Trade and Industry of the Czech Republic (tbc)
  Minister of National Development of Hungary (tbc)
  Minister of Energy of the Republic of Poland (tbc)
  Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the Committee of Regions
  Q&A
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

  tbc
 
Chair
  tbc
 
Speakers
  Nils A. Røkke, Chairman, European Energy Research Alliance
  Klaus Willnow, Head of Innovation & Future Technologies, Siemens Gamesa
  Lidia Borrel-Damián, Director for Research and Innovation, European University Association
  Other speakers to be confirmed
  Q&A
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

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
 
Chair
  Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy, University of Cambridge
 
Speakers
  David Turk, Acting Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency
  Other speakers to be confirmed
  Q&A
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.
 
Chair
  tbc
 
Speakers
  Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from Non-Trading Sectors, DG CLIMA, European Commission – Innovation Fund
  Florence Lambert, Director, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et Énergies Alternatives (CEA-Liten); and CEO, Institut National de l'Énergie Solaire (INES)
  Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Vice President Strategy & Innovation, New Energy Solutions, Statoil
  Diego Pavía, Chief Executive Officer, KIC InnoEnergy SE
  Other speakers to be confirmed
  Q&A
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 and e-mobility
  ES III. Addressing energy poverty
19:00

Dinner buffet

 

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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.