European Union Energy Day.
Clean energy solutions for decarbonisation, economic growth and jobs


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10.00 - 11.00

HIGH-LEVEL OPENING


An energy transition in Europe is part of the global energy transition. This opening event will discuss the progress made on the regulatory framework for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe, and reflect on actions taken to boost the clean energy transition globally.

Chair:

Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission

Keynote opening addresses by:

Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
● Kathleen Van Brempt, Member of European Parliament, European Parliament COP23 delegation
Jorge Seguro Sanches, Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal
Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy
Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg and President of Energy Cities

Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions and the EU Covenant of Mayors by:

Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg and President of Energy Cities

11.15 - 13.15

CLEAN ENERGY FOR ISLAND TRANSITIONS


Europe has launched a Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative that aims to accelerate clean energy transition for European islands. This session will discuss the opportunities to expanding the opportunities of interaction in the context of energy transition to all islands, including cooperation with the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE).

Co-Chair:

Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission
Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation, European Commission

Introductory speeches by:

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Union
Joe Mizzi, Minister for Energy and Water management, Malta
Toriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Republic of Maldives
Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency 


Panel discussion with best practices on islands:


John Kaldellis, Scientific Director, Tilos project
Didier Lhuillier, Director General of CNR, the example of Marie-Galante
Olav Skalmeraas, VP Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Statoil
Eric Scotto, President and co-founder of Akuo Energy

 

14.30 - 16.45

AFRICA-EU PARTNERSHIP ON CLEAN ENERGY


Achieving universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy in Africa, including in rural areas, is key for generating inclusive development and jobs for both continents, aligned with the climate challenge. This session will report on the enhanced cooperation collaboration between EU and African policy makers and industry leaders to enable energy transition and support and boost sustainable investments in the energy sector.

Co-Chairs:

Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation, European Commission
Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency, European Commission

Keynote:

Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy


Introductory speeches on EU – Africa Cooperation on Clean Energy by:


● Mart Laanemäe. Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Federal Republic of Germany
● Ousmane Sylla, Ambassador of Guinea to Belgium
Gregor Paterson-Jones, EFSI Investment Committee member
Jorge Borrego, Deputy Secretary General for Energy and Climate Action of the Union for the Mediterranean
● Bruno Bensasson, CEO Africa, ENGIE
Arash Aazami, Founder, Universalright.org


Panel discussion with best practices in Africa:


Gilles Vermot-Desroches, Senior Vice President Sustainability, Schneider Electric
● Eco Matser, Climate Change / Energy and Development Coordinator, Hivos International
● Emmanuel de Merode, Director of the National Park Virunga and Dr. Cosma Wilungula, Director General of the ICCN Alliance, Democratic Republic of Congo

Dialogue on EU's role in global energy transition:

Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Energy for All
Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission
Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation, European Commission


17.00 - 18.15

EU'S PROGRESS ON THE ENERGY TRANSITION


Chair: Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency, European Commission

Panel discussion on EU progress on clean energy transition:

Monica Frassoni, President, EU Alliance to Save Energy
James Watson, CEO, SolarPower Europe
Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope
Thomas Nowak, Secretary General, European Heat Pump Association
Christian Buchel, Chairman, EDSO for Smart Grids
Alix Chambris, Head of EU Public Affairs, Danfoss
● Maxime Bureau, Director Government Affairs, Europe, 3M

 

Closing remarks:
Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission