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ETU Initiative Conference: Join Us And Discover How To Support the Energy Transition, 16-17 March In Barcelona And Online

by EUROCROWD on 07.03.2022

The energy transition requires the active involvement of society, local authorities and associations, businesses and innovation centres. This ecosystem of actors in the territory needs to identify, coordinate and establish partnerships to accelerate the transition in an inclusive and green way. For this reason, the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), partner of the Interreg MED Renewable Energy project, is organizing and hosting the ETU Initiative Conference: how can the ETU support your energy transition?  in Barcelona, Spain and online on the 16th and 17th March 2022. All sessions are free of charge and registration is open.

We are delighted to join this event and support the work of energy experts and representatives from the Ecosystemic Transition Unit (ETU) Initiative’s Flagship Case municipalities. Our Head of Regional Development, Mauricio O’Brien, will be one of the speakers in the experts’ panel on the first day, tackling the topic of Resilient Communities and Territories: Planning, Financing and Governance.

The conference aims to highlight topics such as the potential of renewable energy communities to reduce energy poverty, methods for financing the green energy transition, how to develop Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SECAPs), how to optimise biomass production, and more.

Check out the full agenda:

Wednesday 16th March 2022

  • 9:00 – 9:15 Registration
  • 9:15 – 9:30 Institutional welcome
    Danilo Ceh - Project Manager, BISTRA (Interreg MED Renewable Energy Lead Partner); Rym Ayadi - President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) (Interreg MED Renewable Energy project partner); Sophie Scarvelis - Project Manager, Interreg MED Programme Joint Secretariat
  • 9:30 – 10:45 KEYNOTE PANEL: Energy Transition in Rural and Island Areas: Challenges and Opportunities
    Grammenos Mastrojeni - Senior Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM); Julije Domac - President, FEDARENE; Lisanne Raderschall - Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Víctor Marcos Morell - Director of Renewable Energies, IDAE (tbc); Kostas Komninos - Director, DAFNI Networ
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 12:15 ETU Initiative Flagship Cases: Experiences and Lessons Learnt
    Cynthia Echave - Project Coordinator, EMEA; Carmelo Licitra - Technical Officer and Energy Manager of the Municipality of Ragusa, Italy; Antonio Lecha - ETU Flagship Case Onda (Spain); Manos Kamilakis, Katerina Margariti (TBC) - ETU Flagship Case Naxos, Greece; ETU Flagship Case Brdovec (Croatia)
  • 12:15 -13:30 EXPERT PANEL: Resilient Communities and Territories: Planning, Financing and Governance
    Jesús Pulido - Head of DG Infrastructures Ministry Ecological Transition Spain; Alberto Giaconia - Researcher and Project Coordinator, ENEA Italy; Beatriz Camacho - Ávila – CLIMATE KIC – EIT; Nuri Palmarada - Som Energía – REScoop; Mauricio O’Brien – ECN
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break
  • 14:30 -16:00
ETU Pillar 1
Energy Planning
Davide Astiago
Miguel García
ETU Assessment Case Los Pedroches, Spain
Tomislav Novosel
Alexia Boulanger
Clemence Contant
Communications Manager, EnerMaps – EU Horizon 2020 project  
ETU Pillar 2
Energy Facilities
Ivana Ostoic
Sergio Olivero
ETU Flagship Case, Magliano Alpi, Italy Bamboo (tbc)
Barbara La Licata and Arnau Gonzalez
Davide Cozzella
GIFT Project    
ETU Pillar 3
Energy Communities
Jose Miguel
ETU Flagship Case Monachil, Spain
Santi Martinez
Hrvoje Maras
SocialRES & SHARes
Lluis Amat
Vall d’en Bas (online)
Ruth Borrego
ETU Pillar 4
Energy Governance and Financing
Francesco Filipi
Representative ETU Flagship Case Brdovec, Croatia
Carmelo Licitra
ETU Flagship Case Ragusa, Italy
Representative ETU Flagship Case Onda, Spain
Iva Tustanovski
H2020 REFINE & SMAFIN projects  
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Coffee break and ETU Initiative info session

Thursday 17th March 2022

  • 8:45 – 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Welcome
    Danilo Čeh - Project Manager, BISTRA (Interreg MED Renewable Energy Lead Partner); Cynthia Echave - Project Coordinator, EMEA; Curzio Cervelli - Coordinator, Interreg MED Programme Joint Secretaria
  • 9:30 – 9:15 KEYNOTE SPEECH: Sustainable Transition Initiative and financing the transition
    Rym Ayadi - President, EMEA
  • 10:15– 11:45 EXPERT PANEL: Governance and Cooperation in Mediterranean
    Alessandra Sensi - Head of Sector, Environment and Blue Economy, UfM; Rosa Surinach - Partnerships, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, UN-Habitat; Giorgio Mosangini - Team Leader, Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (SCP/ RAC); Josep Canals – MedCities; Rashid Ali Abdallah - Executive Director of African Union Energy Commission (tbc); Chuckwumerije Okereke - Director of Center for Climate and Development University Ndufu-Alike Nigeria; Mohamed Adow - Founder and Director of Power Shift Africa (tbc)
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Coffee break
  • 12:00 – 13:15 ONLINE SESSION: Sustainable finance
    Moderator: Rym Ayadi – EMEA; Maria Shawn-Barragan - European Investment Bank; Nagla Bahr - Credit Guarantee, Egypt; John Kofi Adomakoh - GCB Bank Plc, Ghana; Kwame Sarpong - KPMG, Ghan
Territorial Resilience
• Moderator: EMEA
Introduction: UN-Habitat, United Cities Global Leadership  
Green Transition
• Moderator: SCP/RAC
Introduction: BETA, REVOLVE, CPRM (tbc)  
  • 13:15 – 14:00 Plenary session and wrap-up
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Networking lunch