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The geographic and structural characteristics of the Alps provide good potentials to make the Alpine region a European “model region for renewable energies and energy efficiency”. Macro-regional policy planning helps the Alpine region to tackle the challenge to meet energy demand sustainably, securely and affordably. The second EUSALP Energy Conference will be organized under the patronage of the EUSALP Presidency of the Land Tyrol and by the Energy Agency South Tyrol in its function as EUSALP Action Group 9 leader and in collaboration with Energie Tirol.

Is the energy transition in the Alpine macro-region on track? On the 2nd of October, represenatives from politics, research&science, energy suppliers, associations, NGOs and civil society will be discussing which steps are needed to support the energy transition in the Alps. Please find the detailed programme below.






Opening of the conference

Josef Geisler, Vice-Governor Tyrol and Ulrich Santa, Coordinator EUSALP Action Group 9

The EU framework for energy transition

Lukas Wernert, Political Assistant, DG Energy, Directorate C

#mission2030 - the climate and energy strategy for Austria

Martina Schuster, Federal Ministry Sustainability and Tourism

Sustainable energy policy in the Alps - the contribution of the Alpine Convention

Marianna Elmi, Deputy Secretary General of the Alpine Convention

Renewables and sector coupling for the energy transition - A system and cost perspective

Christoph Kost, Head of Team Energy Systems and Markets, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE




The big picture: Energy data trends in the EUSALP

Wolfram Sparber, Head of Institute for Renewable Energy, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano

State of affairs and perspectives of the Bavarian energy policies

Rudolf Escheu, Head of Department Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Bavarian Ministry of Economy

Hydro power - Case study Tyrol

Thomas Gasser, Chairman Tiroler Wasserkraft TIWAG

Potentials and barriers of wind energy - Case study Lower Austria

Peter Obricht, Head of Department of the Environment and Energy Economics, Lower Austria

Renewable energy by and for citizens: The role of energy cooperatives in the energy transition

Josh Roberts, Advocacy Officer, European federation of renewable energy cooperatives REScoop




Common recommendations from Alpine Space projects for the energy transition

Nicole Ortler and Alexandra Ortler, Energie Tirol

Expansion of the electric grid and storage capacities in the Alps

Marko Hočevar, Faculty of mechanical engineering, University of Ljubljana

Electromobility as a challenge for power grids

Till Saliari, Illwerke VKW Vorarlberg

Zero Emission Valley: a regional strategy for the development of hydrogen mobility

Brigitte Ducourtil, Region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Presentation EUSALP live poll "Energy transition now"

Stefan Drexlmeier, Energiewende Oberland



No energy transition without dialogue!

Breakout Session 1: Alpine Space projects develop recommendations for the energy transition


Moderation: Nicole Ortler, Alexandra Ortler, Energie Tirol

The implementation of the European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) requires broadening the involvement to actors that can support decision-makers in taking infomed decisions. The knowledge created within the frame of projects co-financed by the Alpine Space programme, are a crucial source of information for the implementation of EUSALP. The project results can support the development of efficient and innovative policies that have the goal to reach the objectives assigned to the strategy. During the workshop inside-knowledge from Alpine Space projects will be gathered and a set of recommendations will be developed that can stimulate the implementation process of the EUSALP. The workshop will focus on "Governing the energy transition in the Alps" and challenges for a successful energy transition in the rural and metropolitan areas in the Alps.


Breakout session 2: A look into the future: Establishing the EUSALP Energy Observatory


Moderation: Patrick Biard, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Energie Environnement

Reliable energy data sets are an important basis for decision-makers to formulate, implement and verify the effectiveness of energy policies and measures. At the macro-regional level, too, energy data can help to implement and monitor a long-term cross-border energy strategy for the Alpine Region. An Alpine-wide observatory for energy data could map relevant macro-regional developments and trends. Based on a network of energy data experts, EUSALP Action Group 9 has developed a concept for an Alpine-wide energy data observatory in 2018 that will be presented during this breakout session


Breakout session 3: Supporting the implementation of local sustainable energy action plans


Moderation: Silvio De Nigris, Office for Energy Saving and Renewable Energy Piemont Region

The Alpine Space project PEACE-ALPS tackles the problems related to the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) or any other Energy concepts already endorsed by Local Authorities (LAs) in the Alpine Space Area by supporting them in developing concrete actions with an inter-municipal approach. The project was awarded as best project for public sector with the EUSEW 2018. In this breakout session, the project presents its final outputs and results collected in an online tool.


Networking village

Conference participants will have the opportunity to learn about the achievements of the Alpine Space projects in field of energy by visiting the networking village organized in the frame of the conference.


EUSALP live poll "Energy Transition Now"

All energy experts present at the conference, will be invited to participate in the EUSALP live poll to share their opinion about the current state of the energy transition. The results of the poll will be presented at the end of the conference and published afterwards.


The conference programme will be updated on a regular basis on this website.



For environmental reasons, we encourage all participants to use public transport. Train tickets to Innsbruck can be purchased via ÖBB.

Congress Innsbruck is situated right in the center of the city, making it possible for visitors to events to enjoy a car-free stay. You can reach the Congress Centre with bus service H and The Sightseer that stop directly outside the Congress Innsbruck entrance on Rennweg (IVB).



A list of hotels and reservation can be entered here.

Hall Brussels/Brüssel, Congress Centre, Rennweg 3, Innsbruck