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.
SESSION 1: ENERGY TRANSITION IN EUROPE AND IN THE ALPS
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
SESSION 2: ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION IN THE ALPINE MACRO-REGION
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
SESSION 3: ENERGY SYSTEM AND SECTOR COUPLING IN THE ALPINE MACRO-REGION
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.
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