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European Sustainable Energy Policy Seminar 2007

Seminar Brussels 2007 Seminar Brussels 2007

Date: March 20, 2007
Place: Brussels, Belgium

Once again, INFORSE-Europe invited its members and other interested parties to a one-day seminar on highlights in sustainable energy policies. The seminar featured discussions among NGOs, politicians, EU officials, and experts. The seminar was organised in cooperation with the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF), and EUFORES.

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A one-day seminar by INFORSE-Europe, EREF, EUFORES on highlights in New EU Policies for Sustainable Energy and Climate Protection

9.00 Registration starts
9.15 Welcome by the organisers

9.30 A New European Energy Policy
A session on EU new energy policies after the EU Summit March 8-9, - the effects for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- MEP Claude Turmes (Greens);
- MEP Britta Thomsen (Socialist);
( 37 kB)
- Hans van Steen, EC DG TREN;
( 371 kB)
- Dörte Fouquet, EREF.
( 250 kB)
Chair: Jan Geiss, EUFORES

11.00 Coffee

11.30-12.30 Energy Efficiency Action Plans
A session on implementation of the EU Action Plan on energy efficiency and the national energy action plans that all EU countries should finish in 2007.
- Ronald Bailey, EC DG TREN;
( 310 kB)
- Jan Geiss, EUFORES;
(103 kB)
Chair: Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe

12.30 Lunch

14.00 – 14.40 EU Guidelines on Environmaental State Aid
The EU guidelines on environmental state aid are up for revision.
What will the new guideline that will be introduced by the end of 2007 bring?
- Man. dir. Michael Thoene from FIFO Institute, Cologne University, Germany;
( 82 kB)
- Dörte Fouquet, EREF.
Chair: Pete West, Severn Wye Energy Agency, UK

14.40 – 15.30 Renewable Heating and Cooling
A session on renewables for the heating and cooling sectors and the new/upcoming directive to promote it.
- Raffaele Piria, ESTIF (European Solar Thermal Industries Federation) policy director;
( 863 kB)
- Tom Howes, European Commission, DG TREN;
(375 kB)
- Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe.
( 172 kB)
Chair: Pete West, Severn Wye Energy Agency, UK

15. 30 Coffee

16.00-17.00 EU Emissions Trading and Sustainable Energy
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is often presented as the most important part of EU's Climate policy; but how will it influence renewable energy and energy efficiency? An assessment by three stakeholders based in the ongoing first trading period and preparations for the second period.
Piotr Tulej, Head of the Energy Unit, EC DG Environment;
(204 kB)
- Dörte Fouquet, EREF;
- Matthias Duwe, Climate Action Network - Europe.
( 1.1 MB)
Chair: Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, German BEE / EREF

17.00 - 17.30 Visions for Sustainable Energy
Short session on sustainable energy alternatives for Europe developed by INFORSE and others. Elements for fast transitions to sustainable energy.
Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe
( 587 kB)
- Emil Bedi, INFORSE-Europe.
( 696 kB)
Chair: Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, German BEE / EREF

- INFORSE-Europe: International Network for Sustainable Energy
- EREF: European Renewable Energies Federation
- EUFORES: European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources

Costs: 80 Eur per person incl. coffee and refreshments. (Max. 50 persons.)

Contact & Info:
- INFORSE-Europe, E-mail:
Ph: +45 86 22 70 00, Fax: +45 86 22 70 96
- EUFORES, E-mail:
Ph: +32 2 546 1948, Fax:+32 2 546 1934

Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign The event is part of the EU Sustainable Energy Campaign.
INFORSE-Europe is Associate Member of the Campaign.
See more at the
Campaign's web site.

More information on the other years's INFORSE-Europe's EU Policy Seminars:
Seminar 2010 Proceedings /Program
2009 Proceedings /Program
2008 Proceedings /Program
2007 Proceedings /Program (present page)
Seminar 2006 Proceedings /Program
2005 Proceedings /Program
Seminar 2004 Proceedings/Program