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European Sustainable Energy Policy Seminar April 8, 2008

First Session first session

Date: April 8, 2008
9.00 – 17.00

Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Rue Joseph II 166, 1000 Brussels (just beside the EU Charlemagne building, Metro: Schuman)

Once again (5th time), INFORSE-Europe invited its members and other interested parties to a one-day seminar on highlights in sustainable energy policies in Brussels.
The seminar featured discussions among NGOs, politicians, EU officials, and experts.
The seminar was organised in cooperation with the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF).

Download the Program (82 kB, final version).
Most of the presentations are uploaded on April 14-15, 2008.
The remaining presentations are on the way.

Program / Proceedings

9.00 Registration

9.15 Opening by the Organizers

9.30 –11.00 The 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, Britta Thomsen (Socialist) (comming)
· MEP, Claude Turmes (Greens)
· Peter Vis, Cabinet member of the Energy Commissioner Andrej Piebalgs
· Dörte Fouquet, EREF (46 kB)
Chair: Pete West, INFORSE-Europe (SWEA, UK)

11.00 Coffee

11.30-12.30 Upcoming Renewable Energy Directive
A session on the proposed renewable energy directive. The session will include an analysis of the necessary support for renewable energy to reach the 20% target and their costs; state of play for the proposal; and compliance questions for the directives and national targets.
· Peter Danielsson, EREF (196 kB)
· Karina Veum, EC DG TREN, Unit D1 (Regulatory Policy & Promotion of Renewable Energy) (413 kB)
· Pete West, INFORSE-Europe, SWEA, UK (1,6 MB)
· Stephan Gsänger, World Wind Energy Association (488 kB)
Chair: Emil Bedi, INFORSE-Europe (FAE, Slovakia)

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Renewable Energy for Transport vs. Sustainable Transportation in the EU
A session on ways to achieve a sustainable transport system in Europe, the contribution of renewable energy, and the roles of EU energy package and transport policies
· Sergio Oceransky, INFORSE-Europe’s vision for transport (comming)
· Kerstin Meyer, European Federation for Transport & Environment (500 kB)
· Alexandra Langenheld, EC DG TREN, Unit D1 (R.Policy & Promotion of Renewable Energy) (981 kB)
Chair: Paul Allen, INFORSE-Europe

14.30 EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan and Sustainability
A session on the role and progress of the SET-plan and how it could become a contribution to sustainable development.
· Greg Arrowsmith, EUREC (338 kB)
· Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe (491 kB)
· Bruno Schmitz, head of unit, New and Renewable Energy Sources, EC DG Research (144 kB)
Chair: Peter Danielsson, EREF

15.30 Coffee

16.00 EU Guideline on Environmental State Aid
The EU guideline on environmental state aid is undergoing a revision. What will the new guidelines bring?
· Dörte Fouquet, EREF (148 kB)
· Aleksandra Kronberga DG TREN, Unit A4 Competition.
Chair: Emil Bedi, INFORSE-Europe (FAE, Slovakia)

16.40 Balancing the Energy Governance Process - Citizens Utility Boards.
· Christelle Braun, Helio International (1,3 MB)

16.50 Sustainable Energy Visions and Zero Carbon Scenarios
Short session presenting of INFORSE-Europe and others working on sustainable energy visions and strategies for Europe and individual countries including the UK. Presenters:
· Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe (623 kB)
· Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) Wales/ZeroCarbonBritain (4,2 MB)
Chair: Pete West, INFORSE-Europe (SWEA, UK)

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

Contact & Info:
- INFORSE-Europe, E-mail:
Ph: +45 86 22 70 00, Fax: +45 86 22 70 96

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.

Participation fee was: 80 Eur. Free for members of INFORSE-Europe and EREF.

More information on the other years's INFORSE-Europe's EU Policy Seminars:
Seminar 2010 Proceedings /Program
2009 Proceedings /Program

Seminar 2008 Proceedings /Program (present page)
Seminar 2007 Proceedings /Program
2006 Proceedings /Program
2005 Proceedings /Program
Seminar 2004 Proceedings/Program