Vienna Energy Transition Forum


Day 1, Thursday, June 6, 2019

09:00 – 10:45  Session I: Opening of Forum 

 Introductory remarks by: 

  Opening statements by:

  • Dr. Abderrezak Benyoucef, Head of Energy Studies Department, OPEC, Vienna
  • Mr. Tim Yeo, Chairman, The New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI), London, UK
  • Mr. Janez Kopac, Director, Energy Community, Vienna
  • Mr. Daniel Kroos, Senior Programme Officer, Energy Security Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna
  • Mr. John Roberts, Energy Security Specialist, Scotland, UK
  • Keynote Speech by:

Prof. Pantelis Capros, E3M Lab, NTUA and Chairman of IENE’s Scientific Committee, Greece and Mr. George Zazias, Project Manager Energy Analysis and Modelling, E3 Modelling,Greece


11:15 – 13:30 Session II: Towards a Cleaner Power Sector-Benefits and Opportunities 

11:15 – 12:15 Part A: The Clean Energy Path to be chaired  by Mr. George Zazias,Project Manager Energy Analysis and Modelling, E3 Modelling, Greece 

  • Mr. Tom Van Ierland, Head of Unit C1 – Strategy & Economic Assessment, DG Climate Action, European Commission, Brussels
  • Ms. Milka Mumovic, Electricity and Statistics Expert, Energy Community, Vienna
  • Dr. Bas Van Ruijven, Senior Research Scholar – Energy (ENE) Program, IIASA, Austria
  • Dr. Aliki Van Heek, Unit Head 3E Analysis Planning and Economic Studies Section Division of Planning, Information and Knowledge Management Department of Nuclear Energy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna 

12:15 – 13:30  Part B: The Role of Gas to be chaired by Mr. John Roberts, Energy Security Specialist, Scotland, UK


14:30 – 16:00  Session III: Power Systems of the Future The Industry Viewpoint - to be chaired byMr. Hans Hutta, General Manager, ICM and Energy Center Europe, Vienna, Austria 


16:15 – 17:00  Session IV: Energy Markets Energy Transition and Markets - to be chaired by Mr. Chris Walters, Managing Consultant, Gas Strategies, UK 


17:00 – 18:30  Session V: The Regional Perspectives

Energy Transition and the Regional View  -  to be chaired by Mr. John Roberts, Energy Security Specialist, Scotland,UK 

  • Dr. Yurdakul Yigitguden, Independent Energy Consultant and Former Co-ordinator of OSCEEconomic and Environment Activities, Ankara, Turkey 
  • Ms. Eugenia Gusilov, Director, Romania Energy Center – ROEC, Romania
  • Mr. Kaloyan Staykov, Senior Economist, Institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria
  • Dr. Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner, EUNEPA, Austria

Day 2, Friday, June 7, 2019

09:00 – 11:15  Session VI: The Role of Oil & Gas in the "Energy Transition” Era

-     Chair: -  Mr. Gus Papamichalopoulos, Deputy Chairman IENE, Partner KG Law Firm

09:00 - 09:30  Part A: Opening Address by: 

  • Dr. Michael LoschDirector General for Energy and Mining Austrian Federal, Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria

09:30 – 11: 15  Part B: The Role of Oil & Gas in the "Energy Transition” Era 


11:40 – 13:50  Session VII: The New Era for Energy Efficiency and Further RES Deployment

-           Chair: -  Ms. Eugenia Gusilov, Director, Romania Energy Center – ROEC, Romania 

  •             Prof. Reinhard HaasHead E370-03 - Research Unit of Energy Economics and Efficiency, Technical University of Vienna
  •             Mr. Costas Theofylaktos, Chairman of Energy Efficiency Committee and Secretary-General, IENE, Greece
  •             DI Hubert Fechner, Chair, Austrian Photovoltaic Technology Platform, Austria
  •             DI Roger Hackstock, Managing Director, Austria Solar, Austria 


13:50 – 14:00  Closing Statements by Mr. Costis Stambolis and Mr. John Roberts