Programme

Monday 30 March 2020

  • 14:00 - 16:00 Preconference 1: Introducing the International REC Standard and markets where it is implemented

    The International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) is a non-profit organization that delivers an attribute-tracking standard for use in countries around the world. The standard provides a robust, transparent system, which ensures the highest quality and adherence to best practice. It is also designed to avoid double counting, double certificate issuance and double attribute claiming. This session will give delegates an overview of fast-developing renewable-energy markets. How the standard works and its implications for national markets will also be covered. This workshop is intended for those interested in REC markets in South America, Africa and Asia, in sourcing renewables in different jurisdictions, and in the development of energy-attribute tracking around the world. 

    Moderator:

    International REC Standard Foundation, , speaker tbc

    The International REC Standard Foundation (I-REC Standard) is a non-profit organization that provides a robust attribute tracking standard for use around the world. This standard requires local stakeholders and government authorities to facilitate national implementation in adherence with local or national regulations. Based upon the I-REC Standard codes and associated documents – the blueprints for the attribute tracking standard – l-REC independent and local issuers are able to implement robust and transparent attribute tracking systems, ensuring the highest quality and adherence to best practices for the avoidance of double counting, double certificate issuance and double attribute claiming. The I-REC Standard governing board regulates the use of the I-REC code and associated documents. As a result all decisions are made by the board of the non-profit organization. The I-REC Standard ensures that all the RECs issued nationally are done so in adherence with all major international standards including the GHGP, CDP, RE100, ISO and others. Visit www.irecstandard.org for more information.

  • 14:00 - 16:00 Preconference 2: Energy-attribute certificates within PPAs and other legal contracts

    The development of energy-attribute certificate markets has greatly benefited from the provision of standard contracts such as the EFET-EECS GO Master Agreement and the RECS Standard single delivery agreement. Interest in power purchase agreements (PPAs) continues to grow and this contractual tool is seen by many as a key device for facilitating the consumption of renewable energy by major companies. In this session delegates will learn about the different uses of such contracts and how they are being revised, updated and elaborated to match the needs of increasingly mature attribute-tracking markets. In the workshop we will also address the classification of Guarantees of Origin under EU financial markets regulations. The session is intended for those responsible for negotiating – and agreeing – contracts for energy-attribute certificates. 

    Moderator:

    DLA Piper, , Speaker tba

  • 14:00 - 16:00 Preconference 3: Workshop: Implementing EU laws on Guarantees of Origin

    The important role that Guarantees of Origin play in accelerating the EU’s energy transition by supporting the development of renewable energy has been set out in the recast Renewable Energy Directive (RED-2). RED-2 came into force in December 2018 and, with an implementation period up to July 2021, it dedicates Article 19 to the role of GOs, thus expanding their use and strengthening the systems on which they depend. RECS International has produced a detailed analysis of this Article and will use this session to set out the main priorities for its implementation by EU Member States. Delegates who attend this workshop will learn how the effective implementation of this new law is expected to support complementary efforts to increase renewable-energy production and consumption in the EU. This is one of a successful series of workshops that have already been organized in European capitals including Paris, Prague, Brussels and Amsterdam. 

    Moderator:

    RECS International, , Speaker tba

  • 20:00 - 22:00 Get Together by Statkraft

    On Monday 30 March 20:00 - 22:00 there will be a Get Together for delegates of the REC Market Meeting. This will be held at the Heineken Experience at the Stadhouderskade 78. The Get Together is free of charge, but please indicate your attendance upon registration, so we can add your name to the door list. 

    The Get Together is offered to you by Statkraft. 

     

Tuesday 31 March 2020

  • 09:30 - 11:00 Keynote Session 1 - Can markets surpass policy?

    Renewable energy targets in the EU and beyond are insufficient to deliver the emissions reductions needed to limit global temperature rise below 1.5 degree centigrade. The move towards more energy-efficient economies and societies powered only by renewable energy systems clearly needs to be accelerated rapidly, but politicians continue to shy away from implementing such an ambitious agenda. Therefore, given how quickly markets can develop and create new paradigms (think of the internet, smartphones, etc.), could demand-side focused renewable energy markets, underpinned by EACs, move countries towards 100% renewables more effectively than policy? As public support schemes play less of a central role in the deployment of renewables, this keynote session – and much of the conference – will focus on the question: ‘are markets ready to take the lead?’

     

    Moderator:

    Braslawsky, Jared, Secretary General, RECS International

    As Deputy Secretary-General of RECS International Jared primarily focuses on the consumer driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and abroad. He is a leading expert in the European market for guarantees of origin and other international electricity tracking mechanisms. Jared works on behalf of the electricity end-user and is currently focused on scope 2 carbon accounting and the claims that can be made by electricity purchasers.

     

    • Speakers:

      Lindberg, Tom, Managing Director, ECOHZ

      Tom works to develop solutions that help companies and societies transition to renewable energy, while building profitable and sustainable business models. Corporates are coming together to collaborate and share best-practice in initiatives like RE100. Such corporate engagement impacts the demand for renewable energy, and is challenging the traditional power industry as we know it.  

      As Managing Director of ECOHZ, member of the Advisory Board of EKOenergy, board member of RECS International and The International REC Standard and the Chairman of the Board of ECOHZ Renewable Energy Foundation Tom works to raise awareness of how companies can become energy neutral by consuming renewable energy with Guarantees of Origin in Europe, RECs in North America and I-REC internationally. He also works to develop new and innovative financing mechanisms, like GO2, that contributes directly to building new renewable power plants. 

      Mars, tba, (invited)

      UNFCCC, tba, (invited)

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

    Coffee breaks are offered to you by Commerg.

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Session 2a - EAC Market developments

    A growing number of countries are using energy-attribute tracking systems based on established international standards such as guarantees of origin and I-RECs. Providing such systems in these markets has supported the growth of renewable energy based on consumer demand. In this session we will set out how and where new markets are opening up and the extent to which they can interact with each other. We will also address the challenges posed by some countries choosing to develop new, stand-alone attribute-tracking systems. Experts will discuss the scope for further growth in EAC markets and the lessons that can be learned from the growth we have seen to date.
     

    Moderator:

    White, Adam, Director, RECS International

    As RECS International’s Director Adam is currently focused on the implementation of article 19 of the recast Renewable Energy Directive on Guarantees of Origin, and is also working on the potential use of new technologies, such as the blockchain, in GO systems. 

    Before joining RECS International Adam worked for a number of different organisations, all with a strong focus on the development and rollout of well-functioning renewable energy systems. Adam has worked directly for politicians in the UK, both in the London Assembly scrutinizing the Mayor and in Parliament holding the UK Government to account. In Brussels Adam worked for the WWF European Policy Office for six years as Senior Research Coordinator for Climate and Energy. In this role he led the development of the WWF European network’s case for a more ambitious 2030 EU Climate and Energy Package. Most recently Adam completed freelance research projects for ClimateWorks in San Francisco and for E3G in Brussels, focusing on the development and implementation of national and EU climate action to deliver the Paris Agreement.

    • Speakers:

      Switten, Liesbeth, Association Lawyer, Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB)

      Güngör, Merve, Liaison Coordinator, EKOenergy

      Merve Güngör is the Liaison Coordinator at the EKOenergy Secretariat. EKOenergy is an independent, nonprofit ecolabel for renewable energy that is available in more than 30 countries. Her focus is on promoting renewable energy and the use of EKOenergy labelled electricity, especially in East Asia. She closely observes developing renewable energy markets outside Europe.

      Before joining EKOenergy in 2016, Merve completed traineeships at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Subregional Office (ESCAP-ENEA) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Merve has a master’s degree from Zhejiang University in China

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Session 2b - Germany: Market developments, review of cost socialisation

    Germany is rightly proud of its role as a trailblazer in the development of renewable energy – it is undoubtedly a pioneer in supporting the development of renewable energy technologies through public financing. However, could the country’s commitment to this model now be holding it back? Financial support has been reduced and is increasingly being made subject to auctioned tenders, but criticism about costs remains due to the historic burden of generous support that has been guaranteed for 20 years. In this panel we will discuss whether Germany could benefit from embracing the GO system wholeheartedly rather than through the piecemeal and potentially confusing use of local production certificates. Would this lead to a fairer distribution of the costs of new renewables among German consumers and a more efficient electricity market overall?
     

    Moderator:

    Klesse, Eva, Senior Account Manager, KlimaInvest

    Eva Klesse is an experienced account manager and develops sustainable solutions for energy suppliers and corporate clients. Her focus is the transition to renewable energy and raising the awareness for reducing emissions. Since 2015 Eva works at KlimaInvest, a leading player for renewable energy in Germany, with the strategic focus for guarantees of origin, innovative renewable power, climate-neutral gas products and other carbon offsetting products.

    Eva holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Science and gained experience in international projects with GIT Development Services in Latin America and the German-African Business Association in Hamburg/Africa. Today she is an observer in the RECS International Board and a market expert for renewable electricity in end-customer products.

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Session 2c - Part 1: an introduction to the basic elements of attribute tracking systems

    This is the first of three new-style sessions at the REC Market Meeting. This ‘C stream’ will give delegates who are relatively new to the world of attribute tracking all the information they need to actively engage with renewable-energy markets and systems. In this session we will cover topics such as the issuance, cancellation, redemption and expiration of attribute certificates. We will explain where and why attribute tracking started, how it has developed over the past decade and how we expect it to develop further in the years ahead. The format is flexible and may include details of other topics such as the residual mix, eco labels and blockchain, depending on the interests of those attending the session.  

    Moderator:

    Vanholme, Steven, Program Manager, EKOenergy

    Steven Vanholme is Programme Manager of EKOenergy, the international non-profit ecolabel for renewable energy. EKOenergy promotes renewable energy in over 40 countries and cooperates with a fast growing number of energy companies and corporate energy consumers worldwide. See www.ekoenergy.org  for more information.

    Prior to joining EKOenergy, Steven worked at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and was a policy officer at the main Belgian environmental organisation, Natuurpunt.

    • Speakers:

      Niermeijer, Peter, Chairman of the Board, International REC Standard

      Peter Niermeijer has been active in the field of renewable energy for more than 25 years now. He worked for private consultancies and EnergieNed, the Association of Energy Companies in the Netherlands. He is the originator of a the first certificate system known as the Green Label System, which has been operational in the Netherlands since January 1998. Peter Niermeijer is both the founder and the secretary general of RECS International. Based on the experiences with green certificates, Peter Niermeijer was also involved in developing certificate systems for biofuel and biogas. The international aspects in particular were examined.

      Jensen, Line Riise, Director Sourcing and Business Development, ECOHZ

      Standera, Martin, Head of Contractual Relationships Dep., OTE

  • 12:30 - 14:00 - Networking lunch

    The networking lunch is offered to you by Fortum.

     

  • 14:00 - 15:00 Session 3a - Current thinking on best practice and guidance documents

    As energy attribute tracking systems become increasingly mature and play an increasingly important role in energy markets, their governance can become more complex. In this session we will discuss some of the more challenging aspects of participating in these established markets and the extent to which best practices and standard guidance documents can help overcome them. The panel will identify obstacles to maximising the efficiency of different EAC systems and markets and will give those attending a clear understanding of how to minimise the impact of governance problems and/or market barriers.
     

    Moderator:

    Schumacher, Jens, Managing Partner, STX Commodities

    • Speaker:

      Vuorela, Joni, Portfolio Manager, Fortum

  • 14:00 - 15:00 Session 3b - United States of America: overcoming the lack of federal action?

    The US renewable energy certificates (RECs) system can be difficult to understand for outsiders, due to differences between the regulations in each state. In some states, there are no targets and renewable energy is both produced and consumed only for voluntary usage. In others, targets are based on the consumption of a minimum level of renewable power. These Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) account for a significant portion of consumption for which voluntary usage adds additional support. Despite the differences between states, the US is the second largest renewable energy market in the world, and one which continues to grow. In this session you will get a clear picture of the US system and hear whether action to encourage and support the consumption of renewables at the state level can overcome a lack of action by the federal government.
     

    Moderator:

    Bucon, Noah, 3Degrees, Environmental Policy Analysis & Regulatory Affairs

    • Speakers:

      Jones, Todd, Director of Policy, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)

      Todd Jones is Director of Policy and Climate Change Programs at Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) where he provides guidance and technical expertise to policymakers, regulators and functional support entities at all levels to support the design and development of policies and programs that increase renewable energy development and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He focuses on credible accounting systems, protecting voluntary demand for renewable energy and emissions reductions, and maximizing positive interactions between markets. He holds a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

      O’Shaughnessy, Eric, Renewable Research Analyst, Clean Kilowatts

  • 14:00 - 15:00 Session 3c - Part 2: an introduction to why consumers use energy attribute certificates and environmental reporting

    In this session, the second of three designed to provide newcomers to EACs with the chance to learn the basics of attribute tracking, we will look at the benefits of using renewable-energy markets and systems. Expert speakers will address questions such as ‘why do consumers buy green energy?’, ’what are their needs when they do so?’, and ‘is there a general approach, or is every consumer different?’ The session is flexible and may cover details of other topics such as environmental reporting and guiding documents and standards, depending on the interests of those attending the session.

    Moderator:

    Van Staden, Maryke, Director, ICLEI

    • Speakers:

      Eidson, Scott, Vice President Environmental Markets, 3Degrees

      As Vice President of 3Degrees’ Environmental Markets team, Scott oversees all aspects of commercial, wholesale and utility green pricing sales and procurement from new renewable energy and carbon offset projects. The Environmental Markets team actively manages one of the most complex and diverse REC and offset portfolios spanning voluntary and compliance markets in the U.S and abroad and has supported well over one thousand different renewable energy projects. Under Scott’s leadership, sales more than doubled from 2013 to 2015.  

      Scott also developed innovative and flexible contract structures that enable voluntary customers to support high impact projects. These efforts led to the nation’s first grid-connected tidal energy project and the use of renewable energy certificates as a financial instrument to support new build. These accomplishments have led to industry recognition, most recently by Environmental Finance who named 3Degrees as the Best Trader for North American RECs and by the EPA as the Green Power Supplier of the Year for the eighth time. Scott is currently the chairman of the Center for Resource Solutions’ Power Market Advisory Committee and serves as a liaison between Green-e Energy participants and the Green-e Governance board.  

      Scott has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MBA from HEC in Paris, an MA in business law from The Fletcher School and is a certified mediator.

      Hunt, Lucy, Associate, WBCSD

      Lucy Hunt is an Associate in the Climate & Energy team at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). She leads the REscale project at WBCSD, bringing together companies from the full renewable value chain to work together on solutions to accelerate the deployment of renewables beyond average growth.

      Before joining WBCSD in 2018, Lucy spent four years working on low carbon technology and energy efficiency projects at the Carbon Trust, a global not-for-profit energy consultancy

      Minkova, Hristina, Head of Environmental Services, Nvalue

      Hristina Minkova is part of Nvalue team since 2017. In her role as Head of Environmental markets, she is responsible for the development of custom-made environmental solutions and sourcing green products for energy suppliers and corporate clients, with focus on guarantees of origin and diversified Energy Attributes Certificates.

      Hristina holds a Master degree in Management and has over 10 years of experience in the energy sector, working for different international companies.

  • 15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

    Coffee breaks are offered to you by Commerg.

     

  • 15:30 - 16:30 Session 4a - Corporate supply chain policies boosting demand for renewable energy

    The RE100 group of corporate organisations which are committed to sourcing 100% renewable energy has historically been dominated by consumer-oriented businesses focused on presenting a progressive public image. This has been an important first step, but there are many businesses that never interact with the public or face direct calls for strong corporate social responsibility policies. Therefore, the early ‘B to C’ RE100 business could respond to increased demand for renewable energy by requiring their ‘B to B’ supply chain companies to exclusively source renewables. Could such an approach support the RE100’s goal of going from 100 to 100,000 companies only sourcing renewables? In this session we will ask what the potential is for such supply chain pressure and whether there are any factors that could limit its success.
     

    Moderator:

    Drevermann, Sarah, Manager Renewable Energy, First Climate Markets

    • Speakers:

      Edberg, Oliver, Renewable Energy Specialist, Tetra Pak International

      Redington, Kate, CDP Europe, Associate Director Corporate Development

  • 15:30 - 16:30 Session 4b - France: an in-depth exploration

    France has a complex energy system and it’s not an easy market to operate in. Dominant market players under public control and an energy mix that sees inflexible nuclear power dwarf other generators do not represent an encouraging landscape for innovation and an accelerated energy transition. Nevertheless, progress is being made. Having refused to issue GOs for power generators benefiting from national support, France recently opened regular auctions of GOs, which are run by Powernext. The scale of French issuance of GOs means that this could have a significant impact on the EU GO markets as a whole. This session will benefit from the insight of French experts involved in the country’s GO system in general and in the recent auctions specifically – they will offer an analysis as to whether these recent developments are having a positive impact in France and beyond.
     

    Moderator:

    Debay, Ivan, CEO, Origo

    Ivan Debay founded Origo, a company specialized in the marketing and selling of guarantees of origin to electricity end-users.

    Origo has established itself by accompanying French based multinational companies in their path toward green power consumption throughout the world.

    • Speakers:

      Powernext, , speaker tbc

      Codinach, Albert, Founder & CEO, BCM Energy and Planète OUI

      After graduating as Engineer in Spain and in France (double degree) I worked for one of the main Hydro producers in France (Compagnie Nationale du Rhône) were I learned the basics of renewable energy management. That was until 2015 were I decided to create BCM Energy, a new energy company in order to adapt to the permanent fluctuations in production and consumption. From scratch, and with innovation as main value, we have managed to build up a challenger with currently more than 50 000 end customers and almost 1TWh of energy managed.

  • 15:30 - 16:30 Session 4c - Part 3: an introduction to energy attribute tracking in Europe – legislation, data and new developments

    This third ‘C stream’ session introducing energy attribute tracking for delegates with less experience of renewable-energy markets and systems will focus on the EU’s legally defined certificates: Guarantees of Origins (GOs). Expert speakers will cover the European legal framework and the roles of the system’s leading actors. You will also receive a statistical update of how the GO system has developed, with insights into how it may develop in the years ahead. The session is flexible and may cover details of other topics such as interaction with US RECS and I-RECs, depending on the interests of those attending the session.

    Moderator:

    Güngör, Merve, Liaison Coordinator, EKOenergy

    Merve Güngör is the Liaison Coordinator at the EKOenergy Secretariat. EKOenergy is an independent, nonprofit ecolabel for renewable energy that is available in more than 30 countries. Her focus is on promoting renewable energy and the use of EKOenergy labelled electricity, especially in East Asia. She closely observes developing renewable energy markets outside Europe.

    Before joining EKOenergy in 2016, Merve completed traineeships at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Subregional Office (ESCAP-ENEA) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Merve has a master’s degree from Zhejiang University in China

    • Speakers:

      Münzer, Alexandra, Managing Director, Greenfact

      Alexandra holds a PhD in physics from the Technical University in Munich and worked within the development of electrical devices and as an expert for electrical engineering at an international IP firm.

      Alexandra is the Managing Director of Greenfact, which provides a market intelligence and data analysis platform for the green certificates market with a unique focus on Guarantees of Origin in Europe.

      Von Moos, Louis, Managing Director, Association ECS Switzerland

      Lehtovaara, Marko, CEO, Grexel

      CEO of Grexel, Energy certification pioneer and IT strategist.

      Marko is the founder Grexel, now part of EEX group, and has contributed  to the development of energy certification regulation and standards on both European and national level. He has also chaired the board of the AIB and helped numerous countries to join to the common GO market. Grexel provides registries for 13 countries for power, biomethane, Hydrogen and CO2 certification.

  • 17:00 - 17:30 Keynote session 5 - The market impact of falling technology costs

    Technical reports and news stories predicting that renewables would become the cheapest source of power are already proving correct. Renewables have gone from being expensive but necessary, to a competitive form of new capacity, to sometimes being the cheapest option for electricity generation in a remarkably short space of time. This rapid change could alter the way power markets function for good. The traditional role of the marginal generation cost curve in setting market prices could be significantly reduced as zero-marginal cost renewables dominate and other factors, such as location and time-based grid charges, become more prominent. As renewables become both cheaper and more predictably priced than alternatives with fossil-fuel input costs it is also likely that they will become the first choice, secured by EACs, of large and small consumers alike. This should lead to a market that drives new renewables capacity, as well as any required repowering of existing capacity. These developments and others will be explored in detail in this session.
     

    Moderator:

    Braslawsky, Jared, Secretary General, RECS International

    As Deputy Secretary-General of RECS International Jared primarily focuses on the consumer driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and abroad. He is a leading expert in the European market for guarantees of origin and other international electricity tracking mechanisms. Jared works on behalf of the electricity end-user and is currently focused on scope 2 carbon accounting and the claims that can be made by electricity purchasers.

     

  • 17:30 - 18:30 Networking drinks

    The networking drinks are brought to you by 3Degrees.

     

  • 19:30 - 22:30 Dinner party

    On Tuesday 31 March 19:30 - 22:30 there will be a Dinner Party for REC Market Meeting delegates. This will be held at the Hotel Arena, 's-Gravesandestraat 55. The Dinner Party is free of charge, but please indicate your attendance upon registration. You will receive a dinner ticket upon arrival to the conference. Please bring this ticket with you to the Dinner Party.

    The Dinner Party is offered to you by ECOHZ.  

     

Wednesday 1 April 2020

  • 9:00 - 10:00 Session 6a - Market developments, volumes and prices

    Delegates will be happy to see this session, which has become a staple of the REC Market Meeting, in its traditional day 2 morning slot. Volumes, prices, trades, demand and trends – everything that the traders and originators among us need to prepare for the new year will be covered by expert speakers. Will the double-digit growth of recent years continue into 2020? Will trends such as increased demand, more complex product definitions and increased interest from stakeholders and policy-makers consolidate or accelerate? Could we see more frequent and more severe price shocks, or will a maturing market become easier to predict? The answers to these questions and more will make for an interesting session that covers REC markets in Europe and around the world – providing an overview of both developed and developing attribute-tracking markets.
     

    Moderator:

    Münzer, Alexandra, Managing Director, Greenfact

    Alexandra holds a PhD in physics from the Technical University in Munich and worked within the development of electrical devices and as an expert for electrical engineering at an international IP firm.

    Alexandra is the Managing Director of Greenfact, which provides a market intelligence and data analysis platform for the green certificates market with a unique focus on Guarantees of Origin in Europe.

    • Speakers:

      Dixon, William, Head of Product Development CWE, Entelios (a part of Agder Energi)

      William holds degrees in both geography and business, and is part of an origination team which optimizes their Nordic hydro production across European and global markets. He also manages the global green certificate resource EnergyOrigins.net.

      Previously he has managed the green certificate portfolio of a UK energy supplier and negotiated UK based power purchase agreements. He was involved in the Feed in Tariff Contracts for Difference (FiT CfD) working groups which were arranged by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

      William has also worked in the areas of on-shore wind development, and brokerage. Within these roles he contributed to various working groups, including a review of the UK Feed in Tariff coordinated by Ofgem, and was part of a sub-group formed by RenewableUK to review planning guidelines for small scale developments.

      Schennen, Rudy, Managing Director, Commerg

  • 9:00 - 10:00 Session 6b - Australia: REC markets coming up ‘Down Under’

    The Australian energy market is anything but predictable. Australia has frequently fluctuating national climate and energy policies, a major export-focused coal industry, and some of the largest grid-level battery storage in the world. All of which makes this an interesting socio-economic context in which to develop an energy-attribute tracking system. This explanation of the intricacies of Australian REC markets will give participants a deeper understanding of this dynamic energy context. You will hear from those working in Australia and from Australian market players, who will provide insights that are rarely available in Europe.
     

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break

    Coffee breaks are offered to you by Commerg.

     

  • 10.30 - 11:30 Session 7a - Revisiting blockchain: what has stuck after the hype?

    Energy-attribute tracking ventures that use distributed ledger technologies (blockchains) have attracted a lot of attention in recent years, both positive and negative. The initial excitement that characterised the onset of these new technologies has somewhat cooled. So what is left of the hype? This session will build on a recent report by RECS International evaluating the common claims of such projects and evaluating whether or not they stand up to scrutiny. EU legislation makes it clear that the GO is the only instrument which can be used to guarantee the origin of renewable energy. As such, in this session we will ask whether and how blockchain and the GO market can be effectively integrated. Delegates will hear both from those running the blockchain projects and from those using the established EECS-GO system on the future potential of using distributed ledgers for attribute tracking.
     

    Moderator:

    White, Adam, Director, RECS International

    As RECS International’s Director Adam is currently focused on the implementation of article 19 of the recast Renewable Energy Directive on Guarantees of Origin, and is also working on the potential use of new technologies, such as the blockchain, in GO systems. 

    Before joining RECS International Adam worked for a number of different organisations, all with a strong focus on the development and rollout of well-functioning renewable energy systems. Adam has worked directly for politicians in the UK, both in the London Assembly scrutinizing the Mayor and in Parliament holding the UK Government to account. In Brussels Adam worked for the WWF European Policy Office for six years as Senior Research Coordinator for Climate and Energy. In this role he led the development of the WWF European network’s case for a more ambitious 2030 EU Climate and Energy Package. Most recently Adam completed freelance research projects for ClimateWorks in San Francisco and for E3G in Brussels, focusing on the development and implementation of national and EU climate action to deliver the Paris Agreement.

    • Speakers:

      Kok, Walter, CEO, Energy Web Foundation

      Walter is CEO of the Energy Web Foundation. EWF has spent the past three years requirements gathering, experimenting, and prototyping solutions with the global energy blockchain community, which totals more than 100 member organizations and represents more than 280 million customers around the world. EWF is now focusing on leveraging blockchain and other digital technologies to accelerate the energy transition, especially in relation to two primary use cases: 1) enhancing energy sector traceability and 2) unlocking grid flexibility from customer-owned resources.

      Walter is passionate about transforming organizations through new technologies. He brings nearly three decades of experience leading customer solutions and operational teams in complex, global organizational environments, including in the fields of fintech, telecommunications and information technology (IT). Prior to joining EWF originally as COO, Kok was COO of bank-wide operations at ING Bank, where he drove a series of transformation programs and built a new type of operating model better equipped to deal with the challenges of regulatory requirements and technological disruption. In addition to ING, Kok’s prior experience also includes senior board positions at Vodafone Global Enterprise, BT, NEC Corporation and several startups. He holds a Masters of Science in computer systems networking and telecommunications from Eindhoven University of Technology.

      Liew , May, Head Sustainability and Open Innovation, SP Group

  • 10.30 - 11:30 Session 7b - India: Renewable markets driving energy access

    India has over 120 GW of installed power capacity from renewable sources – representing over a third of the power generation capacity in the country. India’s ambitious 2022 targets for building on this capacity are making it a world leader in renewable energy. It is, therefore, a highly attractive market that has already received 0bn in investments towards the goal of adding 450 to 500 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030, and one which is looking for hundreds of billions more. Solar power is the main renewable electricity technology in a country that is looking not only to increase its clean generation capacity, but which is also seeking to ensure, through significant decentralisation, that every household has access to affordable and reliable electricity. The Indian renewable energy market is supported by a well-established REC mechanism that is likely to grow in importance, as the country has already received a number of zero-support bids for solar power tenders. In this session we will describe the Indian renewable energy market in detail and highlight opportunities for its further development through RECs.
     

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

    Coffee breaks are offered to you by Commerg.

     

  • 12:00 - 13:00 Keynote Session 8 - Standards: the globalization of consumer demand for renewables

    The three principal international REC standards – GOs in Europe, RECs in North America, and I-RECS in a growing number of other countries – exist alongside a number of national schemes. Given that many of the biggest producers and consumers of renewable energy are global multinational companies, this diversity of schemes can create challenges, potentially reducing their ability to maximise their participation in different renewable energy markets. One important way of combatting this is the development and use of common standards among the different REC schemes. There is already significant overlap in some areas, with national mechanisms in Europe interacting with the GO system, and trades of GOs and I-RECs into and out of the EU and neighbouring countries. In this session we will look at how such standardisation can be taken further to ease the use of RECs in all countries, reduce barriers to entry into renewable energy markets and increase consumer confidence in certified power purchases.

    Moderator:

    Braslawsky, Jared, Secretary General, RECS International

    As Deputy Secretary-General of RECS International Jared primarily focuses on the consumer driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and abroad. He is a leading expert in the European market for guarantees of origin and other international electricity tracking mechanisms. Jared works on behalf of the electricity end-user and is currently focused on scope 2 carbon accounting and the claims that can be made by electricity purchasers.

     

  • 13:00 - 14:30 Networking lunch - end of meeting

    The networking lunch is offered to you by Fortum.