Program

 

Tuesday, 6 September   Wednesday, 7 September
09.00
09.30
  Arrival & Coffee   08.00
09.00
  Arrival & Coffee
09.30
10.00
  Opening and Introduction   09.00
11.00
  Breakout/parallel sessions
10.00
12.00
  Plenary Session I: Transition towards a green economy – keynote addresses   11.00
11.30
  Coffee
12.00
12.30
  Press conference   11.30
12.30
  Plenary Session III: Conclusions and the next steps
12.00
13.30
  Lunch   12.30
14.00
  Lunch
13.30
15.00
  Plenary Session II: Financing and investments for a green economy – keynote addresses   14.00
17.00
  Site visits (optional)
15.00
15.30
  Coffee   Side events  

My City - EEA photography contest
The photo that receives the most votes will be awarded a special prize from The Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU. The winner will be announced in the closing session of the T2gE conference. THE WINNER IS ...

15.30
17.30
  Breakout/parallel sessions     Green World
Young artists have tried to capture through paintings, prints, combined techniques, photography, comics and animated film their view of the green economy in their immediate living space. THE WINNER IS ...
6th September 2016

09.00 - 09.30

Arrival & Coffee

09.30 - 10.00

Opening and Introduction

 

László Sólymos, Minister of Environment, Slovakia
Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Deputy Director-General “Research Programmes”, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

10.00 - 12.00

Plenary Session I: Transition towards a green economy 
Moderator: Frédéric Simon, EurActiv.com
The plenary session (I) gives the floor to the high-level keynote speakers – commissioners, ministers, heads of international institutions, prominent governmental representatives and experts. It is designed to launch the policy debate and set the tone for the discussions in the sessions which follow.
The green economy model is often seen as part of the solution to the economic, environmental and societal challenges faced by Europe and the world.  It is believed to have a strong potential for fostering research and innovation and creating new jobs and innovative business models while improving the well-being of citizens and preserving natural capital.
The session will initiate a discussion on the role of governments, international organisations, research and the knowledge community and other key stakeholders in the transition to the green economy. Interventions will focus on showcasing examples of innovative approaches and tools for decision making and will debate how to create an enabling policy framework for the transition.  Attention will also be paid to a discussion of the underlying knowledge needs, research and innovation required to accelerate such a transition.

Key note  speakers:

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-president, Energy Union, European Commission
Pier Vellinga,  Professor in Climate Change and Water Safety, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Minister of the Environment, waters and forests, Romania
Vidar Helgesen, Minister of the climate and environment, Norway
Richard van Rijssen, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bratislava
Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
Raffi Balian, Regional Director for Environment, Science and Technology, USA

Q&A

12.00 - 12.30 Press conference

12.00 - 13.30

Lunch

13.30 - 15.00

Plenary Session II: Financing and investments for a green economy
Moderator: James Crisp, Euractiv.com
Plenary session II will include a discussion on how green fiscal policies could accelerate the transition to the green economy and the main challenges in terms of securing public finance and mobilising private financing.
Although green private investment has already been substantial, a number of specific barriers need to be overcome in order to unlock its full potential. This requires appropriate domestic and international policy measures, including a stable regulatory framework and transparency. These are the main preconditions for an environment conducive to increasing private financing.
Major financial investments on the part of both international and national public and private sources are required in order to move the world economy towards a low-carbon path, increase the resilience of vulnerable countries to climate change and achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The transition to the green economy requires major structural and technological changes in key sectors, in both the developing and developed countries. The financing of the global transition requires new financial sources that go far beyond public funds. New green financial instruments as well as green subsidies should help to mobilise public and private funds more effectively, avoid duplicity, and create innovative sources

Key note speakers:

Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP (video link)
Eila Kreivi, Director and Head of Capital Markets, European Investment Bank
Annie Bersagel
, Advisor, Responsible Investment, Kommunal Landspensjonskasse, Norway
Stefania Racolta-Cruceru, Associate Director, Head of Product and Business Development, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Frido Kraanen, Director Corporative and Corporate Sustainability, PGGM
Arvid Moss, Executive Vice President Norsk Hydro

Q&A

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 - 17.30

Parallel panel discussions

 

(I) Policy actions 
Moderator: Zuzana Gabrižová, Euractiv.sk
Rapporteur: Jaroslaw Pietras, Director-General, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union

Good governance is one of the essential preconditions for the transition to the green economy. A parallel session (I) will launch a discussion of the role of policy makers in the transition process. Speakers will touch upon the main achievements and challenges at policy level, as well as appropriate policy approaches and tools that could work in favour of the green economy.
A lack of integration at all policy levels has so far been one of the main reasons for the failure to achieve sustainable development goals. The environment has usually been regarded as a constraint or liability rather than an opportunity. In the green economy model it cannot be isolated from economic and social objectives.
The alignment of all public policies is essential in order to achieve green objectives. Following an integrated and holistic approach in policy formulation and implementation is one of the main roles of policy makers.  The integrated approach should also reflect the views of all non-governmental stakeholders - business and finance, research and academia and civil society.

Key note speaker:

Norbert Kurilla, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Slovakia

Panellists:

Miroslav Mikolášik, MEP (EPP/SK), Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament
Teimuraz Murgulia, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia
Juraj Číž, Managing Director, Ecorec
Henry Saint Bris, Senior Vice President, Suez Environment
Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau

Tony Robson, Senior Associate, E3G
Heikki Granholm, Director, Natural Resources Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland
Jan Teekens, Coordinating Policy Advisor - Project leader Make it Work, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

Q&A

 

(II) Research and knowledge actions
Moderator : Radovan Geist, Euractiv.sk
Rapporteur : Ivan Haščič, OECD

Discussions in parallel session II will focus on the role of research and innovation in accelerating the transition, issues relating to the demands placed on the community of researchers and innovators and the obstacles faced by researchers and innovators when developing and deploying innovative solutions, including their real-life implementation.
Research and development outputs create a scientific basis for designing new policies, including “green” policies, and thus help policy-makers push forward new policies.
Investing in research, technology development, innovation and the continuous enhancement of knowledge is essential for transitioning to the green economy. Investing in educational systems will enable such systems to respond effectively to the new skills needed in a new economy model. Investing in human capital is one of the best long-term investments and should facilitate the creation of green jobs.

Key note speaker:

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Coordinator, European Parliament

Panellists:

Renzo Tomellini, Head of Unit “Strategy”, DG Research and Innovation, Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, European Commission
Richard Filčák, Senior Researcher, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Zdeněk Hruška, Public Affairs Senior Manager, European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers

Anne-Christine Ayed, Executive Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Environment, Tarkett
Annik Magerholm Fet, Director of Sustainability, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Q&A

 

(III) Civil society actions 
Moderator: Adéla Denková, Euractiv.cz
Rapporteur: Matthias Puhringer, Director for International Cooperation and Strategy, The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

Cooperation between civil society and national governments and intergovernmental bodies, businesses and other stakeholders in the process of transition towards the green economy will be the main subject of parallel session III.
Civil society groups are among the key stakeholders in the transition process. They actively mobilise public support for new legislation, policies and strategies. With its capacities, innovative approaches, facilitation of the exchange of experiences and ability to address new, emerging issues, civil society can play an important part in the transition towards the green economy.
The different roles of civil society - the collection and dissemination of information, policy consultation, assessment and monitoring and advocacy for environmental justice – are extremely important in terms of ensuring a wider understanding, increased awareness and public acceptance of the concept of the green economy.

Key note speaker:

Andreas Beckmann, Managing Director, WWF

Panellists:

Marta Szigeti-Bonifert, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe
Juraj Zamkovský,Program Director and Coordinator of the Energy Program at Poľana, CEPA, Slovakia
Sini Eräjää, EU Bioenergy Policy Officer, Bird Life Europe
Heike Schiffler, Director of Environment, Tetra Pak
Ulrich Bang, Director, Global Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, VELUX Group
Jonas Helseth, Director, Bellona Europe, Norway
Patrick Clerens, Secretary General, European Association for Storage of Energy

Q&A

19.00

VIP Dinner (only on invitation) held on 6 September at 19.00 at the premises of the Art Museum Danubiana.

 

 

7th September 2016

08.00 - 09.00

Arrival & Coffee

09.00 - 11.00

Parallel sessions

 

(IV) Cities, regional and local authorities actions
Moderator: Radovan Geist, Euractiv.sk
Rapporteur: Dana Švihlová, Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University

Speakers in this parallel session will discuss how to tackle the pressing environmental and social problems currently facing cities, regions and local authorities – from road congestion and urban sprawl to a lack of infrastructure and inadequate public services. They will also discuss possible solutions - stable financing, better coordination between central and local governments and the development of skills and capacities for innovation. Several approaches will be presented and discussed by representatives of cities, associations of local authorities and policy makers.
Cities, regions and local authorities have an ambition not only to be “a good place to live”, but also to be “green” and to contribute to sustainable economic growth. Their green policies have a positive economic impact on job creation, investments, innovation and the well-being of their citizens. Many cities and local authorities are among the first movers in the deployment of highly innovative policy approaches, technologies and partnerships with research institutions and businesses.
In order to cope with environmental, economic and social challenges and to respond adequately to climate change, many municipalities have been investing in smart green technologies. Efforts to tackle air pollution and road congestion have resulted in the introduction of low-emission vehicles, integrated multi-modal transport systems and intelligent traffic management. Many municipalities are also innovators in energy generation and distribution, water and waste management systems and green buildings.

Key note speaker:

Sirpa Hertell ,Vice-Chair of the Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy, European Committee of the Regions

Panellists:

Pavel Misiga, Head of Unit "Clean Water", DG Environment, European Commission
Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI Europe
Josef Knot, Deputy Mayor, City of Písek, Czech Republic

László Miklós, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Martin Stohl, Development Manager, HB Reavis

Q&A

 

(V) Business and investment institutions actions 
Moderator: Jan Vitásek, Euractiv.cz
Rapporteur: Jim Currie, Co-Chairman, Burson-Marsteller

In parallel session V, speakers will discuss the importance of and role played by the involvement of business and investment stakeholders in the transition to the green economy. Business stakeholders have a critical role to play in the green economy concept by providing the innovation and investments necessary to facilitate the transition.
The green economy has created the greatest economic opportunity since the industrial revolution. There are enormous opportunities for business and investment institutions to capitalise on energy, transport, renewables, water, food, low-carbon technologies and innovations, etc.  At the same time, the green economy requires a stable policy framework in order to give investors the confidence to finance green economy activities.
Innovative businesses therefore encourage and compel governments to take action to establish a regulatory framework that supports a transition, innovation and secure investments by providing incentives that will encourage private investors to support green technologies and promising start-ups.

Key note speaker:

Sheng Fulai, Chief, Research and Partnership Unit Economics and Trade Branch, United Nations Environment Programme

Panellists:

Peter Dittrich, CEO, Slovak Investment Holding, Slovakia
Francois Sterin, Director of Global Infrastructure, Google
Miroslav Kiraľvarga, President, National Union of Employers, Slovakia
James Nix, Director, Green Budget Europe
Elena Stecca, Project Officer Global Initiatives, CDP Europe

Sigrid Linher, Director for Energy and Environment, ORGALIME
Q&A

 

(VI) Topic in focus: Innovations for Transition 
Moderator: Pavol Szalai, EurActiv.sk
Rapporteur: Tomas Turecki, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

In this parallel session speakers will present and discuss various approaches to innovation supporting transition. Attention will be given to different examples of innovation in the social, policy-related, technological and financial spheres. The subjects of drivers, finance and policies supporting innovation, their uptake and the diffusion of green technologies will also be discussed.
Policies supporting innovation can play a crucial role in creating enabling conditions, identifying challenges and addressing the bottlenecks that impair the ability of countries to innovate and improve productivity. Diverse, tailor-made policies should also be devised in order to support the business community and encourage other stakeholders to invest in eco-innovation and research, and support the upscaling of innovative technologies and technology transfer.
Governments can support innovation by financing public research, as well as encouraging and leveraging private investment in research and innovation.  They can also foster innovation indirectly, by providing a suitable environment for companies that are willing to invest and innovate.

Key note speaker:

Richard Miller, Deputy Director for Innovation in Industry, Innovate UK

Panellists:

Barbara Šubic, Head of Development and Technology, M Sora
Fabrice Stassin, Managing Director of The Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative
Susanne Fischer, Research Fellow, Business Unit Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institut, RECREATE
Tomáš Žáček, Architect, Ecocapsule Project, Slovakia
Amir Rashid, ResCoM Project Coordinator, Head of Division, Department of Production Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Natasa Sbrizaj, Vice-Chair of AmCham EU's Environment Committee
Fabrizio Nardo, Inventor of the NPT Zero-Waste Technology

Q&A

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee

11.30 - 12.30

Plenary Session III: Conclusions and the next steps 
Moderator: Zuzana Gabrižová, Euractiv.sk

Conclusions from parallel sessions – Panel rapporteurs
Conclusions from EU policy perspective – Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General, DG ENV
Conclusions from a global perspective – Jan Dusík, Regional Director UNEP
Conclusions – Renzo Tomellini, DG Research and Innovation, Climate action and resource efficiency, Head of Unit ''Strategy'', European Commission
Conclusions + closing remarks – László Sólymos, Minister of Environment of the Slovak Republic

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch

14.00 - 17.00

Site visits
Optional visit to one of “green economy demonstration” sites:

  • TOMRA Sorting Solutions – sensor-based sorting in the fields of reverse vending, food, recycling, mining and other industries
  • Devín – Climate change adaptation, flood protection, cultural heritage, Natura 2000 site
  • Slovak University of Technology  –  National centre for research and applications of renewable source of energy
  • Slovak Green Building Council – green building excursion

The programme is  being prepared by the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic in a close cooperation with the European Commission, the European Environment Agency and the OECD.