Speaker details will follow. For programmes and speakers of previous events, please go to previous events details. 

Monday 12 March

  • 14:00 - 16:30 Preconference sessions


    Vanholme, Steven, Program Manager, EKOenergy

    Steven Vanholme graduated as a Master in Law (Ghent and Nottingham) in 1997. Soon after, he became a policy officer at the main Belgian nature conservation organisation, Natuurpunt.

    Throughout the years, he specialized in climate and energy issues: advocacy work, setting up climate projects and information sessions, coordinating campaigns...  From 2002 to 2010, Steven was an active member of several working groups of BirdLife Europe, and of the Flemish Advisory Council for Nature and Environment.

    Since 2012, Steven is one of the driving forces behind EKOenergy.  EKOenergy is a network of 40 environmental NGOs from 30 countries. Its main ambition is the promotion of the use of renewable electricity. The most visible tool of the EKOenergy Network is the EKOenergy label, the first Europe-wide ecolabel for electricity. LEED calls EKOenergy "the best available pan-European option for the sustainable and additional consumption of renewable electricity within Europe".  See  for more information. 

    Steven lives in Helsinki, with his wife and two sons.

    • This workshop, which will introduce you to the internationally recognised EAC standards, will help you build your knowledge of the terminology, rules and regulations related to these standards. The session will review the European GO system and the European Energy Certificate System (EECS) Standard, the U.S. REC system and the International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) as well as various national developments.

      Target audience
      All those interested in developing the renewable electricity market. Past participants have included executives from companies wishing to purchase certificates directly and therefore intending to open accounts as well as people from companies wishing to expand the sustainability options they offer their clients. Representatives of electricity utilities have also shown an interest in this workshop, as it will improve their understanding of the mechanisms behind the delivery of various electricity products to their customers.

      Please register for the Preconference separately. The fee for the Preconference is €325,-. A maximum of 30 people can register.


      Raadal, Hanne Lerche, PhD, Senior research scientist, Ostfoldforskning

      PhD and Research Manager at Ostfold Research, a Norwegian research institute within the field environmental protection, based on the Life Cycle Assessment methodology. Hanne Lerche Raadal has worked with environmental documentation and carbon accounting of products, processes and companies over the last 15 years, mainly based on the Life Cycle Assessment methodology. Ostfold Research was one of the project partners in the RE-DISS II project in which Hanne was responsible for providing environmental indicators data for the Residual Mixes. In 2013, she finalised the PhD thesis “Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electricity generation systems. Tracking and claiming in environmental reporting”.

      Münzer, Alexandra, Managing Director, Greenfact

      Alexandra Münzer holds a doctoral degree in applied physics from the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

      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

      Louis von Moos has a degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in environmental engineering and a post graduate in economy. He is acting as General Manager for the Association Energy Certificate System ECS Switzerland ( since it’s start in 2006. ECS Switzerland is coordinating all relevant national stakeholders interested in the topics energy certificates, guarantees of origin and disclosure. Before Louis von Moos worked with smaller consulting firms in the energy and climate sector. He is the board member for Switzerland within the RECS International organisation ( Switzerland is active in this organisation since late 2002.

      Debay, Ivan, CEO, Origo

      Ivan Debay has ten years experience working as an analyst and trader in European power and renewable certificates markets.

      In February 2014,  he founded Origo, a company specialized in the marketing and selling of guarantees of origin to electricity end-users in France.

      Pennock, Alex, Senior Manager of Standards and Technical Assistance, Center for Resource Solutions

      Alex Pennock is the Senior Manager of Standards and Technical Assistance at Center for Resource Solutions. He focuses on developing certification standards for the Green-e Energy program, which he managed in the US for 8 years, to help grow and strengthen voluntary renewable energy markets all over the world.  Related areas of work include renewable energy tracking systems, green power carbon accounting and green building.  He holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University and a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Dartmouth College.

    • As in previous years we will organise a legal workshop which is intended for energy traders, in-house counsel, corporate environmental compliance experts, corporate energy procurement experts, renewable energy producers interested in corporate PPA support and funders. An introduction to the relevant tracking systems, national legal frameworks, and purchase and trade agreements will be provided to enable participants with limited knowledge of this sector to participate.


      Gunst, Andreas, Partner, DLA Piper

      Andreas Gunst is an experienced energy lawyer. His practice area covers the entire energy value chain and has advised governments and other parties at the negotiating table in Paris at the UNFCCC in 2015. He is DLA Piper's resident climate change expert and recently spoke at COP22 in Marrakech. In addition to being a Partner in DLA Piper's Finance and Projects team, Andreas advises clients on energy regulation and is leading DLA Piper's advice to the market on the impact Brexit may have on the energy sector and climate change. 

  • 20:00 - 22:00 Get together party sponsored by Statkraft

    The Meet & Greet is sponsored by Statkraft


Tuesday 13 March

  • 10:00 - 11:15 Opening session 1 - The value of consumer action worldwide

    Electricity markets are changing; around the world  policies are shifting, which has the potential to put consumers in a stronger position. Consumers are taking on this responsibility, encouraging new legislation, but also taking action into their own hands. Consumers are making their voice heard when purchasing electricity: they are choosing the electricity product that is right for them. This conscious effort is changing the fundamentals of the electricity market. It is forcing a historically top-down industry to respond to bottom-up influences in the market. This is not about stimulating or supporting the production of electricity; it is about increasing the freedom to demand products that consumers actually want. Recognising consumer choice ensures that we – as stakeholders, governments and citizens – value the demands of consumers. In this session we will hear from representatives of leading international organisations, who will present activities that put choice and responsibility for renewable procurement in the hands of consumers. Join us and learn more about how increasing numbers of stakeholders are starting to truly value consumer action and choice worldwide.


    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:

      Faria, Pedro, Technical Director, CDP

      Amelung,Torsten, Senior Vice President, New Markets, Statkraft Markets, Statkraft Markets

      Torsten Amelung has been Managing Director of Statkraft Markets GmbH, which is a 100% subsidiary of the Norwegian Statkraft AS and is responsible for Statkraft's operations in Continental Europe. Torsten Amelung has been working in the energy sector for 18 years: he was CFO of Stadtwerke Kiel AG, Managing Director of TXU Deutschland GmbH and Head of Strategy of RAG. Torsten Amelung has graduated from Cologne University. His majors were economics and business administration. He has a PhD in Economics and has been teaching as lecturer at the University of Cologne since 1995.

      Dam, Henrik, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Energy

      Henrik Dam graduated in 1990 as M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark. He has worked with the European Commission since 2003 on the areas Renewable Energy, smartgrids, active demand, electric vehicles, energy storage technologies, innovation, and SMEs. He is currently policy officer in DG ENERGY in the unit Renewables and CCS policy. He deals with both the present and the upcoming EC directive on Renewables with particular focus on wind energy, hydropower, guarantees of origin and member state achievement of RES targets.

      Henrik Dam: Future policy framework for Guarantees of Origin in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package
      Torsten Amelung: Re suppliers & consumers: the road ahead
      Pedro Faría: Business leadership in the energy transition
      Sam Kimmins: RE100 Leadership and impact

  • 11:15 - 12:00 RE100 keynote panel

    A leadership framework for renewable energy consumption: 3 case studies in the corporate sector. With contributions from RE100 member companies.


    Kimmins, Sam, Head of Corporate Campaign, RE100

    Sam is Head of the RE100 corporate campaign that brings together the world's most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power. 

    He has 20 years’ experience translating industry-leading practice into commercial opportunity across the shipping, aviation, food, construction and NGO sectors. 

    For the past seven years Sam has worked with companies across multiple sectors to develop and embed sustainability strategy, as Principal Sustainability Advisor at Forum for the Future.

    While at Forum for the Future, Sam spearheaded the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, which recently won the Guardian Sustainable Business Award for innovative consultancy. Sam spent two of these years as an advisor for Air New Zealand, steering the development of a pioneering sustainability strategy that won them recognition as Eco-Airline of the Year in 2015. Seconded for six months to Swire Pacific Offshore in Singapore, Sam advised on the development of the company’s zero-carbon strategy.

    Previously, Sam spent 10 years developing and embedding sustainable design strategies for major built environment projects at WSP and Beyond Green. Clients included Bovis Lend Lease, B&Q, Savilles, Sir Robert McAlpine, Emirates Stadium and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.

    Sam was awarded the CIOB Gold Award for The Green Building Handbook and has been quoted in Lloyds Register, the Guardian and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

    He is currently non-executive director of the Ethical Consumer Research Association, and an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Natural Environmental Science from Sheffield University.

    • Speakers:

      Slooten, Robbert, Program Manager Zero Carbon & Zero Waste, Philips Lighting

      Robbert Slooten is sustainability program manager at Philips Lighting. In this role, Robbert oversees progress on two of Philips Lighting’s 2020 commitments - zero carbon and since recently zero waste.

      Robbert was responsible for building Philips Lighting’s carbon emissions reduction and offsetting strategy, and is now driving its implementation. Under his direction, Philips Lighting increased its share of renewable electricity from 35% to 80%, amongst others through a PPA in the United States and the first-ever transaction of IRECs in the Gulf region. Having recently taken over management of the zero waste commitment, Robbert is streamlining the processes and accelerating progress towards diverting all industrial waste from landfill.

      Living up to the company vision to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world, Philips Lighting is walking the talk through its five-year sustainability program ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’. Launched at Climate Week NYC 2016, it contains ambitious goals such a delivering 2 billion LED lights by 2020 and reaching zero carbon and zero waste in the same year.

      Robbert studied Industrial Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he mastered in Innovation Management with a focus on Sustainable Energy Technologies.

      Harris, John, Renewable Energy Expert, IKEA

      For the last 11 years John has helped the IKEA Group improve their energy efficiency and energy purchase, invest in renewable energy and devise their energy independence strategy. That has taken him round the world and led him to move house from Switzerland to The Netherlands via Denmark. His current focus at the IKEA Group is on investing in wind turbines, supervising their management and managing their electricity sales. The IKEA Group already own wind farms in 8 countries.

      John worked for BP, Elf and TXU before bringing his wide experience of the energy sector to the IKEA Group.

      Evans, Steven, Director, ING

      Faria, Pedro, Technical Director, CDP

  • 12:00 - 13:15 Networking Lunch

    The REC Market Meeting lunch is sponsored by Fortum

  • 13:15 - 14:45 Parallel 2a - Certificates beyond electricity: gas, hydrogen and heat

    Certificate markets for electricity have proven their value over the last 15 years. With standardised systems available in the US, Europe and internationally, significant knowledge has been built up and there have been improvements in not only the standards but also in the infrastructure required to ensure a robust market. Stakeholders and end-users, looking to build on these successes, are now intending to go beyond electricity and use certificates to guarantee the origin of gas, hydrogen and even heat. With increased sustainability regulations at the national level as well as stricter voluntary procurement standards at the consumer level, these systems are gaining significant support. This session will review the most developed standards and offer insight into what the future of these markets may bring.


    Schumacher, Jens, Managing Partner, STX Commodities

    Mr. Schumacher started his career at STX Commodities in 2011, where he recently became Managing Partner. Since then he has gained an extensive knowledge of the GoO and biogas markets and is board member of the European Biogas Association. previously he worked in the automotive industry focusing on the market introduction of electric cars.

    He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences of Aachen in mechanical engineering and joined a master program at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth (Australia).

    STX Commodities is one of Europe’s leading companies for providing market access and creating liquidity in the environmental commodities markets in Europe and US. STX provides a full coverage of carbon emission allowances, energy efficiency, biofuels, biogas and green electricity.


    • Speakers:

      Elek, Zoltan, CEO, Landwärme GmbH

      Zoltan Elek graduated from Technical University of Munich in electrical engineering with a major in energy technology. In addition, he participated in an MBA program in cooperation with University of California (Berkley) and graduated from the Center for Digital Technology and Management at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. After his employment at E.ON Engineering, Stadtwerke München, and McKinsey & Company, Mr. Elek founded Landwärme GmbH and is now managing director of the Germany-based company. Landwärme is a biomethane supplier active in the European market. Besides the trade of biomethane, Landwärme plans and operates biogas upgrading plants and offers services along the entire biomethane value chain. As a founding member of the ERGaR, establishing the first European Renewable Gas Registry, Landwärme actively takes on a role lowering the bar toward an integrated European market for renewable gas. Hence, Mr. Elek offers around 10 years of experience in and well-founded knowledge of the biomethane industry and markets in Europe. He has given numerous presentations at conferences on renewable energies and biogas in particular.

      Kovacs, Attila, Executive Board Member , European Biogas Association (EBA)

      Attila Kovacs, PhD in Economics (University of Economics, Budapest), MSc in Chemical Engineering (Institute of Technology, Leningrad). Member of the Executive Board of European Biogas Association since 2009. Secretary General of the European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) established in September 2016. Board Member of the Hungarian Biogas Association since 2015. Managing Director of First Hungarian Biogas and Solar Ltd – an engineering and consulting company in Budapest; formerly Managing Director of E-A Energy Consulting GmbH, Vienna. He has 37 years of experience in international oil and gas industries and he has been working in the field of biogas since 2004, promoting biogas technology in Hungary and other Central – East European countries. He has published several articles on the subject and has been a speaker on numerous international renewable energy conferences.

      Henle, Florian, CEO, Polarstern

      Florian Henle is founder and CEO of the utility Polarstern, Germany’s pioneer for cutting edge energy products focusing on a sustainable energy future.

      Before Polarstern he founded GreenGas Concepts, the inventor of Biogas Certificates based on waste materials.

      Florian graduated in Cambridge and Landshut in International Business.

      He is a guest lecturer at renown Universities such as TU München, LMU München or EBS Oestrich-Winkel.

      Jens Schumacher: Establishing green and low carbon hydrogen GoO
      Zoltan Elek: Biomethane in the European fuel market
      Attila Kovacs: Standardizing the European renewable gas market by means of a European hub
      Florian Henle: 100 % green energy for end consumers. Closing the gap with biogas certificates

  • 13:15 - 14:45 Parallel 2b - Europe after 2020 and the role of consumers

    The developments and changes in the revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) are bound to make a significant impact on the renewable electricity market in Europe in the years ahead. From seemingly simple requirements, such as national GO systems adhering to European standards, to more complicated requirements around ‘supported’ technologies, many stakeholders are looking at the implications of the REDII and analysing how these will affect their daily work. In this session we will look ahead to the kind of Europe we can expect to see in two years’ time through the eyes of electricity consumers. Our key concern here is: will Europe fulfil its promise of putting the consumer in the driver’s seat?


    Van Evercooren, Dirk, President, AIB

    Born in 1966

    Holds a Master degree in Economic Science

    Since 1 February 2002: Director Markets at VREG, the electricity and gas markets regulator in the Flanders region of Belgium. Areas of expertise include: energy regulation, functioning of retail markets for electricity and gas, renewable energy, markets for green certificates and guarantees of origin, smart metering,…

    He is active within CEER, the Council of European Energy Regulators as Member of the Customer and Retail Markets Working Group and Chair of the Customer Empowerment Task Force.

    In May 2014, he was elected as President of the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB is an international non-for-profit organization. The purpose is to develop, use and promote a standardised system: the European Energy Certificate System - "EECS". In order to further facilitate the international exchange between of energy certificates, the AIB operates an inter-registry data communications Hub).

    • Speakers:

      Miler, Vanessa, Renewable Energy Strategist, Microsoft

      Renewable Energy Strategist at Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, Vanessa works on energy strategy, renewable energy procurement and investment. 10 years+ of experience in unlocking capital for renewable energy and environment projects in EMEA and emerging markets. Experience across the public and private sectors.  Former senior adviser on climate finance and negotiations at the French Ministry of Finance. French and Indian national, graduate of Sciences-Po Paris and the ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

      Van der Linde, Sim, Project Director Renewable Energy, Royal DSM

      Sim van der Linde is Project Director Renewable Energy at Royal DSM. He has been
      with the company since 1986 with responsibilities for laboratory operations, natural
      gas business, business intelligence, business development, secretary-general of a
      branch organization, purchase optimization, diverse projects and sourcing of
      energy prior to assuming his current role.

      Douglas, Bruce, Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe

      Bruce Douglas has been working in renewable energy for 20 years. He is currently the Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, a member-led association based in Brussels representing over 200 organisations active along the whole solar value chain.

      He is also the Co-Chairman of the Global Solar Council (GSC), the representative body for the entire global solar PV sector at an international level, representing over 2000 solar PV companies around the world.

      Previously he was Chief Operating Officer at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) for 10 years, founding Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Managing Director of FLiDAR, an offshore wind company.

      He has a Master degree in renewable energy systems technology and is fluent in English and French.

      Dirk van Evercooren: The state of the GO system
      Sim van der Linde: Europe after 2020 and the role of consumers
      Vanessa Miler
      Bruce Douglas: Resource platform

  • 14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break

    Held in the Opal rooms

  • 15:15 - 16:15 Parallel 3a - The influence of blockchain on global RE markets

    Blockchain is on the verge of being the ultimate market disruptor. While it is likely to affect virtually every industry, its impacts on the electricity industry, in particular, are unique. The electricity industry, as it has been designed, has disaggregated generation points, untold numbers of consumption points and cannot be tracked through the distribution net alone. During this session we will do our best to break through the hype and look at developments that have taken place in the last year. This provides an opportunity to see where we are right now and where we can expect to see the biggest changes in the near future.


    Laven, Max, Policy Officer, CertiQ

    CertiQ aims to strengthen the Dutch and European market for energy: with Guarantees of Origin, CertiQ offers maximum transparency on the origin and generation characteristics of energy. Previously, Max worked as policy officer at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. He holds MSc degrees in both international relations and public administration (cum laude).

    • Speakers:

      Miller, Douglas, Team Member, Energy Web Foundation, RMI

      Doug Miller is an environmental and behavioral economist with over 5 years of experience developing clean energy market solutions and providing related advisory support for diverse industry leaders. At Energy Web Foundation (EWF), Doug is responsible for managing the development of EWF's "Origin" application and engaging key market actors around its global deployment. In his previous role at Rocky Mountain Institute, he co-founded the Residential Energy+ initiative—for which he created solutions for real estate, home performance, and media professionals to motivate, simplify, and finance homeowner investments in energy upgrades—and developed actionable resources for commercial building investors and city leadership to scale clean energy investments. Doug received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MSc from Imperial College London with top academic honors.

      Gerber, Ben, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc.

      Benjamin L. Gerber is the Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS), a web-based system used by power generators, utilities, marketers, and qualified reporting entities in fifteen states and the Canadian province of Manitoba.  M-RETS tracks Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and facilitates REC transactions by issuing a unique, traceable digital certificate for every megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable energy generated by registered units or imported into its system.  M-RETS users retire RECs to comply with state policy or to serve the voluntary market and to ensure that RECs are not double-counted.

      Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of M-RETS, Gerber served as Director of Energy and Labor/Management Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He joined that organization in January 2012, representing the Chamber’s energy interests at both the Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission. Prior to that, he was an oil and gas attorney and handled Fredrikson & Byron’s government relations operation in North Dakota, focusing on mining, energy and tax legislation. His Minnesota experience includes time spent at a Minneapolis government relations office, and public policy and legal work for National Wind, LLC, a large-scale community wind developer.

      He also owned an asphalt maintenance company while attending college at the University of Michigan where he graduated with a degree in political science in 2005. He graduated from William Mitchell College of law cum laude in 2010 and is admitted to the Minnesota State Bar. 

      Douglas Miller: Origin: creating a new technological foundation for renewable energy trading worldwide
      Ben Gerber: How “new” technology will drive the future of REC markets and registries

  • 15:15 - 16:15 Parallel 3b - Developing markets where national support is lacking

    According to some estimates, the United Nations spends more than 500 million dollars annually on diesel fuel to power generators and thus support its missions around the world. While the penetration of renewables in the areas where the UN is active with these missions is unknown, it is speculated that this is less than 1% of the total electricity demand. The ability to implement energy attribute certificates in regions around the world has the potential to transform such markets. By supporting local use of renewables through the UN, development banks, NGOs and various diplomatic missions, it will be possible to leverage these organisations to support local development of renewables. What’s more, stakeholders are researching – while ensuring best practice – how the traditional market for renewables can play a role. Join this session and learn more about these exciting developments which are being led by large, well-known organisations. These markets may be small by global standards, but they are critically important to the UN and other organisations in terms of their potential positive impact.

    • According to some estimates, the United Nations spends more than 500 million dollars annually on diesel fuel to power generators and thus support its missions around the world. While the penetration of renewables in the areas where the UN is active with these missions is unknown, it is speculated that this is less than 1% of the total electricity demand. The ability to implement energy attribute certificates in regions around the world has the potential to transform such markets. By supporting local use of renewables through the UN, development banks, NGOs and various diplomatic missions, it will be possible to leverage these organisations to support local development of renewables. What’s more, stakeholders are researching – while ensuring best practice – how the traditional market for renewables can play a role. Join this session and learn more about these exciting developments which are being led by large, well-known organisations. These markets may be small by global standards, but they are critically important to the UN and other organisations in terms of their potential positive impact.


      Mozersky, David, Co-founder, Energy Peace Partners

      David Mozersky is the co-founder of Energy Peace Partners. He has been involved in peace building and conflict prevention work since 2001, with a specific interest in mediation and peace processes. He is the Found­ing Direc­tor of the Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development at UC Berkeley’s RAEL, and has previously worked with the International Crisis Group, the African Union, and Humanity United, among others.

      Morton, Andrew, Head of Partnership, UN - Electric

      Andrew is an engineer, a programme manager within the United Nations and the architect of UN Electric.

      UN Electric is a very new multi-national public-private partnership. It is primarily designed to service part of the substantial off-grid electricity supply needs of the United Nations (UN) and its many partners in the field. This market consists of several thousand small sites scattered across over 40 countries and is currently serviced by low efficiency and high cost diesel-electric power generation. The plan is to upgrade to modern and sustainable technologies including renewables, batteries and smart meters and to de-fragment through the creation of a specialist in-house electric utility.

      Andrew has 12 years of experience in the UN and 16 years in the private sector. He has spent much of the last decade developing and implementing sustainable development projects in challenging countries such as Somalia, Haiti, DR Congo, Sudan and South Sudan. Prior to joining the UN, he worked for Shell and a range of engineering companies.


      Bosse, Thomas, Head of Programmes, Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence

      Thomas Bosse has more than 12 years of international working experience as project/programme manager and team leader in various areas of energy, environment, sustainability, green economy and climate change. 

      Currently h