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Pre-conference workshops

On 20 March 2017 two pre-conference workshops are scheduled (see below) at a fee of €325 each. If you wish to attend, please go to the Registration page. A maximum of 30 people per workshop may participate.

Monday, 20 March 2017

  • 14.00 – 16.30 Pre-Conference Workshop 1: Fast track towards the Guarantee of Origin market

    This workshop will help you build up expertise about the European renewable energy market. As well as the history of the Guarantee of Origin (GO), we will cover four other topics: residual mix calculations, national disclosure rules, consumer choice and the main specifications of the EECS-GO Standard. If you’re not yet a market player or a knowledgeable consumer, this workshop is for you.

    Target audience

    All those interested in Europe’s 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 genuine ‘green’ electricity to their customers.


    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.

    • Speakers:

      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 nine 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.

      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.

      Raadal, Hanne Lerche, PhD, Senior research scienst, 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”.

  • 14.00 – 16.30 Pre-Conference Workshop 2: Renewable Energy Certificates Trade Agreements (RECTAs) and Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs)

    This workshop discusses recent developments in drafting and
    negotiating agreements for the sale of renewable source electricity,
    renewable energy certificates and associated renewable benefits.
    Based on a number of case studies and in an interactive approach,
    participants will gain first-hand knowledge in the following areas:

    • Historical developments of renewable energy purchase agreements
    and regulatory frameworks for mandatory and voluntary renewable
    energy certificates
    • Renewable energy certificates in the context of book & claim
    systems and mass balance systems used in the trading of other
    environmentally friendly products (biogas, biofuel, organic and
    fairtrade softs)
    • Corporate reporting standards driving renewable energy purchase
    • Emission reduction certificates or renewable energy certificates - pros
    and cons using renewable energy certificates and corporate PPAs for
    carbon off-setting instead of emission reduction certificates
    • Renewable energy certificates and tracking standards (EECS, IREC
    Standard, Green-E)
    • Renewable energy certificate trading agreements - case study -
    drafting common amendments to RECS International and EFET
    • Corporate PPAs - main structures (e.g. physical, sleeved, virtual,
    synthetic) an their drivers
    • Corporate PPAs - case study - key contractual provisions for corporate
    • Outlook renewable energy trading and cross-border participation under
    premium support systems
    • Recent experience on UK FiT levelisation trading
    • Claiming renewable energy consumption for customer products and
    affinity - how to avoid risks of misrepresentation and liability

    Target Audience
    Energy traders, in-house counsel, corporate environmental compliance
    experts, corporate energy procurement experts, renewable energy
    producers interested in corporate PPA support, funders.
    An introduction into the relevant tracking systems, national legal
    frameworks and purchase and trade agreements will be given to enable
    participants with limited knowledge of this sector to participate.

    • Speakers:

      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. 

      Luther-Jones, Natasha, Head of Renewable Energy, EMEA, DLA Piper

      Natasha Luther-Jones specialises in renewable energy and waste projects. She leads the DLA Piper renewable energy practice in the EMEA region. She has an excellent track record in the wind and solar energy sectors in particular, having acted on over 30 completed projects in the last three years.

      With a varied client base, she advises funders, developers, equity investors, purchasers, sellers and off-takers in respect of development, construction and operational energy projects. Having advised on Google's first end user power purchase agreement outside of the US, she has been involved in numerous corporate end user PPAs, including with high profile UK companies such as Vodafone, Lloyds Banking Group and McDonalds.

      The independent legal sector rankings from Legal 500 2016 recently name Ms Luther-Jones a "no-nonsense deal maker". Her team was also recognised by Legal 500 in 2015 for its "great renewable-energy sector knowledge, particularly in project finance and structuring".


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

    Separate registration required. Spaces are limited.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - RECS Market Meeting Day 1

  • 08:30-10:00 Registration desk open - networking/coffee

  • 10:00-12:00 Session 1 - When corporates set targets

    Targets are nothing new for governments. The 2020 targets, for example, are fundamental to European energy policy and a frequent discussion topic among stakeholders. Targets aren’t new for companies either, which regularly present financial targets for the coming quarter or year. What is new, however, is that now corporates are setting these targets for their environmental impact. Often focussing on the long-term, these targets may be looking ahead 5, 10 and sometimes even 20 years . The scope of the targets may vary: from onsite recycling, to the use of chemicals and emissions. One thing is clear, In setting these targets, corporates are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that renewable electricity is a solution that is cost-effective and can help achieve a reduction in their total emissions. Targets set by corporate companies are ambitious but realistic. With the organizations like CDP, RE100 and Science-based targets supporting their efforts, corporates are looking towards the future and their use of electricity. 

    We start the conference by looking at these targets, how they are made and how they are met.


    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:

      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.

      Pineda, Alberto Carrillo, Leader, Science Based Targets Initiative, WWF International

      Alberto acts as Leader of the Science Based Targets Initiative and as Senior Global Advisor on Climate & Business for WWF. In his previous role, Alberto headed the Climate Business Engagement unit for WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative coordinating efforts across WWF’s network on a number of topics including science-based target setting; responsible policy engagement and transformational renewable electricity procurement. Before joining WWF, he occupied management and consulting positions in leading global carbon asset management firms including South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd. and Ecosecurities Ltd. Alberto holds an M.Sc. In Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

      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. 

      Sedler, Marty, Director, Global Utilities and Infrastructure, Sr. PE, Intel Corporation

      Marty Sedler is the Director of Global Utilities & Infrastructure and Sr. PE for Intel Corporation. Marty has been with Intel 21 years, integrating Energy Management and Energy Supply Policy responsibilities within a formal process.  He and his staff are responsible for all utility supply issues, ensuring the capacity, price and reliability of Utility Supplies/Infrastructure to Intel facilities worldwide, as well as, supporting conservation programs. Marty is responsible for evaluating/incorporating alternative energy options w/in Intel and establishing sustainable energy positions/strategies for renewable energy policy within Intel’s energy portfolio. He leads the utility site selection component of a corporate team that identifies and recommends potential new locations for Intel Facility/Manufacturing growth worldwide.  Marty is Intel’s external energy representative in various private/public, State and Federal energy action groups and task forces. He is a member of various DOE Steering Committees and has sat on several state Governors’ energy committees. Previous to joining Intel, he spent 14 years in the electric utility industry in a variety of functions including: Operations, Rates, Environmental, Energy Supply/Engineering, Power Plant Operation and Key Account Management. In 2015, Marty was honored to be the recipient of the “Green Power Leader of the Year” by the Center for Resource Solutions at the annual EPA/CSR REM event. 

      Sam Kimmins: Accelerating change through audacious goals
      Alberto Carrillo Pineda: Science-based target setting and its implications for RE procurement planning
      Tom Lindberg: Corporate renewable engagement – a ripple or a tsunami?

  • 12:00-13:15 Networking buffet lunch

  • 13.15-14:45 Parallel session 2a: Governing RECs: How standards are simplifying consumer choice

    In the late 1990s we saw the first initiatives to implement consumer choice in the electricity industry. These were small, local initiatives and there were lots of kinks in the cables along the way. But as the systems gained popularity, so too did stakeholders’ interest and they began to push for improvements. Consequently electricity end-users became better protected. Local systems eventually became included in national legislation: in Europe as the Guarantee of Origin (GO) system and in the US as state and national Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) programs.

    These steps stimulated growth and use of the systems, and development has not stood still. Today national governments around the world are looking at ways in which attribute tracking systems can support the cost-efficient development of renewables and expand choice in the electricity market. In this session, experts will review international examples of attribute tracking systems that are currently operating around the world.


    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.

    • Speakers:

      Lopes, Fernando, Director, Instituto Totum

      Fernando Giachini Lopes holds a Masters in Production Engineering from the University of São Paulo.

      Director of the Certification Body Instituto Totum, was responsible for the conception and management of Brazilian Renewable Energy Certification Program (REC Brazil) since 2012 and responsible for the implementation of IREC in Brazil since July 2016.

      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. 

      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).

      Ben Gerber: North American renewable energy credit markets - How to understand a bifurcated market with decentralized control
      Fernando Giachini Lopes: Brazilian Renewable Energy Certification Program
      The consumer empowering potential of the GO

  • 13:15-14:45 Parallel session 2b: Procurement of renewables and the link with Power Purchase Agreements

    Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are a procurement option a growing number of large end-users have considered in certain countries. The movement towards this ‘direct’ procurement option is having a significant effect on the industry. Generators are signing deals with corporate end-users and so-called ‘virtual’ PPAs are becoming one of the more popular procurement options for companies with high levels of demand.

    PPAs provide significant financial and environmental benefits for clients but they are often quite complex endeavours that require long-term commitment and a degree of market certainty. This session is devoted to the development and use of PPAs in Europe and around the world. The speakers have helped form, secure – or research – countless PPA agreements with individual end-users. They know that PPAs are not a hype, but rather a valuable procurement method that is turning the electricity industry on its head. Join them in the session and learn more about these valuable tools.


    Heinrich, Mariana, Manager, Climate & Energy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

    Mariana Heinrich is a Manager in the Climate & Energy team at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). She is responsible for the renewable and utility business solutions, where she heads different working groups that aim to increase corporate procurement of renewables, accelerate the deployment of low-carbon microgrids and improve integration of renewables into electricity markets. The utility program Mariana is leading works to decarbonise the power sector and to create new business models for energy companies.

    Mariana was previously a Senior Consultant with Pöyry Management Consulting for 7 years. In this role she led projects in the electricity sector focused around the integration of renewables into electricity markets, including market modelling and advising clients on investment decisions.

    Mariana has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. 

    • Speakers:

      Dominy, Phil, Assistant Director, Ernst & Young

      Phil Dominy is in a dedicated market-leading team of over 40 specialists in environmental corporate finance and energy optimisation consulting, based in London. Phil is passionate about fighting climate change through an increased uptake of renewable energy, and helping large companies do the right thing. He is a leading expert in developing renewable energy strategies and negotiating long-term PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) for large corporates in multiple countries around the world, including the UK, US, India and Mexico.


      Phil is well recognized in the renewables sector for his role as an Editor of Ernst & Young's Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices ( This established bi-annual publication provides a view on the attractiveness for investment in 40 countries across the world. Phil has also recently authored 3 popular reports:

      Hedges, Andrew, Senior Consultant, Norton Rose Fulbright

      Andrew Hedges is a climate change and clean energy lawyer based in London. He works on a range of transactions driven by the ongoing transition to a low carbon economy.

      Andrew has a long history with corporate PPAs in the UK, having been involved in PPAs with projects now totalling over 345MW. He recently co-authored co-authored with EY for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development the report: Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements: Scaling up globally

      He also works on range of other matters relating to energy sustainability, including:

      • off-balance sheet on-site or near-site generation;
      • energy procurement;
      • portfolio wide energy efficiency; and
      • demand side response

      Galjee, Marcel, Director Energy, AkzoNobel

      Marcel Galjee (1976), presides in his role as Director Energy within AkzoNobel a team of dedicated energy experts, which is responsible for the purchasing, hedging, dispatching and the agenda on energy sustainability. This includes the governmental / regulatory affairs on Energy.

      AkzoNobel is an international (decorative) paint, coating and chemical company, of which the chemical business represents the most energy intensive part, approximately 80% of the variable cost base is determined by energy. AkzoNobel’s annual energy spent is around € 0.6 billion in primarily electricity, steam and gas.

      Prior to his present role, Marcel worked as an international consultant at PWC within the large energy spectrum and another 8 years in various energy related functions at Vattenfall Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

      Mariana Heinrich: Procurement of renewables and the link with Power Purchase Agreements
      Phil Dominy: Is there a second wave of corporate PPAs heading for Europe?
      Andrew Hedges: Negotiating corporate PPAs - issues and solutions
      Marcel Galjee: Corporate PPAs...

  • 14:45-15:15 Coffee break

  • 15.15-16:15 Parallel session 3a: From voluntary to national – how EU systems are integrated into law

    The first attribute tracking systems were implemented in the US and in Europe. These systems have been developed over time, are well anchored in legislation, and all are natural monopolies. Just as there is only one physical network to deliver electricity to consumers, so too electricity tracking systems have developed as a single national system to deliver the attributes of that electricity to end-users. In the case of Europe an international standard was introduced, securing cross-border trade between countries in the EU, thus serving the internal market.

    Since early 2016 the Renewable Energy Directive (RES Directive) has been up for review and its initial publication took place as part of the European Commission's Winter Package. The revisions show a strengthening of the role of the Guarantee of Origin system and, more generally, the consumer driven market for renewable energy. The impact of the changes however will be far-reaching. Experts are reviewing what the possible revisions will mean, sustainability strategies and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) that are already implemented or expected in the future.

    In this session we will begin to unravel the changes and the potential impacts of the revision of the renewables directive. Join leading experts and discuss – from a policy and a market perspective – what these changes will mean.



    McIntyre, Laura, Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

    Laura is an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London covering corporate sustainability and renewable energy procurement strategies, including analysis into corporate power purchase agreements in the EMEA region. Prior to joining BNEF, Laura worked as a manager for climate change projects at a global oil and gas industry association. She holds a MSc in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College London and a BSc in Geography from Durham University.

    • Speakers:

      Moody, Phil, Secretary General, Association of Issuing Bodies

      Phil Moody has advised government and industry on energy markets since the late 1980s. He worked with stakeholders across Europe to create RECS and found the Association of Issuing Bodies, and has been Secretary General since 2002. The AIB now has 23 members, which issued 394 million GOs in 2015 (2,381m since 2001). The AIB represents European competent bodies for GOs and is the leading enabler of international energy certificate schemes through the European Energy Certificate System - EECS.  As well as his administrative responsibilities, Phil retains an active interest in the ongoing development of the AIB, EECS and GOs.

      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. 

      Phil Moody: “Clean Energy for all Europeans” – practical implications
      Andreas Gunst: The GoO and the Proposed Renewable Energy Directive

  • 15.15-16:15 Parallel session 3b: Setting standards for consumer claims

    The Green House Gas Protocol (GHGP) is seen by many stakeholders as the guiding document for reporting Scope 2 and renewable energy claims. The fact that the CDP (formally Carbon Disclosure Project) and other organizations are following the GHGP Scope 2 guidance shows how important it is. This document took years to create and resulted in a number of leading principles, including those relating to carbon footprint dual-reporting, the reporting hierarchy and market boundaries. But questions remained following publication. How are market boundaries defined in practice? How to deal with voluntary renewables procurement in the absence of a clear reporting hierarchy? And how to work within the structures of an unreliable national system?

    End-users are well served when the renewable procurement choices are all credible options. However, unfortunately, until the International REC Standard is implemented globally, this is not likely to be the case. In the meantime, end-users should not have to question whether their choice of renewables is credible. For this reason stakeholders and market players are looking to consumer claim standards to play this role and guide consumers towards reliable and valuable purchase options for renewables in Europe and around the world.

    Join us to discuss developments in consumer claim standards and third-party verification of claims.


    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. 

    • Speakers:

      Hewlet, Owen, Chief Technical Officer, The Gold Standard

      Owen is the Chief Technical Offier at the Gold Standard Foundation. He is responsible for the leadership of the technical team including all new standards and innovations as well as the certification of projects and climate/SDG outcomes. Owen is leading the development of Gold Standard for the Global Goals and is an expert in development issues aswell as energy and climate change.

      Di Credico, Federico, Emissions and Renewables, ACT Commodities

      Federico is an Industrial Engineer with an MBA from IE Business School. He joined ACT Commodities in 2012 after working as business consultant and derivatives broker. In ACT he is a Manager, focusing on Southern Europe and coordinating new business activities.

      Since 2009, ACT Commodities has been helping businesses around the world buy and sell environmental commodities for compliance and voluntary purposes. ACT leads the way by trading a uniquely comprehensive product choice, supported with outstanding customer service. The broad scope in certificates is complemented with a wide range of physical (bio)fuels and feedstocks.

      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.

      Owen Hewlett: Accelerating new capacity + sustainable development - A new Gold Standard REC label
      Alex Pennock: Green-e certificate and international market development
      Federico Di Credico: Renewable Electricity Good Practice and the foundation of reliable procurement

  • 16:30-17:30 Session 4: European policy developments: the consumer in the driver’s seat?

    From the start the electricity market was never considered to be a demand-driven market. It was not that long ago that electricity companies were monopolies, with market prices strongly regulated by governments. Because of this history national governments often try to induce change by influencing on the production side, thus completely bypassing businesses and consumers. As end-users are becoming a driving force in the transition to new and renewable technologies, governments and other stakeholders are looking at ways to use this driving force to change the way we produce and consume electricity.

    We know that in Europe consumers have long had the freedom to choose their electricity supplier. So what is being done at the European level to put the consumer in the driver’s seat when it comes to policy?


    Hedenström, Claes, President, RECS International

    Claes Hedenström (CH) has a Master of Science in Engineering Physics and a degree in Human Ecology. He is employed by Vattenfall AB since 1982.

    Among others CH has been project manager and co-ordinator for energy efficiency projects in the commercial building sector within the Vattenfall program “Uppdrag 2000”. This part covered 100 different demonstration projects and statistical investigation of energy efficiency potentials in the sector based on 1000 audits. (1986-1990)

    CH was sales manager for energy efficiency projects in Hungary and Czech Republic during 1992-1995. He was at that time also managing director of Vattenfall ESCO Kft in Hungary (Energy Service Company).

    CH worked as sales manager at Vattenfall region Middle West during 1995-1997. During 1998 until 2001 CH worked as a sales manager for industrial customers in Hamburg, Germany at Vasa Energy.

    CH has been responsible for Green Portfolio Management and Trading of Green products at Vattenfall Supply&Trading in Stockholm from 2001 until 2004. He has the position as chairman of the Elcert Committee within Vattenfall co-ordinating the policy and steering of the elcert trading. CH was co-ordinator of Regulatory Affaires at Vattenfall Trading Services including lobby activities towards EU-commission, national governments, regulators, TSOs etc. 2008 CH became senior advisor at Vattenfall Generation Nordic focusing on issues related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and electricity wholesale market. CH was for two years manager for regulatory affairs at Vattenfall Nordic. CH is at present policy manager for Renewables and Hydro at Public and Regulatory Affairs, Strategy Nordic

    CH is the president of RECS (Renewable Energy Certificate System) International since June 2004 (150 members in 20 countries) promoting a pan-European market for renewables. The members in RECS International have registered 200 TWh (40% of all renewables in Europe) in the system enabling electronic trade across Europe. He is also the chairman of the Swedish RECS team since year 2000.

    • Speakers:

      Amelung,Torsten, Senior Vice President, Trading & Customers, 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.

      Grünfeld, Hans, Managing director, Dutch Federation of Non-Domestic Energy and Water Consumers

      Since 2003, Hans Grünfeld has been managing director of VEMW, a Dutch association of non-domestic energy and water consumers, representing companies and organisations from industry, the financial, health care, educational and other sectors in The Netherlands. From 2007 till 2010, Hans Grünfeld was president of IFIEC-Europe, the European association of industrial energy consumers.

      Having served VEMW since 1999, Hans Grünfeld has extensive experience with the liberalisation and integration of the European gas and electricity markets.
      Before joining VEMW, Hans Grünfeld worked for McKinsey & Company (researcher) and Rand Europe (policy analyst).

      Hans Grünfeld received a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology and holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.

      Wit, Ron, Director Corporate Strategy, Eneco

      Ron Wit is Director Corporate Strategy at Eneco Group since August 2016. He started his career within Eneco in 2013 as Director Public Affairs. He is the linking pin between Eneco, government and civil society to contribute to the sustainability of the Energy supply in NorthWest Europe.

      Before his appointment at Eneco, Ron was Head of the Climate and Energy department of the Dutch Society for Nature and Environment in the Netherlands. In 2013 Ron was head negotiator on behalf of environmental organizations for the National Energy Agreement. Till 2006 he worked at the consultancy CE Delft as Head of the economy department and led projects for international businesses, the European Commission, UN, national governments and NGO’s. He graduated from University of Amsterdam with a master in Economics with a specialization in environmental economy.

      Ron has fulfilled advisory roles for the European Commission, is member of the strategic board of Energy Valley North Netherlands and board member of the Dutch Business Council for Renewable Energy (NVDE). He was lead author of the 4th IPCC climate assessment report in 2007. 

      Torsten Amelung: Consumers driving the energy transition
      Hans Grünfeld: The value of consumer choice
      Ron Wit: We are Eneco Group

  • 17:30 End of Sessions

  • 18:30-19:30 City Walk Sightseeing Amsterdam sponsored by Statkraft

  • 19:30-23:30 Dinner party sponsored by ECOHZ

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - RECS Market Meeting Day 2

  • 09:30-10:30 Session 5a: Voluntary offsets and voluntary RECs

    As discussed in session 3b, the GHGP introduced a number of leading principles to the market for renewable electricity. A crucial aspect discussed by GHGP in their Scope 2 guidance document was the relationship between voluntary offsets and voluntary RECs. The way in which companies can report their carbon footprint and account for emission reductions – in a specific year or over time – helped clarify the boundaries between these two markets. However other concerns remain. As more companies are reporting emissions in non-Annex 1 countries, the concern of attribute double counting is real; this is even a concern when no REC system is in place. This session is a follow-up to the highly appreciated 2016 pre-conference session entitled ‘Developments in voluntary offsets and tracking instruments.’


    Henry, Simon, Programme Director, International Carbon Reduction & Offset Alliance (ICROA)

    Simon manages the day to day operations of ICROA and has over 9 years' experience in energy and climate change consultancy. Before joining ICROA, he was a Senior Consultant at Pöyry Management Consulting. In this role, his work focused on providing market analysis and commercial advice to a variety of European energy market stakeholders such as utilities, policy makers and regulators. This work included market modelling of European wholesale electricity and carbon prices, providing market and regulatory due diligence for project financing and M&A transactions, and leading a major study for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to analyse the alternative uses of biomass in decarbonising industrial sectors such as Iron & Steel, Cement and Glass. 

    Prior to joining Pöyry, he worked for AEA (now Ricardo Energy & Environment), for both private and public sector clients. Here his work focused on several areas including the EU ETS, life cycle assessments and carbon management.

    Simon has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and a BSc in Geography from the University of Southampton.

    • Speakers:

      Buerer, Meinrad, Director, Research & Development, EcoAct

      Meinrad is Director, Research & Development at EcoAct, a consultancy accompanying firms in the design of technically sound and innovative climate strategies. He is also Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva. His research interests include energy and climate policies, modelling and optimization of energy systems, and low carbon and climate resilient development pathways. Meinrad serves on the Board of Directors of the Gold Standard Foundation, a standard and certification body set up in 2003 to deliver emission reductions together with long-term sustainable benefits to local communities. He holds a PhD in modelling and optimization of energy systems, and M. Sc Degrees in Energy Economics & Management, and in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL).

      Simon, Aron, Senior Originator, Statkraft

      Aron Simon, Senior Originator

      Statkraft Markets B.V.

      Aron Simon works in Statkraft’s Global Environmental Markets department in Amsterdam since 2013. In his role he works with various clients on environmental commodities such as GoOs, EUA and I-RECs. He focusses on services in Europe, especially supply of GoOs. The Global Environmental Markets team is a reliable partner for producers and consumers of renewable energy, developers of emissions reduction projects, entities with GHG compliance obligations and liquidity providers. Aron graduated as M.Sc. in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam after studying in Würzburg, Germany and Paris.

      Aron Simon: How to serve consumers in a changing market
      Meinrad Bürer: Best practice for coporate climate change leadership

  • 09:30-10:30 Session 5b: Renewables market overview: Volumes and prices

    This session has become a staple of the RECs Market Meeting. Volumes, prices, trades, demand and trends – everything the traders and originators among us need to prepare for the new year. In these markets we are used to double-digit growth. Every year we see increased demand, more complex product definitions and increased interest from stakeholders and policy makers. This should not be a surprise, as we are talking about renewable electricity, consumers and choice in the electricity market. This year, however, we will take a broader look. Let’s cover Europe, of course, but also look around the world at developments in REC markets and make predictions for the future.


    Rütze, Roger, Responsible for Sales Green Portfolio & Certification, Enovos Luxembourg SA

    • 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.

      Dixon, William, Portfolio Manager / Originator, Agder Energi Vannkraft AS

      William is a portfolio manager and originator currently based in Berlin. Having graduated with degrees in both geography and business he manages a growing green certificate portfolio within Europe, part of a wider green certificate portfolio.

      In the past 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), and is currently a member of the RECS International working group for consumer claims standards.

      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.

      Throughout his career he has maintained a good working relationship with key regulatory bodies and European counterparties.

      Scott Edison: Insights into the US REC Markets
      William Dixon: The European Marketplace - Development & Outlook

  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break

  • 11:00-12:30 Session 6 Keynote session: What has COP21 delivered?

    COP21 isn’t immediately reducing emissions and COP21 alone is not going to be enough. But COP21 was a trigger. In this sense, COP21 was a success. For the first time it is not just governments that are committing themselves to action. The true success of COP21 was that a wide range of stakeholders, businesses and citizens made clear that they will take action. With or without national policy, they are moving forward. This is a big difference compared to the more traditionally chosen paths. State-led renewables are a reality that is here to stay, but corporate-led and citizen-led renewables are a reality too! This keynote session invites high-level speakers to discuss the successes of COP21. Are these already having an effect in the real world or is it all a hype?


    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:

      Topping, Nigel, CEO, We Mean Business

      Nigel’s approach to the world has been forged by his experiences as a rugby player, mountaineer, mathematician and industrialist.  After 18 years in industry, having built TMD Friction into the world’s largest manufacturer of brake pads, Nigel has now been immersed in the world of climate change for ten years.  His is passionate about the power of business to address the world’s most pressing and complex challenges.  He serves as the CEO of We Mean Business - a coalition of organisations working on climate change with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors and was directly involved in the recent negotiations which led to the Paris Agreement last December.  He serves on the Energy Transitions Commission and on the board of the Grantham Institute. 

      Nigel lives with his wife Ann and their cat Vegas in Totnes, Devon, in the South West of England, close to the coast and the Dartmoor national park, both great spots for walking and birdwatching.  He holds a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College.  Having climbed mountains in Greenland, cycled across Iceland and skied across Patagonia as a younger man, the spirit of adventure is still very much alive.  Nigel sailed across the North Atlantic from Greenland to Iceland a couple of years ago and can describe in graphic detail what it feels like to spend a week sailing into wilder and wilder waves and weather, alone on watch in the dark, with the skipper’s welcoming words ringing in his ears – ‘Just remember one thing.  If you fall overboard you are dead’.

      Heuberger, Renat, CEO, South Pole Group

      Renat is a pioneer and social entrepreneur in the field of renewable energies, sustainability, and climate change, where he is engaged since 1999. As a founding partner and CEO of the South Pole Group, he coordinated the set-up of the company’s global sustainability solutions business. The South Pole Group has facilitated investments in more than 6’000 MW worth of solar, wind and small hydropower projects globally. South Pole Group has also launched the first global REC product to provide companies with renewable energy on a global scale. Renat has been elected “Social Entrepreneur of Switzerland” by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab foundation, and he serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change of the WEF. He is a board member of Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change innovation. Renat holds a master degree in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and has completed executive education programs at INSEAD and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

      Edberg, Oliver, Renewable Energy Specialist, Tetra Pak International

      Oliver Edberg is a renewable energy specialist with Tetra Pak’s Central Environment team, in Lund, Sweden. Oliver has been working on renewable energy and low carbon policy for over 10 years and in his current role he is responsible for shaping Tetra Pak’s renewable energy strategy and working with stakeholders across the business to ensure that the company delivers upon its 2020 and 2030 renewable electricity targets. Within his role, Oliver is also responsible for engaging with external partners such as the Rocky Mountain Institute Business Renewable Centre and the RE100 initiative.

      Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Oliver was based in London working in Environmental & Energy consulting for Ricardo (formally AEA technology). During this time, he worked on a series of renewable energy projects for the UK Government and the UK energy regulator Ofgem, in particular the development of the UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive. 

      Renat Heuberger: Renewables and Coal Paris and Brexit China and Trump - Climate Change at a Crossroad
      Oliver Edberg: Our climate and renewable electricity goals

  • 12:30-13:30 Networking buffet lunch