Programme

Track-A: Developing EAC systems  
Examining what is happening at the core of EAC systems, with a focus on crucial new developments such as full disclosure, time stamping, and the certification of all energy carriers, including hydrogen. 

Track-B: Exploring EAC markets
Highlighting market developments in different countries and regions, including the impact of Brexit, demand for renewables in Asia, and the important role of EAC standards in all markets.  

Track-C: Introducing EAC markets
Offering those who are new to renewable energy markets and energy attribute tracking an introduction to everything they need to know to succeed in this complex and competitive sector. These sessions are created in collaboration with our supporting association EKOenergy. 

Monday 4 April 2022

  • Pre-conference A: Certification of non-electricity energy carriers – an in-depth exploration

    The attributes of a unit of energy were first tracked in the power sector, and electricity has remained the focus of attribute tracking for the past two decades. However, as renewable energy production develops beyond electricity and energy sectors become more integrated, so the need to track the attributes of other energy carriers has grown. In this session, delegates and speakers will together explore, in-depth, the challenges and benefits of certifying non-electricity energy carriers such as biomethane and renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs).

    Moderator:

    Thomas Eccard, Head of Environmental Markets I Trading & Origination, Agder Energi

    Thomas served a range of operative, senior management and executive roles in the renewable energy and carbon markets over the past 20 years. His work included the brokerage and management of green certificate portfolios across Europe, the development of carbon offset projects under international and national schemes as well as the structuring of transactions in relation to various environmental commodities.

    Thomas is the Head of Environmental Markets at Agder Energi Vannkraft AS which manages the renewable attributes from hydropower assets owned by Agder Energi group, Norway. He is also the acting chairman of the Board of RECS International.

    Thomas holds a degree in law (Environmental law) and a M.Sc. of Economics (Corporate Environmental Management).

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      Speakers:

      Stephan Bowe, Founder, Green Gas Advisors

      Stephan is founder of GreenGasAdvisors (www.GreenGasAdvisors.de), a consultancy for renewable gases with a focus on verification systems and regulations. GreenGasAdvisors provides an expert network on green gases, contributes to the development of EN16325, and advises companies in developing their green gas business. The current GO4Industry project (supported by the German ministry of the environment) aims to inform German industry companies on verification systems for renewables.

      For more than a decade, Stephan has been developing and implementing verification systems for renewable gases. He has helped to establish the German "Biogasregister Deutschland" operated by the German Energy Agency and the Irish "Renewable Natural Gas Registry" operated by Gas Networks Ireland. In his daily practice, he applies tools from Design Thinking to inspire creativity and methods from Theme Centered Interaction to lead groups. He is an environmental engineer by profession and develops concepts with passion.

      Marko Lehtovaara, Problem solver, Previously CEO of Grexel

      Marko is energy certification pioneer with 25 years’ experience in software company executive management and 20 years' experience in energy certification, electricity disclosure, and relevant enabling regulative framework. He is the founder of Grexel, Europe’s leading provider of energy certificate registry services. Marko has played a key role in numerous projects aiming at harmonisation of the European energy certificate market including RE-DISS, FaStGO, and CertifHy projects. He has advised numerous government agencies in Europe and elsewhere in implementing energy certification schemes. He is currently on mini-retirement, but continues to act as a consultant, advisor and investor in the green energy space. 

      Presentation
      Marko Lehtovaara
      Stephan Bowe
      Thomas Eccard

  • Pre-conference B: Introducing the International REC Standard and I-REC markets

    The International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) provides a robust, transparent standard that was created to ensure reliable, accurate attribute tracking in energy markets. The standard sets out best practices that are designed to avoid double counting, the issuance of double certificates and double attribute claiming in various legislative and market structures around the world. This session will give delegates an overview of rapidly developing renewable energy and energy attribute markets, as well as the opportunity to learn how the standard supports these markets.

    Moderator:

    Jared Braslawsky, Secretary General, The International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) Foundation

    Jared Braslawsky is a leading expert on the use, implementation, and functionality of attribute tracking systems such as the United States REC, European Guarantee of Origin (GO), and the global International REC Standard. His expertise is used by organizations such as RE100 where he is a member of the Technical Working Group. He has participated in workshops, technical meetings, and informational webinars for RE100’s members (with over 200 corporate renewable electricity consumers). He was a key contributor to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) Scope 2 Guidance document and supported the GHGP in organizing workshops to promote the guidance document when it was completed in 2015.

    Jared has played a leading role in the development and growth of the Guarantee of Origin system in Europe through his role as Secretary General of RECS International. Jared is also the co-founder and current Secretary General of the International REC Standard Foundation (I-REC Standard), a not-for-profit organization for energy attribute tracking standardization that enables the simplified implementation of a reliable, traceable REC systems and national renewable energy markets in adherence with electricity market regulations and best practices worldwide.

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      Speakers:

      Ed Everson, Managing Director of Evident/I-REC Services, I-REC Standard

      Ed is Director, Global Operations, for the I-REC Standard and one of its founders. With over 25 years’ experience in energy and environmental markets, he was a participant in the RECS Test Phase from 1998, founding member of the Association of Issuing Bodies in 2002 and national representative for a number of countries until 2015, advisor to UK Government on the Renewables Obligation, and advisor to the European Commission on the Guarantee of Origin.

      A former director with multinational engineering and environmental consultants Ramboll, Ed has also been Chief Finance Officer for a number of power project developers and advised businesses, banks, and governments on energy markets and project viability. As advisor or operator, he has been responsible for the implementation of verification services for renewable energy production in over 20 countries outside of Europe.

      Within the I-REC Standard, Ed is responsible for ensuring that the development of the I-REC Standard and the services delivered remain consistent with evolving best practice and technology whilst meeting the needs of a rapidly-growing group of customers and stakeholders.

      Benjamin Herrera Vergara, Regional Director LATAM, International REC Standard

      Benjamin is regional director for Latinamerica of the International REC Standard Foundation, supporting merket players from Mexico to Chile and Argentina. He is an electricity market profesional with 15 years of experience advising investors, utilities, regulators and multilateral entities. Benjamin holds a Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Chile and a Masters in Finance from Cambridge University.

      Presentation
      Benjamin Herrera
      Ed Everson
      Jared Braslawsky
      Roble Valasco
      Travis Caddy

  • Pre-conference C: An introduction to standard contracts for EAC markets

    As energy attribute certificate (EAC) markets mature, market participants are increasingly able to use standard contracts to simplify the complexity of individual trades. Participants in this session will learn about current standard EAC contracts and how to use them to support their participation in EAC markets.

    Moderator:

    Adam White, Secretary General, RECS International

    Adam White is the Secretary-General of RECS International, a non-profit foundation representing renewable electricity producers and consumers who use guarantees of origin. As RECS International Secretary-General, Adam works to: 

    • Give organisations and individuals the knowledge, motivation and confidence to buy 100% renewable energy. 

    • Advocate for the development and implementation of legislation that supports and encourages renewable energy procurement, and 

    • Guide RECS International’s strategic development and manage the planning and delivery of its programmes and activities  

    Before joining RECS Adam worked for the WWF European Policy Office as Senior Research Coordinator on Climate and Energy, and before coming to Brussels Adam worked as a researcher for elected members of the UK Parliament and the London Assembly. 

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      Speakers:

      Andreas Gunst, Partner, DLA Piper

      Andreas is a widely recognised expert on renewable energy certificate trading and mass-balancing, renewable energy PPAs, biogas supply agreements, and GHG allowance and offset agreements. Notably, he advised RECS International on its new Certificate Agreement & associated guidance and the European Federation of Energy Traders on the development of its Corporate PPA, the new Certificate Master Agreement  & Appendix, and the UK Allowance Appendix. Andreas has also advised many donor organisations - among them EBRD, World Bank, ADB, GIZ and Energy Community - on sectoral reform and the implementation of renewable energy auctions and implementation of emissions trading and renewable energy certificate schemes.  

      Marie-Eve Rancourt, Senior Legal Counsel, Statkraft

      Marie-Eve is a Senior Legal Counsel at Statkraft with a focus on the international environmental markets. She has over 10 years working experience in the fields of renewable energy certification, emission allowances trading and energy law, including providing legal advice for PPAs in various markets such as France, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Marie-Eve holds a Master in International Business Law & Globalisation and is an active member of the Quebec Bar Association (Canada).

      Presentation
      Gunst Wallace Mueller DLA
      EECS GO Trade Agreement Marie Eve Rancourt

Tuesday 5 April 2022

  • Keynote 1 - Opening session. Can markets do better than policy in accelerating demand and delivering climate and energy targets?

    Welcome and panel discussion. Climate and energy targets in the EU and other parts of the world are currently insufficient to deliver the emissions reductions needed to limit global temperature rise to less than 1.5 degrees centigrade. In this session, we will ask whether accelerating demand for renewable energy, underpinned by EACs, can help countries move towards 100% renewables more effectively than policy. We will also discuss how future developments in energy certification could help to combat climate change.

    Moderator:

    Adam White, Secretary General, RECS International

    Adam White is the Secretary-General of RECS International, a non-profit foundation representing renewable electricity producers and consumers who use guarantees of origin. As RECS International Secretary-General, Adam works to: 

    • Give organisations and individuals the knowledge, motivation and confidence to buy 100% renewable energy. 

    • Advocate for the development and implementation of legislation that supports and encourages renewable energy procurement, and 

    • Guide RECS International’s strategic development and manage the planning and delivery of its programmes and activities  

    Before joining RECS Adam worked for the WWF European Policy Office as Senior Research Coordinator on Climate and Energy, and before coming to Brussels Adam worked as a researcher for elected members of the UK Parliament and the London Assembly. 

    • Speakers:

      Anders Gaudestad, Executive Vice President (EVP) Energy Management & Trading, Agder Energi

      Anders Gaudestad is EVP in the Agder Energi Group, which is one of the leading companies in the Norwegian renewable energy sector. The Group has operation in the entire value chain for renewable energy, including Production, Energy Management and Trading, Distribution grid and End-users.

      Gaudestad is heading Energy Management and Trading and is responsible for physical optimization and financial hedging of Agder Energi’s hydro power production, origination and trading and companies involved in market operations across Europe. Gaudestad has been with Agder Energi since 2009, and has held several executive positions within the Group. In addition he has extensive experience as a chairman of the board/board member in a variety of companies and has been working with M&A-activities for more than 15 years.

      He holds an MBA in international business from MIIS in California/USA in addition to a Master of Science degree in Industrial Economy and Technology Management from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway.

      Henrik Dam, Policy Officer Decarbonisation and Sustainability of Energy Sources, 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 Decarbonisation and Sustainability of Energy Sources. He deals with both the current and the upcoming EC directive on Renewables with particular focus on guarantees of origin, certification, consumer information, offshore wind and Member State achievement of RES targets.

      Massamba Thioye, Manager Mitigation Division, UNFCCC

      Massamba Thioye is Manager in the Mitigation division of the UNFCCC secretariat and is leading the development of (i) regulations pertaining to the measurement of climate action impact, (ii) incentive mechanisms for climate and sustainability action and (iii) framework enhancing the use of innovation to support climate and sustainability actions. He recently initiated the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub and is leading its development as project executive. He is also overseeing the support to enhanced climate action by the financial sector as well as increased access to low cost finance for clean investment in developing countries. As co-Chair of the Climate Chain Coalition, a coalition of more than 200 organizations and as a member of the Advisory Board of INATBA (International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications supported by the European Commission), he is working on Distributed Ledger Technologies use cases of for climate and sustainability action. He also co-chaired the development of ISO 14097 “Framework and principles for assessing and reporting investments and financing activities related to climate change”. Massamba Thioye has published several breakthrough technical papers in technical peerreviewed journals. The most recent include (i) an article on a reformed green bond framework that can scale up the green bond market while addressing green washing https://bit.ly/3v2feaT (ii) as well as an article on a New advanced GHG accounting system for cities enabled by Distributed Ledger Technologies which is a chapter of the book Planning Climate Smart and Wise Cities he co-edited. Massamba graduated process engineer and has a Ph.D. on energy systems. He was awarded “Best scientist in Senegal” by the Senegalese President in 1997.

      Tatiana Chicu, Sr. Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Microsoft

      Tatiana is a Sr. Program Manager in Energy and Sustainability at Microsoft. She leads datacenter power infrastructure and supports energy sustainability initiatives in EMEA.

      Prior to Microsoft, Tatiana spent 10+ years in the energy and utilities sector in United States. She helped set up the Shell New Energies solar and storage business in US and prior to that, was in energy procurement and trading at Pacific Gas & Electric, PECO Energy and Exelon. Tatiana holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and she is currently based in Amsterdam.

      Presentation
      Opening session Anders Gaudestad - Agder Energi

  • Session 2A - Procurement models: from single trades to PPAs, how different contracts can accelerate demand

    There are many ways to buy and sell renewable energy, reflecting the diverse needs of the parties involved in each deal. Delegates attending this session will learn how all renewable energy deals, from one-off trades to power purchase agreements (PPAs), help to accelerate demand for renewable energy and thus support the energy transition. Each of the major procurement models will be explained to assess benefits and pitfalls as well as their potential for impact and robust claims.

    Moderator:

    Dania Piccioli-Cappelli, Director Marketing and Communication, Nvalue

    Dania holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and joined Nvalue in 2010 as Portfolio Manager. Dania actively contributed to the company development through the years. The team of Nvalue is today characterized by 30 professionals spread in the offices of Amsterdam, Zürich, Lugano and Varna.

    Dania is part of the executive board of Nvalue AG and she covers several areas of responsibility within the group. Dania is responsible for the company's products in the Swiss Market and is member of the Strategy Committee. Moreover she leads the Marketing and Communication department within the Group. 

    • Speakers:

      Felix Wuentscher, Renewable Portfolio Manager, South Pole

      Annika Yule, Manager Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory, Schneider Electric

      As a Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory Senior Consultant, Annika works with corporate clients from around the world to identify and evaluate potential PPA sourcing opportunities in Europe. She is focused on both virtual and direct offsite PPA opportunities in established, as well as emerging European markets. Annika ensures that potential counterparties, such as developers, understand the needs of clients before tailoring solutions that make sense for each corporate buyer. She works with the corporate champion to secure necessary internal approval for entering these contract structures while simultaneously running competitive processes with project developers to maximize the clients’ financial goals.

      Presentation
      2A Annika Yule - Schneider Electric
      2A Dania Piccioli - Nvalue
      2A Felix Wuentscher - South Pole

  • Session 2B - EAC standards around the world: their benefits and differences

    This session will give delegates an overview of the three major international energy attribute tracking standards. Similarities and differences will be highlighted by experts, as well as the scope for interaction between these standards. Delegates will also learn about the challenges of setting up and operating within renewable-energy markets that do not follow one of the 'big three' standards.

    Moderator:

    Jared Braslawsky, Secretary General, The International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) Foundation

    Jared Braslawsky is a leading expert on the use, implementation, and functionality of attribute tracking systems such as the United States REC, European Guarantee of Origin (GO), and the global International REC Standard. His expertise is used by organizations such as RE100 where he is a member of the Technical Working Group. He has participated in workshops, technical meetings, and informational webinars for RE100’s members (with over 200 corporate renewable electricity consumers). He was a key contributor to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) Scope 2 Guidance document and supported the GHGP in organizing workshops to promote the guidance document when it was completed in 2015.

    Jared has played a leading role in the development and growth of the Guarantee of Origin system in Europe through his role as Secretary General of RECS International. Jared is also the co-founder and current Secretary General of the International REC Standard Foundation (I-REC Standard), a not-for-profit organization for energy attribute tracking standardization that enables the simplified implementation of a reliable, traceable REC systems and national renewable energy markets in adherence with electricity market regulations and best practices worldwide.

    • Speakers:

      Katrien Verwimp, Coordinator Sector Integration, Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB)

      Katrien coordinates the sector integration program in the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB), which prepares for maximum reliability and cost-efficiency of energy attribute certificate systems for all energy carriers. She manages strategic projects for the association, currently representing AIB in the REGATRACE and CertifHy Projects. She is coordinator of the EECS Gas Scheme Group and chairs AIB’s Professional Reviewers Group.

      She was project leader of the FaStGO Project, which, as a service to DG ENER, in 2020 developed a kick-off draft for the revision of the EN16325 standard on guarantees of origin, considered further infrastructural upgrades for the cross border transfer of GOs and developed updates to the residual mix methodology. Before 2020, she worked with VREG, being the Flemish regulator, issuing body and disclosure competent body as ‘Coordinator – origin of energy’.

      On behalf of this AIB member, from 2013-2015 she was in AIB the co-chairperson of working group systems, who guards the AIB IT infrastructure, and in 2018 and 2019 she was the chairperson of AIB working group Internal Affairs (currently renamed to EECS Unit), who maintains and develops the rules in the European Energy Certificate System. She had a leading role in the design of legislation for implementing article 19 of REDII, including developing GOs for gas, hydrogen and for heating and cooling, and was project leader for the implementation of it.

      Ben Gerber, President and Chief Executive Officer, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc. (M-RETS)

      Benjamin Gerber is the President and Chief Executive Officer of M-RETS. Under his leadership M-RETS developed and successfully implemented an industry leading environmental attribute registry. Initially this allowed M-RETS to increase its footprint from 15 states and Manitoba to all North America. The M-RETS platform brings unprecedented innovation to the industry as well as access to data in pioneering ways such as hourly production data and peak period production data. Under his leadership, M-RETS achieved the first of its kind hourly REC claim in collaboration with Google, where it was a focus on the Google Cloud Blog.   

      M-RETS recently launched a renewable thermal tracking system. This first of its kind system in North America facilitates market transparency, liquidity, and prevents double counting by issuing a unique, traceable digital certificate for every dekatherm produced by a renewable thermal technology. M-RETS users retire certificates to comply with state policy or to serve the voluntary market and to ensure that certificates are not double-counted. 

      Ben attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a degree in political science. He graduated from William Mitchell College of law and is admitted to the Minnesota State and Federal Bar. Ben is a sought-after speaker on issues related to environmental commodities as well as innovation in the utility sector. He has been published by energy news outlets such as Utility Dive, Greentech Media, and Forbes and appeared as a guest on local and national media and conferences to discuss renewable energy, decarbonization, and the role of technology and innovation in the utility sector.

      Presentation
      2B Ben Gerber - MRETS
      2B Jared Braslawsky - I-REC Standard
      2B Katrien Verwimp - AIB

  • Session 2C - An introduction to the basic elements of attribute-tracking systems

    This – the first of five new-style 'C-Track' sessions at the REC Market Meeting – will give delegates who are relatively new to the world of attribute tracking all the information they need to actively engage with renewable-energy markets and schemes. In this session, we will cover topics such as the issuance, cancellation, redemption, and expiration of attribute certificates. We will explain where and why attribute tracking started, how it has developed over the past decade and how we expect it will develop further in the years ahead.

    Moderator:

    Marie Christine Bluett, Director of Renewable Markets , IncubEx

    Marie serves as Director of Renewable Markets at IncubEx, focusing on voluntary carbon and certificate markets. Prior to this, she built and managed South Pole’s Renewables Portfolio, advising corporate and wholesale market participants on their renewables sourcing options. Marie started her career working for the Norwegian state-owned, renewable energy producer Statkraft, where she focused on certificates trading and origination. She has been a board member of RECS International for the last 8 years and as such is closely connected to regulatory and market developments in Europe and the rest of the world. Marie is an Economist by training and has lived in Germany, Australia, Italy, the United States and the Netherlands, where she currently resides with her family.

    • Speakers:

      Timo Pentner, Managing Director, CerQlar

      Timo Pentner, originally from Germany, is a FinTech executive with over 20 years of experience and a proven track record of enabling companies to scale up their operations. As COO and strategy focused technology lead he played a key role in driving organization and product vision as well as operational strategy for FinTech companies in the US and Europe. 

      Dirk Van Evercooren, Board member, I-REC Standard Foundation

      Aude Filippi, Director Business Development - Gas & Sustainability Markets, European Energy Exchange (EEX)

      Aude Filippi is responsible for Business Development for Gas & Sustainability markets at the European Energy Exchange. Aude has been working for EEX for the past 11 years and is especially responsible for Guarantees of Origin activities within EEX Group. Aude has been leading the development of the issuing body for electricity Guarantees of Origin in France since 2013 as well as the EEX GO auction platform. Aude is as well member of the Board of Director of Grexel, which is 100% owned by EEX and is the leading GO registry provider in Europe. Aude is also responsible for all exchange/trading platform development activities in gas and environmental products.

      Presentation
      2C Presentations Cerqlar I-REC and EEX

  • Session 3A - How full disclosure can accelerate demand for renewables and help cut emissions

    Leading EAC schemes are moving towards full disclosure, in other words, the certification of every unit of energy finally consumed, not just renewables. Full disclosure ensures that all consumers know how the energy they are using was generated and where it comes from. It can also facilitate the tracking of energy that is converted into energy carriers such as hydrogen or stored before consumption. Full disclosure is a key step towards more consumer choice and a more transparent energy system. We will explain this in detail during this session.

    Moderator:

    Liesbeth Switten, Secretary General, Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB)

    Liesbeth Switten holds a master degree in law from Leuven University, and degrees in environmental law, urbanisation and in international association management. She started her career in leading law firms, such as Baker & McKenzie where she was a member of the environmental and energy team. After 7 years she joined the Flemish energy regulator VREG as a legal supervisor.

    She has been involved in renewable energy certification for over 15 years with several roles in the AIB since 2006. She was AIB’s legal and strategic advisor, professional reviewer and she chaired the organisational change process and the professional reviewers’ group, thereby securing the quality assurance of the EECS© system throughout the AIB members.

    In 2020 Liesbeth became secretary general of AIB, taking over from its leader of 20 years and she was tasked with rolling out an entirely new organisation model amid the Covid-19 pandemic and with guiding the expanding association towards the energy transition and implementation of the EU Renewables Directive 2018/2001. 

    • Speakers:

      Ilona Bruens, Head of CertiQ, CertiQ

      Ilona Bruens leads CertiQ, the Dutch Issuing Body for electricity and renewable heath. Since 2020 full disclosure is in place in the Netherlands, so CertiQ experienced its first full year certifying also non-renewable electricity. Prior to CertiQ, Ilona worked 12 years within CertiQs mother company, TenneT TSO. She developed ideas to keep a right balance to ensure a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy system and brought these ideas further to policymakers, politicians and regulators.

      Ilona studied Business Administration at the University of Nijmegen, Financial Law at the Erasmus University and Accountancy at VU Amsterdam.

      Alberto Pototschnig, Professor and Deputy Director, Florence School of Regulation

      Part-time Professor and Deputy Director (World of Practice)
      Florence School of Regulation, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies European University Institute, Florence

      Director, DFC-Economics, Milan

      Alberto Pototschnig is part-time Professor and Deputy Director for the World of Practice at the Florence School of Regulation – European University Institute, where he has been teaching on energy regulation and market design since 2004. Since October 2020, Alberto is also a Director of DFC-Economics, a consultancy outfit providing independent economic analysis and advice on complex business and regulatory issues.

      From 2010 to 2019 he was the first Director of the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). Before joining the Agency, from 2006 to 2010, Alberto was a Partner in Mercados EMI, a Madrid-based international consultancy specialising in the energy sector, where he served as CEO and Deputy Chairman. He previously worked at the Italian Transmission System Operators (from 2003 to 2005), served as the first CEO of the Italian Electricity Market Operator (from 2000 to 2003) and in the Italian Energy Regulatory Authority (AEEG, from 1997 to 2000), with his final position being Director of Electricity Regulation. Alberto started his professional career in 1989 with London Economics, an international economic consultancy, where he was eventually in charge of the industrial economic advisory practice. Between 2003 and 2005 Alberto also acted as an adviser to the Italian Government on environmental and climate policy issues.

      Alberto holds a Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics, University of London.

      Ivan Debay, CEO, Origo

      When he had to give up on his career as a professional basketball player, Ivan Debay turned to Economy and graduated from the renowned HEC Paris school of business.

      In 2007, driven by a strong interest in the energy transition, he began his career at EY, studying the evolution of the cleantech industry.

      A year later, he joined the Compagnie National du Rhône, a subsidiary of Engie, the second producer of electricity in France and 100% renewable. In his position as a risk manager, market analyst and trader, Ivan learned the fundamentals of the European electricity market.

      In 2014, he founded Origo, a company specialized in the marketing and selling of renewable electricity to corporate end-users. Origo built its credibility and recognition by coaching France-based international companies in their path toward green power consumption throughout the world.

      As a board member of RECs International, the European market organization, Ivan became involved in political and regulation discussions at a European level.

      In 2018, he created the non-profit QuiEstVert hoping to increase transparency of the renewable energy market and to help the public opinion understand the crucial role French consumers can play in the energy transition at the European level.

      Ivan Debay is also President of QuiEstVert

      Presentation
      3A CertiQ Florence School of Regulation and Origo

  • Session 3B - The post-Brexit world

    All sectors of the economy are coming to terms with the new economic relationship between the EU and the UK, not least the renewable-energy sector. In this session, delegates will hear from experts on both sides about how renewable energy is affected by the new reality and how trade has already been impacted across 'the Channel/La Manche' post-Brexit. We will discuss in detail the implications of the new market situation on Guarantee of Origin (GO) markets as a whole.

    Moderator:

    Adam White, Secretary General, RECS International

    Adam White is the Secretary-General of RECS International, a non-profit foundation representing renewable electricity producers and consumers who use guarantees of origin. As RECS International Secretary-General, Adam works to: 

    • Give organisations and individuals the knowledge, motivation and confidence to buy 100% renewable energy. 

    • Advocate for the development and implementation of legislation that supports and encourages renewable energy procurement, and 

    • Guide RECS International’s strategic development and manage the planning and delivery of its programmes and activities  

    Before joining RECS Adam worked for the WWF European Policy Office as Senior Research Coordinator on Climate and Energy, and before coming to Brussels Adam worked as a researcher for elected members of the UK Parliament and the London Assembly. 

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      Speakers:

      Alex Passaniti, Commodity Trader, STX Commodities

      Alex has been working at the STX Group for 3 years as a commodity trader in renewables. His work has been as a deal structurer, optimizing the value of certificate sales for funds and generators and enabling UK utilities and corporates with their fuel mix disclosure and voluntary CDP requirements.

      STX Group is a market leader in the proliferation of renewable power, biomethane and biofuel certificate-backed solutions, in local markets and cross border operations. The company was an early mover, active in carbon markets since the Kyoto Protocol in 2004, and today services over 400TWh/year of renewable power across Europe alone.

      Vishnu Agarwal, Deputy VP, Origination and Renewables Trading, Smartest Energy

      Vishnu Aggarwal is Deputy VP, Origination and Renewable Trading at SmartestEnergy (trading subsidiary of the Marubeni Corporation of Japan). As a passionate believer in the benefit of environmental markets, Vishnu has been credited with bringing the industry together and sponsoring the drafting of the industry standard REGO Trading Agreement. Under his leadership, SmartestEnergy's Renewable Trading desk has quickly grown to become one of the leading participants in emissions & green certificates markets across Europe, aiming to service the need of corporates with net-zero ambitions. A Mechanical Engineer by training, Vishnu is also a CFA charter holder.

  • Session 3C - An introduction to why consumers use energy attribute certificates (EACs) and environmental reporting

    In this session – the second of five sessions designed to provide newcomers to EACs with the opportunity to learn the basics of attribute tracking – we will look at the benefits of using renewable-energy markets and systems. Expert speakers will address questions such as 'Why do consumers buy green energy?', 'What are their needs when they do so?', and 'Is there a general approach, or is every consumer different?' We will focus on the positive benefits of EAC markets for accelerating the energy transition and combatting climate change.

    Moderator:

    Wei Cai, Managing Director, Greenfact

    Wei Cai, managing director at Greenfact AS, which she joined in 2019. Greenfact is a market intelligence company specialized in the pricing and insights into various green certificates. We act as a data aggregator sharing information via our API-enabled platform. Greenfact's services are used extensively by those in the energy attribution space, including utilities, traders and investors, for benchmarking and analysis.

    Prior to joining the Greenfact, Wei worked in ABB in the Energy and Maritime industries and has broad international experience in Asia and Europe. Wei holds an MBA from HEC Paris. 

    • Speakers:

      Mike Hatert, Head of Renewables, First Climate Markets

      Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Mike Hatert is Head of Renewables at First Climate and manages all sales activities in the DACH region. A proven energy specialist, Mike graduated as an engineer, is a certified manager for energy economics and holds a certification as an energy manager from chamber of industry and commerce. Mike has over 15 years of professional experience in the energy industry, previously working in manager and senior positions for Deutsche Bahn, ENTEGA and con|energy.

      Joan Collell, Business & Strategy Leader / CCO, FlexiDAO

      Joan Collell is the Business/Strategy Leader & CCO at FlexiDAO, a leading software provider in the energy sector. Collell has experience leading a high-growth energy startup and over five years working within the technology industry. His expertise excels in startup strategy, sales, and marketing, where he adopted these skills from working with global brands like Bain & Co., Google, and Henkel.

      Martijn Kerkhof, Manager Benelux Area, ACT Commodities

      As Desk Manager of Benelux, Martijn Kerkhof is responsible for the Renewable Energy Solutions provided by ACT to clients in the Benelux area. With over 5 years of experience in the Renewable Energy markets, his focus lies on helping clients with their renewable energy strategy and execution, reducing a company’s carbon footprint in the best suitable way.

      Presentation
      3C First Climate - FlexiDao - ACT Commodities

  • Session 4A - Certification of non-fossil gases, including hydrogen

    Demand for renewable gases, such as hydrogen, is accelerating and European legislation now requires that any gas products claiming to be from renewable sources must be certified. The certification of non-fossil gases can differ from that of renewable electricity and, in this session, delegates will learn about those differences and how developments in markets for non-fossil gases are helping to cut emissions.

    Moderator:

    Wouter Vanhoudt, Director Europe, Hinicio

    Master in Commercial Engineering Business Informatics & Master of Finance Vlerick Management School.

    Project Coordinator for European Commission / FCH JU supported Standard on Green H2 Certification (CertifHy).

    Chair and Board of AIB Gas Scheme Group. 

    Former General Manager  Schreder Gulf LLC in Abu Dhabi (3 years). Worked one year in China. 16+ years work experience. Speaks Dutch-English-French. Based in Brussels.

    • Speakers:

      Gunnar Steck, Executive Advisor Wholesale Markets, Eurogas

      Gunnar Steck has held a variety of strategic, legal and regulatory roles in production, trading and supply as well as in transmission companies. From senior management positions in government and regulatory affairs, he has helped companies and associations to understand the impact of regulatory change, to implement changes effectively, and to represent their interests in designing energy market rules.

      Gunnar has worked for RUHRGAS Transport (Europe’s biggest TSO, now Open Grid Europe), E.ON Energy Trading and UNIPER Global Commodities. From 2013 to 2017 he chaired the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) Gas Hub Development Group.

      In 2018 Gunnar founded ENQUIDITY, a boutique consultancy firm supporting authorities, industry associations and companies in energy regulation and market design. Since 2019 he is advising Eurogas on EU policy initiatives relevant for Gas Wholesale Markets. He is a fully qualified lawyer and holds a Master in Political Science.

      Matthieu Boisson, Project Manager, CertifHy

      Matthieu leads the project CertifHy, financed by the FCH JU (Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) to drive the development of a EU-wide H2 GOs scheme and to develop a new certification scheme for hydrogen as a RED2 compliant renewable fuel.

      Now Manager at Hinicio, a consultancy company specialized in the hydrogen sector, Matthieu is a computer science engineer specialized in energy markets and energy attribute tracking systems with 9+ years of experience in the energy sector. He worked 5 years at Powernext setting up the French Issuing Body for electricity guarantees of origin and participating in the development of the European Gas Trading Platform PEGAS. Between 2017 and 2020, he worked as a managing consultant at Yélé, leading the development of the company’s consultancy offer regarding energy markets. 

      Matthieu has led 20+ projects and has a track record of numerous advisory missions related to power and gas guarantees of origin, renewable energy procurement, PPAs, flexibility for grid operators, market participants, industrial players, and market operators. 

      Matthias Edel, Secretary General, ERGaR

      Since March 2021 Matthias Edel is Secretary General of the European Renewable Gas Registry aisbl. A non for-profit organisation that aims to provide a forum for the collaboration of renewable gas registries and market participants in Europe to facilitate the cross-border transfer of renewable gas certificates.

      In 2019, Matthias Edel founded the consultancy firm Erneuergas, developing business models and strategies, scenarios and market analysis as well as concepts for the documentation of renewable gases.

      From 2011 to 2019, he worked for the German Energy Agency (dena). As team Leader Bioenergy, he was responsible for all bioenergy activities, leading national and international projects, campaigns and initiatives in the renewable energy sector. He was coordinator of the “biogaspartner” platform, an international campaign bringing together market actors and policy makers focusing on biogas grid feed-in. Also, he was project director of the Biogasregister Deutschland, a registry for the issuance and documentation of renewable gas certificates.
      He started his professional career as a scientific research associate for the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) in Leipzig. Matthias Edel studied economics and geography at the University of Mannheim and the University of Heidelberg.

      Presentation
      4A Gunnar Steck - Eurogas
      4A Matthias Edel - ERGaR
      4A Matthieu Boisson - CertifHy

  • Session 4B - EACs beyond the EU's eastern border

    Countries on the edge of the European Union are seeking access to the European single market in many sectors, including renewable energy. Delegates attending this session will learn about the specific challenges and barriers to accessing European renewable-energy markets and ways of overcoming them.

    Moderator:

    Oleg Dobrovolsky, Regional Director, I-REC Standard Foundation

    Oleg is the Regional Director for the I-REC Standard Foundation with the focus on stakeholder support and market building in the EAC development for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He is facilitating governments, renewable energy producers and consumers across these regions in the development of voluntary markets and EAC standardization. Oleg is also actively assisting the I-REC Foundation Secretariat in global projects such as Platform Integrations and market participant support.
    He has a track record of market development in his previous role within environmental commodity trading.

    • Speakers:

      Naida Taso, Electricity Market and Renewables Expert, Energy Community Secretariat

      Naida Taso leads activities related to renewable energy in the Energy Community Secretariat, international organization based in Vienna. Among others, Naida is responsible for the development of concept for the regional system for guarantees of origin in the Energy Community Contracting Parties.

      Naida holds a Master’s degree (MA) in Electric Power Engineering and has almost ten years of international experience in areas of renewable energy, energy modeling, electricity markets and sustainable development. Prior to the Secretariat, Naida worked for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

      Can Arslan, Co-Founder, Foton Yenilenebilir Enerji Ticaret Platformu

      Can Arslan began his career in corporate credits & internal audit departments in the banking industry, later working as power & gas trader in the energy industry. Can founded Foton -local IREC issuer in Turkey in 2019. Foton has worked with Energy Web to develop an IREC platform, which was implemented in 2021. 

      Presentation
      4B Can Arslan - Foton
      4B Naida Taso - Energy Community Secretariat

  • Session 4C - An introduction to energy attribute tracking in Europe – legislation, data, and new developments

    This – the third 'C-Stream' session introducing energy attribute tracking for delegates with less experience of renewable-energy markets and systems – will focus on the EU's legally defined certificates: Guarantees of Origins (GOs). Expert speakers will cover the European legal framework and the roles of the system's leading actors. You will also receive a statistical update on how the GO system has developed, with insights into how it may develop in the years ahead, including aspects such as full disclosure.

    Moderator:

    Madeleine Mowickel, Net Zero Advisor, ECOHZ

    Madeleine Mowinckel helps companies identify the best path to net zero, with an emphasis on reducing energy emissions and turning sustainable action into profitable business. She has experience as a consultant in the IT-sector, as an ESG analyst for institutional investors and as a trader of environmental commodities such as Guarantees of Origin (GOs). With her broad experience from the business and her understanding of companies’ ever more complex sustainability requirements, Madeleine leads ECOHZ’ recently launched Net Zero Advisory services.

    As companies of all sizes and sectors are moving towards a decarbonized future, there is a strong need for standards of good practice, platforms for sharing experiences and not least legal frameworks to support these efforts. For 20 years, ECOHZ has been a leader and enabler of the European GO and global EAC markets. This position has provided the company with unique insights in the standards governing renewable energy, and the opportunities in sales and valorization of renewable claims. On this journey, ECOHZ has built an extensive network of renewable power producers, developers, utilities, and end-consuming companies.

    • More speakers t.b.a.

      Speakers:

      Remco van Stein Callenfels, Advisor, CertiQ

      Joni Vuorela, Green Trading Desk Manager, Fortum

      I lead Fortum Green Desk, which is a professional driven market service provider committed to quality and support its customers' renewable and low carbon ambitions. We offer Guarantees of Origin management expertise and trading, as well as other related certificates. As a unit of Fortum, our aim is to create a low carbon society for present and future generation.

      Petr Svoboda, Senior Consultant, Unicorn

      Presentation
      4C CertiQ Fortum Unicorn

  • Keynote 5 - The past, present, and future of EAC and energy markets

    A lot has changed in the quarter-century since EAC markets first facilitated the buying and selling of renewable energy. Our growing understanding of the climate crisis requires us to accelerate the transition to efficient and renewables-based energy systems. In this session, the RECS Chair and Secretary-General will reflect on how energy and EAC markets have developed over the past 25 years, take stock of where we stand now, and discuss what is still needed to ensure they play their full part in decarbonising our world.

    • Speakers:

      Adam White, Secretary General, RECS International

      Adam White is the Secretary-General of RECS International, a non-profit foundation representing renewable electricity producers and consumers who use guarantees of origin. As RECS International Secretary-General, Adam works to: 

      • Give organisations and individuals the knowledge, motivation and confidence to buy 100% renewable energy. 

      • Advocate for the development and implementation of legislation that supports and encourages renewable energy procurement, and 

      • Guide RECS International’s strategic development and manage the planning and delivery of its programmes and activities  

      Before joining RECS Adam worked for the WWF European Policy Office as Senior Research Coordinator on Climate and Energy, and before coming to Brussels Adam worked as a researcher for elected members of the UK Parliament and the London Assembly. 

      Thomas Eccard, Head of Environmental Markets I Trading & Origination, Agder Energi

      Thomas served a range of operative, senior management and executive roles in the renewable energy and carbon markets over the past 20 years. His work included the brokerage and management of green certificate portfolios across Europe, the development of carbon offset projects under international and national schemes as well as the structuring of transactions in relation to various environmental commodities.

      Thomas is the Head of Environmental Markets at Agder Energi Vannkraft AS which manages the renewable attributes from hydropower assets owned by Agder Energi group, Norway. He is also the acting chairman of the Board of RECS International.

      Thomas holds a degree in law (Environmental law) and a M.Sc. of Economics (Corporate Environmental Management).

      Presentation
      Keynote session 5 - RECS and Agder Energi

Wednesday 6 April 2022

  • Session 6A - Market developments: volumes and prices

    In this session, volumes, prices, trades, demand, and trends – everything that market participants need to know – will be covered by experts. Will the trends of increased demand and more complex product definitions consolidate or accelerate? Are we likely to see more frequent and more severe price shocks, or will a maturing market become easier to predict? The answers to these questions and more will make this an interesting session that covers EAC markets in Europe and around the world – providing an overview of both mature and emerging attribute-tracking markets.

    Moderator:

    Olav Vilnes, Nordic editor, Montel

    Olav has worked as a journalist and editor at Oslo-based news agency Montel since 2001. His main focus is on the Nordic power market, but he has also reported widely on related markets like Guarantees of Origin and the EU ETS. Montel employs around 40 dedicated energy journalists spread across Europe.

    • Speakers:

      Nadir Serra, Head of Brokering , Commerg

      In 2016, Nadir joined Commerg Ltd in Malta as member of a small team of three brokers with the role of Renewable energy broker, focused on the Italian market. After few years and several roles, he became Head of Renewable desk, coordinating a team of 7 brokers and covering all Europe. By supporting his colleagues on developing new markets and products, he confirmed his active role in the expansion of the Company from a small off-standards power and gas broker into a major marketplace for Energy Tracking Certificates. Commerg, as name-passing-broker promotes transparency via various reports. Nadir is in charge of the price settlement of Guarantees of Origin which composes the reporting activity of the company. As Head of Brokering, since January 2021 he is in charge of the new branch of Commerg in Brussels.

      Nadir Serra studied Economics and business management in Italy, Canada and England with a minor in Marketing and dissertation on European Union Law.

      William Dixon, Head of Product Development I Environmental Markets, Agder Energi

      Based in Berlin, William is part of Agder Energi’s pan-European environmental markets team.

      Together they manage Agder Energi’s global environmental attribute certificate (EAC) portfolios, towards a global network of counterparties and demand.

      William maintains a keen interest in statistical, regulatory and stakeholder developments and has over twelve years’ experience within the European energy industry. This experience includes segments of planning policy and asset installation, energy retail, brokerage, and origination.

      William holds a M.A degree in Business and Management and a BSc. in Geography

      Presentation
      6A Nadir Serra - Commerg
      6A William Dixon - Agder Energi

  • Session 6B - An important new growth centre – Southeast Asian renewables markets

    With the I-REC Standard now established in various capacities in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Southeast Asian renewables markets constitute an important new growth centre. In this session delegates will benefit from a regional market update that covers supply, demand, and regulatory matters. The session will conclude by looking at how these markets are expected to develop in the years to come. 

    Moderator:

    Roble Velasco-Rosenheim, Regional Director South-East Asia, I-REC Standard Foundation

    Roble has a decade of experience supporting clean energy development in Asia and the Pacific. He is the Regional Director for the I-REC Standard Foundation, and the founder of SuSca Group. Through these roles, he supports governments, utilities, IPPs, and Fortune 500 companies to transact clean energy in line with the I-REC Standard.  

    Roble’s work focuses on market building in the EAC space. Recently, he has supported governments and utilities across Southeast Asia to engage with the I-REC Standard Foundation. This has enabled the development of EAC markets across the region, and has supported dozens of brands and their supply chains to meet renewable energy targets in line with the RE100, Science Based Targets initiative, and other major reporting frameworks. 

    Previously, Roble helped process large scale infrastructure projects for the Asia Development Bank and other development partners in the region. He is passionate about bridging public and private sector interests to support high-yield, low-carbon economic growth.   

    • Speakers:

      Angus McEwin, Founder and Managing Director , Monsoon Carbon

      Founded in Singapore in 2011, Monsoon Carbon is a small Sustainability Consultancy based in South East Asia. Monsoon works with Clients to identify and manage risks and opportunities related to environmental and social (E&S) aspects of their activities. In particular, Monsoon has been very active in the renewable energy industry.

      Monsoon provides services related to climate change, particularly the environmental attributes of renewable energy, including International Renewable Energy Certificates and carbon offsets. Monsoon is authorised on both the I-REC Standard and the TIGR Registry and now manages the RECs for over forty renewable energy projects across the globe, from Uganda to Indonesia. For the 2020 vintage, Monsoon sold approximately one million RECs to our network of buyers and the business is growing fast.

      Angus McEwin is the founder and Managing Director of Monsoon. He has a Degree in Natural Resource Economics and a Master of Environmental Science. For the last eighteen years, Angus has been living and working in South-East Asia and during this time he has become very knowledgeable of the region and has also established a valuable network of colleagues and associates in the green sector.

      Nirinder Singh, Managing Director, TNBX

      Haley Shewfelt, Portfolio Manager, Environmental Markets, Global, 3Degrees

      Based in San Francisco, Haley works as an international portfolio manager on 3Degrees' Environmental Markets team. Since starting with 3Degrees in 2018, Haley has led the growth of 3Degrees' expansion into 30+ global EAC markets, and has helped support the 1,200+ customers 3Degrees serves as well as the 6,400+ projects spanning 50+ countries. Prior to her work as the international Portfolio Manager, Haley was an Associate Trader focusing on North American REC markets. Haley holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Boston College. 

      Presentation
      6B Nirinder Singh - I-REC Standard
      6B Angus McEwin - Monsoon Carbon
      6B Haley Shewfelt - 3Degrees

  • Session 6C - An introduction to reporting energy consumption to CDP and RE100

    This – the fourth of the five 'C-Track' sessions – will address one of the questions market participants most frequently ask: how can we, or our clients, report a given renewable-energy purchase to leading disclosure organizations such as CDP and RE100? How does reporting renewable-energy consumption support an organization that wishes to become carbon neutral? In this session, delegates will have the opportunity to ask these questions directly to those best placed to provide answers.

    Moderator:

    Merve Güngör, Coordinator, EKOenergy

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

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

    • Speakers:

      Robbert Slooten, Senior Consultant Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory, Schneider Electric

      As a Renewable Energy & Carbon Advisory Senior Consultant, Robbert works with corporate clients from around the world to identify and evaluate potential PPA sourcing opportunities in Europe. Most importantly, Robbert works very closely with both the client and the developers to ensure that the selected solution matches sustainability strategy and company financial goals. Robbert has over 8 years’ experience in developing and deploying corporate carbon neutral and renewable energy strategies, including being involved in 3 corporate PPAs in both the US and Europe. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, he worked at Royal Philips and Signify as program manager for their climate neutral ambitions. During this time, the company’s activities were awarded with top scores in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, an A-level rating by CDP, and received the United Nations Global Climate Action Award.

      Meerim Ruslanova, Traceability Business Lead, Energy Web Foundation

      As a regulatory analyst to advise the development of Energy Web Origin, Meerim conducts market research, evaluates business opportunities, and communicates with different stakeholders of renewable energy and carbon certificate markets. Previously, Meerim spent over three years in consulting and primary research after majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Energy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy, Quantitative Policy Analysis and Research from the Hertie School of Governance and Bachelor’s in International Policy & Business from American University in Bulgaria.

      (Full CV can be found here

      Nicholas Fedson, Senior Analyst – Renewable Energy , CDP

      Nick is a senior analyst in renewable energy at CDP. He works mainly with RE100, where he provides support on RE100’s technical criteria. He also manages members’ reporting to the initiative, analyses disclosures, and writes the initiative’s annual disclosure report. Outside RE100, Nick helps develop renewable energy in CDP’s climate change questionnaire.

      Andrew Glumac, Chair of Technical Advisory Group, RE100

      Andrew Glumac is the Senior Manager for Renewable Energy at CDP and the Chair of the RE100 Technical Advisory Group. He has experience in energy engineering and consulting; specifically with renewable energy project development, energy procurement, energy market analysis, energy management and master planning, and energy efficiency.

      He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, a joint MS in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, École des Mines de Nantes, and the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, and an MBA in Energy Management from Technische Universität Berlin.

       

      Presentation
      6C Schneider Electric EWF CDP RE100

  • Session 7A – Time stamping: how can it help accelerate demand for renewables?

    A growing number of electricity users want to buy renewable electricity that is generated at the same time as they consume power from the grid. This session will set out how this can be achieved by timestamping EACs – allowing consumers to buy an EAC with increased temporal granularity as an optional product choice. We will ask what impact this can have on driving demand and cutting emissions.

    Moderator:

    Adam White, Secretary General, RECS International

    Adam White is the Secretary-General of RECS International, a non-profit foundation representing renewable electricity producers and consumers who use guarantees of origin. As RECS International Secretary-General, Adam works to: 

    • Give organisations and individuals the knowledge, motivation and confidence to buy 100% renewable energy. 

    • Advocate for the development and implementation of legislation that supports and encourages renewable energy procurement, and 

    • Guide RECS International’s strategic development and manage the planning and delivery of its programmes and activities  

    Before joining RECS Adam worked for the WWF European Policy Office as Senior Research Coordinator on Climate and Energy, and before coming to Brussels Adam worked as a researcher for elected members of the UK Parliament and the London Assembly. 

    • Speakers:

      Ainhoa Anda, Senior Lead, Energy Strategy, Google

      Ainhoa Anda is part of the Energy and Location Strategy team of Google. She is responsible for energy related activities for Google's data center fleet in EMEA. 

      Prior to Google Ainhoa worked for EDP Renewables and Siemens Gamesa. She holds a MSc in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in International Business Management. She is based in Paris." 

      Killian Daly, Operations Manager, EnergyTag

      Bruce Douglas, Communications and Business Director, Eurelectric

      Bruce Douglas

      Communications and Business Director, Eurelectric

      Bruce Douglas has been working in renewable energy for over 20 years. He is currently the Director of Communications and Business at Eurelectric a member-led association based in Brussels representing the European electric utility sector.

      Previously he was Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, Coordinator of the RE-Source Platform – the European alliance for corporate sourcing of renewable energy – and the founding 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 companies around the world.

      Previously he was Chief Operating Officer at WindEurope 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.

      Contact details:

      Bruce Douglas

      Communications and Business Director, Eurelectric

      Mobile: +32 486 033535

      Skype: brucedouglas77

      Twitter: Brucelectric

      LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/SolarPowerBruce

      Email: bdouglas@eurelectric.org

      Web: www.eurelectric.org

      Presentation
      7A Ainhoa Anda - Google
      7A Bruce Douglas - EFET
      7A Phil Moody and Killian Daly - EnergyTag
      7A Killian Daly - EnergyTag

  • Session 7B - GO developments in Europe's biggest economy

    The GO market in Germany could be about to change significantly. German renewable-energy generators that benefit from the national feed-in tariff scheme, as most do, cannot receive GOs. However, many of the early feed-in-tariff schemes are coming to an end, which could mean that more German renewable production will become eligible for GOs. Will this happen? Will early renewable power plants re-power and re-enter support schemes? Will Germany's reforms to its renewables markets help Europe's largest economy cut its emissions further and faster? Delegates attending this session will get answers to these key questions through a deep dive into the German GO market.

    Moderator:

    Eva Klesse, Team Lead Account Management, KlimaInvest

    Eva Klesse leads the Account Management Team South of KlimaInvest and develops sustainable solutions for energy suppliers and corporate clients. Her focus is the transition to renewable energy and raising awareness for reducing emissions.

    Since 2015 Eva works at KlimaInvest, a leading player for renewable energy in Germany, with the strategic focus for guarantees of origin, innovative renewable power, climate-neutral gas and other carbon offsetting products.

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

    • Speakers:

      Michael Claußner, Expert, Energy Brainpool

      At Energy Brainpool GmbH & Co. KG, Michael Claußner consults both the public and private sector with regard to energy market design as well as marketing options and risk management for renewable energies. His main focus has been on projects involving Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). Michael also regularly conducts basic and expert level seminars on the energy industry and is a certified EEX trainer. He has a master’s degree from Humbold-University in Berlin, his thesis focused on portfolio strategies for renewable energy investors.
      Energy Brainpool is a model-based analyst house, which among others provides PPA consulting services ranging from seminars to long-term power price scenarios and risk and hedging strategies.

      Arved Von Harpe, CEO, Sunnic

      Henrik Maatsch, Senior Policy Advisor Climate and Energy, WWF Germany

      Presentation
      7B Eva Klesse - KlimaInvest
      7B Arved Vonharpe - Sunnic
      7B Michael Claussner - Energy Brainpool

  • Session 7C - EAC standards that support the energy transition and climate action

    This session – the last of five sessions designed to provide newcomers to EACs with the opportunity to learn the basics of attribute tracking, Scope 2 accounting and EAC markets – will look forward to how EACs can help to accelerate the energy transition and cut emissions. Delegates will learn about the role of EACs in providing additional income to renewables generators and supporting the development of new renewable energy installations.

    Moderator:

    Steven Vanholme, Program Manager, EKOenergy

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

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

    • Speakers:

      Wael Almazeedi, CEO, Avance Labs (ME2X)

      Samantha Bigwood-Ölz, Team Lead, Green Energy Sales, ClimatePartner

      Samantha Bigwood-Ölz leads the green energy sales team at ClimatePartner which she joined in 2020. She has 18 years’ international experience in renewable energy markets, finance, strategy and policy advice. Samantha previously worked at the International Energy Agency and German development agency GIZ, consulting companies in the United Kingdom and Russia and as an independent consultant on international renewable energy, climate change and energy efficiency projects on behalf of private sector clients and multi- and bilateral development and finance institutions. She has also engaged in the development and financial analysis of wind power projects in Brazil.

      Samantha holds a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from the London School of Economics. She speaks German, English, French and Portuguese fluently.

      Presentation
      7C Avance Labs and ClimatePartner

  • Special Session: Presentation of the EnergyTag Granular Certificate Scheme Standard and use case guidelines

    Presenting a standard that those implementing granular certificate schemes need to meet to prove that they are "Compliant with the EnergyTag standard". Also presenting EnergyTag's guidelines for the use of granular certificates, which must be followed byconsumers
    wishing to prove their GC use is "aligned with EnergyTag guidelines".
     

    Moderator:

    Killian Daly, Operations Manager, EnergyTag

  • Keynote 8 - The need for standards in EAC markets

    The three most important international EAC standards – GOs in Europe, RECs in North America, and I-RECs in a growing number of other countries – exist alongside a few national schemes. Given that many of the largest producers and consumers of renewable energy are global multinational companies, this diversity can reduce the efficiency of their operations. While there is already significant overlap in some areas, important differences remain and, in this session, we will examine how leading standards can be brought closer together, particularly in new areas, such as full disclosure and greater granularity of certificate data.

    Moderator:

    Jared Braslawsky, Secretary General, The International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) Foundation

    Jared Braslawsky is a leading expert on the use, implementation, and functionality of attribute tracking systems such as the United States REC, European Guarantee of Origin (GO), and the global International REC Standard. His expertise is used by organizations such as RE100 where he is a member of the Technical Working Group. He has participated in workshops, technical meetings, and informational webinars for RE100’s members (with over 200 corporate renewable electricity consumers). He was a key contributor to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) Scope 2 Guidance document and supported the GHGP in organizing workshops to promote the guidance document when it was completed in 2015.

    Jared has played a leading role in the development and growth of the Guarantee of Origin system in Europe through his role as Secretary General of RECS International. Jared is also the co-founder and current Secretary General of the International REC Standard Foundation (I-REC Standard), a not-for-profit organization for energy attribute tracking standardization that enables the simplified implementation of a reliable, traceable REC systems and national renewable energy markets in adherence with electricity market regulations and best practices worldwide.

    • Speakers:

      Dirk Van Evercooren, Board member, I-REC Standard Foundation

      Cyndi Kohuska, Global Renewable Energy Expert, Independent consultant

      Cyndi Kohuska is currently an independent consultant working with Companies who want to make the change in sustainable renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.

      Prior to this, Cyndi was with Danone from 2018 to 2021 as Global Manager Energy and Utilities for all Danone Business. Included in her responsibilities was leading Danone to meet their RE100 Goals on Scope 2 emissions as well as developing renewable steam projects for the Nature & Cycles Sustainability agenda.
      Prior to Danone, Cyndi was Global Leader Renewable Energy with Nestle where she built and led renewable procurement strategy and lead Nestle to reach their 2020 targets by end of 2017. Cyndi has a multi-industry background working with Swiss Air Group, Dupont de Nemours and at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

      Cyndi has a strong background in on site and off site renewable energy projects including own investment and steam and power purchase agreements. Cyndi was co-Chair of the WBCSD first working group on PPAs and was a main contributor to the Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements – Scaling up Globally, Power Purchase Agreements in Argentina, and the IFRS Accounting for Power Purchase Agreements. She currently represents Danone at the WBCSD Climate and Energy working groups and is on the Steering Committee of the RESource Platform.
      Originally from Canada, Cyndi has both Canadian and French Nationalities. She holds a Masters of Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Manitoba.

      Presentation
      Keynote 8 Jared Braslawsky - I-REC Standard