Renewable Heating & Cooling


Rudi Anschober

Michael Paula

  • head of the department of energy and environmental technologies at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • initiation of the “Austrian Strategieprozess ENERGIE 2050”
  • R&D strategies in the field of technological sustainability research

Claudia Kemfert

  • head of the department of energy, transport and environment at DIW Berlin
  • professor for economics at the Humboldt University in Berlin
  • activ at the Energy Modelling Forum (EMF) and the European Climate Forum (ECF)

José Riesgo Villanueva

Uwe Brechlin
Technology and market innovation
Michael Rantil
Oliver SchÀfer

Christiane Egger

Karin Freier

Policies & Programmes

Krystof Szamalek

  • deputy president of the EcoFund Foundation since 2005
  • EcoFund Foundation manages funds obtained from the Polish debt-for-environment swap mechanism and intended to support environmental protection projects

Pascual Polo Amblar
  • general secretary at ASIT (Solar Thermal Industry Association of Spain)
  • from 2000 to 2004 General Secretary of the Solar Thermal in HELIOS, Andalusian Association of Manufacturers and Installers of Solar Energy
Jian Yu
  • professor at Beijing University of Technology, College of Environmental and Energy Engineering
  • chief scientist at the Institute of Electrical Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Science
Kevin O'Rourke
  • head of Built Environment at Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI)
  • worked in different government bodies, industry, academic research and the European Commission
  • past chairman of the Energy – Environment Division of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland
Inspiring Projects
Leo Holm
Danny Parker
  • principal research scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center
  • secialist in very low-energy cooling and zero energy homes with renewable energy
  • master's Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Montana
Siegfried Aigner
Rano Baykhanova
  • renewable energy adviser at the United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan
  • certificate in Energy Management: Utilisation and Conservation
  • degree in Power Engineering from the Tashkent Technical State University
Johan Van Bael
Wolfgang Dopf
Asko Puhakka
  • expert in energy and environmental legislation, training, project planning and management & education
  • master of Administrative Sciences, University of Joensuu
  • forestry engineer, Forestry College, Joensuu

Ladislav Zidek
  • general director and project manager of the Biomasa Association since 1999
  • manager of the biomass logistics project in Slovakia
  • project leader of the project "biomass market forming"
Wolfgang Schuler
Herbert Huemer
  • managing Director of Sun Master and Xolar
  • owner of the Huemer group
  • co-founder of Sonnenkraft and Green one Tec
GĂŒnther Huemer
  • managing director of Guntamatic Heiztechnik (200 employees, production of 10,000 biomass boilers per year)
  • focus in the field of innovative biomass boilers
  • speaker at all important biomass conferences in the German-speaking part
Gerhard Selinger
  • currently at MetallwarengesmbH & CoKG
  • former consultant in the field of internationalisation, coaching and management consultancy
  • studies at the university of Salzburg
Robert Buchinger
Herbert Ortner
Bernhard Holzer
  • mechanical engineering, technical equipment and installation
  • energy consultant at O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • head of the export department at Windhager Zentralheizung

Gerald Jungreithmayr
  • managing director of SOLution Solartechnik GmbH with the focus on merchandise management, technics and R & D
  • initiator of the first solar cooling project in Upper Austria
Martin Burgholzer

European Pellets Forum

Market innovation

Francisco Puente-Salve

  • M.Sc. Energy and Fuels Engineer, Polytechnic University Madrid
  • 10 years of experience in project management and processes optimisation in consulting firms and power industries
  • coordinator of Propellets project, EIE - Europe Intelligent Energy - Programme of the European Commission
GĂŒnther JĂ€ckel
  • managing director of the Gesamtverband des deutschen Brennstoff- und Mineralölhandels e.V. in Berlinformer position at the ministry for economy
  • long term experience in the German heat market

Walter Wirth

  • Dipl. Elektroingenieur FH
  • member of the general management of AEK Energie AG, responsible for the business fields insulation and automatisation, pellets production and third party financing

Ulrich Bemmann
  • project management, feasibility studies at the “Institut fĂŒr ZukunftsEnergieSysteme gGmbH, SaarbrĂŒcken (e.g. “BioRegio“, “SOLLET”)
  • editor and co-author of handbooks (third party financing, materials flow management)
Karl Wolfgang Stanzel
  • managing director of Stanzel & Ptak OEG
  • managing director of Stirling Power Module GmbH
  • member of the supervisory board of oekostrom AG
Innovative pellet raw materials

Bengt-Erik Löfgren

  • business executive / Chief executive officer at ÄFAB, since 1984
  • responsible for: daily operation and marketing, co-ordination for project work, external and internal education, recruit new staff and consulting assignment, environment and equality, policy questions (issues)
Frantiơek Hrdlička
  • M.Sc., Ph.D. in the field of combustion, CTU Prague
  • professor at CTU in Prague, dep. of fluid mechanic and energetics
  • vicerector of CTU in Prague
    Member of ASME, U.S.A., Court Authority in the Field of Power Engineering
  • member of Supervision Council of Czech Chamber of Civil Engineer
Jens Kai Holm
  • master degree in Physics-Biophysics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ph.D. in Biophysics, University of Roskilde, Denmark
  • post-doc position at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Energy Engineering Section, Technical University of Denmark
Ulrich Kaier
  • managing director of EC Bioenergie GmbH, Heidelberg, forum for biomass projects with CHP, pellets production, third party financing
  • managing director of Energiecontracting Heidelberg GmbH, service company in the field of energy supply technology

Thomas Hering

  • research fellow at ThĂŒringer Landesanstalt fĂŒr Landwirtschaft since1998
  • projects: researching the emissions of heating systems fueld by corn

European Energy Efficiency Conference


Rudi Anschober

Stefan Thomas
  • director of the research group „Energy, Transport and Climate Policy“ at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, located in Wuppertal, Germany
  • main fields of scientific work: energy efficiency evaluation, analysis, development and testing of policy instruments to promote energy efficiency

Hans Nilsson

  • worked with energy issues since 1966
  • chairman of the IEA DSM Programme
  • former director for the Swedish Energy Efficiency Programme with the responsibility to develop early applications of AIJ as a part of the design of the Kyoto-mechanisms

Matthew Savage
  • principal consultant at AEA Technology
  • specialises in market mechanisms and economic policies related to energy, climate change and the environment
  • several papers on subsidies and support mechanisms for the European Environment Agency and the UK Government
Claude Turmes
Jeffrey Harris
  • staff scientist with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • research interests include government sector energy management; government buying-power to stimulate the development and introduction of new energy-efficient technologies
Business opportunities on global, European, national, regional and local levels
Benoit Lebot
  • IngĂ©nieur Divisionnaire des Travaux Publics de l’Etat, Climate Change Technical Advisor for United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment, Facility (UNDP-GEF)
  • analysis of national, regional, and international energy and climate change mitigation policies
  • analysis of energy efficiency policies especially in the built environment
Paul RĂŒbig
Jouko Kinnunen
  • managing Director of Motiva Oy
  • motiva provides expertise and project services to promote more efficient energy use and to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy sources

Branko Noč/Joze Torkar

  • vice-mayor of Jesenice and manager of district heating system in company Jeko-In d.o.o., Jesenice, Slovenia
  • degree at Faculty of mechanical engineering
  • worked as an assistant in cold rolling mill in factory in Jesenice until 1977

Joze Torkar

  • managing director of the company El-tec Mulej, d.o.o., Bled (district heating, energy contracting)
  • faculty of mechanical engineering in 1997
  • awards for innovations in the field of district heating

Gerhard Dell

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

  • Professor and PhD Program Director (Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the Central European University), Budapest
  • International Policy Fellowship at the Center for Policy Studies
  • PhD dissertation in the field of electricity conservation potentials in the USA
Mechtild Rothe
Andris Piebalgs
Energy efficiency and innovation in selected end-use sectors
Josef Hochhuber
  • „Bayerisches Landesamt fĂŒr Umwelt“ (in the field of facility safety and energy efficiency)
  • studies of technical environmental protection at the technical university of Berlin, at the Jawaharlal-Nehru-UniversitĂ€t in Neu-Delhi and at the MontanuniversitĂ€t Leoben
John Scowcroft
  • head of the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, Union of the Electricity Industry – EURELECTRIC since 1997
  • responsible for all aspects of environmental and sustainable development policy and for the Energy Wisdom Programme
  • actively involved in the groundbreaking EURELECTRIC greenhouse gas and electricity trading simulations (GETS)
Karl-Heinz Zierock
  • head of the unit “Transport and Environment” at the Federal Environmental Agency, Berlin
    official in the position of a principal administrator/auxiliary staff until 2005
  • development and implementation of the Community strategy to improve fuel efficiency and decrease carbon dioxide(CO2)emissions from passenger cars
Selected programmes
Gerhard Dell / Christiane Egger

Charles Hargreaves
  • head of Energy Efficiency in Ofgem
  • focus on monitoring the energy suppliers’ work on the Energy Efficiency Commitment since 2001
  • previous experience on energy demand scenarios for the UK with an economic forecaster
  • has held research posts at the Science Policy Research Unit and the University of Cambridge
RĂ©jean Carrier
  • general director of the Agence de l’efficacitĂ© Ă©nergĂ©tique du QuĂ©bec
  • masters in urban and real estate finance as well as in international administration
  • general director of finance and real estate services at the MinistĂšre de l’Éducation du QuĂ©bec until April 2001
Cornelius Rasmussen
  • faculty of mechanical engineering with the focus on energy technology
  • working experience in an international company in the field of power plant engineering
  • managing director at Bremer Energie-Konsens since 2003
Pen Hadow
  • currently working with the Met Office, the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research and other research and campaigning organisations dedicated to global climate change issues
  • first and only person ever to succeed in trekking alone, and without resupply, from Canada to the North Geographic Pole
  • the only Briton to have trekked to both Poles without the assistance of aircraft along the way
Best practice in implementing the European Buildings Directive (EPBD)
Eduardo Maldonado
  • professor at the University of Porto, Portugal
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering (HVAC and Indoor Air Quality)
  • coordinator of the Portuguese National Plan for Energy Efficiency in Buildings in 2001
Jaap Hogeling
  • managing director of ISSO: the Dutch Building Services Research
  • director of KBI: the Dutch Institute for Quality assurance in the Building services sector
  • chair of the CEN project group on EPBD: CEN-BT-WG173
  • member of various standard committees, technical advisory groups on national and international level
Christine Öhlinger
  • diploma in law and a post graduate training on energy & environmental advice
  • head of sector International Tasks, O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • member of the Upper Austrian electricity board
Andrea Vilz
  • faculty of architecture at the University of Kaiserslautern
  • consultant at the Bundesamt fĂŒr Bauwesen und Raumordnung since 2002
  • focuses: energy savings and climate protection in the field of buildings
Pia Yasuko Rask
  • Consultant, Danish Management Group (6 years)
  • Master of political science, cand.scient.pol
  • advised energy consultants on often complicated guidelines of how to carry out the energy labelling

Gunnar Pautzke

  • BSH Bosch und Siemens HausgerĂ€te GmbH, Munich
  • Head of department for brand portfolio management
  • Chairman of the task force „Time-to-go!“ (CECED)
Ivana KlobusnĂ­kovĂĄ
  • master degree at the South Bohemian University in Ceske Budejovice
  • working at Energy Centre Ceske Budejovice (ECCB) since 1997
  • technical director of ECCB since 2002
Robert Schild
  • university training courses on marketing and sales as well as on education of export traders and international management, Vienna University of Business and Administration
  • acoustic Marketing Manager Saint-Gobain Isover Austria
  • thermal, acoustic and fire manager Saint-Gobain

Green Energy Business - new clients, new markets

New business opportunities and markets

Andreas HĂŒbner

  • head of division “energy concepts and consulting” at Gertec GmbH Ingenieurgesellschaft in Essen, Germany, since 1992
  • engineering of technical building equipment and consulting in the fields of energy efficiency and RES
Ian Sibbick
  • head of Energy Efficiency, Envirolink Northwest, UK
  • former manager of the Northwest energy trade association, ISOCON

Andreas Steege
  • founding member and managing director of target GmbH in Hannover, Germany, since 1994
  • expert in the field of project planning, especially within the frame of EU programmes, international renewable energy projects, know-how exchange and transfer
Morihiro Kurushima

  • master's degree, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering
  • pProfessor in the Department of Regional Studies at Toyo University since 2003
  • program Manager, steering committee of the CTI/Industry Joint Seminar Series (IEA/OECD)
  • “1997 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award”, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Marcello Antinucci
  • graduated in Physics at Bologna University
  • since 1999, director of the Modena Energy Agency
Katharina Sammer
  • assistent at the Institut fĂŒr Wirtschaft und Ökologie, UniversitĂ€t St. Gallen, Schweiz
  • research focus on green energy marketing and sustainable consumption
  • title of dissertation: Signalling and Added Consumer Value by Brands and Labels

Networks and partnerships

Mats Rydehell

  • PhD in Physics
  • managing director at KanEnergi Sweden AB since 1997: internalisation issues and assignments as strategic counsellor, amongst others for the European commission, ministry of trade and industry (UK) and larger companies such as ABB, Alstom, SJ
Nadja Richler
  • employee at O.Ö. Energiesparverband / Ökoenergie-Cluster since 2003
  • organisation of cluster activities
  • projects in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources
Tim German
  • director, Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership (CSEP)
    Communications Director
  • Community Energy Plus
  • involved in the development and management of major initiatives in Wales, Cornwall and in other parts of the UK
LĂĄszlĂł Dinya
  • vice-rector at the “KĂĄroly RĂłbert” College in Gyöngyös, Hungary
  • president of the Hungarian Bologna Committee coordinating the so-called “Bologna-reform”
  • MSc. degree at the Agricultural University of GödöllƑ, Hungary in the field of agricultural mechanization (1973)

Green electricity for Europe's regions


Beatriz Yordi Aquirre

Mario Ragwitz
  • studies at the universities of DĂŒsseldorf, Waterloo and Heidelberg, PhD in physics
  • head of renewable energy at Fraunhofer ISI
  • responsible for developing optimum promotional strategies for renewable energy and modelling energy systems with renewable sources in the European Union

Exemplary regional strategies

TomĂĄs Villanueva RodrĂ­guez
  • Economy and Employment Regional Minister and Deputy Vicepresident of Junta de Castilla y LeĂłn
  • Graduated in law at the Valladolid University
  • Legal adviser in the Parliamentary Popular Group in the Regional Parliament
    President of the Popular Party in Valladolid since 1992

Kent Ögren
Andy Bull
  • spent over 30 years in Welsh local government
  • from processing applications for the development of land and buildings to wider sustainable development issues
  • seconded part-time to the Welsh Assembly Government to assist with the promotion of RES until September 2005
Dagnija Blumberga
  • professor head of Department of Energy and Systems and Environment in Riga Technical University
  • participated in different energy and environmental programmes in Europe: ELI (Efficient Lighting Initiative), EC OPET networking, Greening Industry, early stage energy technology (EMINENT) programme
Gerhard Dell
Josef Pröll
Green electricity perspectives
Reinhard Haas
  • associate professor of Energy Economics at the Energy Economics Group, Institute of Power Systems and Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology
  • lectures on Energy Economics, Regulation and Competition in Energy markets, and Energy Modeling
Carlos Alberto Martins Pimenta
  • director of CEEETA, (research centre in the fields of energy, transport and environment)
  • president of the board of SIIF Portugal (French Holding Company in the field of Renewables)member of the board of EDF Energies Nouvelles
  • member of the Environment Council of EDP (portuguese electrical utility)
    member of the board of SICAV NovaEnergia 2010
Dörte Fouquet
  • senior partner in the law firm Kuhbier
  • Master of Laws (First State Examen) in 1982
  • second state examination in legal studies - "Volljurist" and admitted to the Bar in 1988
  • regular legal advice and General Counsellor to Firstsolar PV Manufacturer Phoenix, Arizona
J. Nandakumar
  • researcher in the Cluster- Non-Military Threats, Energy and Economic Security, (Energy Cluster) of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, India
  • research on Asia’s energy security, China’s Energy Security Strategy and Regional Energy Cooperation
Technology solutions and regional benefits
Pieter Nuiten
  • senior consultant at W/E consultants on rational use of energy in new and restructuring buildings and in spatial planning for both municipalities and housing associations and on sustainable energy
  • diploma of Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Physics and Czech Technical University, Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Physics
RĂŒdiger Wolf
  • faculty of mechanical engineering at the University of Hannover, final thesis at the University of Sidney
  • managing director of Solar Heat & Power Europe GmbH
  • project manager of the 600 MW offshore wind parc project in Adlergrund
Johnny Hesp
  • studies of Chemical Technology on the University of Twente
  • Biofuel Procurement Manager within Essent (Essent developed its own certification program, the Green Gold Label)
  • responsible for sourcing biofuels for co-firing on powerplants (gas- as well as coal-fired)

Martin Schlerka
Moderation: AngnĂšs Ciccarone
  • head of Committee C ‘Regional policies’ of the Assembly of European Regions, Strasbourg (F)
  • MA Contemporary European Political Culture (Euromasters) at the University of Bath (GB), Berlin and Prag
  • press attachĂ© at the French General Consulate in Hamburg (D) until 2001