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T2gE – Transition to the Green Economy

6. september. 2016 @ 9:00 am - 7. september. 2016 @ 5:00 pm

In the framework of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Slovak Ministry of the Environment is organising an international conference on ‚T2gE – Transition to the Green Economy‘.

With this event the Ministry hopes to attract the attention of experts, politicians, senior EU officials, international organisations, universities, the business sector and civil society and create an area for informed discussion of the key questions on the transition to a green economy. A part of the conference will devote time to presenting examples of innovative solutions and approaches from Slovakia and EU countries.

The Slovak Presidency will present the outcomes of the event at a meeting of the environment ministers of OECD member countries in Paris and at a meeting of the Environment Council.

The programme is sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic; the organisation of the conference is sponsored by the Slovak Environment Agency in partnership with PEDAL Consulting, s.r.o. and Motion zone, s.r.o. The conference is strongy supported and has recieved funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The programme is being prepared in close cooperation with the European Commission, the European Environment Agency and the OECD.

T2gE organisers are pleased to invite you to the conference !

Online registration for the conference is open until 31 August 2016.


Tuesday, 6 September

9.00 – 9.30 Arrival & Coffee

9.30 – 10.00 Opening and Introduction

10.00 – 11.45 Plenary Session I: Transition towards a green economy – keynote addresses

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Plenary Session II: Financing and investments for a green economy – keynote addresses

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 17.30 Breakout/parallel sessions

Wednesday, 7 September

08.00 – 09.00 Arrival & Coffee

09.00 – 11.00 Breakout/parallel sessions

11.30 – 12.30 Plenary Session III: Conclusions and the next steps

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 17.00 Site visits (optional)

6th September 2016

9.00 – 9.30 Arrival & Coffee

9.30 – 10.00 Opening and Introduction
László Solymos, Minister of the Environment, Slovakia
Jack Metthey, DG Research and Innovation, Director Climate action and resource efficiency, European Commission

10.00 – 11.45 Plenary Session I: Transition towards a green economy – keynote addresses
Moderator: Frédéric Simon, EurActiv.com
Key note  speakers:
Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-president, Energy Union, European Commission
Carlota Perez, London School of Economics (through a video link)
Sharon Dijksma, Minister of the Environment, The Netherlands
Vidar Helgesen, Minister of the climate and environment, Norway
Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Minister of the Environment, waters and forests, Romania
Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
Raffi Balian, Regional Director for Environment, Science and Technology, USA


12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Plenary Session II: Financing and investments for a green economy
Moderator: James Crisp, Euractiv.com
Key note speakers:
Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
Erik Solheim, UNEP Executive director (video link)
Eila Kreivi, Director and Head of Capital Markets, European Investment Bank
Annie Bersagel, Advisor, Responsible Investment, Kommunal Landspensjonskasse, Norway
Stefania Racolta-Cruceru, Associate Director, Head of Product and Business Development, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Frido Kraanen, Director Corporative and Corporate Sustainability, PGGM
Arvid Moss, Executive Vice President Norsk Hydro
Marc Chardonnens, State Secretary, Federal Office for the Environment


15.00 – 15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 17.30 Parallel panel discussions

(I) Policy actions 
Moderator: Zuzana Gabrižová, EurActiv.sk
Rapporteur: Jaroslav Pietras, Director-General, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
Key note speaker:
Norbert Kurilla, State secretary, Ministry of Environment, Slovakia
Teimuraz Murgulia, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia
Juraj Číž, Managing Director, Ecorec
Henry Saint Bris, Senior Vice President, Suez Environment
Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau
Tony Robson, Senior Associate, E3G
Heikki Granholm, Director, Natural Resources Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland
Jan Teekens, Coordinating Policy Advisor – Project leader Make it Work, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

(II) Research and knowledge actions
Moderator : Radovan Geist, Euractiv.sk
Rapporteur : Ivan Haščič, OECD
Key note speaker:
Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Coordinator, European Parliament
Renzo Tomellini, Head of Unit “Strategy”, DG Research and Innovation, Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, European Commission
Sybille van den Hove, Scientific Committee Chair, European Environment Agency
Richard Filčák, Senior Researcher, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Zdeněk Hruška, Public Affairs Senior Manager, European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers
Anne-Christine Ayed, Executive Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Environment, Tarkett
Annik Magerholm Fet, Director of Sustainability, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

(III) Civil society actions 
Moderator: Adéla Denková, Euractiv.cz
Rapporteur: REC
Key note speaker:
Andreas Beckmann, Managing Director, WWF
Marta Szigeti-Bonifert, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe
Juraj Zamkovský, Program Director and Coordinator of the Energy Program at Poľana, CEPA, Slovakia
Sini Eräjää, EU Bioenergy Policy Officer, Bird Life Europe
Erika Mink, Vice President of Public Affairs, Tetra Pak
Dagmar Plevačová, General Manager, Velux Slovakia
Jonas Helseth, Director, Bellona Europe, Norway
Patrick Clerens, Secretary General, European Association for Storage of Energy

20.00 VIP Dinner (only on invitation) held on 6 September at 20.00 at the premises of the Art Museum Danubiana.

7th September 2016

08.00 – 09.00 Arrival & Coffee

09.00 – 11.00 Parallel sessions

(IV) Cities, regional and local authorities actions
Moderator: Radovan Geist, Euractiv.sk
Rapporteur: Dana Švihlová, Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University
Key note speaker:
Committee of the Regions
Panellists :
Pavel Misiga, Head of Unit „Clean Water“, DG Environment, European Commission
Bratislava City Council
Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI Europe
Radovan Polansky, Executive Director of Technology Centre, Pisek
László Miklós, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Martin Stohl, Development Manager, HB Reavis

(V) Business and investment institutions actions 
Moderator: Jan Vitásek, Euractiv.cz
Rapporteur: Jim Currie, Co-Chairman, Burson-Marsteller
Key note speaker:
Sheng Fulai, Chief, Research and Partnership Unit Economics and Trade Branch, United Nations Environment Programme
Vazil Hudák, Slovak Investment Holding
Francois Sterin, Director of Global Infrastructure, Google
Miroslav Kiraľvarga, President, National Union of Employers, Slovakia
James Nix, Director, Green Budget Europe
Elena Stecca, Project Officer Global Initiatives, CDP Europe
Sigrid Linher, Director for Energy and Environment, ORGALIME

(VI) Topic in focus: Innovations for Transition 
Moderator: Pavol Szalai, EurActiv.sk
Rapporteur: Tomas Turecki, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Key note speaker:
Richard Miller, Deputy Director for Innovation in Industry, Innovate UK
Barbara Šubic, Head of Development and Technology, M Sora
Fabrice Stassin, Managing Director of The Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative
Susanne Fischer, Research Fellow, Business Unit Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institut, RECREATE
Tomáš Žáček, Architect, Ecocapsule Project
Amir Rashid, ResCoM Project Coordinator, Head of Division, Department of Production Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
NatasaSbrizaj, Vice-Chair of AmCham EU’s Environment Committee
Fabrizio Nardo, Inventor of the NPT Zero-Waste Technology

11.30 – 12.30 Plenary Session III: Conclusions and the next steps  cvv
Moderator: Zuzana Gabrižová, Euractiv.sk
Conclusions from parallel sessions – Panel rapporteurs
Conclusions from EU policy perspective – Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General, DG ENV
Conclusions from a global perspective – Jan Dusík, Regional Director UNEP
Conclusions – Renzo Tomellini, DG Research and Innovation, Climate action and resource efficiency, Head of Unit “Strategy“, European Commission
Conclusions + closing remarks – László Sólymos, Minister of Environment of the Slovak Republic

14.00 – 17.00 – Site visits (optional):

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

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


6. september. 2016 @ 9:00 am
7. september. 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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Hotel Saffron, Bratislava, Slovakia


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