Speakers

  • Amelung,Torsten

    Senior Vice President, Trading & Customers
    Statkraft Markets

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

    http://www.torstenamelung.de/2.php

    Presentation
    Tuesday 13 March Speaker information

  • Braslawsky, Jared

    Secretary General
    RECS International

    As Deputy Secretary-General of RECS International Jared primarily focuses on the consumer driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and abroad. He is a leading expert in the European market for guarantees of origin and other international electricity tracking mechanisms. Jared works on behalf of the electricity end-user and is currently focused on scope 2 carbon accounting and the claims that can be made by electricity purchasers.

     

    Presentations
    Tuesday 13 March 10:00 - 12:00 Opening session 1 - The value of consumer action worldwide

    Wednesday 14 March 11:45 - 13:00 Keynote session 7 - Listening to the needs of consumers

    Tuesday 13 March 16:30 - 17:30 Keynote Session 4 - Consumer product choice and the global movement towards cap-and-trade

  • de la Cruz, Maria

    Director, Latin America
    International REC Standard

    Presentation
    Wednesday 14 March Speaker information

  • Faria, Pedro

    Technical Director
    CDP

    Presentation
    Tuesday 13 March Speaker information

  • Güngör, Merve

    Liaison Coordinator for Turkey and East Asia
    Ekoenergy

    Merve's focus is on promoting renewable energy, in particular by encouraging the use of EKOenergy labelled electricity. In 2017 she spent several months in China, studying the existing renewable energy market and meeting market players. Her earlier experience includes traineeships in United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Subregional Office (ESCAP-ENEA), and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Merve did her master's program in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.

     

    Presentation
    Wednesday 14 March Speaker information

  • Gerber, Ben

    Executive Director
    Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc.

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

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

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

    Presentation
    Tuesday 13 March Speaker information

  • Gunst, Andreas

    Partner
    DLA Piper

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

    Presentation
    Monday 12 March Speaker information

  • Guoxin, Xu

    Director
    National Renewable Energy Information Management Center

    Presentation
    Wednesday 14 March Speaker information

  • Haiyan, Qin

    Director
    China General Certification (CGC)

    Presentation
    Wednesday 14 March Speaker information

  • Laven, Max

    Policy Officer
    CertiQ

    Presentation
    Tuesday 13 March Speaker information

  • Münzer, Alexandra

    Managing Director
    Greenfact

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

    Alexandra is the managing director of Greenfact, which provides a market intelligence and data analysis platform for the green certificates market with a unique focus on Guarantees of Origin in Europe. 

    Presentation
    Monday 12 March Speaker information

  • Miller, Vanessa

    Renewable Energy Strategist
    Microsoft

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

    Presentation
    Tuesday 13 March Speaker information

  • Niermeijer, Peter

    Chairman of the Board
    International REC Standard

    Peter Niermeijer has been active in the field of renewable energy for more than 25 years now. He worked for private consultancies and EnergieNed, the Association of Energy Companies in the Netherlands. He is the originator of a the first certificate system known as the Green Label System, which has been operational in the Netherlands since January 1998. Peter Niermeijer is both the founder and the secretary general of RECS International. Based on the experiences with green certificates, Peter Niermeijer was also involved in developing certificate systems for biofuel and biogas. The international aspects in particular were examined.

    Presentation
    Wednesday 14 March 09:00 - 10:00 Parallel 5a - The role of international standards

  • Raadal, Hanne Lerche

    PhD, Senior research scientist
    Ostfoldforskning

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

    Presentation
    Monday 12 March Speaker information

  • Schumacher, Jens

    Head of German Desk
    STX Commodities

    Presentation
    Tuesday 13 March Speaker information

  • Valanko, Rasmus

    Director for Climate & Energy
    WBCSD

    Presentation
    Wednesday 14 March Speaker information

  • Van der Linde, Sim

    Project Director Renewable Energy
    Royal DSM

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

    Presentation
    Tuesday 13 March Speaker information

  • Van Evercooren, Dirk

    President
    AIB

    Born in 1966

    Holds a Master degree in Economic Science

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

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

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

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

  • Weckend, Stephanie (invited)

    Programme Officer
    IRENA

    Presentation
    Tuesday 13 March 15:15 - 16:15 Parallel 3b - Developing markets where national support is lacking