WELCOME, FUTURE 2022 - Transformation of District Heating Systems in Europe
The Municipality of Velenje is at a critical crossroad, as we are facing an extremely demanding period of restructuring, which, despite the many challenges, we are looking forward to, as we see it as an opportunity for further development. We strive for an integrated green transition and are proud to have been selected for the EU Mission of 100 climate-neutral and smart cities. We are intensively preparing development projects, and actively participating in various working groups (also at the level of the European Union) so that we can carry out a high-quality and fair restructuring of the region.

We are aware that one of the key projects will be the transformation of the district heating system, as we have to switch to a new source in the coming years, which will be very demanding both from the point of view of finances and implementation.

Last year, we prepared a high-profile international conference “Welcome, Future – with Green Deal to Life Quality”, where we learned about practices abroad regarding the preparation of legislation, the provision of financial resources and support in the context of a just transition. We have gained experience and numerous contacts with representatives of European countries, which are helpful in planning further steps.

 

This September, in the month when Velenje celebrates a municipal holiday, we will hold an international conference Welcome, Future 2022, namely on Wednesday, September 21, in the Velenje House of Culture. The theme of this year's conference is the TRANSFORMATION OF DISTRICT HEATING SYSTEMS IN EUROPE. The official start is planned at 10 o'clock. Representatives of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, competent ministries and representatives of friendly cities from the EU and the Balkans are invited to the conference, which will be held live and online. .

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WHO IS THE CONFERENCE FOR?

Everyone involved in the Just Transition from experts to solution providers to local community. It is intended for local authorities of partner cities, local communities and decision makers and all residents of Municipality of Velenje to hear which solutions are provided in Europe and how other cities are dealing with this situation. We are in a situation, where we have to switch to a clean source in ten years and we are interested in good practices and experiences of other cities in Europe.

SHORT DESCRIPTION

The Savinja and Šalek Valley is facing coal phase out. We want to be ready and start this journey with content, programmes, and measures to carry out a quality and fair restructuring of the region. The event is intended for different stakeholders in our Valley and other regions that are in the just transition process. Therefore, we plan to invite representatives from European Commission, stakeholders from other cities and regions, ministries, and also solution providers. In the restructuring process, we must establish conditions for a pleasant life in the local community, which will satisfice and motivate residents not only to stay in the region but to return from elsewhere due to the high level of provided services and opportunities.

SPEAKERS

mag. Bojan Kumer M.S., Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure

Peter Dermol mayor, Municipality of Velenje

Aleksander Mervar, M.S. CEO of the company ELES

Alex Sogaard Moreno, M.A. Portfolio manager, Green Hub Denmark, Municipality of Aalborg

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Gašper Škarja, M.S. CEO Utility company Velenje

Mitja Janža, Ph.D. Geological Institute

Hugues Defréville, M.S. CEO and Co-founder, Newheat

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Šarūnas Bruzgė, Ph.D. European Investment Bank

Gregor Goričar, M.S. Head of relations with EU institutions at ELES, d.o.o.

conference agenda
September 21st 2022 9:00 – 18:00
01 9:00 - 09:45 Welcome coffeeAttendees Registration
02 10:00 - 10:30

Opening of the conference Peter Dermol, mayor, Municipality of Velenje
Aleksander Mervar, M.S., director of the company ELES
Bojan Kumer, M.S., Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure

03 10:30 – 11:10

PANEL 1: DECARBONIZATION OF THE DISTRICT HEATING SYSTEMS TILL 2030

Luis Galiano-Bastarrica, M.A., Representative of DG REGIO, Policy Assistant for energy policies and Just Transition Fund at European Commission
Florian F. Woitek, Policy Officer - Innovative clean energy transition - Seconded National Expert bei European Commission, DG ENERGY

04 11:10 – 11:30 break
05 11:30 – 12:00 PANEL 2: FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE INSTRUMENTSŠarūnas Bruzgė, Ph.D., economist, European Investment Bank
Greg Gebrail, M.S., Senior Energy Specialist, Sustainable Infrastructure Policy and Project Preparation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
06 12:00 – 13:00 PANEL 3: CASE STUDIES IN EUROPEHugues Defréville, M.S., CEO and Co-founder, Newheat
Jean-François Mougard, general manager, Representative of the Utility Services of Haute-Saintonge
Ing. Karsten Ivan, Project manager, Hornonitrianske bane Prievidza, Inc.
Alex Sogaard Moreno, M.A., Portfolio manager, Green Hub Denmark, Municipality of Aalbor
07 13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
08 14:15 – 15:15 PANEL 4: District Heating Systems Transformation Process in Slovenia
Klemen Košir, director, Green Transition Office, Ministry of Infrastructure
Mitja Janža, Ph.D., Geological Institute Slovenia
Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., general manager, ILF Consulting Engineers Austri
Marko Agrež, Ph.D., technical director, Energy Ljubljana
Gašper Škarja, M.S., director of Utility company Velenje
09 15:15 – 15:40 BREAK
10 15:40 – 17:00 ROUND TABLE WITH CONCLUSIONS ON THE TOPIC OF DISTRICT HEATING IN VELENJEHOAST: Boštjan Krajnc, CEO, KSSENA

Participants::
Peter Dermol, mayor, Municipality of Velenje
Gregor Goričar, M.S., Coordinator of the company's director for strategies and innovations at ELES
Gašper Škarja, M.S., the director of the Utility company Velenje
Šarūnas Bruzgė, Ph.D., Environmental Economist at JASPERS, European Investment Bank
Vlasta Stojak, M.S., Secretary in the Cabinet of the Minister, Government Service for Development and European Cohesion Policy
Erik Potočar, M.S., Head of the Sector for the Policy of Efficient Use and Renewable Energy Sources, Ministry of Infrastructure
Uršula Menih Dokl, president, Šaleško ECO movement - association for nature conservation and environmental protection
11 17:00 – 17:30 SOLUTION PROVIDERS short pitches”:
Esotech - Robert Hudournik, M.S., member of the management of Esotech d.d., president of the Slovenian Remote Energy Group and Nejc Kolerič, leading designer of energy systems
Kolektor - Dejan Brozovič, M.S., Head of Energy and Sustainable Productscelotno
Tiki Hvac - Peter Šilc, procurator
Newheat - Hrvoje Milosevic – Business Development Manager Eastern & Central Europe and Nicolas Graveline, M.S. – Head of International Development at Newheat
Siemens Energy - Benjamin Černoša, the person responsible for marketing and sales of heat pumps Siemens Energy Slovenia
12 17:30 CATERING AND NETWORKING
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