21 | 01 | 2018


International Conference Programme (draft)

September, 29th – 30th 2017
Island of Ischia

29th September

09.15 | Registration of Participants

Opening Session
How to create value for the islands through integrated solutions and an enlarged Circular Island Economy, embracing energy, water, waste, mobility, agriculture, tourism, culture and traditions. How to create at the same time resilience to cope with migration and climate change.

10.00 | Introduction
Gianni Chianetta – Director & Scientific Coordinator, Greening The Islands/Director The Green Consulting Group

10.10 | Welcome Message
Gian Luca Galletti Minister of Environment

10.20 | Status Overview
Unep Representative
Karmenu Vella – European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Georges Dassis – President of the European Economic and Social Committee

10.50 | Panel

Moderation: Damian Carrington – Head of Environment at The Guardian
Michela Miletto Deputy Coordinator United Nations World Water Assessment Programme
Paolo Frankl Head Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Emanuele Taibi Islands Energy Transition Analyst, The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Gianpiera UsaiGeneral Secretary ANCIM/Director – The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) – ArchiMed
Joeri de Ridder Chairman, European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (AVERE) / Chairman, World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA)
Konstantina Toli – Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP)
Sara Marjanizadeh Technical Officer from the Land and Water Division (AGL), Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department (AG), FAO
Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo – ISLENET, Network of European Islands for Energy & the Environment
Giovanni La Via – Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament
Claudia Boldrini Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development Unit C6 – Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, European Commission
Simona Bonafé – Rapporteur Circular Economy Package – European Parliament

12.10 | Debate & Conclusions (question time via streaming)

13.10 | Light Lunch

Session on Energy
How latest solutions on renewables, energy efficiency, storage and smart grid can accelerate the energy transition and the role of the islands? How to maximise the penetration of renewable in the islands in a contest of high fluctuation of the energy demand? Is it possible to create special legislation and incentive schemes for the islands? What are the best practices?

Introduction & Moderation: Francesco Pezone – Legal Partner, The Green Consulting Group

14.05 | Status Overview
Emanuele Taibi Islands Energy Transition Analyst, The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Paolo Frankl  Head Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)

14.25 | Innovative Solutions
Industry Representatives

15.10 | Panel

Moderation: Elena Comelli – Corriere Economia
Joan Groizard – Director of Energy and Climate Change, Regional Government of the Balearic Islands
Jan Jantzen MSc Eng, Samso’s Energy Academy, Island of Samso (Denmark)
Josè Donoso – Director General Unión Española Fotovoltaica (UNEF)/Co-Chairman Global Solar Council
Enrique Rodriguez de Azero – President Asociación Canaria de Energías Renovables (ACER)
Carlos St James – Board Member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy
Anthony O. Ighodaro – Chair of Steering Committee, African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA)
Sotiris Kapellos – President Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies (HELAPCO)
Matteo Marini  President of ANIE Energia (Italy)
Óscar Monteiro dos Reis BorgesNational Director of Energy, Industry and Trade, Cape Verde
Goran KrajačićPower and Engineering & Energy Management Chair, Dept of Energy Power Engineering & Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb
Filippine Representative
Iceland Representative

16.00 | Debate & Conclusions (question time via streaming)

16.30 | Coffee break

Session on Water
Water in the islands: how to reduce costs and increase availability through an integrated cycle.

Introduction & Moderation: The Green Consulting Group

16.50 | Status Overview
Michela Miletto Deputy Coordinator United Nations World Water Assessment Programme

17.00 | Innovative Solutions
Industry Representatives

17.40 | Panel

Moderation: Agnese CecchiniEditorial Director, Gruppo Italia Energia/Quotidiano Energia
Emilio Gabbrielli – President International Desalination Association (IDA)
Kostantina Toli – Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP)
Ursula Annunziata – President of European Desalination Society (EDS)
Jacques Ganoulis – Special Secretary for Water Resources, Ministry of Reconstruction of Production, Environment & Energy, Greece
Giuseppe Taverna – Chief Technical Secretariat, Regional Department for Energy, Water and Public Utilities Region of Sicily
Croatia Representative
Malta Representative

18.10 | Debate (question time via streaming)

18.30 | Conclusions
Carlo Calenda – Minister of Economic Development

20.30 | Gala Dinner – Greening the Islands Awards 2017 Winners and Nominees

The Jury

Introduction & Moderation: Tom Burges Watson – Broadcast Journalist, France 24 International
Joeri de Ridder Chairman, European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (AVERE) / Chairman, World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA)
Paolo Frankl – Head Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Michela Miletto  Deputy Coordinator United Nations World Water Assessment Programme
Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo – Director, Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC)
Emanuele Taibi Islands Energy Transition Analyst, The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Konstantina Toli – Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP)

Votes also from GreeningTheIslands.net on-line community

September 30th

Session on Green Vehicles
What is the nexus between energy and e-mobilty and what are the best integrated solutions? Advantages and limitations of the islands. Best practices on Policy and incentive schemes.

Introduction & Moderation: The Green Consulting Group

09.05 | Status Overview
Joeri de Ridder Chairman, European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (AVERE) / Chairman, World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA)

09.25 | Innovative Solutions
Industry Representatives

10.10 | Panel

Moderation: Luis Hill CEO, Thinking Cities and Thinking Highways

Evangelos Bekiaris CERTH/HIT Director, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/ Hellenic Institute of Transport
Maria Gemou  Associate Researcher – Head of Clean Vehicles Technologies Lab, CERTH/HIT
Andreia Melo Carreiro – Regional Director of Energy Regional Secretary of Tourism and Transportation, Government of Azores Islands
Peter Paul Barbara – National Coordinator, Malta National Electromobility Platform (MNEP)
Nicos Kouyialis – Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Cyprus
Humza Yousaf – Minister for Transport and the Islands, Scotland

11.00 | Debate & Conclusions (question time via streaming)

Session on Other Environmental Segments
Islands give rise to the new concept of circular island economies. How to combine green economy, culture and traditions?

Introduction & Moderation: Roberto Cavallo Partner, The Green Consulting Group

11.35 | Waste
ISWA Representative (International Solid Waste Association)

11.50 | Agriculture
Sara Marjanizadeh – Technical Officer from the Land and Water Division (AGL), Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department (AG), FAO

12.50 | Tourism
Taleb Rifai – Secretary General, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

12.20 | Debate (question time via streaming)

12.40 | Conclusions
Angelino Alfano – Minister of the Foreign Affairs

Transfer to Procida by boat, visit to the International School for Advanced Studies on Scientific Research on Sustainability for Islands, visit to the medieval village overlooking the sea and lunch at the island’s ancient port.


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