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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online without personal participation of the audience.

  1. 28 September
8:30 - 8:45

Welcome and introductory remarks

Alexander Duleba / CEEC Director, SFPA
Ladislav Miko / Head, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia (online)
8:45 - 10:15

Panel I. Recovery Plan: Priorities of the Government of the Slovak Republic

The European Green Deal and green post-pandemic recovery of the economy are a priority for the new European Commission. The aim is to achieve a climate neutral economy by 2050 and to decouple economic growth from the production of greenhouse gas emissions. The ambitious targets and post-lockdown economic recovery will require an accelerated EU energy transition towards a carbon-neutral economy and that will put a lot of pressure on member states. The member states will, however, have access to the Next Generation EU fund. What are the challenges involved in utilising the fund in connection to the economic recovery? What does the Slovak government recovery plan have to say on utilisation of the fund? Will the post-pandemic economic recovery be a green one?
CHAIR
Peter Kremský / Head of the Committee for Economic Affairs, Slovak National Council
SPEAKERS
Veronika Remišová / Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization
Eduard Heger / Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic
Ján Budaj / Minister of Environment of the Slovak Republic
Andrej Doležal / Minister of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic
Karol Galek / State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
COMMENTARY
Norbert Kurilla / adviser of the President of the Slovak Republic for the environment, energy, climate change and business
10:15 - 10:35
10:25 - 11:00

Press Conference of Representatives of the Government of the Slovak Republic

Draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan of the Slovak Republic
10:35 - 11:20

Panel II. Presentation of the World Energy Outlook Special Report: Sustainable Recovery

What impact is the COVID-19 pandemic having on the world’s energy sector? How is it manifest in Europe and in other regions of the world? Does it provide an opportunity to switch to cleaner and more efficient energy sources? This panel will be held under the auspices of the International Energy Agency.
CHAIR
Ingrid Brocková / State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
KEYNOTE SPEECH
Lászlo Varró / Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (online)
COMMENTARY
Martin Jirušek / Faculty of Social Studies, Mararyk University in Brno (online)
11:20 - 11:40
11:40 - 12:55

Panel III. Modernisation of Electricity Grids

Electrification is key to a successful energy transition. Electricity will have to be generated from renewable energy sources and almost all aspects of the economy will require electrification. Yet, the reliable distribution of electricity to end customers presents a challenge that can only be tackled by modernising and introducing greater flexibility into the transmission and distribution grids so they are able to absorb varying amounts of electricity generated from various sources during different periods. The grids will also have to be reliable, efficient and smart. How rapidly can they be modernised to fulfil the needs of the energy transition? What will modernisation, digitalisation and new grid standards mean for grids operators and end consumers? What effect will this have on cross-border electricity cooperation?
CHAIR
Andrej Juris / Chairman, Regulatory Office for Network Industries
SPEAKERS
Tomáš Šipoš / Head of Regulatory Affairs, Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.
Ján Karaba / Director, Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry and RES
Martin Sliva / Senior Consultant, Energy and Utilities, Ernst & Young
12:55 - 13:55
13:05 - 13:50

Lunch Session: The Nature of the Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery in the V4 Region: How Green Could the Recovery Be?

The most relevant energy policy event in 2020 is the competition regarding economic recovery solutions offered by realistic and ambitious climate policy agendas. This year the V4ETTP Platform examines the relationship between greening the economy and the region’s economic recovery. In this session the participants will discuss the Visegrad Countries’ dilemmas, options and solutions regarding the green recovery.
CHAIR
Ágnes Törőcsik / Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research
SPEAKERS
Martin Madej / Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs
Enikő Kácsor / Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research
Krystian Kowalewski / Expert, Instytut Jagielloński
13:55 - 15:10

Panel IV. Future of Natural Gas and Gas Infrastructure

Slovakia has the second highest share of natural gas consumers in the EU, after the Netherlands, and natural gas is a basic source of primary energy consumption. What is the future of natural gas in Slovakia given the goals of the European Green Deal and the exclusion of natural gas from the support framework of the Recovery Fund? What should be done with Slovakia’s well-developed gas infrastructure? Will we be using new types of gas, for example biogas? Is the country going to invest in hydrogen as a new energy source and as a means of utilising the existing gas infrastructure?
CHAIR
Ján Klepáč / Presidium Adviser, Slovak Gas and Oil Association
SPEAKERS
Catharina Sikow-Magny / Director, Internal Energy Market, DG ENER, European Commission (online)
Martin Bartošovič / General Director, Nafta, a.s.
Marcin Szczudło / Vice President, PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny (online)
Milan Sedláček / Head, EU Affairs and Strategy, eustream, a.s.
Marek Paál / Head, Distribution Services Division, SPP - distribúcia, a.s.
15:10-15:30
15:30 - 16:45

Panel V. Innovations in Transport

Transport accounts for a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Under the European Green Deal a 90% reduction in these emissions will be achieved by 2050. Are we moving away from a car industry based around stand-alone, mechanical, petrol vehicles to one that produces interconnected, electronically controlled vehicles fuelled by a range of energy sources including electricity and hydrogen? Where are we, what can we achieve and when as regards digitalisation and the use of artificial intelligence in transport? What is the future of Slovakia’s automotive industry and public and private transport in the post-pandemic period?
CHAIR
Ondrej Matej / Director, Institute for Transport and Economy
SPEAKERS
Peter Badík / Managing Director, GreenWay
Peter Mozolák / Executive Director, SPP CNG s.r.o.
Peter Hegeduš / President, Slovak National Hydrogen Association
Jacek Mizak / Expert, The Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation (FPPE)
16:45 - 17:05
17:05 - 18:20

Panel VI. Green renovation of buildings

Buildings are an important source of potential energy savings. What is the future of building renovations in Slovakia? What energy saving opportunities will the new technologies bring? Can socialist-style blocks of flats be renovated using renewable energy sources and new construction technologies and materials? How can buildings be adapted to take account of climate change? Are Slovak construction laws adequate for building renovations and the construction of green buildings and new strategic infrastructure?
CHAIR
Artur Bobovnický / Directior, Department of Innovation and International Cooperation, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agengy
KEYNOTE SPEECH
Katarína Bruncková / State Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic
SPEAKERS
Zuzana Sternová / Director, Building Testing and Research Institute
Peter Robl / Chairman of the Board, Buildings for the Future
Jerguš Vopálenský / Head of Network Business Development, SPP - distribúcia, a.s.
18:20 - 18:30

Concluding remarks

Alexander Duleba / CEEC Director, SFPA
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