Get an overview of the programme and the topic clusters being presented at the dena Energy Transition Congress 2021.
General Information: All day long, industry players present themselves on site at our specialist exhibition on both days of the congress. Get in contact with established companies, start-ups or potential cooperation partners and learn more about innovative products, strategies and solutions for the energy transition.
An overview of all this year's speakers is available on our German site.
Tanja Gönner, Vorstandssprecherin, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Prof. Dr. Henrik Müller, Lehrstuhl Wirtschaftspolitischer Journalismus am Institut für Journalistik, Technische Universität Dortmund
Stefan Kapferer, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH
Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi, Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Soziologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Dr. Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, Vorstandsvorsitzende, DB Cargo AG
Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel,Leiterin des ifo Zentrums für Energie, Klima und Ressourcen, ifo Institut – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung an der Universität München e. V.
Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff,Vorstandsvorsitzende, ENTEGA AG und Präsidentin, Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e. V. (BDEW)
Impuls: Die drei großen Mythen zum PPA Markt in Deutschland
Impuls: Green PPAs, Strommarkt, Preise, EE
Impuls: Ändernde Regularien hinsichtlich CO2 Reduktion, Grüner Strom, Taxonomie, Nachhaltigkeitsberichterstattung und der Rolle von PPAs
Dr. Corinna Klessmann, Director Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure, Guidehouse Germany GmbH
Kilian Crone, Teamleiter Internationale Wasserstoffwirtschaft, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
Andreas Koch, Themengebietsleiter Integration lokaler Infrastrukturen, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
Ang Ye, Team Leader, Energy-Efficient Buildings China, Energieeffiziente Gebäude, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
Online - Speaker
Impuls: The role of renewable energy for urban decarbonisation
Impuls: Transformation of structurally weak areas in Eastern and Southeastern Europe
Impuls: Climate Policy and planning, Climate Transparency and Accountability, creating Business Models and Markets for green technology
Impuls: Whole System Approach
Impuls: Marktdesign der Zukunft
Impuls: Zukünftiges Marktdesign aus der Perspektive eines Gasnetzbetreibers
Impuls: Der Systemmarkt - Vorstellung eines integrierten & modularen Marktdesignkonzepts
Vorstellung der Leitstudie durch
Toni Reinholz, Teamleiter Nachhaltige Mobilität und alternative Energieträger, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
Programme and Speaker
1.Block: Die Rolle der Bioenergie im deutschen Energiesystem
Diskussion zur Rolle der Bioenergie zur Erreichung der Klimaziele Deutschlands
2. Block: Nationale Trends für Biomethan
Impuls: Bio-LNG, ein Zukunftskonzept für Biogasanlagenbetreiber
Impuls: Einsatz von Biomethan in der Objektversorgung in Hinblick auf KWK-Anlagen
Impuls:Reale Klimawende mit Gas - rasante Lösungen mit grünen Gasen
Uwe Bauer, Geschäftsführer, E.ON Bioerdgas GmbH
3. Block: International Trends für Biomethan
Impuls: Entwicklungen der Biomethananlagen innerhalb Europas
Impuls: Internationaler Handel von Biomethan
Impuls: Pflichten zum Emmisionshandel aus Sicht eines Anwenders
Friederike Wenderoth, Teamleiterin Strominfrastrukturen, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
Impuls: KI gestütztes Energie- und CO2-Management am Beispiel von Berlin-Adlershof
Lea-Valeska Giebel, Seniorexpertin Stromnetze international, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
Transformation of the automotive industry
The imminent sweeping structural change in the automotive industry is forcing a rethink in value creation and employee training. However, this requires the right political and economic frameworks.
The aim of the event is to discuss the industrial policy challenges of the current transformation as well as the current measures the German federal government, the states and companies are taking to overcome them. Particularly urgent topics and measures that combine the energy transition in transport and the transformation of the automotive industry will be discussed as a matter of priority.
Financing the transport transition
The revenue generated by the German national energy tax amounts to around €45 billion each year (for comparison, electricity tax generates €7 billion), making it crucial part of the total tax revenue for the Federal Republic of Germany. As the amount of energy consumed decreases and consumers themselves move towards energy sources that are subject to significantly less tax, energy tax revenues will decline. However, the energy tax system needs to undergo a significant adjustment if consumers and businesses are to be provided with the infrastructure and subsidies to use low-emission technologies.
This panel will present the financial consequences of the increased market penetration of electrified drives and discuss options for counter-financing while taking climate targets into account.
With a particular focus on transport, proposals for the future design of the energy tax based on CO2 (as demanded by the oil industry) will be contrasted with other financing options such as a national car and lorry toll, a differentiated vehicle tax or even municipal levy systems for vehicle ownership.
Fit for 55 – On the way to climate neutrality with the EU
The Fit for 55 package, which the European Commission is expected to propose in July 2021 to further shape the Green Deal, will serve as a starting point for this panel.
The revisions are intended to align the regulatory framework with the new emissions reduction target by 2030.
The panel will then examine whether the EU measures and the national strategies of the EU Member States are consistent with the goal of climate neutrality and the target trajectory of 2030–2050.
As an influential EU member state, Germany will improve various energy transitions and climate targets on this basis. Which components will be adjusted here? What role does relaunching the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII/III) play? How will Germany ensure coordination with its neighbours in matters such as national energy and climate plans?
Climate-neutral economies: Green power as the key (PPA)
As part of the Renewable Energies Market Initiative, we intend to demonstrate the strategic relevance that using green electricity has for companies within the context of changing frameworks (such as the EU taxonomy). A key question will be how green electricity can be integrated into the market as a commodity and how this can free up additional investments for the energy transition.
Hydrogen – How do we achieve the breakthrough?
Hydrogen is an important option for achieving climate goals and is regarded as a key technology for a future energy supply – for more than just industry, mobility and the heating market. By creating and implementing its National Hydrogen Strategy [Nationale Wasserstoffstrategie, NWS], Germany has now taken a decisive step towards the future. However, the transition to climate-neutral energy is a major task for society as a whole, and its complexity requires a great deal of discussion.
A year and a half after the German National Hydrogen Council [Nationaler Wasserstoffrat, NWR] was set up, the Bundestag parties’ energy policy spokespersons are discussing what has actually been achieved and what needs to change. What are the new German federal government’s priorities? How can we accelerate the process? And how can synergies between the hydrogen strategies of the individual German federal states and the National Hydrogen Strategy be leveraged?
(Success stories:) Climate-neutral production
On the way to a climate-neutral economy, many industrial procedures and processes must be fundamentally adapted and converted to (largely) greenhouse gas-neutral alternatives to enable the production of climate-neutral products, including the use and EoL phases, in the future. Among other things, this will lead to national and global supply structures, material and energy flows and the associated value creation being restructured.
Fossil fuels, which are now traded globally and form the basis for industrial production, must be replaced by renewable energies in the form of electricity and green hydrogen. However, these are significantly more expensive to transport. The use of new technologies and new consumption patterns are also leading to a change in the raw materials being used. This is accompanied, among other things, by new dependency and availability issues, which result in new requirements for the industry and changes in the value chain.
dena pilot study: Faster. Earlier. More effective.
What are the realistic and feasible paths to achieve our national climate goals? How can the climate-neutral transformation of the economy and society be accelerated? And which innovative and realistic approaches need to be promoted more?
dena will present and discuss the key findings from the new study ‘The Start of Climate Neutrality’ (‘Aufbruch Klimaneutralität’). What are the major challenges and critical points on the way to climate neutrality 2045? Where are the lines of consensus in politics, economy, climate science and civil society? What are the next steps and what are the recommendations for action that can be derived from the results?
Municipal heating transition: Methodically shaping the transformation
Municipal heat planning is the basis for the successful implementation of the municipal heat transition and an essential building block for the conversion of the energy system. What challenges and opportunities does this present for municipalities? What is needed to get municipal heat planning off the ground across the board? On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, BMWi), dena is setting up the ‘Centre of Expertise for the Municipal Heat Transition’ (Kompetenzzentrum Kommunale Wärmewende, KWW) in Halle to assist municipalities in the implementation. What is it exactly?
Made locally, thought globally: Skills, potentials, and innovations in the neighbourhood
Neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly important for the success of the energy transition and are taking on more and more key roles. This is where it all comes together. The key components are found in transport, buildings and energy supply. They form the smallest unit of an integrated energy transition. This results in a variety of synergies and derivations for the systems in particular. What is being done at the local (and international) level and what needs to be addressed in the next legislative period?
Climate-neutral and affordable living 2030: Entering a new age
How will we live and coexist in the future? What initiatives, ideas, concepts and solutions already exist for socially responsible renovation and making climate-neutral housing affordable? We will outline visions for living in 2030 and discuss them together with different stakeholders such as associations, societies and national and European think tanks.
The black, red, yellow and green traffic transition
The aim of the event is to discuss the strategies and measures of the parties in the German Bundestag to achieve the targets announced by policymakers for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector. As this is the first event after Germany’s federal election, politicians will give their views on this issue. This should allow differing and aligning points of view to be worked out.
Verifications of origin for green energy
Verifications of origin (VOs) in the electricity sector and, in the future, also in the heating sector will play a central role in the financing of market-based RE expansion. What measures can be taken to increase the importance of VOs as a market mechanism in the context of decarbonising the economy. How do VOs become an additional source of revenue for financing RE systems?
The interactive panel will shed light on the status quo and explain the regulatory levers for the necessary further development of the VO system. Innovative approaches will also be presented to demonstrate the potential of new information technologies to reduce transaction costs.
Digital distribution grids
There is potential for the electricity grid to be digitalised at all grid levels. From network status monitoring in real time, to smart meters, to automated operational management, a number of options are currently being discussed and some have already been implemented. There is still a lot of untapped potential that could be leveraged, particularly at the distribution grid level, but there are also many open questions that we would like to raise in this session:
How can the digitalisation of the distribution grids be implemented in concrete terms? Where does it even make sense? How can additional data be used and exchanged? How do the regulations for DSOs need to evolve to enable the necessary investments? And what new services are needed?
Integrated local infrastructures for the energy transition
It is becoming increasingly important that all sectors think and function in unison as the energy transition progresses. The long-term nature of investments in grid infrastructures raises the urgent question of how these can be planned jointly. Both the integration of various media and how it will work across the different levels play an important role. At the transmission grid level, such a path is already being taken with the system development plan (SDP), but there is also the question of how the integrated conversion of the grids for electricity, gas and heat can succeed at local level (in municipalities and neighbourhoods), too.
In the session, we will show how integrated planning at the local level is already succeeding. We want to discuss where the major challenges lie, how they can be solved and how planning at the system level can be better integrated with planning at the local level. Since the various plans are interdependent, the overall planning determines which forms of energy are available locally and the local planning in turn determines the demand from the higher grid levels.
Marketplaces of the future: Integrated market design
Discussion in recent years has shown the great potential that sector coupling presents for meeting the challenges of the energy transition, for example in enabling flexibility for the system integration of fluctuating renewable power generation. The current acceleration of climate policy in Germany is making it even more urgent to increase the potential for flexibility. However, there are a number of regulatory hurdles to overcome – not least the separate planning and regulation of the various energy sectors, which stands in the way of development. While a regulatory ‘whole system approach’ is already being discussed extensively at EU level, the debate in Germany is still in its infancy (an exception being the dena Grid Study III, which presents holistic approaches to grid and system planning).
In this session, we will look at the following questions:
Session: Reduce, reuse and recyle - Best practice material efficiency strategies for low-carbon construction materials (This Session will be held in English)
The resource consumption of the global economy has a major impact on climate change. Economic development has so far been accompanied by increasing demand for materials and thus growing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in material production. Currently, 23% of all global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the production of materials such as steel, cement, plastics and rubber. Global efforts to mitigate climate change have traditionally focused on improving energy efficiency and accelerating the transition to renewable energy, while material efficiency strategies have not been granted the attention they deserve. Such strategies can contribute significantly to CO2 reductions along the entire value chain and urgently need to play a greater role in climate change mitigation plans and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - as already noted at the Madrid COP and in the IEA's Clean Technology Scenario.
Against this background, the panel will discuss policy instruments to promote new approaches with regard to energy-efficient, low-emission and resource-saving production that help to increase the service life of materials and products or that reduce material losses in manufacturing and construction. Showcases of innovative industrial solutions, such as green concrete, green steel or green silicon photovoltaic technology will be presented to complement the political debate with practical experiences.
Session: The EU-Asia connectivity strategy and the EU Green Deal: Tying two loose ends together?
Connectivity is currently experiencing a renaissance in international politics. New international strategies on connectivity are being formulated and existing approaches are being given new life. Examples include the U.S. proposal at the G7 Summit in June 2021 for a Build Back Better World Initiative (B3W) as a counter-proposal to China's Belt and Road Initiative and the resurgent debate on the EU-Asia connectivity strategy in the context of the EU Green Deal.
The strategies share an understanding of connectivity as the convergence of transnational infra-structures in the transport, digital and energy segments. This definition includes both the expansion and synchronization of physical infrastructures and the harmonization of their standards and norms to enable trade and exchange across countries.
Increasingly, connectivity and the green transformation are being closely linked. The multilateral connectivity strategies of Western states in particular make the green transformation their point of departure. This thematic nexus between connectivity and green transformation is particularly evident in the discussion about an extended EU-Asia connectivity strategy in the context of the EU Green Deal.
This panel focuses on aspects of EU-Asia energy connectivity in light of the EU Green Deal. It addresses the following key questions: How will the global energy transition reorder supply and value chains in the energy sector and in energy relations between the EU and its Eurasian neighbours? How will the EU Green Deal impact these energy relations? And, what should the EU do to foster cooperation with its Eurasian neighbours under the EU Green Deal?
Financing the energy transition in Eurasian states, convergence of standards and norms and emerging business opportuntities are some of the practical aspects the session will focus on. Pre-recorded video statements from subject-matter experts will be used to pinpoint the debate on such crucial issues.
Ukraine's new connectivity: From Gas Transit to Sustainable Energy Supply? (This Session will be held in English)
Amidst the current renaissance of connectivity strategies in international politics, Ukraine is facing a substantial debate about re-connecting its energy sector.
That debate is partly fueled by the continuing construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has drawn vocal criticism from Central and Eastern European states - particularly from Ukraine, where the pipeline is seen as a threat to national security and the existing energy system.
That said, Ukraine bears huge potential for enhancing energy efficiency, ramping up renewables and, in perspective, producing green hydrogen that could fundamentally change its role in the European energy system. Systematically tapping that potential could come with huge benefits for both the EU and Ukraine and has, indeed, entered public debate, mostly with regards to hydrogen, gas storage and grid integration.
But is a fundamental transformation of Ukraine from a gas transit country with high shares of coal and nuclear energy to an integral part of a sustainable European energy system more than a fixed idea of some incurable optimists? What would be needed to unleash the potential for renewables? What is needed for green hydrogen export from Ukraine beyond general declarations of intent? And hence, ultimately, how can Ukraine become a cornerstone of the EU's evolving energy connectivity?
These questions will be addressed in our conversation with two experts in the change of perspective between Germany and Ukraine.
Future-proofing our cities: how urban decarbonisation works around the globe (This Session will be held in English)
Around the world, cities face the immediate effects of increasing urbanisation, such as high-density living spaces and soaring energy demand of urban societies. This is why the imperative of decarbonisation places particularly severe challenges on cities that are often centres of energy consumption.
The global climate crisis and the impact of the COVID-pandemic have so far contributed to an increased public consciousness for the issue of decarbonisation and to public pressure on local governments for decisive action at city level. On the other side, decision makers in urban governance are increasingly becoming aware of the opportunities that new approaches in municipal planning, management, and governance offer for a green recovery. In fact, certain decarbonisation options - for instance district heating and cooling, co-generation of heat and power or new mobility concepts – can best be implemented at city level and offer genuine chances to urban societes.
In any case, bold concepts and innovative solutions are needed globally to address the ever more interrelated social, spatial, economic and environmental complexities of urban systems embarking on their paths to decarbonisation. This event not only seeks to address the specific challenges that city decarbonisation faces. It will also showcase innovative solutions from around the globe that have turned decarbonisation options into reality.
Inputs of representatives from different countries will share their experiences from municipal planning, management, governance and implementation. These will serve as starting points for the discussions with international experts, who can draw on deep expertise in the urban energy transition. The debates will focus on how cities can function as the key arenas of decarbonisation, and how innovative solutions can drive broader efforts of decarbonisation.
Future building: Innovation slam
A total of 40 per cent of all CO2 emissions is caused by the use of buildings. But where can this sector in particular help make a profoundly significant contribution to meeting the climate goals as well? Together, we will look at the future of planning and building and take a look at a selection of best practice examples. New design approaches, using traditional materials and innovative production processes can help buildings become part of the solution to climate protection.
Carbon capture and usage
Even with ambitious efforts to reduce them, residual emissions, especially in the form of process emissions, cannot be completely avoided in some sectors (such as industry). Most scenarios for climate neutrality, therefore, require CCUS (Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage).
The question of whether CCU (Carbon Capture and Usage) can also be used as a sink and thus contribute to the goal of climate neutrality depends on the further use of the captured carbon.
CO2 can be used as a replacement for fossil carbon in a wide range of products. CCU has the additional advantage of minimising the need for permanent storage, such as in old reservoirs. Acceptance for the storage of CO2 (CCS) in Germany is currently low.
This session will be dedicated to the topics of CCU and CCS. What strategy should we develop here in Germany? How much contribution should CCS make and how should the role of CCU be assessed? What would promising applications look like? And what needs to be done to ensure that CCUS can also play the corresponding role for climate neutrality?
Hydrogen – the energy transition’s innovation accelerator. But how do innovations actually come about, what technological approaches are there and how do we get them onto the market? What role do laboratories play on the market? In this session, we want to present ‘state of the art’ technology approaches and explore the question of how to get this online and what frameworks are required for the transfer.
Energy Efficiency Award 2021
Innovations and visions for climate protection: Since 2007, the German Energy Agency (dena) has presented the Energy Efficiency Award to visionary entrepreneurs and pragmatic technicians who have achieved outstanding success in increasing energy efficiency. These success stories can set a precedent and serve as an inspiration to all.
This award shows that economic success can be reconciled with climate policy challenges.
This year, the biogaspartner annual conference will take place for the 13th time to discuss national and international trends for biomethane. In particular future areas of use, development perspectives and regulatory frameworks for biomethane will be presented. This year, for the first time, the role of liquid and solid bioenergy for decarbonisation of the German energy system will be analysed in addition to biomethane. Look forward to exciting discussions of various experts from politics, economy and research, which will be held in German, and register now!
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