Baltic Sea region smart energy solutions: Source for economic growth and well-being

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When: November 23-24, 2017
Where: Spa Hotell Meri, Pargi 16 (Kuressaare)

Businesses are important actors in addressing the global energy challenge. The business community can provide innovative products and services, essential technologies, management and technical capabilities, and financial resources. However, given the magnitude of the challenge, companies cannot do everything; collaboration between governments, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders and a holistic approach are crucial if we are to deal successfully with the global energy challenge.

Participation at the conference is free of charge (including meals; not including accomodation). The conference is held in English.

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10:15 Welcome coffee

10:25 Welcome address by Mayor of Saaremaa, Madis Kallas

10:30 The macro-level and sectoral impacts of Energy Efficiency policies, EU Commission final report – Sanna Markkanen, Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge

Successive studies have shown that energy efficiency offers many of the most cost-effective options for meeting global greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. In many cases, energy efficiency measures have shown to be ‘negative cost’, meaning that it would be economically advantageous to implement them. In this analysis, a wide range of potential effects is considered, covering the three pillars of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

11:00 Latest developments in the Nordics across energy business segments – Johan Wasberg, Development Director, Technology Center Merinova, Vaasa

Bioenergy, wind power, solar energy, energy efficiency, intelligent power grids, electricity technology, power transmission.

11:30 Estonian energy policy challenges – Ando Leppiman, Vice Secretary for Energy, Ministry of Economics and Communication

By 2020, Estonia has promised to meet the goal of renewable energy sources contributing 25% of the energy consumed; different support measures have been devised to meet this goal. Investments into energy require long-term planning – what targets are set until 2030? How do they position Estonia in the Nordics?

12:00 Change of energy supply as the resource for improving competitiveness – Taavi Veskimägi, CEO of Elering, Estonian electricity and gas transmission system operator

The current cost base of the Estonian economy does not favour structural change in the economy and an increase in value chain: salaries are higher than that of our southern neighbours and Poland, energy costs are higher than in the Nordic countries. Attracting foreign direct investments requires adoption of new technologies and resources.

12:30 Lunch

13:30 The prospect of bio-economy – Riikka Joukio, Senior Vice President of Metsä Group

Metsä business areas create a strong value chain where using wood at every stage, including making use of by-products in production units and energy production. All products are recyclable and can be used to produce energy at the end of their life cycles, among other purposes. The ecosystem created by the new bioproduct mill is unique in the world: high-quality pulps to be used as raw materials for paper, tissue paper and paperboard; tall oil (to produce glue, ink, paints and biofuels) and turpentine (odorants and paints); bioenergy products, such as bioelectricity, process steam, district heat and bark-based solid fuel.

14:00 Bio-economy solutions in North-East Sweden, transferable to Baltic countries – Magnus Matisons, Senior project manager for focus area Bio-economy

Bio-economy is the next economic wave. It shall also mitigate the climate change and environmental impact and make sustainable use of natural resources. The bio-economy means the smart, circular use of renewable natural resources for food, feed, bio-products and energy. How does bio-economy reconcile environment and economy and bolster rural employment, the new bio-economy business model? What is in it for everybody? What are the opportunities and challenges of bio-economy? How could Estonia step up in the developments in bio-economy – what will this require from communities and the government?

14:30 Energy Academy as successful energy society on island Samsø, Denmark – Søren Hermansen, director

Samsø has amassed a great deal of concrete experiences in the implementation of a broad variety of local renewable energy project, from wind turbines to CO neutral district heating plants, rapeseed oil tractors and solar energy panels.

15:00 Networking break

15:30 Roundtable discussion: Wise energy consumption by regions and clusters – Johan Wasberg, Taavi Veskimägi, Magnus Matisons, Ando Leppiman

16:30 Renewable energy solutions for companies – Rene Tammist, manager of Estonian Renewable Energy Association

The use of renewable energy for businesses gives us an indication of the trend. For example, 100 leading companies including Apple, Facebook, IKEA, Walmart, etc. have announced their transition to 100% renewable energy, also required by subcontractors. Also, the decision of hundreds of institutional investors to abandon fossil energy assets. What could this mean to companies in terms of energy production and consumption?

17:00 Discussions and spa break

19:30 Dinner



9:00 Visions of future shipping – Johanna Fräki, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions Innovation Director

The marine market is under pressure from the green energy transformation. New business models and digitalization disrupt the whole value chain as we know it. To respond to the quick developments we see around us, Wärtsilä has decided to increase its speed of reinvention. Not just internally.

9:20 How can industries gain from the increase of wind energy? – Tuuliki Kasonen, General Manager, Estonian Wind Power Association

Today, everyone is after renewable energy – both citizens and major utilities, but also big corporations like Google, Unilever, Amazon, Facebook and IKEA are looking to secure their power from renewable energy. This is a big opportunity for the industries. ABB, Baltic Workboats and BLRT Marketex Offshore are only some of the great examples in Estonia of how we can benefit from the energy transition.

9:40 The journey to renewables – the Scottish experience – Adam Baxendine, Edinburgh

10:00 Solar energy; technical research and developments, where are we going? – Andres Meesak, CEO of Estonian PV Energy Association

Will it be possible to build the foundation for a massive scale-up of solar generation over the next few decades? Focus on new technologies, not — as has been the trend in recent years — on near-term reductions in the cost of crystalline silicon; efficient, environmentally benign thin-film technologies that use Earth-abundant materials; new materials and system designs. R&D aimed at developing low-cost, scalable energy storage technologies is a crucial part of a strategy to achieve economic PV deployment at large scale.

10:20 Networking break

10:50 Effective heating and cooling solutions for urban areas – Margo Külaots, Fortum Estonia

Remote cooling and heating are the most suitable solutions in urban areas to cover cooling and heating needs. Energy sources that otherwise would not be used, such as from renewable sources of cogeneration residual heat, waste heat treatment, DHW-residual heat, natural cooling of the water bodies, will be used – the existence of a grid will make it possible to combine all of them efficiently. As more than 50% of primary energy in the EU goes to heating, it is even more important than reducing electricity CO emissions.

11:10 Smart grids – Dick Kronman, Head of Grid Automation Center of Excellence at ABB Oy, Medium Voltage Products

The energy transformation towards renewables and the societal need to increase security of supply is accelerating the digitalization of power distribution grids. Technologies to facilitate the required solutions exists and cost barriers of deployment are falling away. Legislation and national regulation can however catalyse or obstruct the development of market models needed for the transformation.

11:30 Roundtable discussion: Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Next Steps for the Baltic Sea Region – Teus van Beek, Tuuliki Kasonen, Andres Meesak, Dick Kronman

12:30 Conclusions and closing remarks – Rene Tammist, conference moderator; Sulev Alajõe, investment advisor in West Estonia

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Company visits – Baltic Workboats, Eleon, Ouman
Further Information:
Sulev Alajõe
Enterprise Estonia

Accomodation information
Spa Hotel Meri

Single room between November 22-24: 44 EUR/night
Twin/double room between November 22-24: 52 EUR/night

CODE: energiakonverents

*Nearby Spa Hotell Rüütli water center, gym, sauna – 7 EUR.

Georg Ots Spa Hotel

Single room between November 22-24: 48 EUR/night
Single room between November 24-25: 74 EUR/night

Twin/double room between November 22-24: 60 EUR/night
Twin/double room between November 24-25: 86 EUR/night

CODE: energiakonverents

Spa and sauna centre usage is included in the accommodation prices.

Spa and sauna centre admission for people not staying at Georg Ots Spa Hotel:
Monday to Thursday 10 EUR
Friday-Sunday 17 EUR
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