The CEE Energy Transition Conference, to be held in Prague on 19-20th October, 2017, will give leaders, professionals and activists from more than 10 countries in the region the opportunity to work together towards sustainability.  The two-day event will focus on the challenges to energy transition by 2050 and on the approaches different regions will take on in achieving the European targets in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The slogan of the conference – “Low carbon energy transition? Together it is possible”, is also the inspiration behind the establishment of Central Eastern European Network (CEESEN), organizer of the international event. Fostering collaboration between different energy stakeholders coming from government, research, NGOs and business is the network’s strategy to reverse the tendency of CEE countries lagging behind the EU average in renewable energy generation.

Coming as the natural means to this goal, the CEE Energy Transition Conference aims to create a community around energy transition, involving segmented groups and individuals. It will also provide a stimulating environment for the exchange of knowledge and the opportunity for participants to form partnerships.

The conference is divided in two days – 19th and 20th October, 2017. The first day will offer a motivating mix of topics such as energy advocacy, stakeholder engagement, crafting and implementing roadmaps, campaigning and innovative funding models for energy transition. The second will focus on the challenges to energy transition in CEESEN partners’ regions in 10 different countries in CEE. This will be done by dedicated consultancy sessions (P2P consultations) between the partner regions, the audience and the development experts.

As public participation is one of the network’s key principles, the event will have some exciting interactive elements that will make the audience an active part of the programme. Aside from the planned discussions and workshops, the guests will experience some innovative energy efficiency products and some smart tools for participation.


Some of the key speakers and topics at the conference confirmed so far include:


  • Energy transition in European Union and in Central and Eastern Europe, Bronis Ropé, European Parliament
  • New governance of the Energy Union, Imke Luebbeke, WWF European Policy Office (Brussels)
  • Covenant of Mayors in CEE, COM Office (TBC)
  • Citizen society in CEE, Borislav Sandov, Climate Action Coalition Bulgaria
  • Energy advocacy in CEE , Eddy De Neef, CAN Europe network
  • EU funded projects on stakeholder engagement and local energy planning, Cecile Kerebel, EASME
  • From Roadmap to Action Plan, Andreas Kramer, ConPlusUltra
  • Project ZERO, Peter Rathje, Sonderborg Municipality (DK) 
  • R4E, Jaime Ruiz Huescar, Local Energy Agency of Murcia (ES)
  • ENNEREG, Nils Daugaard, ECNet 
  • New funding models – Mariyana Hamanova, CleanTech
  • Community grants and Crowdfunding for energy projects, Josef Wlofbeisser, ConPlusUltra
  • Energy Performance contracting in Latvia, Agris Kamenders, Ecodoma 
  • Stakeholder mapping – PANEL2050, Hector Pagan, University of Tartu 
  • Participatory Governance – ENALRGE, Tiit Kallas, SEI Tallinn
  • Collaboration model for Czech Off-Grid Houses, Pavel Podruh, Cesky ostrovni dum s.r.o. 



Registration will be open for the conference, with details, at the beginning of August.

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