Moderators

Claire Roumet

Claire Roumet

Director of Energy Cities

Claire Roumet is Director of Energy Cities, the European association of local authorities in energy transition. Energy Cities initiated a process aimed at making and debating proposal for acceleration the energy transition of European cities and has examples of its pioneer 1000 members located in 30 countries.

Thomas Nowak

Thomas Nowak

Secretary General at EHPA

Thomas is a long term (renewable) energy aficionado. Apart from closely following the energy transition both in the electricity and heating sectors, he is the owner of a heat pump, a PV power plant and a building in which both peacefully cooperate.
In his professional life, Thomas represents the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) as Secretary-General in Brussels. His main responsibilities are the representation of the industry at the European institutions, networking with other stakeholders in the field of heating and cooling as well as the management of the association and its future development.
Thomas has published several articles on heat pump technology and the integration of heat pumps in the energy system and has spoken on this topic in European and international conferences.
He has also been contributing to scientific publications including the IEA energy technology perspectives and the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report.
Before working for the EHPA, he has worked in several projects on the economic and social benefits of renewable energy.
Thomas holds a university degree in business administration and economics.

Judith Neyer

Judith Neyer

Urban Innovation Vienna

A graduate in political science, Judith Neyer has been involved with climate and energy policy making in Austria and beyond for over fifteen years. In the Energy Center she is in charge of international project cooperation.

Judith studied political science and history in Goettingen and Dublin and started her career in the international environmental movement. After Berlin and Paris, moving to Brussels, she coordinated for four years an international not-for-profit campaign on sustainability and climate protection. Arrived in Austria, between 2009 and 2017 she worked as climate and energy policy advisor to the Austrian Parliament and participated in UNFCCC climate negotiations. As part of a work placement with the Austrian Environmental Agency she co-authored the briefing study on the climate conference 2018 in Katowice for Members of the European Parliament. Before joining Urban Innovation Vienna in autumn 2018 she worked at Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, where she has been researching transformation strategies.

Peter Krauss

Peter Krauss

Local Council, Spokesperson for Energy and Planning Vienna

Born in 1986, Peter Krauss studied Economy and Socio-Economy in WU Vienna. In 2007, he joined Vienna‘s Green Party and in 2013, he became their spokesperson. Since 2015, Peter Krauss has been part of Vienna’s City council.

Speakers

Opening of the Conference

Thomas Nowak

Thomas Nowak

Secretary General at EHPA

Thomas is a long term (renewable) energy aficionado. Apart from closely following the energy transition both in the electricity and heating sectors, he is the owner of a heat pump, a PV power plant and a building in which both peacefully cooperate.
In his professional life, Thomas represents the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) as Secretary-General in Brussels. His main responsibilities are the representation of the industry at the European institutions, networking with other stakeholders in the field of heating and cooling as well as the management of the association and its future development.
Thomas has published several articles on heat pump technology and the integration of heat pumps in the energy system and has spoken on this topic in European and international conferences.
He has also been contributing to scientific publications including the IEA energy technology perspectives and the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report.
Before working for the EHPA, he has worked in several projects on the economic and social benefits of renewable energy.
Thomas holds a university degree in business administration and economics.

Bernd Vogl

Bernd Vogl

Head of Department for Energy Planning Vienna City Administration

Bernd Vogl, graduated from HTL (mechanical engineering) and from Vienna University for business economics.
From December 1992 till August 2011 Bernd Vogl was an energy expert in the Austrian Ministry of Environment. From April 2006 till August 2011 he was co-leading the Department of Environmental Economics and Energy in the Ministry. He was involved in numerous national projects and programs dealing with energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy sources. From 2004 till 2011 he was leading the Austrian climate protection initiative “klima:aktiv”.
Since September 2011 Bernd Vogl is leading the Municipal Department 20 - Energy Planning of the City of Vienna. The main task of the Department is the management and coordination of the Viennese energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes.

Jürgen Schneider

Jürgen Schneider

Head of Section VII – Climate and Environment, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Dr. Jürgen Schneider studied chemistry in Vienna and successfully completed his diploma and doctoral studies there. After working as a university assistant, Dr. Schneider started working at the Federal Environment Agency in 1994. From 2002 to 2004 Dr. Schneider worked as a project manager at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Bonn/Germany. He then returned to the Federal Environment Agency to head the Department of Air Hygiene from 2004 to 2006. From 2007 to 2014 Dr. Schneider was Head of the Economics & Impact Division at the Federal Environment Agency. As head of the department, he had disciplinary responsibility for around 90 employees and for topics such as climate protection, energy, integrated air pollution control, material flow management, plant and environmental technologies, traffic, etc. Dr. Schneider has been an authorised signatory since 2011 and a member of the Federal Environment Agency’s steering committee since 2014.

In addition, Dr. Schneider is active in several national (climate protection advisory board according to the Climate Protection Act; expert advisory board for the Climate and Energy Fund,...) and international committees (head of a task force of the Energy Community,...).

Setting the Scene

Stephan Brandligt

Stephan Brandligt

Co-negotiator representing local authorities of the Dutch Heat Strategy

Stephan Brandligt (1966) studied Aerospace Engineering at the TU Delft. After graduating in 1992 he worked as subsidy advisor for Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PwC). In 1995 he started with a study friend an Internet Consulting firm with Philips for the clients. In 2006 he started his political career, first as City Counsellor for the Greens in Delft and later in 2012 as Deputy Mayor. His responsibilities now are Finance, Sustainability and Labour & Income. Furthermore, he is President of Klimaatverbond Nederland and Vice-President of Energy Cities.

Heidelinde Adensam

Heidelinde Adensam

Head of Department Energy Efficiency and Buildings

Heidi Adensam has been working in the energy sector since her master theses in 1995. In her theses, she assessed the economic performance of biomass district heating systems and the impact of heat density variation on the economics of district heating systems. She worked at the Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the Technical University of Vienna in the field of economic assessment, cost-benefit analysis and input-output analysis. Some years later, she managed projects at the Austrian Institute for Ecology and the Institute for Social Ecology at the Alpen Adria University in the field of economic ecologic modelling (Input-Output-Models, System Dynamics and Agent-Based Models), economic assessment of sustainable energy projects, life cycle and scenario analysis. In 2006, she changed to the Austrian Energy Agency where she mainly coordinated the tasks of the Austrian Energy Efficiency Monitoring Body. Since 2011, she has been working at the Federal Government, since July 2018, she is responsible for Energy Efficiency and Buildings in the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.

Eva Hoos

Eva Hoos

Policy Officer in the Renewable Energy Unit of DG ENER, European Commission

Eva Hoos is a policy officer in the Renewable Energy Unit of DG ENERGY of the European Commission. She is responsible for the policy area of renewable heating and cooling, covering inter alia the relevant provisions of the revised Renewable Energy Directive and development of new policies. She is also responsible for regional energy cooperation on renewable energy in the Baltic Sea Region, including cooperation on offshore wind under the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan.

Eva Hoos holds a law degree and a business degree in management. She joined the Renewable Energy Unit in October 2016. Previously she worked in the Energy Efficiency Unit of DG Energy in the general policy team covering the Energy Efficiency Directive and the EU Heating and Cooling Strategy. Before joining the European Commission she held different positions in the public and private sectors as advisor in EU internal energy market regulation and international energy law.

Policy debate: Decarbonising Heat: What does it mean in reality in cities?

Bernd Vogl

Bernd Vogl

Head of Department for Energy Planning Vienna City Administration

Bernd Vogl, graduated from HTL (mechanical engineering) and from Vienna University for business economics.
From December 1992 till August 2011 Bernd Vogl was an energy expert in the Austrian Ministry of Environment. From April 2006 till August 2011 he was co-leading the Department of Environmental Economics and Energy in the Ministry. He was involved in numerous national projects and programs dealing with energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy sources. From 2004 till 2011 he was leading the Austrian climate protection initiative “klima:aktiv”.
Since September 2011 Bernd Vogl is leading the Municipal Department 20 - Energy Planning of the City of Vienna. The main task of the Department is the management and coordination of the Viennese energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes.

Lukas Hammer

Lukas Hammer

Chair Environment Committee Austrian Parliament

Lukas Hammer chairs the Environment Committee in the Austrian Parliament and is the climate- and energy policy spokesperson for the Green Party. He took part in the negotiations which have resulted in a coalition agreement with the Conservative Party that sets the goal for a climate-neutral Austria in 2040.

With an academic background on political science, he started his professional career in Brussels where he worked on Eco-Labelling and sustainable public procurement for environment and consumer protection organisations.

He then served as environment policy advisor for the Green Party in the Austrian Parliament and later for Greenpeace.

Lukas lives in his hometown Vienna with his family in a co-housing project - which might be a blueprint for a decarbonised and sustainable urban living.

Katri Kuusinen

Katri Kuusinen

Head of Energy Unit, City of Helsinki

Katri Kuusinen has been working within energy efficiency and climate change mitigation for 20 years. She has a M.Sc. degree in Energy engineering in Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University). She worked 10 years as an energy efficiency consultant for industrial and municipal clients in Pöyry Energy (now AFRY). In 2009 Katri started as a senior energy expert in City of Helsinki and became Head of Office in 2015. Since 2017 she is the Head of Unit called Corporate Responsibility in Urban Environment Division. Among the responsibilities of the unit are energy planning and circular economy in the city’s construction projects, energy efficiency and renewable energy investments in the existing building stock and indoor air quality of public buildings in Helsinki.

Bruno Charles

Bruno Charles

Vice President of Grand Lyon, the Metropolis of Lyon

World tables: Existing tools for local players to design strategies

Marcus Hummel

Marcus Hummel

Senior expert and managing director at e-think energy research

Marcus Hummel is a Senior Expert and Managing Director at e-think Energy Research. His research focuses on efficient and renewable energy systems, energy economics and policies for space heating and cooling, for district heating and cooling as well as for industry. The aim is developing feasible pathways and sound political measures for the transition to low-carbon energy systems. He has worked in numerous national and international research and consulting projects and takes care of project acquisition and coordination. Marcus Hummel holds a master in process engineering (Energy and Environmental Engineering) at the Vienna University of Technology.

Andreas Riedmann

Andreas Riedmann

Head of the HVAC team at Energie Tirol

Andreas Riedmann is, since 2015, the head of the HVAC team at Energie Tirol. The team focuses on heat pumps, photovoltaics, infrastructure e-mobility and integrated building technology.
Before that, he had worked, from 2013 to 2014, as a plant engineer for Sandoz Biosimilar and from 2007 to 2013, he was the HVAC project leader for ATP architects engineers.

Herbert Hemis

Herbert Hemis

Urban Planner at Energy Planning department, City of Vienna

Herbert Hemis, Urban planner. He is working for the energy planning department of the City of Vienna since 2015. He studied urban and regional planning on the Vienna University of Technology (TUWIEN). Starting in 2010 he is connecting the fields of energy planning und urban planning in different European and national funding projects. The main focus of his work is about integration of energy in planning processes, developing energy zoning plans and building up energy data.

Patrick Crombez

Patrick Crombez

General Manager and head of the heating business & renewables at Daikin Europe

Patrick Crombez holds a degree in engineering in Nuclear Sciences from IHR Mol Belgium and an MBA from EHSAL Brussels. He started his career at Daikin Europe in 1991. He took part in international assignments in France, initiated distributor activities in Russia, CIS and MEA. Finally, after another expat assignment in the UK, Patrick returned to the head office in Brussels in 2007 to head the product strategy & marketing department at the start of the A/W heat pump entry and the start of the European Development Centre of Daikin.
In 2016, Mr Crombez was assigned as the General Manager and head of the heating business & renewables at Daikin Europe

Dr. Rainer Wiedemann

Dr. Rainer Wiedemann

Project Manager & Consultant at Rabmer GreenTech GmbH

Dr. Rainer Wiedemann is responsible for the development and market introduction of energy from waste water and exhaust air (with innovative heat pump solutions) technologies as well as innovative water treatment and renewable energy technologies at Rabmer GreenTech GmbH.
He has more than 25 years of experience and references for environmental technologies and market development that he has gathered by holding numerous senior positions in several European States.
Furthermore, he has taken over a large number of research and teaching assignments at universities in Austria, Germany and Hungary.

Irina Brunner

Irina Brunner

Spatial Energy Planning for Heat transition, SIR

Irina Brunner studied spatial planning at the TU Vienna. Afterwards, she completed the part-time bachelor‘s degree program „Smart Building – energy-efficient building technology and sustainable construction“ at the FH Salzburg. Building on this, she completed the part-time master’s degree program „Smart Buildings in Smart Cities - energy infrastructure and district renovation“ and graduated with a degree in engineering. During her studies, she worked at the municipal authority of Salzburg in the department of building construction responsible for energy efficiency.
Since October 2018 she is part of the SIR – The Salzburger Institute for Spatial Planning and Housing, where she works on the project „GEL S/E/P - Spatial Energy Planning for Heat transition“ as a part of core group. The aim of the project „GEL S/E/P“ is to develop and provide the essential basis for a roll out of spatial heat planning in Austria.

Andreaw Bissel

Andreaw Bissel

Founder and CEO, Sunamp

Already a ‘veteran technology entrepreneur’ having built and sold one of UK’s most successful medical technology businesses, Andrew pursued his passion for entrepreneurship when he founded Sunamp in 2005. His aim was to develop an affordable and sustainable solution for heat energy storage for commercial and domestic markets. He leads one of the most exciting academic and industry partnerships in Europe, teaming up with the University of Edinburgh to develop the unique heat energy storage phase-change material used in Sunamp batteries. Andrew is Sunamp’s visionary, leading it to rapid growth, with over 60 staff, and a well patented, innovative and reliable product offering out in the market.

Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere

Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere

Project Director, Helsinki Energy Challenge, City of Helsinki

Laura leads the ambitious Helsinki Energy Challenge that the City of Helsinki will run during 2020 - a one million euro international competition that seeks to answer the question: How to decarbonize the heating of Helsinki with as little biomass as possible? More broadly, we are seeking answers that all cities round the world could utilize and learn from. Helsinki Energy Challenge invites solution developers globally to propose game-changing solutions that can change the heating system of the future - impactful solutions that can significantly affect Helsinki’s heat supply and help to decarbonize the heating systems around the world.

Claire Roumet

Claire Roumet

Director of Energy Cities

Claire Roumet is Director of Energy Cities, the European association of local authorities in energy transition. Energy Cities initiated a process aimed at making and debating proposal for acceleration the energy transition of European cities and has examples of its pioneer 1000 members located in 30 countries.

Thomas Fleckl

Thomas Fleckl

Head of he Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems competence unit at the Center for Energy at AIT

Dr. Thomas Fleckl has headed the Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems competence unit at the Center for Energy at AIT since 2015. He has extensive know-how in the field of heat pump technology and he is also the author of numerous publications. Since 2015 he has been a member of the Board of the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) and since 2018 he has been the Austrian delegate of the "Technology Collaboration Programme" for "Heat Pumping Technologies" in the International Energy Agency (IEA). Thomas Fleckl studied Technical Physics at the Graz University of Technology and completed his dissertation in the field of combustion diagnostics.

Energy communities and cities: the path to establishing new roles and potentials in local communities

Bob D’Haeseleer

Bob D’Haeseleer

City of Eeklo’s alderman

Bob D’Haeseleer is an Alderman in the Belgian city of Eeklo (20.000 inh) and a Master in Geography, who believes in changing the language of the energy transition/climate crisis. Rebranding energy as a local product, with local ownership and capital, makes redistribution of landbased profits more tangible (and possibly inclusive) than the more elusive CO2-narrative needed on the international level. In 2020 Eeklo will see its electricity use fully covered by 22 windturbines. Adding a district heating network (25km) and a solar-plan for all, the city wants to cut their annual 40M fossil fuel bill, while aiming for 126% CO2-reduction.

Els Struiving

Els Struiving

Representative of the energy community “Buurtwarmte Paddepoel"

Born in 1964, Els Struiving now lives in a typical 1960’s neighbourhood in Groningen, the Netherlands. As co-founder of a local energy initiative she currently works with a group of local professionals towards a greener and more liveable neighbourhood. Believing that sustainable heat is the biggest challenge in the energy transition, in 2017 in Paddepoel, they started developing a heating network for about 500 households, using ATES and collective heatpumps. In this pilot citizens, the local energy cooperative, municipality and industry are equally involved.
Her aim is to bring the energy transition to people’s homes. She is convinced that DH run by community-based heat cooperatives will play a crucial role. She believes that only by involving residents we will be able to decarbonise the older neighbourhoods in our cities.

Michaela Deutsch

Michaela Deutsch

Head of Energy Efficiency Department at Wien Energie

Michaela Deutsch studied “HVAC-Engineering” and “Renewable Energy Systems” at the University of applied Science in Pinkafeld, Austria.
She has 15 years of working experience as a project leader in the field of Energy Efficiency of Buildings.
Since 2015 she is leading the Energy Efficiency Department at Wien Energie GmbH. The main task of the department is the optimization and modernization of the Viennese district heating supply system.

Final policy debate: What do we need from the European Union?

Duncan Gibb

Duncan Gibb

Project Manager and Analyst at REN21

Duncan Gibb is a project manager and analyst at REN21, a global policy network on renewable energy, where his main focus is on producing the annual Renewables Global Status Report (GSR). The GSR is REN21’s annual publication that tracks worldwide trends and developments in renewable energy policy, markets and industries, energy access and contemporary issues, including system integration of renewables. REN21 has also recently released the first edition of its Renewables in Cities Global Status Report. Duncan holds a Masters in Renewable Energy Management from the University of Freiburg and a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ciarán Cuffe

MEP Ireland Green party and Ambassador for Renovate Europe

Ciaran Cuffe is a Member of the European Parliament for Dublin. With a background as an architect and planner he is fascinated by the task of making our cities more child-friendly and sustainable. He is passionate about walkable, bikeable and liveable cities.
He has served as a Dublin City Councillor, a Member of Irish Parliament, and Minister of State with responsibility for sustainable transport and climate change. In government he reformed the Irish planning system to limit rezoning, link transport and planning decisions and focus on evidence-led decision-making.
He set up a Masters Programme in Urban Regeneration at TU Dublin. In 2019 he graduated with an MSc in Cities from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ulrike Rabmer-Koller

Ulrike Rabmer-Koller

Vice-president of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Ulrike Rabmer-Koller is Owner and General Manager of Rabmer Group based in Austria, active in construction and environmental technology, with a focus on pipe rehabilitation, water and wastewater technologies and renewable energies. Since 2015 she is Vice-President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Until December 2019 she served four years as President of SMEunited, which represents the interest of 24 million European SMEs. In this role, she participated in regular meetings with the heads of EU Commission and EU Council. Previously, she served as Vice-President and Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee of the association. Ulrike Rabmer-Koller was also Member of the EU Commission’s High Level Group on "Key Enabling Technologies, since February 2018 she is Member of the EU Commissions High Level Round Table „Industry 2030“.

Karl Ochsner

Karl Ochsner

CEO, Ochsner Heat Pumps

Karl Ochsner started his international career at the US corporation Xerox in Germany in 1999. He stayed there for nearly 9 years and became the youngest general manager and member of the executive board for Germany. In 2008 Karl entered the family owned business and developed Ochsner Heat Pumps from a smaller local company to an international player and technology leader. Ochsner high end heat pumps are made in Austria and sold all over Europe and China.