COGEN Europe Virtual Annual Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed both challenges and opportunities for Europe. Europe's industry has to remain competitive amidst a growing economic crisis, while on the other hand, the European Green Deal and the recovery plan offer the opportunity to steer our economy and energy system towards a more sustainable future. 

The COGEN Europe Virtual Annual Conference will provide a platform to policymakers, business representatives and stakeholders to voice their views, solutions and concerns on how to move out of the crisis with climate-friendly solutions. The conference will be divided in four sessions and hosted on a virtual platform. 

Registration and more info will follow soon. Stay tuned via our website

All members of COGEN Vlaanderen may register as a member of COGEN Europe (even if they are not) to get a discount in participation. 


12 October: First Conference day

13:30 Welcome and Introduction
13:40 Keynote Speeches

  • Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, European Commission (invited)
  • Cristian-Silviu Bușoi, Chair, ITRE Committee, European Parliament (invited)
  • Hans Korteweg, Managing Director, COGEN Europe

14:15 CEO Pannel Session: Tomorrow's Energy
Global warming and extreme climate conditions are becoming the new normal. Awareness has emerged worldwide that things need to change – quickly. The world needs an energy revolution that deliver affordable, clean and above all secure energy at all times. With fast-track innovation in energy technologies defining new frontiers for tomorrow’s energy system, the energy industry will play a key role in offering next generations a better world.

A distinguished panel of CEOs/Business leaders from leading European companies will discuss emerging and disruptive trends shaping the energy sector and what the future of energy and technology will look like.

Moderator: Frédéric Simon, News Editor Energy & Environment, Euractiv

Keynote Introduction: Laura Cozzi, Chief Energy Modeller & Head of Division, World Energy Outlook, International Energy


  • Carlos Lange, CEO, INNIO (invited)
  • Sylvie Jéhanno, CEO, Dalkia (invited)
  • Christian Grotholt, CEO, 2G (invited)
  • Phillip Piddington, CEO, Viridor (invited)
  • Peter Snel, CTO, BDR Thermea (invited)

15:30 Break
15:45 Shifting the Paradigm with New Technologies
New technologies are shaking the pillars of our energy system. The energy sector is at the forefront of innovation steering the shift towards a more sustainable future. What are the latest innovations (cogeneration, energy system integration, etc.) and how are they contributing to a more resilient, affordable, and clean energy system?

Moderator:Kelvin Ross, Editor-in-Chief, Power Engineering International

Keynote Introduction: Diego Pavia, CEO, InnoEnergy (invited)

    Panellists: Guido Frosini, TPS Industrial Platform Leader, Baker Hughes

    17:00 End of First Conference Day

    13 October: Second Conference day

    09:45 A European Green Deal Making Europe the first Climate-neutral Continent
    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed both the challenges ahead but also created a unique opportunity to steer economic recovery in Europe towards a more sustainable future. The European Green Deal is this chance for Europe.

    The bulk of EU energy and climate legislation is going to be revised in 2021. What boosts are needed to reboot Europe towards a green recovery? What are the regulatory barriers that need to be lifted? How to turn the shift to climate-neutrality into an opportunity for businesses and citizens.

    Moderator: Frédéric Simon, News Editor Energy & Environment, Euractiv

      Keynote Introduction: Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director General, DG Energy, European Commission


      • Kamila Waciega, Chair, Energy Policy Working Group, COGEN Europe & Director, Energy, Public Affairs Department, Veolia
      • Charles-Henri Robert, Executive Director, Climate Change and Energy, CEFIC 
      • Pete Harrison, Executive Director, European Climate Foundation (ECF) (invited)
      • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe
      • Frédéric Boyer, Head of Office, Covenant of Mayors - Europe Office

      11:00 Break

      11:15: Policy & Market Outlook to 2030
      The cogeneration sector in Europe is diverse and dynamic with growth across various market segments in many countries. Ongoing national debates on long-term energy and climate strategies are also impacting cogeneration markets. What are the current challenges and opportunities in existing markets for cogeneration? How to make the business-case for actors for delivering key services to the grid/heat networks? This session will discuss the market outlook for different market segments in Europe and beyond and ways to unlock existing funding opportunities to further support the uptake of cogeneration.

      Moderator: Steven Ashurst, Principal Analyst, Delta-EE

        Keynote Introduction: Alexandra Tudoroiu-Lakavičė, Senior Policy Manager, COGEN Europe

        12:30 Conclusions and Closure of Conference
        12:45 End of Conference

        Van 12/10/2020 13u30 tot 13/10/2020 12u45

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