Saving the planet and ourselves - increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix

Gdansk, Poland

09 May 2024 - 11 May 2024

Saving the planet and ourselves - increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix

Thursday 09 May 2024

18:00 » 20:00 Welcome reception at Dwór Artusa
Address: Dlugi Targ 43-44, 80-831 Gdansk, Poland
20:00 Optional dinner in small groups
Not included in the registration fee, payable locally

Friday 10 May 2024

08:30 Registration desk opens
Address: Długi Targ 19, Gdansk, 80-828, Poland
09:30 » 10:00 Welcome address by the AIJA Bureau representative and the Organising Committee
10:00 » 11:00 Market developments in renewable energy projects

This panel brings you up to speed on the latest trends in renewable energy projects. We'll explore the evolving market landscape, including exciting developments and potential challenges. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, this session will provide valuable insights into the clean energy market.
Joining us to share his insights is Marcin Marszeniuk, a seasoned professional with an extensive track record in solar and wind development. Currently, Marcin leads the PV development team at Sevivon, a Polish company as part of PNE group developing renewable energy projects from greenfield to construction since 2007.

Moderator: Lars Raedschelders, Fieldfisher, Belgium

  • Mats Schröder, KWR, Austria 
  • Larissa Rickenbacher, Pestalozzi, Switzerland
  • Radosław Wasiak, Wardynski & Partners, Poland
  • Marcin Marszeniuk, Sevivon Sp. z o.o., Poland
11:00 » 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 » 12:30 No money, more problems: how to finance a renewable energy project?

This panel tackles the complexities of financing renewable energy projects. We'll begin with an exploration of the main risks and drivers for financing projects during their lifetime, consider the impact of legal remuneration schemes like PPAs and feed-in tariffs, and discuss other relevant macroeconomic factors. We'll delve into the legal documentation required, identify the parties involved, and explore how the documents operate in practice. Finally, we'll dig deeper into the jurisdictional differences and peculiarities that can shape fundamental aspects of renewable energy projects, such as domestic regulation relating to energy security.
We'll welcome Bartłomiej Hofman to the panel. With 25 years of experience in Polish banking and deep expertise in renewable energy, Bartłomiej is the Director of Capcora Polska. Capcora connects project developers and investors, providing project, corporate, and bridge financing.

Moderator: Peter Brading, Brodies LLP, UK

  • Ivan Bondarchuk, LCF, Ukraine
  • Lisa Urbas, PHH Rechtsanwältinnen GmbH, Austria 
  • Ben Fallström, Borenius Attorney Ltd, Finland
  • Bartłomiej Adam Hofman, Capcora GmbH, Polish branch, Poland 
12:30 » 14:00 Lunch
14:00 » 15:00 It takes two to tango: setting up a cooperation for a renewable energy project and its changes before and during project execution

This panel dives into the power of collaboration! Explore how joint ventures can unlock project financing as well as the introduction of new energy technologies. We'll also analyze how competitive companies can work together through strategic partnerships. Plus, discover how cooperation with local players, like public utilities, fosters successful project development and strengthens the community.
We'll gain special insights into the Brazilian and European renewable energies markets with Rachel from REA Consult. Rachel brings vast experience to the table as a serial entrepreneur and an investment manager and consultant working with developers and institutional investors.

Moderator: Claudia Hahn, iusverde, Germany

  • Grzegorz Filipowicz, Schoenherr, Poland 
  • Jesse Trommel, Loyens & Loeff, Netherlands 
  • Rachel Andaleft, Rea Consult, Brazil/Germany 
15:00 » 16:00 How to deal with environmental, regulatory and technical risks for developers and investors?

This panel delves into the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy development. We will explore the permitting process, the impact of land use on communities and agricultural land, and ways to involve local stakeholders financially while adhering to anti-bribery and public procurement laws. Additionally, the seminar will discuss land use rights, considerations for procuring new renewable energy sources, and the importance of transport corridors in delivering clean energy.
Joining us to share her expertise on environmental considerations is Dr. Katie Palmquist, a Senior Managing Scientist in Ecological and Biological Sciences at Exponent. Among others, Katie has extensive experience assessing plans for submarine power cables for offshore wind farm sites. Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm with over 950 consultants across 90+ technical disciplines.

Moderator: Monika Krizankova, Havel & Partners, Czech Republic

  • Pieter van der Woerd, AKD Rotterdam, Netherlands 
  • Caroline Cohen, R&P Legal, Germany
  • Dr. Łukasz Wyszomirski, Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak, Poland
  • Dr. Katie Palmquist, Exponent, US
16:00 » 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 » 17:30 It's a hard knock life: how to overcome obstacles during project execution?

This panel discussion gets down to the business of risk assessment and risk prevention. We will identify the challenges from a legal and business perspective and will explore several tools and key contractual aspects to overcome these obstacles. In particular, we will also discuss how to deal with supply chain disruption caused by embargos, wars and pandemics.
Our discussion will be enriched by Friedrich Czambor who is a highly experienced Risk and Operations Manager at GE Vernova’s Onshore Wind business. GE Vernova is one of the world's leading manufacturers of wind energy technologies with over 55,000 wind turbines installed worldwide.

Moderator: Lore Derdeyn, Lydian, Belgium

  • Silje Helene Bakkevig Dagsland, Haavind, Norway
  • Bartosz Kuras, WolfTheiss, Poland
  • Moritz Schuchert, Blomstein, Germany
  • Friedrich Czambor, GE Wind Energy GmbH, Germany 
17:30 » 18:00 Commission meetings
20:00 Dinner at Mielzynski wine bar
Address: dawna Remiza w Stoczni Cesarskiej, Narzedziowców 31, 80-864 Gdansk, Poland

Saturday 11 May 2024

09:00 Registration desk opens
Address: Długi Targ 19, Gdansk, 80-828, Poland.
10:00 » 10:30 Keynote speech
10:30 » 11:30 Walking the line: how to bring the energy to where it is needed?

This panel electrifies the conversation around grid access for renewable energy. We'll explore the legal requirements for grid operators to connect these projects, prioritizing clean energy sources. We'll also analyze grid connection agreements and the crucial role of transportation infrastructure like transmission lines and pipelines. Finally, the discussion will weigh the benefits of local energy production against utilizing unused land for large-scale projects, all while considering energy security.
Joining us to provide legal insights is Katarzyna Walusiak - Radzikowska, Inhouse Counsel at Ignitis Poland, an international energy company and one of the largest energy groups in the Baltic region. Ignitis is focused on innovation in offshore wind, onshore hybrid, P2X and storage technologies, and is committed to achieving 100% green and secure energy.

Moderator: Thomas Christiaens, Monard Law, Belgium 

  • Agnese Hartpenga, TGS Baltik, Latvia 
  • Miha Hocevar, Odvetniki Šelih & partnerji, Slovenia
  • Krzystof Sikorski, WKB, Poland 
  • Katarzyna Walusiak-Radzikowska, Ignitis Polska, Poland
11:30 » 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 » 13:00 The energy transition from traditional O&G to 100 % renewables? An outlook into the future

This closing panel offers a glimpse into the future of renewable energy. We'll explore how digitalization, AI, and Power2X technologies are shaping the industry, alongside the rise of energy communities. We'll also examine the role traditional oil and gas companies play in this transition, and delve into global and national decarbonization strategies to accelerate the shift towards clean energy. Joining us to share a corporate perspective is Keith Newman, Lead Counsel for Construction, Real Estate, and Energy at Meta in Ireland. Meta, the world's leading social platform company, is also a frontrunner in corporate renewable energy procurement, powering its global operations with 100% clean energy

Moderator: Dr. Tobias Woltering, Heuking, Germany 

  • João Quintela Cavaleiro, Advogados R.L, Portugal 
  • Robert Juodka, Noewe Legal, Lithuania
  • Keith Newman, Meta, Ireland
  • Nikos Koukos, Zeya, Greece
13:00 » 14:30 Lunch
14:30 Optional social programme: boat building
What kind of shape should the boat have or how to steer it? Answers for these and many other questions should be resolved during our team-building boat builder workshops.
20:00 Optional dinner at Olivia Star
Address: Aleja grunwaldzka 472C, 80-309 Gdansk, Poland