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Programme Day 1

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Day One of the RE-Source 2018 Programme will feature sessions on corporate sourcing strategies & business models, markets & regulation, and keynote speeches.

RE-Source 2018 Programme – 20 November

08:00 – 10:30 Invitation only: Formal matchmaking meetings for clean energy buyers (hosted buyers) and sponsors
10:30 – 11:00 Official registration and welcome coffee
11:00 – 12:30

Opening session – Corporate sourcing: Win, Win, Win


The corporate sourcing of renewable power is a triple opportunity:

  • It reduces the energy costs, volatility and carbon footprint of corporates
  • It provides stable revenue streams for renewable energy developers, who can use it as a new route to market in an era of reducing government subsidies
  • It accelerates development of renewables whilst reducing the financial burden on governments and tax payers

Our opening session will set the scene and explore the corporate sourcing challenges and opportunities in Europe, which is now starting to expand to new countries like Bulgaria and Poland, and new sectors like chemicals, pharmaceuticals, retail and IT. This much needed expansion is a key goal of the RE-Source event and platform, which seeks to raise awareness, educate and unlock the enormous opportunities on offer.

  • Bruce Douglas, Coordinator, RE-Source Platform and Deputy CEO and COO, SolarPower Europe
  • Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope
  • Zhecho Stankov, Deputy Minister of Energy, Bulgaria
  • Andrzej Kaźmierski, Renewables Department Director, Ministry of Energy, Poland
  • Pia Heidenmark Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group
  • Vince Van Son, Director, Energy and Infrastructure, Facebook
  • Marco Mensink, Director General, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
12:30 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 – 15:30

Corporate sourcing strategies and business models


Driven by the efforts of leading global corporations, the sourcing of renewable energy such as solar and wind is becoming a major trend worldwide. Corporate buyers & clean energy suppliers have joined forces through the RE-Source Platform to raise awareness and promote a better framework for corporate renewable energy to unlock the market in Europe.

  • What should a corporate buyer consider when developing a renewable energy sourcing strategy?
  • Which of the many business models on offer is the right one for your business?
  • How can suppliers better understand the needs of corporates and vice versa?
  • How can corporates ensure their CSR commitments and achievements on renewables are credible?
  • Corporate sourcing in Europe is only just beginning – how can we spread the word amongst other companies, big and small?


  • Michael Liebreich, CEO, Liebreich Associates


  • Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group


  • Edouard Néviaski, CEO, ENGIE Global Energy Management
  • Marc Oman, EU Energy Lead, Google
  • Pablo Collado, RES Products and Service Director, Iberdrola
  • Vanessa Miler, Renewable Energy Strategist, Microsoft
  • Javier Vaquerizo, Head of Commercial Office, Enel Green Power
  • Ivor Catto, CEO, RES
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30

Markets and regulation: the good, the bad and the ugly


Recently, Europe has witnessed an uptick in the corporate sourcing of renewables. However, this trend has broadly been concentrated in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the UK.

Identifying which are the main regulatory challenges holding back the expansion of corporate sourcing in the rest of Europe and working on the policy adjustments that could be done to stimulate a rapid scale-up of power sourcing activities is crucial to expand this to other markets.

There are examples of very good regulatory best practice in this area, but also some not so good examples. During this session we will bring experiences from several European countries, putting together recommendations for a consistent, credible and streamlined approach to accelerate corporate sourcing.

  • What are the main regulatory challenges holding back the development of corporate sourcing in Europe?
  • How can we make sure public policy supports corporate sourcing rather than undermines it?
  • How can corporate sourcing contribute to achieving Europe’s renewables targets?
  • EU Clean Energy Package: how will this impact the development of corporate sourcing? Will it be enough to accelerate it?

Moderator and Scene Setting

  • Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe


  • Marion Labatut, Director – Policy Issues, Eurelectric
  • Cyndi Kohuska, Global Renewable Energy Lead, Danone
  • Alexis Manuel, Renewables Business Line Manager, Solvay
  • Paula Abreu Marques, Head of Unit, European Commission
  • Christopher Jones, Part-time Professor of Energy Law and Policy, EUI Florence and Principal, Baker McKenzie
17:30 – 17:45 Closing remarks
17:45 – 20:00 Networking drinks
20:00 – 22:00 Gala Dinner (sold out)
Dress code: Business Attire
22:00 – 02:00 After-party

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*Note: Speakers have been invited and the programme is still subject to minor changes