The 8th HAEE Energy Transition Symposium, organized by the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics on September 27-29, 2023, at the French Institute of Athens, successfully concluded its proceedings.
For another year, the Symposium served as an open dialogue platform, hosting distinguished guests from politics, entrepreneurship, research, and industry, who were engaged in interesting and highly informative discussions about the future of the energy sector and the new conditions emerging in a complex geopolitical environment.
The Symposium maintained its international, specialized, academic, and educational character, providing in-depth analysis of the topics covering the entire energy sector to the audience who attended physically or via livestreaming.
Key topics discussed during the Symposium included the digitization of regulatory services for active consumer participation, the need to redesign the electricity market to integrate the increasing renewable power, the critical role of energy storage, investments in grid upgrade and expansion, new electric interconnections, the resilience of electric systems in the face of the climate crisis, the need for strategic alliances in energy insurance throughout the energy value chain, the value of energy democracy and social justice, particularly in Global South, investments in the natural gas sector, especially in the development of small-scale LNG infrastructure, developments in the hydrocarbon sector, such as the introduction of green hydrogen into the NG network and the development of CCUs infrastructure, the energy transition of the islands, the emerging renewable gas economy, new forms of bilateral PPA contracts that meet the new needs of the energy system, the reshaping of the energy sector with ESG principles, smart technologies, and the importance of energy efficiency and energy consumption monitoring, as well as innovative practices and policies from mature energy markets like the United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
The key outline of the Symposium is that the future of Energy, both at the international and national levels, requires speed, new technologies, a big focus on green transition and the supporting infrastructure, as well as new large-scale investments. The need for consistent support of green policies must be accompanied by a clear decision, which is nothing other than the termination of fossil-fuel subsidies.
The highlight of the Symposium was the award ceremony, during which, Dr. Panagiotis Grammelis, Director of Research at CERTH, was awarded for “his outstanding contribution to scientific research especially in Greek Coal Regions in Transition”.
We are now looking forward to next year’s Symposium, which will take place in May 2024. Please check for updates as the exact, new dates will be announced soon.
For more detailed information about the speakers, topics, and the agenda of the 3-day Symposium, you may visit the website of the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics by clicking here.
To view the Symposium proceedings on-demand, day by day, please click here.
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