ETU Initiative Conference: how can the ETU support your energy transition?

  • 16th and 17th March 2022
  • Hybrid: Barcelona and online

On the 16th and 17th March 2022, the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), partner of the Interreg MED Renewable Energy project, is organising and hosting a hybrid conference to showcase and disseminate the ETU Initiative. Participants can join either in person in Barcelona, Spain, or connect to the sessions online.

The conference will bring together renewable energy experts and representatives from the ETU Initiative’s Flagship Case municipalities, to explore topics such as the potential of renewable energy communities to reduce energy poverty, methods for financing the green energy transition, how to develop Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SECAPs), how to optimise biomass production, and plenty more. Expert panels and interactive sessions will be accompanied by networking opportunities, bringing together like-minded organisations and inviting them to join the ETU Initiative by supporting its Manifesto and Letter of Commitment.


Day 1 Wednesday 16th March 2022

9:00 – 9:15


9:15 – 9:30

Institutional welcome
Danilo Ceh • Project Manager, BISTRA (Interreg MED Renewable Energy Lead Partner)
Rym Ayadi • President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), (Interreg MED Renewable Energy project partner)
Nicolas Garnier • Project Officer, Interreg MED Programme Joint Secretariat

9:30 – 11:00


Energy Transition in Rural and Island Areas: Challenges and Opportunities

• Moderator: Kostas Komninos • General Director, DAFNI
Grammenos Mastrojeni • Senior Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
Julije Domac • President, FEDARENE online
Jesús Pulido • Head of DG Infrastructures, Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demo- graphic Challenge
Lisanne Raderschall • Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Alberto Giaconia • Researcher and Project Coordinator, ENEA

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 11:35

What’s the ETU Initiative about?

Cynthia Echave • Project Coordinator, EMEA

11:35 – 12:45

ETU Initiative Flagship Cases: Experiences and Lessons Learnt

• Moderator: Alexia Boulanger • Project Developer, Environment Park
Bruno Cicero • Technical Officer, Municipality of Ragusa, Italy
Antonio Lecha • Climate Change and Green Buildings Office, Municipality of Onda, Spain
Manos Kamilakis, Katerina Margariti online • ETU Flagship Case Naxos, Greece
Branimir Greguric • EU Funds Associate, Municipality of Brdovec, Croatia

12:45 -14:00


Resilient Communities and Territories: Planning, Financing and Governance

• Moderator: Kostas Komninos • General Director, DAFNI
Beatriz Camacho Ávila • Ecosystem Manager, Regional Innovation Scheme, EIT Climate-KIC
Francesc Ribera Grau • Manager, Catalan Energy Efficiency Cluster
Jordi Pascual • Researcher, Catalant Energy Research Center (IREC)
Nuri Palmada • Project Developer, Som Energia – REScoop online
Mauricio O’Brien • Regional Development Manager, European Crowdfunding Network (EUCN)

14:00 – 15:00

Lunch break

15:00 -16:30


ETU Pillar 1

Energy Planning

Davide Astiago

Miguel García
ETU Assessment Case Los Pedroches, Spain

Tomislav Novosel

Alexia Boulanger

Clemence Contant and Giulia Conforto
Communications Manager, EnerMaps – EU Horizon 2020 project

ETU Pillar 2

Energy Facilities

Ivana Ostoic

Sergio Olivero
ETU Flagship Case, Magliano Alpi, Italy online

Barbara La Licata and Arnau Gonzalez

Davide Cozzella
GIFT Project

ETU Pillar 3

Energy Communities

José Miguel Granados and Álvaro Fernandez
ETU Flagship Case Monachil, Spain

Montse Mussons

Hrvoje Maras
SocialRES & SHARes

Lluis Amat and Remei Aldrich
ETU Flagship Case Vall d’en Bas, Spain online

Ruth Borrego
Powerty Project online

ETU Pillar 4

Energy Governance and Financing

Francesco Filipi

Branimir Greguric
ETU Flagship Case Brdovec, Croatia

Bruno Cicero
ETU Flagship Case Ragusa, Italy

Antonio Lecha
ETU Flagship Case Onda, Spain

Iva Tustanovski
H2020 REFINE & SMAFIN projects

Matilde Jimenez FADEMUR online

16:30 – 17:30

Coffee break and ETU Initiative info session

Day 2 Thursday 17th March 2022

9:00 – 9:15


Danilo Čeh • Project Manager, BISTRA (Interreg MED Renewable Energy Lead Partner)
Cynthia Echave • Project Coordinator, EMEA

9:15 – 10:00


Sustainable Transition Initiative and financing the transition

Rym Ayadi • President, EMEA

10:00– 11:15


Governance and Cooperation in Mediterranean and Africa

• Moderator: Rym Ayadi • President, EMEA
Alessandra Sensi • Head of Sector, Environment and Blue Economy, UfM
Rosa Surinach • Partnerships, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, UN-Habitat
Octavi Quintana • Director, PRIMA Secretariat
Curzio Cervelli • Coordinator, Interreg MED Programme Joint Secretariat online
Moubarack Lô • Director General, Bureau of Economic Prospective, Senegal online

11:15– 12:30


Capacity building and knowledge transferring in Mediterranean and Africa

• Moderator: Cynthia Echave • Project Coordinator, EMEA
Alessandro Miraglia • Networking and Communication Team Lead, Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC)
Josep Canals • Director, MedCities
Roger Albinyana • Managing Director, IEMed
Djiby Thiam • Professor of Economics, University Cape Town online

Sherif Dawoud • Deputy Head, Egyptian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development online

12:30 – 12:45

Coffee break

12:45 – 14:00


Sustainable finance

• Moderator: Rym Ayadi • President, EMEA
Nagla Bahr • Credit Guarantee, Egyptonline
John Kofi Adomakoh • GCB Bank Plc, Ghana online
Kwame Sarpong • KPMG, Ghana (tbc) online
Ralph Chami • Co-Founder, Rebalance Earth online
Chuckwumerije Okereke • Director, Center for Climate and Development University Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria online

DISCUSSION GROUP 1 Not live streamed

Territorial Resilience

• Moderator: Cynthia Echave Project Coordinator, EMEA

Rosa SurinachUN Habitat
Oriol BarbaMedCities
Consuelo Varela • Polytechnic University of Madrid

DISCUSSION GROUP 2 Not live streamed

Green Transition

• Moderator: Yara Saab Coordinator of Operations, SCP/RAC

Albert Palou VilarBETA Tech Center
Flora Leroy • CPMR Intermediterranean Commission

Mauricio O’Brien • EU Crowdfunding Network

14:00 – 14:30

Plenary session and wrap-up

14:30 – 15:30

Networking lunch