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ZF Power Summit 2021

 ZF Power Summit 2021: The 10th Edition

23-24 February

Investment directions for a strategic market: How can the energy transition become the new growth vector for Romania


Day one, 23rd February

Local assets for a global trend: Is the energy transition the path for economic recovery strategy in pandemic times


09:15-09:30 Opening speech from the hosts Cristian Hostiuc, editor in chief Ziarul Financiar, Roxana Petrescu, senior editor Ziarul Financiar


09:30 – 10:15 Q&A with Virgil Popescu, Minister of Energy (offline)


·       What assets does Romania hold for the energy transition and how can we transform them into the next economic growth wave? What needs to be developed?

·       What role will gas play in this energy transition?

·       How will Romania decarbonize, sustain the electric mobility and develop a hydrogen strategy?


10:15 – 10:30 One on One with Christian Kettel-Thomsen, Vice-President, European Investment Bank (online)

EIB is one of the top financial supporters of the Romanian energy system, some of the biggest investments delivered during the last years being backed-up with the Bank’s loans.


·       What is the role of financial institutions in the energy transition?

·       Which are the opportunities for Romania and the main challenges for EU’s second biggest gas producer? 

·       What is the amount of money private and public entities could raise from the bank for energy transition projects?


10:30 – 11:00 One on One with Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President for Green Deal, European Commission (online)

Leading the Commission’s work on the European Green Deal and its first European Climate Law to enshrine the 2050 climate-neutrality target into EU law, Frans Timmermans holds a key role in defining the path towards the energy transition.


·       How did the pandemics change the Green Deal and the entire climate-neutrality target?

·       What role will the Green Deal play in the economic recovery, especially for the countries rich in conventional resources, such as Romania?

·       Which are the main challenges that the Green Deal faces and how can the EU mitigate them?


11:00 – 11:25 One on One with Christina Verchere, CEO OMV Petrom: What is the role of an oil and gas producer in a green energy scenario? (online)

OMV Petrom is Romania’s top oil and gas producer and in the recent years evolved as a leader in the power generation scene. But when everything becomes green, which will be the role of a company that on its own has the power to influence the economic growth of Romania?


11:25 – 11:50 One on One with Eric Stab, president & CEO ENGIE Romania: Future energy: How will the energy mix look like on the long run and how do we get there? (offline)

At the beginning of the energy transition Romania needs to know which steps to take to attract investments and put its local resources to work. Some of the biggest players will place their bets on how the future of energy will look like. Engie is one of them.


11:50 – 12:15 Specialists’ corner: Legal tools to make the energy transition happen in Romania

One on One with Ruxandra Bologa, Co-Head of Energy & Natural Resources, NNDKP

Smart legislation will be essential for Romania to best benefit from the energy transition, but the question is what exactly are the right tools to help our own industry and attract foreign investments. One of the best Romanian lawyers will give some answers.

One on One with Oana Ijdelea, partener Ijdelea Mihăilescu

Having provided the legal assitance for Romania’s first new offshore development, Oana Ijdelea has the expertise to say what should be done for capitalizing the energy potential of the Black Sea.


12:15 – 13:00 Debate 1: How do the big utilities help their consumers in times of energy transition? (online)

Big utilities play a key role in the deployment on the energy transition. But how do the biggest players help their consumers in this journey, in a sustainable manner, is still a dilemma.


·       What can big utilities do to support the circular economy and the urbanization trends?

·       Hydrogen, electric mobility, green energy, distributed energy, storage: Where will big utilities place their money?

·       How does the energy transition work in the benefit of the end user, big or small?



·       Carlo Pignoloni, CEO & Country Manager Enel Romania, RWEA President

·       Manfred Paasch, CEO E.ON România

·       Corina Popescu, CEO Electrica

·       Ondrej Safar, CEO CEZ Romania

·       Anca Mihăilescu, partener, Ijdelea Mihăilescu


13:00 – 13:45 Debate 2: Big energy players’ next big plan: How do monopolies blend in into the new dynamics of the energy market? (online)

With an increased competition and a strong wind of change coming from green energy, big energy producers need to upgrade their strategies if they want to be ahead of the game.


·       What are the investments the top power generation companies plan to stay ahead of the energy transition?

·       What are the challenges the power infrastructure faces in the energy transition?

·       What energy mix are we heading towards?


·       Bogdan Badea, general manager Hidroelectrica

·       Cosmin Ghita, director general Nuclearelectrica

·       Daniela Bolborici, manager Departament Dezvoltare RET, Transelectrica

·       Călin Metes, vice-president Franklin Templeton Investments România

·       Zsofia Beck, Partner, Boston Consulting Group, Budapest office

·       Ştefan Baciu, Country Manager, SAS Romania & Moldova


13:45 – 14:30 Debate 3: What is the role of gas in times of energy transition? (online)

Romania is the second biggest gas producer in the EU, but does it still have the time to work its assets in the new green scenario?


·       Will Romania start its new Black Sea gas production this year?

·       Do we use this gas to heat our homes? And if we do, might we have to switch to energy in a couple of decades? If so, how will we use the remaining gas infrastructure?

·       How do hydrogen and gas combine, which synergies exist between the two?


·       Michael Schmöltzer, Chair of GIE Hydrogen regulatory framework Taskforce

·       Bruno Siefken, senior vicepresident Grup Servicii Petroliere

·       Mark Beacom, CEO Black Sea Oil & Gas


14:30 – 14:35 Closing remarks


Day 2, 24th February

Future power: How will the energy market look like when the transition is done? 


08:50 – 09:00 Short wrap-up of the first day and quick intro to the second day

Hosts: Cristian Hostiuc, editor in chief Ziarul Financiar, Roxana Petrescu, senior editor Ziarul Financiar


9:00 – 9:20 One on one with Razvan Nicolescu, partner Deloitte: Energy transition opportunities and challenges for Romania, the second gas producer in the EU (online)

With a long-lasting career both in the private and public sector, Razvan Nicolescu is one of the top Romanian energy specialists. He will join us to see how energy transitioning could become a solid economic growth story for Romania.


9:20 - 9:30 Telekom talk: How does the IT&C work for the energy transition


9:30 – 10:30 Debate 1: Green energy, the next chapter: What is the future of solar and wind projects? (online)

After a first wave of multibillion euros investments in green projects, Romania is on the verge of a new era of green projects. What will it take to unleash the potential?


·       Do we need a new support scheme, especially for offshore wind? If not, how can we attract investments?

·       How can the local industry contribute and benefit from the new green projects?

·       Which is Romania’s capacity in rooftop solar panels?


·       Giles Dickson - Chief Executive Officer, Wind Europe

·       Claudia Brandus – Manager EU Affairs, Enel

·       Teofil Mureşan – president E-INFRA, Nova Power & Gas

·       Sebastian Enache - MONSSON-PLC Business Development Manager

·       Lauru Badita – country manager Photon Energy

·       Gabriela Cacerea - Partener, Co-Head of Energy & Natural Resources, NNDKP

·       Dalia Stoian - Impact Manager, Future Energy Leaders Romania


10:30 – 10:45 Regulatory outlook with Monica Iancu & Cosmin Stavaru, Bondoc & Asociatii: Challenges of the regulatory framework in energy transition times


10:45-11:00 One on One with Andreea Plesea, chief growth officer, Druid: What’s the connection between energy and AI and how can the right soft enrich the interaction with the consumer? 


11:00 – 11:45 Debate 2: What’s Romania’s hydrogen potential and what role will this resource play in the energy transition? (online)

Hydrogen accounts for less than 2% of Europe’s present energy consumption and is primarily used to produce chemical products, such as plastics and fertilisers, according to the European Commission. So, what’s the future for this resource?


·       What are Romania’s assets in the race for hydrogen?

·       How can hydrogen contribute to the decarbonisation of industry and development of mobility?

·       How can we link hydrogen to gas and to green energy? What storage capacity could hydrogen projects deliver?


·       Alex Floristean, Legal & Project Manager, Hydrogen Europe

·       Alexandru Bădescu, Head of On-site Account Management, Cluster South East Europe, Linde Gaz România

·       Petru Ruşeţ, managing director, Siemens Energy Romania

·       Cătălin Stancu, Associated Senior Expert, Horvath & Partners

·       Georgian Albu, General Manager, Future Energy Leaders Romania


11:45 – 12:15 One on One: Future of mobility with Camelia Ene, CEO and country Chairman MOL Romania (online)

In the last 25 years, MOL Romania established itself as a key player on the oil market, a top innovator, with a strong appetite for acquisitions and expansion into new sectors. How will mobility look in the next 25 years, as seen by a company of over 1 bn. Euros.


12:15 – 13:00 Debate 3: Reshaping the economy: decarbonizing the industry, building with zero energy consumption, smart solutions (online)

The envisaged 2050 climate neutrality means a new way of doing business, starting with the industry and including the building where we live and work. How do we reshape what we have with the help of green energy?


·       What challenges is the local industry facing when it comes to decarbonisation obligations?

·       How will the construction market change to deliver zero energy consumption buildings? What impact will this have on the energy system?

·       Which are the innovations that will allow this industrial make-over?


·       Radu Dudău, director Energy Policy Group (EPG)

·       Lucian Azoiţei, CEO Forty Management

·       Lucian Enaru, director general Schneider Electric

·       Mihai Rohan, PATROMAT president

·       Harri Kiiski, CEO Azomures

·       Tivadar Runtag, CEO Chimcomplex

·       Razvan Copoiu, general manager Signify Romania & District South Eastern Europe


13:00 – 13:45 Debate 4: E-nergy or what’s the link between the energy transition and circular economy? (online)

Circular economy could be the destination of the actual reshaping of the industry and the energy transition, the path. How far down this road is Romania and which steps must we take?


·       What assets does Romania hold right now at the begging of the energy transition? What businesses are most likely to develop?

·       What will the energy transition bring on our economy in general, to our industry? How will it change? Who is vulnerable right now?

·       How prepared is Romania on the road towards a circular economy, possibly the destination of the energy transition?


·       Corneliu Bodea, CEO Adrem and President of Romanian Energy Center

·       Claudiu Butacu, co-fondator EFdeN, energiaTa

·       Marius Chiriac, director general Enel X

·       Armand Domuta - general manager Restart Energy


13:45 – 14:00 Conclusions and forecasts for 2050 in energy, oil and gas

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