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Energy Partnership in the Baltic Sea Region fff New Challenges and Prospects for Cooperation
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1-2 November Kaliningrad will host an international energy conference that will bring together stakeholders from the Kaliningrad region, North-West Russia and the Baltic Sea Region. The conference will take place at the Museum of World Ocean and during two full days participants will have a chance to address energy issues and discuss the possibilities of joint activities. For the third time we will set an agenda for the discussions on energy cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region and enhance a dialogue aimed at reaching mutual understanding on ongoing projects and activities. The conference will welcome views by the representatives of the Russian federal, regional and municipal authorities, organizations and companies from the Kaliningrad region and its neighboring countries. Being a chair of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Russia has a leadership in many issues, including energy, that has regional status and regional influence. Cross-border dialogue, open discussions of common concerns and investigation of synergies are the prerequisites for reaching best possible results.
Kaliningrad plays a special role in the energy context, which has been the focus of international energy conferences in 2009 and 2010. The 2012 conference fffEnergy Partnership in the Baltic Sea Region fff New Challenges and Prospects for Cooperationfff aims at making new headway in the dialogue between the EU member states and the Russian Federation on a regional level in the field of climate change, energy and environmental planning. The conference will exchange views on the development of strategies and priorities. The Kaliningrad region could become a testing ground for the EU-Russia cooperation on climate and energy planning, energy efficiency, development of SMART systems and management of energy service market. We start the conference with the discussion about how we can we plan our future. There are two possible ways: either by observing and waiting for consequences, or by taking initiative and shaping the future by ourselves.P What way will be preferred and chosen by us? What does the modern concept of energy and climate planning imply? How can the allocation of resources be optimized and interplay between suppliers and consumers of energy improved? What is the financing part of new developments and investments in energy field and how far are we in developing the concept of private-public partnerships? What are the practices in applying this financing mechanism and mitigating the risks linked to it?
The second day of the conference will be dedicated to the discussions on energy efficiency in building sector that is rapidly expanding and sets some pressure.P The conference will also address the issues of sustainable production and use of bioenergy from forestry. We will sum up by exchange of views on how the energy service market could be optimized and how can new competitive forms in the market improve quality of life for the same value? Does Russia have the same expectations as its neighbors in the region?
Among speakers we will have experts in cross-border cooperation with a comprehensive overview of what the most burning issues on the energy map of the Baltic Sea Region are. Hans Brask, Director of the Baltic Development Forum can provide you with profound examples of how the regional cooperation can lead to a success story. There will be a chance to meet representatives of famous international networks as the Union of Baltic Cities Energy Commission Eva Hjalmered and Mikael Sjovall, who will represent NEFCO - an organisation that has already made successful investments in the Kaliningrad region. Neelabh Singh, representing one of the most famous and heavily supported by the public and private actors network Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster, will highlight a well-established triple-helix approach to private-public partnerships and can advise on where to start and how to develop a cleantech cluster.
Among the Russian speakers it would be interesting to listen to a view of Vasiliy Polivanov, Director General of the non-profit partnership «Rossijskoe teplosnabzhenie» (the national heat supply organisation) that embraces a big network of more than 100 companies. The Partnership provides its members with consultations on the projects aimed at energy efficiency as well as efficiency and security of heat systems. Another significant network that will take part in the conference is the non-profit partnership National Agency for Energy Saving and Renewable Energy (NAERE). Consisting of more than 60 Russian and foreign companies, NAERE aims at creating environment and conditions that lead to dynamic development of energy saving services market to ensure efficient use of energy and increase energy security. The purpose of the partnership is to bring together leading organizations in the field of energy efficiency to stimulate interest in problems of rational use of energy resources, and promoting investment in energy efficient projects.
Speaking about energy market in the Kaliningrad region, the construction of the Baltiyskaya Nuclear Power Plant cannot be left without attention. In order to learn more about the project progress, there will be a possibility to meet a representative of the InterRAO Maxim Kozlov.P
Organisers of the conference fff Nordic Council of Ministerfffs Information Office in Kaliningrad, Baltic Development Forum, National Council of Energy Saving (Russia) and Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation (BASREC).