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Sunday 14 May 2017

16.00 – 17.00 Euroheat & Power General Assembly (EHP Members only)

17.00 – 17.30 First Timers Meet EHP Board
An opportunity for delegates attending the Congress for the first time to meet EHP Board members, staff and other newcomers.

19.00 – 20.30 It’s Glasgow!


Glasgow City Chambers

Civic Reception courtesy of The Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow
Join us for a glass or two at Glasgow City Chambers!


Find out more details here!

Monday 15 May 2017

09.00 – 09.45 Welcome Coffee & Business Exchange in the Exhibition Hall

09.45 – 12.00 It’s Not What You Expect, but We’re Starting! (Opening)

A Warm and Fantastic “5” Welcome


Pitch Perfect – Great Ideas Need a Voice!

Talented people with great ideas that can change lives may never be heard. That’s why the skill of pitching is so essential. 


 Keynote: David Beckett


Think the Unthinkable

All of us, as businesses or as individuals, live with the risk of getting a little too comfortable in our comfort zone. Panellists will reflect on the importance of anticipating change and avoiding complacency with perspectives from both in and out of the DHC industry.

Moderator: Patrick Clerens | ESWET  

♦ Apathy comes before Calamity
– Jan Hauge | Stavanger Forum

♦ Intelligent Internet of Everything 
– Stephen Church | EY

♦ Moments that Define Us
– Paul Voss | Euroheat & Power

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch & Business Exchange in the Exhibition Hall

13.30 – 17.30 Side Event: H-DisNet Workshop. View details here


13.30 – 14.30 How DHC Operators Can Thrive and Survive in the Energy Business of the Future

The utility business as a whole has seen dramatic and sudden changes in recent years, so much so that their business environment has been permanently transformed. At this point, the only certainty is that there are more changes and surprises to come. The DHC business will not be an exception. In this panel, thought-leaders from the DHC sector of today will be asked to imagine how our industry can and should adapt in order to thrive in the energy market of the future.

Moderator : John Dulac | International Energy Agency

♦ Panel Debate
– Ivo Banek &  Sabine Froning | Communication Works
– Cyril Roger-Lacan  | Tilia
Ulrika Jardfelt | E.ON Värme
Matt Firla-Cuchra | KPMG

14.30 – 15.00 Break & Business Exchange in the Exhibition Hall

14.35 – 15.00  Vattenfall Campfire Session on Stand #602  (productive conversation / space limited)

  • Ask the Expert – Expert lead discussion: Going green, How to get there
    Marco Sick, Director of Strategy & Business Intelligence, Director of Governance | Vattenfall Business Area Heat

15.00 – 16.00 The Great Debate: Towards an ‘All-Electric’, Low Energy Future?

 The past two years have seen a remarkable increase in the profile and visibility of the heating and cooling sector in the European policy debate. This is great news but, of course, it is nothing more than the end of the beginning. While there may be a clear consensus that ‘something must be done’ about the decarbonisation of heating and cooling, there is no agreement at all about what that something should be. Join us as a range of expert panellists, none of whom see things in quite the same way, set out their vision for the future of the heating and cooling sector and the broader European energy system. Expect a full and frank exchange of ideas, and don’t forget to come armed with questions for the panel!

Moderator :  Frédéric Hug | Euroheat & Power

♦ Panel Debate
 Brian Vad Mathiesen Aalborg University
–  Laurent Schmitt | ENTSO-E
–  Gert de Block | CEDEC
–  Bill Watts  | Max Fordham LLP 

16.00 – 16.30 Break & Business Exchange in the Exhibition Hall

16.05 – 16.30 SwissRE_CS_Logo_CMYK_Lake Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Campfire Session on Stand #504       (productive conversation / space limited)

  • Ask the Expert – Expert lead discussions on Winter Temperature Risk – Protecting your profits with weather insurance
    Stuart Brown, Head Origination Weather & Energy EMEA and APAC| Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

16.30 – 17.30 Young DHC Teaches Old Dogs New Tricks

The International DHC+ Student Awards: Launched in 2012, the DHC+ Student Awards highlight outstanding and original contributions to District Heating and Cooling related research, including economic and technological aspects of related energy sources, energy management, and the environmental consequences of energy utilisation.

Moderator: Dana Popp | Euroheat & Power

♦ 3rd place: Integration of Solar Thermal Systems in existing district heating systems 
– Carlo Winterscheid | Chalmers University of Technology

♦ 2nd place: Modelling of Combined Heat and Power plants for optimal planning of their production
– Michał Leśko | Warsaw University of Technology

♦ Winner – 1st place: Framework for dynamic optimization and simulation of district heating systems
– Gerald Schweiger | AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies, TU Graz


19.00 – 22.30 Evening Function

KelvingroveWelcome to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which houses one of Europe’s great art collections. It is amongst the top three visitor attractions in Scotland! Join us for a lively evening!

Tuesday 16 May 2017

08.30 – 09.00 Welcome coffee

09.00 – 10.30 Parallel Sessions:

  • Advocacy & Policy: Delivering the Energy Union: The Legislative ‘Tsunami’ and DHC

With the conceptual foundation of the Energy Union in place, the European Commission is moving ahead with its corresponding legislative agenda. On efficiency, renewables, market design and more, the new wave of legislation will change and help define the future business environment of the district energy sector. Will this be good news or bad news? How can/should our industry adjust, react and grow in the midst of all this change? A series of expert panellists will share their perspectives on these questions and more. 

Moderator: Paul Voss | Euroheat & Power

♦ Towards an Energy Union
– Eva Hoos | European Commission

♦ Panel Debate
– Eva Hoos | European Commission
– Erica Hope | European Climate Foundation 
– John Dulac | International Energy Agency  

– Murat Isikveren | Veolia 

  • Technology & Projects: Digitalisation’: Buzzword or Transformative Force?

The precise meaning and practical consequences of ‘digitalisation’ may still be up for debate, but there is no doubt that this phenomenon is already transforming the way we live, work and do business. Inevitably, the district energy sector will be no exception. What challenges and opportunities will this changing environment bring for your organisation? In this session, a series of pioneering experts will explain what ‘digital DHC’ means to them. From small drones to big data, come and experience tomorrow today!

Moderator: Aksana Krasatsenka | DHC + Technology Platform

♦ Intelligent energy grids in practice
– Christian Johansson | NODA

♦ Clean Technology, Connected Devices and Internet of Things
– Adam Fudakowski | Switchee 

♦ Smart metering for a smart life
– Steen Schelle Jensen | Kamstrup A/S

♦ Drones for systematic thermal inspections
– Sune Nielsen & Henrik Grosen | Drone Systems ApS

  • Business & Industry: My Competitor, My Partner, My Frenemy ?!?

Sometimes, in business as in life, the line between partner and competitor starts to blur. What happens when the company or industry you’re so used to fighting against becomes exactly the ally you need? What surprising benefits does such a shift in perspective bring? By taking a step back from the daily struggle for survival, organisations can identify exciting new opportunities for collaboration and shared success. Come hear stories of how people and companies from different sides of a fence have come together to make each other better. 

Moderator: Monika Kuusela, Fortum Corporation

Decision Support System in District Heating: Analysing, Connecting, Developing and Optimising, a joint effort!
–  Alessandro Capretti | A2A -&- Matteo Pozzi | Optit

♦ Heat Pumps and DH: The Perfect Partnership
– Dave Pearson | Star Refrigeration

♦ Low Temperature Networks: Where Green Buildings meet DHC 
Carsten Østergård Pedersen | Grundfos 

Procurement: Buying the Right Thing for the Right Reasons
– Peter Dahl | Värmek

  • Scottish Renewables & Scottish Development International:
    Showcasing Scotland’s support for heat

Hear about the role of low-carbon heat in the Scottish Government’s draft Energy Strategy as well as exploring progress made to date. For complete programme details click here.

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

10.35 – 11.00 Danfoss_Text_trnspDanfoss Campfire Session on Stand #401
      (productive conversation / space limited)

  • Ask the Expert – Expert lead discussions on Energy efficiency in the perspective of building installations
    Jan Eric Thorsen, Director, Application Centre | Danfoss 


11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions and Workshops:

  • Advocacy & Policy: 4 Countries, 4 Stories: The Many Faces of DHC

For all the importance and influence of the European policy framework, decisions at national level remain a key factor in the development of DHC and the wider energy sector. Through a series of snapshots from different countries, this panel will explore the development of DHC in a wide range of national circumstances, no doubt finding plenty of common ground and dramatic differences along the way.  

Moderator: Jan Webb | The University of Edinburgh 

♦ Customer care and DHC
– Tim Rotheray | Association for Decentralised Energy 

♦ Transitioning beyond gas
– Kathelijne Bouw | Hanze University of Applied Sciences

♦ From imported fossil fuels to local biomass
–  Rimantas Germanas | Lithuanian District Heating Association   

♦ Keeping the connection 
–  Tomislav Novosel | UNIZAG-FSB  

  • Technology & Projects: District Cooling: The Sleeping Giant of the District Energy Business

Although cooling requirements are relatively low compared to heat demand, recent studies indicate that this balance will shift in the coming decades. Cooling supply is fundamental for our lives, not only for space comfort but also for food storage and the maintenance of medical equipment, among many other usages. Many sectors are involved in cooling supply and all can be combined to take full advantage of this new business area, but this needs to be done in an intelligent way. In this session, different representatives from the cooling supply and demand chain will debate the future of cooling and how to unlock the potential of this emerging opportunity. Join us and discover the future of cooling!

Moderator: Ingo Wagner | Euroheat & Power 

♦ The great unknown: The Cold Economy
– Professor Toby Peters  | Heriot-Watt University

♦ Waste cold recovery from the regasification process of Liquefied Natural Gas
– Aleksandar Ivancic  | AIGUASOL

♦ DC systems: innovation, planning and control
– Susana López  | Indigo Project

♦ Show what you‘ve got! The energy indicators of DHC speak for themselves
– Boris Lubinski | AGFW 

  • Business & Industry: A Problem Shared Is A Problem Solved

Learn how to identify a problem within your organisation or community and help find a solution through discussion and brainstorming with colleagues. Interactive Session: Format = World Café. The plan for this session is for city/business executives to present their organisation and a particular issue they are struggling with (e.g. customer relation, project money etc.) and the audiences come up with solutions.

Moderator: Graham Meeks | UK Green Investment Bank

How communicate the best way and create a common understanding on strategies, policies, procedures and outcome?
Anders Thorsen | EKF Danmark’s Export Credit Agency

How do citizens perceive energy transition/DHC? How to involve and get support from them.
– Astrid Madsen | City of Rotterdam

How to turn my customer into a promotor?
– Julia Bell | Vattenfall Business Area Heat

  • Scottish Renewables & Scottish Development International:
    Progressing projects in Scotland – what are the opportunities?

This session will demonstrate some of the support packages available to companies operating in Scotland that are helping to transform the industry. For complete programme details click here.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Parallel Sessions and Workshops:

  • Advocacy & Policy: Zooming In: DHC Seen from City Level

You’ve heard it 100O times: there can be no energy transition without sustainable cities. But can there be sustainable cities without district energy? Is the technology a ‘nice-to-have’ or a fundamental building block? This session will look at the role of DHC in delivering the energy transition in cities around Europe, taking lessons from the past, the present and, with a little luck, even the future!  

Moderator: Romanas Savickas  | UN Environment – DTU Partnership 

♦ A trip to Glasgow
– Gavin Slater | Glasgow City Council

♦ A trip to Rotterdam
– Astrid Madsen | City of Rotterdam

A trip to Nantes
– Virginie Thune | City of Nantes 

♦ A trip to Dresden
– Harald Rapp AGFW

  • Technology & Projects: Making the EU Work for Us

Despite what you may have read in the tabloids, there is more to the European Union than out of control bureaucracy and excessive agricultural subsidies. The EU also plays a vital role in funding research aimed at improving the lives of Europeans, not least in the field of sustainable energy. The recent surge in political interest and activity in the heating and cooling sector has been accompanied by a significant increase in EU funding made available for research projects in this field in general and in district heating and cooling in particular. This money allows research institutes, private companies and organisations such as Euroheat & Power to work together to tackle common challenges and design a brighter future. In this session, representatives of various DHC-related projects will present their work, share what they’ve learned, and reflect on what it might mean for the future of our sector. 

Moderator: Alessandro Provaggi | DHC + Technology Platform

♦ Could you really drive without a (road) map?
– Urban Persson  | Halmstad University 

♦ A solar future for European regions
– Laure Deschaintre  | Solites 

♦ Control Strategies for DHC-operators, Performance Indicator Study from the STORM-DHC project
– Herman Eijdems | Mijnwater 

♦ OPTimisation is the new mantra
– Wolfgang Birk  | Luleå University of Technology 

  • Business & Industry: Safety First? 

Discuss best practices and strategies to not put your business at risk. Find out more about cost-effective insurance & risk programmes, data analysis & compliance, communications etc. and drive enterprise success.

Moderator: Tanja Groth | The Carbon Trust

  Managing your profits using temperature and commodity price protection
– Stuart Brown | Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

  Why quantifying District Heating reliability really matters!
– Henk Wels | DEKRA

♦  Cyber Threats on the Industrial Environment
– Eduardo Arriols | InnoTec System

15.00 – 16.00 Farewell Drinks Reception

Wednesday 17 May 2017

09:30-13:15 Technical Visits – Vital Energy view details here.

Group 1 – Vital Energi | Start Time: 09:30 | End Time: 11:15
Group 2 – Vital Energi | Start Time: 10:30 | End Time: 12:15
Group 3 – Vital Energi | Start Time: 11:30 | End Time: 13:15


Interested in taking an active role?

If you are interested in presenting at one of our events, please take a moment to fill in the abstract event form which can be downloaded here and send it to events@euroheat.orgIf you want to put forward other ideas, (perhaps even for entire 90-minute sessions) please contact We thrive on your input and look forward to receiving your ideas!

In addition to speakers, we are also constantly looking for experienced, strong moderators to help shepherd the panellists and the attendees in form of productive dialogue at the sessions, please contact


Deadline: 30 November 2016 although the deadline has passed, if you feel EHP Congress can not miss your project idea or presentation let us know why by submitting the abstract form!

Specifications: Please provide a description of your proposed presentation, giving a flavour of what makes it so interesting/exciting; no illustrations or mathematical formulae thank you. Make it clear please why this will be a truly unmissable presentation!

If successful: If your idea is accepted for presentation, we will contact you for your biographical details, photograph and to provide guidelines for submitting your presentation.

One form per abstract: Please use a separate form for each idea you wish to submit yourself or on behalf of a colleague.