Venue: Historischer Kaufhaus (Münsterplatz 24), Freiburg, Germany

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 11:00 Plenary 3 - Intelligent financing mechanisms and models for renewable energy        

In times of financial constraints in public budgets, it is crucial to identify viable financing and investment models that correspond to local and regional community development needs and promote sustainable economies. In order to generate local and regional value chains, investments and revenues need to be shared by local actors. Ideally, investment opportunities will be made available to a wide range of citizens, enabling them to turn from consumers into investors and producers also.

Experts from regions, organisations and institutions will present financing schemes in support of a regional low-carbon economy. They will also address current framework conditions and discuss if there is a need to further improve these conditions to better support local value chains.

Facilitator: Andre Langwost - Co-Editor, DDmagazine (France)


  • Célia Blauel - Deputy Mayor in charge of Environmental Sustainability and Water, City of Paris (France)
  • Matthias Nabholz - Head, Office for Environment and Energy, City of Basel (Switzerland) {presentation}

  • Ion Dogenau - Executive Director, Local Energy Agency Bucharest (Romania)  {presentation}

  • Prof. Dr. Tanay Sidki Uyar - Head, Energy Section, University of Marmara (Turkey)


11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break                                                                                

11:30 - 12:30 Plenary 4 - Panel discussion: Cooperation in financing solutions for energy productive cities and regions

Shaping your productive city is an ambitious goal that requires extensive cooperation between multiple stakeholders, particularly in regards to finding suitable financing streams. Are utilities interested in contributing to the sustainable energy transition?  How can local actors pool efforts to support financing of local action? What role do local and regional governments play in facilitating access to financing for single and interlinked community projects?

Facilitator: Wolfgang Teubner - Regional Director Europe, ICLEI Europe


  • Matthias Nabholz - Head, Office for Environment and Energy, City of Basel (Switzerland)

  • Eugenio Leanza - Head of Division of JESSICA and Investment Funds, European Investment Bank

  • Tamas Solymosi -  Mobilising Finance, Covenant of Mayors Office

  • Dirk Knapen - Facilitator RESCoop (Renewable Energy Sources COOPeratives)


12:30 - 13:00 Plenary 5 - Summary and future opportunities

What next? How do we get to the point of establishing "productive cities"?

13:00 - 14:30 Farewell lunch