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

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 11:00 Plenary 2 - Changes in the political, legal and economic framework for the transition to energy productive cities and regions

The transition of the energy system from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewable energy provides new economic perspectives for local and regional governments, and creates opportunities for a range of new players in the field. However, as with any structural change on a large scale, there are challenges in addition to opportunities, and not all actors in the market might benefit in the same way.

The  increase of decentralised energy production based on renewable sources creates an enormous challenge for the existing energy distribution and management infrastructure, since the existing grid was developed for centralised production and distribution. The development and installation of necessary storage capacity  as well as the technical adaptation of the grid will require considerable investment, and it is not yet clear how these investments, costs and benefits will be shared between different levels and actors in order to achieve a fast and successful transition to a new energy system.

This session explores the surrounding political, legal and economic framework for the transition to sustainable energy communities and regions. High-level expert speakers will share their views on the latest developments, and identify the future direction and potential solutions needed to support local as well as regional governments in their transition to more productive cities with low carbon economies.

Facilitator: Wolfgang Teubner - Regional Director Europe, ICLEI Europe


  • Dr. Klaus von Zahn - Director of the Environment Department, City of Freiburg (Germany)

  • Alexander Kainer - Principal, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH  {presentation}

  • Oyvind Vessia - Renewables and CCS, Directorate - General for Energy, European Commission  {presentation}

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Heck -  Manager Director, Trier University of Applied Sciences (Germany) {presentation}

  • Marijan Maras - Head of Office for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, City of Zagreb (Croatia) and Dubravka Bosnjak - Project Manager, GIZ Open Regional Fund for SEE Energy Efficiency


11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00 Workshops A1 & B1

Workshop A1: Sustainable Energy Action Plan: from planning to sound implementation                                                                                

From climate commitments to local and regional energy action planning to sound implementation and cooperation - this session will provide perspectives from local and regional insiders that have successfully steered the energy transition in their country. Among other questions, the session will ask: how did they go about selecting appropriate short and long-term targets that are realistic yet ambitious? What interplay is needed to simultaneously push urban and rural processes towards a 100% renewable energy supply? Which stakeholder alliance has proven to be effective for self-directed implementation? What organisational headaches come to mind, and how can institutional barriers be overcome to realise comprehensive, territorial action plans?

Facilitator: Carsten Rothballer - Officer, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe


  • Claude Lenglet - Manager, The third industrial revolution in Nord-Pas de Calais (France)  {presentation}

  • Pieter Biemans -  Programme Manager Climate and Energy, City of Tilburg (The Netherlands) {presentation}

  • Stefanie Lorenz - Climate Manager, Environment and Climate Protection, City of Lörrach (Germany) {presentation}


Workshop B1: Tapping renewable energy sources and technologies using a regional approach: bio-wind and solar energy

Selecting and implementing an appropriate mix of renewable energy sources (RES) is instrumental to supporting sustainable energy transition at local level. This requires, from one side, an appropriate understanding of the local potential for RES and of the technologies available, and from the other, policies and legislative frameworks that facilitate their roll-out. This session will explore how local and regional governments and their communities are engaging and leading on this process across Europe, while creating opportunities for local and regional development. Through real examples, the session will share both policy and implementation best practices, with a focus on bio and solar energy. It will discuss challenges encountered, and provide inspiration for practical solutions.

Facilitator: Giorgia Rambelli - Officer, Sustainable Resources, Climate & Resilience, ICLEI Europe


  • Rafael Ayuste Cupido - Director, Department of Renewable Energies, EREN (Spain) {presentation}

  • Catarina Freitas - Director, Department of Environment, Municipality of Almada (Portugal) {presentation}

  • Lisa Enarsson - Project Manager, Environment and health administration, City of Stockholm (Sweden)

  • Frank van Oorschot - Member, Employers Group, European Economic and Social Committee  {presentation}


13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:00 Workshops A2 & B2

Workshop A2: Smart public procurement – using the purchasing power to drive green economies

Save money, reduce environmental impacts and achieve social goals - sustainable public procurement has much to offer local authorities. This workshop will focus on how sustainable procurement can pave the way to smart, energy efficient and renewably powered cities and regions. Good practice cases will showcase ways in which public authorities across Europe used their purchasing power to drive more sustainable economies, with a particular emphasis on the approach and organisational set-up employed.

Facilitator: Philipp Tepper- Coordinator, Sustainable Economy and Procurement, ICLEI Europe


  • Johannes Naimer -  Project Manager, Federal Procurement Agency Austria   {presentation}

  • Leendert van Geldermalsen - Rijkswaterstaat GPO (The Netherlands) {presentation}


Workshop B2: Tapping renewable energy sources and technologies with a regional approach: waste-to-energy solutions and district energy

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Continuing with RES and technical solutions in the B session stream, experts will share innovative approaches used when dealing with urban waste-to-energy solutions combined with district heating and cooling system.

Facilitator: Siegfried Zöllner - Coordinator, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe


  • Christian Neumann -  Head of Project Development, Energy Agency Region Freiburg (Germany)  {presentation}

  • Michael King - Co-Convenor, UK District Energy Vanguards Network {presentation}
  • Sophie Jongeneel - Researcher Climate, Air & Sustainability, TNO Innovation for Life (The Netherlands) {presentation}

  • Clemens Felsmann - Professor, Technical University of Dresden (Germany)


This workshop is offered by the Rescue Project in cooperation with the Local Renewables Conference 2014.

Rescue Project Partners are invited to attend a second workshop at 16:00 where the project last developments will be presented. For more information, please cick here



16:00 - 18:00 Study tours in Freiburg

Transportation to the different locations will be organised and coordinated by the Local Renewables Conference Team.

Tour 1: The Sustainable Model District of Vauban

Find out about the urban development of this highly ecological district. A former military base that was redeveloped into a new district for 5.000 inhabitants in the 1990s, Vauban is an internationally known model of sustainable urban planning. During this study tour participants will learn more about renewable energy, citizen engagement and energy efficient building design.

Tour 2: Green Therm Cool Center

The Chamber of Trade in Freiburg and its partners from industry and the region will introduce the Green Therm Cool Center and its modern solar cooling techniques to all participants. The center comprises five solar cooling systems as well as with fifteen cooling distribution systems, using an innovative sustainable refrigeration technique.

19:00 Evening reception in Freiburg



A conference evening reception will be offered to all participants at the Neues Rathaus in the Historischer Ratssaal.

Welcome by Prof. Dr. Martin Haag - Deputy Mayor for Regional Planning and Urban Development, City of Freiburg (Germany)