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European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

Programme | Cleantech Conference: Driving Sustainable Innovation


  1. 09:00 - 10:00
    Registration and welcome coffee
  2. 10:00 - 10:10
    Welcome and outline of the event
  3. 10:10 - 10:30
    Opening speech: Cleantech investments in the EU

    Why is cleantech manufacturing important for Europe?

    Maroš Šefčovič 
    Executive Vice-President of the European Commission

Session 1 | 10:30 - 12:10

Cleantech manufacturing: technological and investment challenges and opportunities

What are the technological challenges faced by Europe’s cleantech manufacturing of components?

What are the investment opportunities in Europe’s cleantech manufacturing for international and European investors? 

This session will set the scene for the conference by discussing these important questions.

  1. 10:30-11:00
    Keynote speeches

    Powering Tomorrow: The case for investing in European battery technology
    Barbara Thierart
    President of Battery Systems - Northvolt

    Made in Europe: How to build a successful manufacturing business in the EU
    Henrik Stiesdal
    Founder and CTO of Stiesdal 

  2. 11:00 -11:20
    Networking Coffee
  3. 11:20 -12:10
    Panel discussion

    Cleantech manufacturing in Europe 


    Kurt Vandenberghe
    Director General - DG CLIMA


    • Kerstin Jorna
      Director General – DG GROW
    • Henrik Stiesdal
      Founder and CTO - Stiesdal 
    • Sonia Gilde S. Rathscheck
      Chief of Staff to the CEO - Freyr
    • Barbara Thierart
      President of Battery Systems - Northvolt
    • François Paquet
      Impact Director - The Renewable Hydrogen Coalition
  4. 12:10 - 13:40
    Networking lunch

Session 2 | 13:40 - 15:00

Deployment and scaling up cleantech manufacturing

This session will allow current Innovation Fund cleantech manufacturing projects to present their concrete pathways and solutions to support Europe’s transition to climate neutrality.

  1. 13:40 - 14:05
    Keynote speeches

    Profitable sustainability, renewable hydrogen innovation, overcoming challenges
    Vaitea Cowan
    Co-founder - Enapter

    The cleantech manufacturing project pipeline resulting from EU support
    Paloma Aba Garrote
    Director - CINEA

  2. 14:05 - 15:00
    Panel discussion

    Advancing the state of the art in cleantech manufacturing.


    Roman Doubrava
    Head of the Innovation Fund Unit - CINEA


    • Sven Lindström
      Co-founder and executive vice president - Midsummer
      Innovation Fund project: DAWN
    • Thomas Thiemann 
      Senior Vice President Energy Transition Technologies - Siemens Energy
      Innovation Fund project: Hippow
    • Jesper Juul da Silva Francisco
      Chief of Staff to the CEO - Topsoe
      Innovation Fund project: TopSOEC
    • Andreas Forfang
      Vice president Sustainability & ESG - Vianode
      Innovation Fund project: ELAN
  3. 15:00 -15:20
    Networking coffee

Session 3 | 15:20 - 16:40

Tomorrow is too late: unlocking investment in cleantech manufacturing

How can we overcome the challenges to attract investment in Europe’s cleantech manufacturing?

How can we ‘de-risk’ financing to bring equity investors in early stages of technology development and make projects bankable?

The session will cover how EU, other public funding sources and private investors can be deployed together to spur investment in the cleantech manufacturing sector.

EU funding: streamlining funding from the Innovation Fund 

  1. 15:20 - 15:30
    Keynote speech

    EU funding: streamlining funding from the Innovation Fund 

    Alexandre Paquot
    Director of Innovation for a Low Carbon, Resilient Economy - DG CLIMA

  2. 15:30 - 16:30
    Panel discussion: How to unlock investment in cleantech manufacturing?

    EU funding: streamlining funding from the Innovation Fund

    How to de-risk cleantech projects?

    Inspirational examples from Member States


    Jacek Truszczynski
    Deputy Head of Unit Green and Circular Economy -  DG GROW


    • Ruben Devogelaer
      Senior Investment Officer - European Investment Bank
    • Tim van Pelt
      Global Lead Batteries & Charging - ING
    • Katrien de Marez
      Deputy Head of Unit – DG COMP
    • Dr. Friedrich von Schönfeld
      Policy Advisor - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
  3. 16:30 -16:40
    Closing remarks

    Kurt Vandenberghe
    Director General - DG CLIMA

  4. 16:40 -16:45
    Wrap up
  5. 16:45 - 18:00
    Networking drinks