Date: Thursday October 5th, 2017
Time: 13:00 – 17:45 h
Location: Energy Academy Building (Zernike Campus) Main Lecture Hall 00.29

*This event is part of the EBF conference 2017

The energy industry finds itself at the beginning of a long journey of dramatic change. How can companies make the difficult transition towards more sustainable sources of energy without completely losing the value of these earlier investments? How can public policy be a factor in facilitating the transition and which innovation is needed to accelerate the process? Learn the answers at this College Day of the EBF Conference, a cooperation of EBF and Energy Academy Europe.

As society is increasingly demanding for cleaner, more reliable, and affordable energy, the energy industry finds itself at the beginning of a structural change. While the incumbent energy companies take up the challenge to develop new business models and try to keep up with the pace of change, new start-ups disrupt the status quo of the industry with innovative technologies.

In the Netherlands, six major electricity generating companies account for 25% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of public pressure, these companies are increasingly investing in sustainable energy solutions to reduce their negative footprint on the environment. However, having previously invested in a development of fossil fuel infrastructure, such decision is likely to have significant implications for the strategy of these companies. Therefore, you may wonder, how can incumbent energy companies adapt their business models without completely losing the value of their earlier investments; or how can public policy be a factor in facilitating innovation, which is needed to accelerate the energy transition?

Find out answers to these and other questions during a series of lectures organized jointly by EBF and Energy Academy Europe (EAE). Three experts from across different disciplines will each share their view on the above topic. The list of speakers includes:

  • Richard Green, Professor of Sustainable Energy Business at Imperial College London
  • Arnold Mulder, Associate Director Sustainability Advisory
  • Ron Wit, Director Corporate Strategy at Eneco

EBF Conference

The EBF Conference is the largest economic and business conference of the Netherlands and attracts around 600 participants each year including students, academics, alumni and business participants. The EBF Conference consists of two days, each with its own distinctive character. The first day will have an academic character, whereas the second day will be the traditional conference day.

It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.