The Hellenic Association for Energy Economics (HAEE) hosted the 17th European Energy Conference, “The Future of Global Energy Systems,” at The American College of Greece from September 21-24, the first physical IAEE European Conference in the post-Covid-19 era with more than 400 participants. The conference hosted a truly international community consisting of government officials, institutional leaders, renowned academics and corporate leaders who met, exchanged views and addressed all the pressing issues of the global energy sector.
As the world begins to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, it becomes evident that the pandemic brought economic and societal vulnerabilities to the surface, while its repercussions on energy systems have already become apparent. The conference addressed these challenges and concluded that there is no single way for an effective energy transition. The energy crisis is an opportunity, not an obstacle, for the development of renewable energy, while the energy transition is the answer to the challenges of today’s energy reality.
The conference participants had the opportunity to take a historical tour of the Acropolis and an energy-themed art exhibit by renowned painter Kostas Spyropoulos who created works exclusively for the conference. Prof. Athanasios Dagoumas, President of the Energy Regulatory Authority, received an award in recognition of his contribution to the Greek energy sector, as well as HELLENiQ ENERGY, for its development of core business activities toward alternative energy sources.
The conference was held under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministries of Environment and Energy, Development and Investments, Infrastructure and Transport, Foreign Affairs, Education and Religious Affairs.