Unlocking the potential of energy efficiency investments: a financial view

International workshop organised in the framework of CEEC IX conference by the Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic and Slovak Foreign Policy Association. The workshop will be held under the auspices of auspices of Minister of Economy Mr. Vazil Hudák and Vice-President of the European Commission Mr. Maroš Šefčovič (tbc).

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Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

NOTICE: Registering for this workshop shall not entitle participants to attend the main program of the Central European Energy Conference. Registration for the CEEC 2015 conference is CLOSED.

Tuesday, 24th November 2015

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (Waldorf Room)


Registration of participants



Dušan Chrenek, Head of the Representation of European Commission in Slovakia

Opening speech

Miroslav Obert, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

Session I. Introduction: why to invest into energy efficiency?

The objective of this session is to underpin the business and economic case of energy efficiency investments, based on the recent EEFIG Report (www.eefig.eu) and practical examples. The panellists will present their views on the current situation and identify challenges related to EE investments met by businesses and policy makers.

Key note speech

Peter Sweatman, CEO, Climate Strategy, Spain; EEIFG Rapporteur
Presentation of the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) Report on “How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments”, and its recommendations.


Peter Sweatman, CEO, Climate Strategy, Spain; EEIFG Rapporteur


Ivan Lesay, State secretary, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic
Miroslav Obert, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Vojtech Ferencz, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
František Palko, State Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic
Peter Robl, President, Slovak Green Buildings Council
Serhiy Savchuk, Head, State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, Kyiv

Session II. Energy efficiency investments – can public funds and private capital work together?

The objective of this session is to discuss options and benefits of combining public funds with private capital, and importance of moving from the „grants dependency“ towards financial instruments.


Marcel Lauko, Energy Centre Bratislava


Paul Hodson, Head of Unit Energy Efficiency, DG Energy, European Commission
Friso de Jong, Principal Carbon Manager – Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Vladimír Sochor, Head of Unit for Energy Efficiency, Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade
Martin Skaba, Senior portfolio analyst, SZRB Asset Management
Dana Pištová, Director General, Slovak Housing Development Fund

Coffee break



Session III. (parallel) Energy efficiency investments in buildings

This session will discuss the trends, opportunities and challenges with capital allocation and demand for investments for energy efficiency measures in buildings.
Venue: Waldorf Room


Peter Robl, Slovak Green Buildings Council


Panama Bartholomy, Investor Confidence Project EU
Karel Hirman, ELENA manager for Presov Region
Marcel Lauko, Energy Centre Bratislava
Kvetoslava Šoltésová, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency
Ivica Bachledová, Director, Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s.



Session IV. (parallel) Energy efficiency investments in SMEs and industry

This session will address the opportunities and market reality of businesses and industry when it comes to investing into energy efficiency measures. Do businesses understand the related benefits? Is financial market ready to provide attractive financing? Are subsidies needed and beneficial?
Venue: tba


Miroslav Šarišský, Enel Slovenské elektrárne, a.s.


Miloš Kyselica, Generálny riaditeľ, ŽOS Trnava, a.s.
Ivan Ďuďák, Director, IntechEnergo s.r.o.
Norbert Hovančák, SLOVSEFF, Slovenska Sporitelna a.s.


13:30 – 14:00

Wrap-up session


Peter Sweatman, CEO, Climate Strategy, Spain; EEIFG Rapporteur
Feedback from sessions II, III and IV by session chairs.