Aspen Energy Lab

Developed in cooperation with the Energy Policy Group (EPG) and with the support of ENEL, Aspen Energy Lab (AEL) was launched in 2016. It consists of a platform dedicated to emerging leaders from a variety of backgrounds (policy makers, politicians, experts in the energy industry, business people, social entrepreneurs, civil society, and researchers) interested in subjects converging on the issue of energy.

The topic of the second (2017) iteration of the program was vulnerable consumers / energy poverty, in the context of negotiations for the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package put forward by the European Commission. After organizing two workshops and a retreat outside Bucharest a White Paper containing policy recommendations for the relevant decision-makers was written by the program community. The white paper was presented before the “Innovation and Sustainability in the Energy Sector” panel at Bucharest Forum 2017.

 

Aspen Energy Summit Ploiesti

Aspen Energy Summit is the public conference component of the Aspen Energy & Sustainability Program. It builds upon the experience of Bucharest Energy Forum, organized annually between 2013 – 2015 in Bucharest. In September 2017 the event was organized for the first time in Ploiesti, to celebrate 160 years since the establishment of the first modern oil refinery in the world in Prahova County and to put the city on the global energy map once again. The event offered a high level, influential debate and reflection platform for public and private stakeholders in the energy sector, convening the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, key decision-makers from Romania, Moldova, the wider Black Sea region, as well as experts from the United States. Given the success of the event, AIR intends to hold Aspen Energy Summit in Ploiesti on an annual basis.