National Summit on the European Green Deal

Friday 6 March 2020, Athens University of Economics and Business (Antoniadou Amphitheater) & Monday 9 March 2020, Piraeus Port Authority (Main Conference Hall)

06-03-2020 to 09-03-2020

EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece in collaboration with the ATHENA Research Center, the Athens University of Economics and Business and the UN SDSN Greece are organizing the National Summit on the European Green Deal.
 
The opening session of the Summit will take place at Athens University of Economics and Business on Friday, 6 March 2020 (Antoniadou Amphitheater), while the main part of the Summit will be held at the Main Conference Hall of Piraeus Port Authority S.A. on Monday, 9 March 2020. This National Summit aims to gather the research and innovation ecosystem, together with the financial and policy institutions of the country in order to accelerate the much-needed sustainability transition.
 
According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change latest report, we have 10 years to limit climate change catastrophe and keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times. To achieve this, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, the most ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from sustainable green transition. Measures accompanied with an initial roadmap of key policies range from ambitiously cutting emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe’s natural environment. The Greek National Summit aims to gather the research and innovation ecosystem, together with the financial and policy institutions of the country in order to accelerate the much-needed sustainability transition.
 
EIT Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private partnership focused on the rapid, broad-based systems innovation we now need to tackle climate change and build resilient, net zero-carbon societies. EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010 aiming to tackle climate change through innovation bringing together large and small companies, scientific institutions and universities, city authorities and other public bodies, start-ups, and students.
 
ATHENA RC is leading EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece aiming at a prosperous and climate-resilient society based on the circular economy model through accelerating innovation and developing synergies.
 

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Friday 6 March 2020 - Opening Ceremony Agenda

Antoniadou Amphitheatre, Athens University of Economics and Business,
Patision 76, 104 34 Athens
09:30 - 10:00
REGISTRATION AND OPENNING OF THE EXHIBITION OF 40 START-UPS ON GREEN INNOVATION

10.00 - 10:30

WELCOME REMARKS
 
  • Panagiotis Pikrammenos, Vice-President of the Government
  • Emmanuel Giakoumakis, Professor and Rector at Athens University of Economics and Business
10:30 - 12:00
EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL LEADING THE SUSTAINABILITY TRANSITION

 

 
Moderaror:
Phoebe Koundouri, Professor Athens University of Economics and Business, President elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Director EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece, co-chair UN SDSN Greece
 
Speakers
  • Jeff Sachs, Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN)
  • Ioannis Plakiotakis, Minister for Maritime and Island Policy
  • Christos Staikouras, Minister of Finance
  • Kostis Hatzidakis, Minister of Environment and Energy
  • Yannis Stournaras, Governor of Bank of Greece
Announcement
Riccardo Lambiris, Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRAF)  
“Promoting sustainability on HRAF port portfolio in collaboration with UN SDSN and EIT Climate-KIC”
 
12:00 - 13:00
DISCUSSION
13:00 - 14:30
EXHIBITION OF 40 START-UPS ON GREEN INNOVATION AND LIGHT LUNCH

Monday 9 March 2020

Piraeus Port Authority (Main Conference Hall)
Akti Miaouli 10, Pireas 185 38

09:00 - 09:30

REGISTRATION AND OPENNING OF THE EXHIBITION OF 40 START-UPS ON GREEN INNOVATION

09:30 - 10:00

WELCOME REMARKS

 

  • Phoebe Koundouri, Professor Athens University of Economics and Business, President elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Director EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece, co-chair UN SDSN Greece
  • Kirsten Dunlop, CEO EIT Climate-KIC
  • Yannis Ioannidis, Professor University of Athens and President of Athena Research and Innovation Center
  • Andreas Papandreou, Professor University of Athens and co-chair UN SDSN Greece
  • Xu Lirong, Chairman of the Board, Party Secretary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited (TBC)
10:00 - 10:30

COMMITEE FOR THE 10-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN OF THE GREEK ECONOMY AND CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE OF BANK OF GREECE

 

 

Moderator:
Phoebe Koundouri, Professor Athens University of Economics and Business, President elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Director EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece, co-chair UN SDSN Greece
 
Speakers:
  • Nikolaos Vettas, Professor Athens University of Economics and Business, Deputy chairman of the Commission for the New Development Plan of the Greek Economy
  • Diomidis Spinellis, Professor Athens University of Economics and Business, member of the Commission for the New Development Plan of the Greek Economy
  • Theodora Antonakaki, Climate Change Impact Study Committee and Scientific Secretary for the Bank of Greece
  • Kostas Karras, Co-founder of ELLINIKI ETAIRIA - Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage, committee member

10:30 - 11:00

SYSTEM BANKING AND SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

 
Moderator:
Andreas Papandreou, Professor at University of Athens and Co-chair of UN SDSN Greece
 
Speakers
  • George Zanias, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Non-Executive Advisor of Eurobank Ergasias SA
  • Christos Megalou, Chief Executive Officer of Piraeus Bank (TBC)
  • Pavlos Mylonas, Chief Executive Officer of National Bank (TBC)    
  • Vasilis Psaltis, Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Bank (TBC)

11:00 - 11:30

CLIMATE CHANGE COMMISSION
 
Moderator:
Phoebe Koundouri, Professor Athens University of Economics and Business, President elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Director EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece, co-chair UN SDSN Greece
 
Speakers:
  • Konstantinos Aravosis, Associate Professor, National Technical University of Athens, General Secretary of Natural Environment & Water at the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy
  • Costas Synolakis, Professor, Natural Hazards Management and Coastal Engineering  Natural Hazards, Technical University of Crete
  • Evangelos Gerasopoulos, Physicist, Research Director at the Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Development Research, Athens National Observatory
  • Nikos Mantzaris, Policy Analyst and co-founder of Green Tank, an independent environmental think tank

11:30 - 12:45

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION: EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

 
Moderator:
Yiannis Ioannidis, President and Director of the Athena Research Center, Professor at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
 
Speakers:
  • Giannis Geragotellis, CEO of KiNNO Consultants ltd. and the coordinator of the EIT InnoEnergy Hub in Greece and Cyprus
  • Dimitris Mavrikios, EIT Manufacturing Coordinator
  • Neofytos Kolokotronis, EIT Digital Greece Coordinator   Dimitris Mauritius, EIT Manufacturing Coordinator  George Megas, EIT Health Hub Coordinator
  • Ioannis Paspaliaris, Vice-Rector of the National Technical University of Athens and Scientific Officer at the EIT Raw Materials Regional Center of Greece
  • Alexandros Charalambidis, Associate Professor, Cyprus University of Technology, EIT Climate-KIC Hub Coordinator
12:45 - 13:30 RESEARCH COMMERCIALISATION: FUNDS
 
Moderator
  • Spyros Arsenis, NBG Business Seeds Coordinator, National Bank of Greece
Speakers
  • Vera Alexandropoulou, Founder Blue Green White Fund
  • Dimitris Kalavros, Co-Founder & General Partner, Velocity.Partners Venture Capital
  • Georgios Karantonis, Partner, Metavallon Venture Capital Alexandros Karydis, Founder SPOROS Circular Solutions
  • Katerina Pramatari, Associate Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business and partner at Uni.Fund

13:30 - 14:15

PORTS AND SHIPPING
 
Moderator 
Andreas Papandreou, Professor at University of Athens and Co-chair of UN SDSN Greece
 
Speakers:
  • Costas Vlachos, COO, LATSCO
  • Angelika Kemene, Co-founder and CEO, Optima-X
  • Vassilis Pateras, President of Axion Hellas
  • Dimitris Spyrou, Consultant, Piraeus Port Authority
  • Maria Christantoni, Sustainability Officer Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

14:15 - 15:00

GREEN CITIES AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
 
  • Kostas Bakogiannis, Mayor of the city of Athens
  • Zisimos Mantas, Senior Business Development Officer, Eunice Energy Group
  • Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Executive Chairman, Polyeco Group Leonidas Bobolas, CEO Ellaktor (TBC)

15:00 - 15:45

EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL
 
Moderator:  
Asterios Pliakos, Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business
 
Speakers:
  • Louka Katseli, Professor of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, former Minister
  • Yiannis Maniatis, former Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
  • Petros Kokkalis, member of the European Parliament of Greece
  • Emmanouela Doussi, Associate Professor of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • George Kostakos, Executive Director, Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS)

15:45 - 16:45

EXHIBITION OF 40 START-UPS ON GREEN INNOVATION AND LIGHT LUNCH

16:30 - 17:30

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