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Conference: Vienna R20 Conference with Arnold Schwarzenegger

January 31-February 1, 2013

Vienna, Austria
Vienna R20 Conference with Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Implementing the Sustainable Energy Future"
Please join the R20 Founding Chair Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Program (UNIDO), the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, and the Nobel Sustainability Trust (NST), at this transformational, interactive conference.
"Implementing the Sustainable Energy Future" will focus on practical and inspiring sub-national bottom up actions from around the globe to build strong sustainable economies and make clean, local sources of energy available to everyone.
More information coming soon on the conference website at

About the conference

The conference focus on “Implementing the Sustainable Energy Future” on a sub-national scale. Best practices and recent success stories will be showcased to demonstrate, through concrete examples, that the transformation of the energy system at sub-national level is an essential step towards the green economy paradigm shift.

Conference language

The official conference language is English. Simultaneous interpreting in German, French and Spanish is provided during the lectures.

Draft program PDF

Day 1: 31 January

Welcome and Opening

Werner Faymann, Federal Chancellor of Austria

Panel 1:

Energy Mix of the Future
  • José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (tbc)
  • Kandeh Yumkella, General Director UNIDO
  • Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, R20 Founding Chair
  • Michèle Sabban, President of the Assembly of European Regions and President of Board of R20
  • Gerhard Roiss, CEO, OMV AG
  • Gustaf Nobel, Chair of Nobel Sustainability Trust

  • Terry Tamminen
  • Ingrid Thurnher/ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)

Lunch sponsored by

REWE International AG

Panel 2:

Empowering Regions to Implement the New Energy Future
  • Eric Rondolat, CEO Lighting Sector, Royal Philips Electronics
  • Terry Tamminen, R20 Strategic Advisor and Former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action (tbc)
  • Nikolaus Berlakovich, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water, Austria
  • Stephan Pernkopf, Minister of Environment and Energy of the Federal State of Lower Austria
  • Daniel Kammen, Distinguished Professor of Energy and Founding Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory University of California, Berkeley
  • R20 Partner member
  • Kurt Weinberger, CEO Austrian Hail Insurance Company, Österreichische Hagelversicherung

  • Ingrid Thurnher/ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coffee break sponsored by

REWE International AG

Panel 3:

Innovate Finance Mechanisms for the Green Deal Flow
  • Josué Tanaka, Corporate Director and Managing Director for Energy Efficiency, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Cheryl Fisher, Director of the Energy Department and Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank
  • Andrea Hagmann, Member of the Executive Board, Development Bank of Austria
  • R20 Region member
  • Gernot Mittendorfer, CRO, Erste Group Bank AG

  • Ingrid Thurnher/ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)


Reception given by Governor of Lower Austria, Erwin Pröll at Palais Niederösterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Day 2: 1 February

Panel 4:

Technologies for a Smart Future
  • Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment (tbc)
  • Michael Häupl, Mayor and Governor of Vienna
  • Arnulf Wolfram, Head of Infrastructure & Cities Sector Central Eastern Europe, Siemens AG
  • CEO Automotive/Automobile Industry (tbc)
  • R20 Region member
  • Reinhard Schürk, Executive Board Member, REWE International AG
  • Erik Rasmussen, CEO, MondayMorning and Founder of Sustainia

  • Cornelia Vospernik /ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coffee break sponsored by

REWE International AG

Panel 5:

Europe/Austria – China Cooperation: Successful Strategies for Regions
  • Yufu Cheng, China Director, R20
  • Andreas Reichhardt, General Director of the Section Innovation and Telecommunication, Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • International Organization: UNDP, n.n.
  • Markus Beyrer, CEO Business Europe (tbc)
  • R20 Chinese Region / Representative of City Nanchang, n.n.
  • Walter Koren, CEO Advantage Austria, Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO)
  • Hannes Androsch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AT&S and of Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

  • Cornelia Vospernik /ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)

Lunch sponsored by

REWE International AG

Panel 6:

Implementing the Renewables
  • Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (tbc)
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology, Deputy Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Peter Oswald, CEO, Mondi-Group
  • Josef Plank, CEO, RENERGIE
  • Johann Christof, CEO, Christof Group
  • Peter Vadasz, President of the European Centre for Renewable Energies in Güssing
  • R20 Partner member
  • Simon Bransfield, Garth CEO, Azuri Technologies, Sustainia Award Winner 2012

  • Cornelia Vospernik /ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)

Closing Ceremony

Final speeches

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