What is the role of economists in addressing the energy transition?

Impact Day Energy Transition
Thursday 23 May 2024, 13:00 - 17:00
Spoken Language

Erasmus Hub!, Nassaukade 3, Rotterdam

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On Thursday, 23 May, Erasmus School of Economics invites you to join the Impact Day Energy Transition, an afternoon dedicated to the role of economists in addressing the complex issues surrounding the energy transition. 

Curious about the important role economists play in solving the complex challenges of the energy transition? Interested in hearing from experts about the solutions they are working on? Join us on Thursday, 23 May for the Impact Day on Energy Transition, hosted by Erasmus School of Economics and Dr Ronald Huisman, expert in Energy Finance.

Expect an engaging afternoon featuring speakers from academia, industry, and the public sector, with keynote speeches from Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament for GroenLinks-PvdA, and Michiel Nijdam, Head of Strategy at the Port of Rotterdam.

Topics will range from energy pricing dynamics and consumer behaviour to energy network accessibility and addressing energy disparities, all with a focus on the crucial discipline of economics. Seats are limited, so sign up below!


13:00 - 13:05Welcome by moderator Rick van der Kleij
13:05 - 13:15Opening discussion with Dr Ronald Huisman
13:15 - 14:00Keynote 1: Michiel Nijdam – Director of Strategy, Port of Rotterdam
14:00 - 15:00

Break-out session 1

Scarcity on Electricity Grids
with contributions from:

  • Mark de Kwaasteniet (BudgetThuis): The challenges for the electricity grid and collaboration of energy companies with consumers.
  • Marcel Volkerts (Baringa): How can we best utilise the available network capacity?

Collaborating to Accelerate 
with contributions from:

  • Leonardo Fuligni (Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship): Collaborating in complex ecosystems where both public and private interests converge
  • Daniël Lodders (Saman Groep): Collaborating on generation, storage, and consumption in energy hubs

Forecasting and Energy Prices
with contributions from:

  • Kristiaan Glorie (Erasmus Quantitative Intelligence): Predicting demand
  • Dongchen He (Tilburg University): How does the uncertainty of renewable energy supply influence (forward)prices on futures markets?
15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:00  

Break-out session 2

Does the transition make us happier?
with contributions from:

  • Martijn Burger (EHERO): Hope for the future and the willingness to pay for sustainable energy
  • Peter Mulder (TNO): Energy inequality

Directing Demand
with contributions from: 

  • Rob Massuger and Jeroen van der Beek (GreenChoice): Experiences with innovations to manage consumer demand
  • Olga Heijmans - Kuryatnikova (Erasmus School of Economics): Managing energy use and its impact on CO2 emissions

Implications for Transportation
with contributions from:

  • Linda Punt (RSM): Better utilise the network by smartly charging electric vehicles
  • Larissa van der Lugt (Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port, and Transport Economics): The economic perspective on the transition to sustainable fuels for shipping
16:00 - 16:10 Plenary feedback
16:10 - 16:50Keynote 2: Bas Eickhout, Member of European Parliament for GroenLinks and ‘spitzenkandidat’ for the European Greens
16:50 - 17:00Closing discussion with Dr Ronald Huisman
17:00 - EndNetworking drinks

Please note that this event will largely be conducted in Dutch. 

This afternoon is organised in collaboration with the Benelux Association of Energy Economics.


There are limited spots available. Sign up below!

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