Energy conference: energy 2050

18 to 20 September 2019.

Bridging the Gap: industry transport energy. Sector coupling – keyword or buzzword?
That was the slogan of the three VERBUND conference days in Fuschl.

The future of energy lies in our hands; we have to act and we have to do it together. Mobility, energy and the industry are called upon to work together for a clean energy future. Is sector coupling merely a buzzword or the key to the energy transition? Is decarbonisation possible with economic growth? What does sector coupling entail for the consumer? Numerous experts devoted themselves to these questions and supplied valuable insights and suggestions.

You can find the report on the conference and selected photos in the Flow VERBUND blog.

More than 200 high-ranking representatives of the European energy industry discussed global energy trends and the energy future in Europe in the elegant surroundings of Schloss Fuschl. “We are the first generation to experience the climate emergency first hand and the last generation in a position to turn the ship around,” said Wolfgang Anzengruber at the start of the conference.
“Let’s focus not on problems but on solutions.” He thus called for solidarity across all sectors.

“We can become climate-neutral by 2045. To achieve this, sector coupling must function and we must focus more strongly on the topic of innovation. The public sector must lead by good example here – out with fossil energy, in with renewables,” said former Environment Minister Elisabeth Köstinger.

Federal Minister Andreas Reichhart from the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) opened the second day with a linking of the topics mobility, energy and industry: Barriers have to be overcome and available infrastructure optimally used. “We must view the topic of carbonisation as a location policy topic. Climate policy is also location policy,” said Reichhart and demanded that “We must engage more strongly with a sustainable circular economy!”

“I am a bit like a contrasting programme, as I would like to speak not about technical but about cultural transformation.” What is the most important resource? Money? Water? There are data, says Michael Hirschbrich, about successful, innovative companies.

Stefan Gröne, a Strategy Consultant & Future Researcher, asked the question on the third day of the conference about what impact the major, cross-sectoral, disruptive trends and technologies are having on the energy industry. Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things are changing our economic and social life.
Artificial Intelligence has the ability to make decisions. Computer systems are fed with rules of play and learn for themselves through experience and data.

How can the energy future and sector coupling in particular be financed? Wilhelm Molterer (European Investment Bank) spoke about the financing of innovations, technological change and implementation. According to the estimates of the European Court of Auditors, the annual investment needed to achieve the climate targets by 2030 is one billion euros per year. By far the biggest share will fall on the transport sector. Too much for private investors. Whether it is project-related consultation, e.g. with regard to green finance, or whether it is the EU-wide action plan for sustainable financing or public-sector financing—the possibilities are numerous.

CEO Wolfgang Anzengruber closed by saying, “We have to get away from the pessimism and disaster rhetoric and move towards action. We saw that we are capable of this in the course of energy2050. We did not allow ourselves to apportion blame. Neither is there one single group that has to act – the call goes out to everyone: politicians, society, companies. It is generally known by looking at the media that we are in step with the times when it comes to this topic. In two years’ time, we will meet again and report on what we have achieved together.”

In parallel with the conference, the participants were also able to experience electromobility again: The newest electric vehicles were available for test drives.

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More information on the energy conference


DER Touristik Deutschland GmbH
DER Corporate Solutions

Sheraton Fuschlsee - Salzburg Hotel Jagdhof 
Schloss Straße 1 
5322 Hof bei Salzburg, Austria
The conference fee is €2,100 (plus statutory VAT) and includes the following services: conference participation, documents, lunch, refreshments in the breaks, participation in the evening events, dinner and shuttle service.
After registration, you will receive a written invoice for the conference fee from DER Touristik Deutschland.
If the registration is cancelled by 4 September 2019, DER Touristik Deutschland will refund the entire participation fee. For cancellations made on or after 
4 September 2019, DER Touristik Deutschland will refund 50% of the participation fee. For cancellations made on or after 11 September 2019, the full participation fee must be 
paid. The cancellation must be made in writing. The representation of a participant by another person from the same company is possible, but this must still be made in writing.

Conference participants can reserve rooms in the following hotels. 
Please reserve your room directly with the relevant hotel:

5* category: Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa 
Schloss Straße 19, 5322 Hof bei Salzburg/Austria 
Contact: Schloss Fuschl reservations department

T +43 (0)6229 2253-1515, F +43 (0)6229 2372-2563 

Deluxe:               Single €300  | Double €350
Grand Deluxe:      Single €350  | Double €400 
Junior Suite:         Single €550  | Double €600 

Plus local taxes (currently €2 per person per night)
The rates are per room and night and include the breakfast buffet and minibar. Service and statutory charges are also included.

4* category: Sheraton Fuschlsee - Salzburg Hotel Jagdhof 
Schloss Straße 1, 5322 Hof bei Salzburg/Austria 
Contact: Sheraton Fuschlsee reservations department

T +43 (0)6229 2372-2560, F +43 (0)6229 2372-2563 

Single €175  | Double €205

Plus local taxes (currently €2 per person per night)
The rates are per room and night and include the breakfast buffet. Service and statutory charges are also included.

The accommodation costs are to be paid at the hotel. Should there be any changes to your reservation, please let us now immediately in writing. You will be charged for any cancellation fees incurred.
Individual reservations can be cancelled free of charge by the individual participants up until 17 August 2019 (16:00 hrs local time). All rooms are guaranteed to be held for a late arrival. In the event of a no-show on the date of arrival, the individual guest will be charged 100% of the agreed gross room rate. Place of performance and legal venue is Salzburg.

If you travel to the conference by public transport, you can use our free shuttle service from Salzburg Central Station or Salzburg Airport 
to the hotel in Fuschl. If you wish to do so, please send us your arrival and departure dates.
Your contact 
Hélène Durnerin 
F +49 (0)69 9588-3652 
By car: take the Thalgau exit on the A1 West autobahn, then follow the L117 to Hof and then take the B158 Wolfgangsee Straße towards Fuschl.

In the conference office on site 
Hélène Durnerin, Laura Jauß 
Sheraton Fuschlsee - Salzburg Hotel Jagdhof 
T +43 (0)6229 2372-2816

In advance of the event 
DER Touristik Deutschland GmbH 
Ms Hélène Durnerin (Head of Event Services) 
T +49 (0)69 9588-3652 

The official conference language is German. Four programme items will be held in English.
The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme for urgent reasons. No liability will be accepted for damage to property or personal injury.