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The Cyprus Institute, in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus, the Embassy of Spain in Cyprus and the Commissioner for the Environment present the workshop

Progressing in Green Transition:

Advancing the Clean Energy Agenda Through Industrial Applications of Solar Energy


Friday, 1 December 2023     |     09:00 - 14:30

 Fresnel Auditorium, The Cyprus institute, Aglantzia, Nicosia

RSVP by Thursday, 23 November via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The event provides the opportunity to all stakeholders to discuss the progress made so far in meeting the objectives set by the European Union regarding the green transition with a particular focus on the prospects of using solar energy in industrial applications.
As the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union has set advancing the green transition as one of its main priorities, the event highlights the framework of cooperation between the two countries in matters of policy, technology, know-how and applications. Specifically, experts from Spain and Cyprus will discuss policy issues, joint initiatives and actions in the field of solar energy and energy storage. Furthermore, during the event there will be an opportunity to learn more about collaborative projects which have been implemented in Cyprus by research organizations and local companies.

A panel discussion will follow with representatives of ministries, academic and research institutions, private companies and societal stakeholders on the lessons learnt from the Spanish experience to advance solar energy deployment in the industry of Cyprus.





08:30 - 09:00 Arrival and Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 10:00

Welcome Session

09:10 - 09:20

Welcome Remarks, Prof Stavros Malas, President of the Cyprus Institute

09:20 - 09:30

Mrs Annita Dimitriou, Speaker of the House of Representatives

09:30 - 09:40

Dr Maria Panayiotou, Commissioner for the Environment

09:40 - 09:50

Mrs Myrto Zambarta, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus

09:50 - 10:00

Mr. Gabriel Ferrán Carrión, Ambassador of Spain in Cyprus

10:00 - 11:00

Policy Framework Session

10:00 - 10:15

EU Clean Energy Agenda and the The Policy Framework in Cyprus, Prof. Theodoros Zachariadis, Cyprus Institute

10:15 - 10:30

European Energy Research Alliance: Energy Storage, Dr Myriam E. Gil Bardají, JP, Energy Storage Coordinator, KIT (online)

10:30 - 10:45

European Research Infrastructure Consortium, Dr Diego Martinez, Managing Director of EU-SOLARIS ERIC, CIEMAT (online)

10:45 - 11:00

Answering the Challenges of the Energy Transition for Isolated and Island Energy Systems, Dr Nestor Fylaktos, Cyprus Institute

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:15

Solar Potential in Cyprus and Application to the Local Industry

11:30 - 12:15

Presentations of examples of industrial projects in Cyprus

  • Bicommunal Renewable Energy Project, Dr Marco Caniato, Programme Manager European Commission, DG REFORM
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the Vassiliko cement plant, Mrs Marina Tsangaridou, Energy Manager, Vassiliko Cement Works Public Company Ltd
  • Production and Storage of Green Energy, Dr Marios C Georgiou, Head of PROTEAS, Cyprus Institute
12:15 - 13:15

Panel Discussion: Learning from the Spanish experience to advance solar energy deployment in the industry of Cyprus

  • Alexandros Stylianidis, Officer, Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry
  • Anna - Maria Christoforou, Scientific Officer A, Research and Innovation Foundation
  • Cristobal Villasante, Renewable Energy Area Coordinator, Tekniker
  • Fanos Karantonis, Chairman at the Association of Renewable Enterprises Cyprus
  • Prof. Papanicolas, CEO of The Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF)
13:15 – 14:30

Light lunch (Fresnel auditorium)





This event is held in English.
You can attend this event in-person. To attend in person, join us at the Fresnel Auditorium, at The Cyprus Institute Athalassa Campus
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