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Panel Discussions

Bioeconomy in the Shale-Gas Trap?

Only a few years ago it seemed quite clear that there was no alternative to a biobased economy. Then came shale gas and with it disillusionment. How are cheap resources impacting the young bioeconomy? Is it conceivable that new opportunities will open up in market segments that do not cash in on shale gas? Or will the world wake up too late from its shale-gas euphoria and miss the development of biobased processes which, in the long term, will be needed after all? And how long will the boom last? Experts from resources management, engineering and the biotechnology sector discussed these questions.

Moderator:
K. Wagemann, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt/D

Participants:
G.K. Kalkoffen, ExxonMobil Central Europe Holding GmbH, Hamburg/D
W. Büchele, Linde AG, Munich/D
E. Weinberg, Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt/D
H. Zinke, BRAIN AG, Zwingenberg/D


The German Energy Turnaround – Future or No-man’s-land?

Is the German energy turnaround really leading to a sustainable energy supply and what will it cost consumers, industry or our European neighbours? How must energy-intensive industry position itself to maintain its competitive edge globally under these conditions? What role can renewable energies play in decarbonising the heat, transport and industrial sectors? The panel discussion analysed the present status and the development potential of the German energy turnaround, and brainstormed solutions to these pressing issues.

Moderator:
F. Ausfelder, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt/D

Participants:
C. Seidel, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen/D
A. Zerres, Bundesnetzagentur, Bonn/D
N. Anger, European Commission, Brussels/B
J. Maćkowiak Pandera, Agora Energiewende, Berlin/D

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