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Arts & Humanities Research Council
British Academy

Shale Gas and Renewable Energy Workshop

Shale Gas and Renewable Energy: Reducing Central and Eastern Europe’s Dependency on Natural Gas Imports

Date: Monday June 25 2012
Location: UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, WC1H 0BW
Time: 9.45-17.30


Central and Eastern Europe is susceptible to changes in both the quantities available and the price at which natural gas imports from Russia are marketed. Two new sources of energy – shale gas and renewable – offer the prospect of the region being able to reduce its dependency on natural gas imports. 

This workshop at UCL SSEES examined the prospects for shale gas and renewable energy in Central and Eastern Europe. The workshop had a particular focus on Ukraine and Poland which have the largest identified resources of shale gas in the region. Poland is also the leading country in renewable energy deployment in central Europe.

The aim of the workshop was to examine the degree to which the regulatory frameworks in countries in the region support the adoption and diffusion of these new technologies, and the contribution that foreign participation can make in this process. Participants included experts in the field from the spheres of academia, policy, business, government, and law.

Panelspeakers 2

Workshop Podcasts (click on presentation titles for slides)


Professor Slavo Radosevic (UCL SSEES): Introduction.

SESSION 1: Shale Gas Technology and the Regulatory Frameworks in Poland and Ukraine

Dr James Henderson, Lambert Energy Advisory / Oxford Institute of Energy Studies

Dr Nat Moser, UCL SSEES: “Central and Eastern European gas dependency, and the development of shale gas technology.”

Wojciech Bagiński, Siemiątkowski & Davies, Warsaw: “The legal framework for shale gas in Poland.”

Vitaliy Radchenko, CMS Cameron McKenna, Kiev: “The legal framework for shale gas in Ukraine.”

SESSION 2: Shale Gas and Nuclear Energy in Poland

Dr Nat Moser, UCL SSEES

Dr Peter Zeniewski, European Commission Institute for Energy and Transport: “Shale gas and Polish energy policy.”

Greg Pytel, Sobieski Institute, Warsaw: “Poland's dependence on gas imports: what’s it all about?

Stéphanie Garstin, School of Geography Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham: “Energy governance in Poland: the case of the nuclear industry.”

SESSION 3: Renewable Energy in Ukraine in Comparative Perspective

Prof. Paul Ekins, UCL Energy Institute

Dr Volodymyr Khomanets, Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of Ukraine, London: “Renewable energy in Ukraine.”

Konstantinos Delaportas, UCL SSEES: “A review of renewable energy developments in Central and Eastern Europe.”

Julia Berezovski, IBCentre, Kiev: “Renewable energy in Ukraine: latest developments.”

SESSION 4: Wind Energy in Poland and an International Perspective on Renewable Energy

Dr Pete Duncan, UCL SSEES

Prof. Paul Ekins, UCL Energy Institute: “Supporting the development of renewable energy: Lessons from three continents

Jarek Pole, EDP Renováveis, Warsaw: “Wind energy in Poland.”

Mariusz Wawer, Euro RSCG Sensors, Warsaw: “Social communication and wind energy in Poland.”

Dr Gao Shuqin, UCL SSEES: “Innovative Approaches in China’s National Energy Strategy: analysis and perspectives on shale gas and renewable energy.”

Additional workshop coverage: read report on the Shale Gas Information Platform

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