Call for Ideas - Mediterranean Region
Thursday 25th May 9.30-11.00
The OMC was launched in 1993 by a consortium established by the Ravenna Chamber of Commerce, Assorisorse (Italian Sustainable Energy & Resources Industry Association) and ROCA (Ravenna Offshore energy Contractors Association), in order to provide a forum for information exchange and discussion on the energy and technology trends, centred upon the Mediterranean Region.
It focused initially on the upstream activities and during the years its reference context has been enlarged, addressing today energy transition, decarbonisation and new energy forms.
In 2021, OMC launched the OMC - MED Energy Conference, which aspires to become an ecosystem for the transition, whereas MED stands for Mediterranean Ecosystem for Decarbonization. Today the event focuses on the energy sector overall, promoting the dialogue among all energy operators, associations, institutions and stakeholders, with a holistic and technology neutral approach, which takes into account the technological path, the need for decarbonisation and a just and sustainable transition.
After rethinking energy and fostering alliances, the Conference is now strongly committed to support all parties involved in the transition path, hoping for a general consensus on the energy policy adoption, which is pivotal to accelerate the shift from commitment to action.
“Reshaping the Energy Industry: Action for Transition” is the selected theme for the next 2023 OMC Event, which will celebrate the 30 years of OMC in Ravenna, and will be focused on translating ideas into action and feasible projects, with the aim of being the place where energy authorities, industry CEOs, contractors, institutions and consumers discuss on how the Mediterranean energy scenario is evolving after Cop 26 and 27 towards Cop 28, and debate on the best strategies, policies and finance to accomplish the energy transition agenda.
The new geopolitical scenario, the current emergencies and the challenges represented by the need to combine security of supply, sustainable growth and climate change, will be analysed during the Conference and technical sessions will cover the entire energy chain, including blue, green hydrogen, renewables, and frontier technologies as nuclear fusion.
Insights and knowledge transfer will be offered in the following Technical Streams:
- Operational Excellence - Asset Integrity, Operations Optimisation, Asset Digitalisation, Data Management, Energy Efficiency, Robotics;
- Technologies - Breakthrough Technologies, Innovative Methodologies, First of a Kind, Deployment, Underground Storage Innovation, Oil & Gas Technologies Decarbonization;
- Carbon Neutrality – Renewables: New Challenges, Offshore Wind, CCS, Hydrogen, GHG Reduction, Fusion Energy;
- Circular Economy – Asset Circular Conversion & Valorisation, Circular Value Chains.
Within this context, the OMC Organising Committee, in co-operation with FEEM - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Union for the Mediterranean, has decided to launch a Call for Ideas, aimed at awarding the research of young experts of the Mediterranean area in the field of energy transition and promoting the spread of their ideas - specifically those deployable into actions and feasible projects - within the international community.
A relevant role in launching and supporting this initiative is played by the Union for the Mediterranean, the intergovernmental Euro-Mediterranean organisation which brings together all countries of the European Union and 16 countries of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, and whose aim is to enhance regional cooperation, dialogue and the implementation of projects and initiatives with tangible impact on citizens, with an emphasis on young people and women, in order to address the three strategic objectives of the region: stability, human development and integration.