EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the annual flagship event organised by the European Commission, brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. In 2019, activities are focused around the theme ‘Shaping Europe’s Energy Future’. Now in its 14th year, EUSEW is bigger and livelier than ever with over 90 policy sessions, more than 4,000 registered participants, 380 speakers and 100+ unique networking opportunities.

Day 1 @EUSEW highlights included a high-level opening session featuring European Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, a lively debate between the EUSEW Ambassadors on how to accelerate the energy transition, and the prestigious EU Sustainable Energy Awards which recognise Europe’s most ambitious and innovative sustainable energy projects.

Coming up: Day 2 @EUSEW

Please arrive at the venue no later than 30 minutes before the start of the session! Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Badges can only be picked up at the Charlemagne and Residence Palace buildings. If you are attending a session in the Berlaymont building, please collect your badge first.

Take part in a unique session on energy efficiency in buildings Policy meets property: a combined prospective on energy efficiency in buildings (16.00 - 17.30, now taking place in the Berlaymont building, Walter Hallstein room), bringing together high-level decision makers from the building sector and policy makers, with speakers including European Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Günther Oettinger.

Join us at the Energy Lab to watch 8 presenters pitch their projects to a panel of clean energy experts.

Participate in an interactive workshop on investing in the energy transition Investment framework for energy transition of Solani (12.30, Salle Passage, Residence Palace) where you can play the role of an energy stakeholder and help decide which projects receive part of a €12 billion funding pot.


Talking Energy

Tackling climate change is a task that affects us all. For it to be successful in Europe, it needs to be for all citizens. We cannot tackle it from a top down approach.
Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy (Opening session)

Europe can be the industrial world policy leader. We need big-scale renewable energy projects, affordable net zero energy buildings, car-free mobility and a new deal for rural areas providing sustainable food and renewable energy.
Claude Turmes, Minister for Energy and for Spatial Planning, Luxembourg (Opening session)

Today is the day that the Commission College adopted recommendations on the integrated national energy and climate plans for 2021-2030, so this is also the start of a more in-depth discussion with the sector. We don’t pretend to have the silver bullet, but let’s discuss together how we get there.
Yvon Slingenberg, Director, DG Climate Action, European Commission (Session: Preparing the European energy system for the impacts of climate change)

Citizens are demanding more green energy: we are the future of Europe. If we work together not only will we serve the planet, but we will also create jobs and wealth.
Eric Scotto, Chairman and Co-founder of Akuo energy (Session: Decentralised energy systems: models for a modern EU economy)

We want to make sure that people actually benefit directly from the energy transition. It’s about empowering people to have stronger control and influence over what is happening.
Sabine Froning, Managing Partner, Communication Works – Banek Froning Reise GmbH (Participant)

View from the Networking Village

EUSEW is a great platform to discuss with industry, the European Commission and policymakers, but also with the wider public who are, in general, interested in energy. Here you get to know other organisations you didn’t know, other sustainable solutions. I see there are also two other organisations we collaborate with - it's nice to see that everything is connected.
Valentina Cala, Digital Communication Adviser, ENTSO-E

Talking to lots of really interesting people who are fascinated in all aspects of energy. Everyone’s got something great to share.
Miriam Grace, Research Associate, University of East Anglia

EUSEW 2019 ambassadors

I used to say I am interested in the sustainable energy transition because I want to make sure that my children live on a healthy planet. Today I say I am interested in this topic because I want to live on a healthy planet.

Miriam Dalli, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Coordinator in the ENVI Committee


Award Winners 2019

Four innovative sustainable energy projects from France, Portugal and Spain won this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Awards. The Awards acknowledge the crucial role of the private and public sector, NGOs, national and local authorities in working towards a climate-neutral Europe. The winning projects were recognised in 4 categories – Engagement, Leadership, Innovation and Youth – in addition to the 2019 Citizens’ Award which was decided by voters across Europe. An extra prize was awarded this year to an Eastern Partnership country – Georgia.

Today we focus on ClimACT, Portugal, winners of the youth category. ClimACT is a project based in Lisbon working with students at almost 40 schools in Portugal, Spain, France and Gibraltar. The project empowers 14,000 students, 2,000 parents and 1,000 teachers by giving them the practical and strategic planning knowledge they need to make their schools energy efficient and get onboard the energy transition.

Young people should know what is causing climate change and its social and economic impacts. If they know they will act – and this is what our students are doing. They are learning that what they can do in schools and transport this knowledge to their homes. We are giving students the skills to act.
Marta Almeida, ClimAct, Portugal

Happening today #energydays

Taking place across Europe, #EnergyDays are a wide range of creative activities and events that promote the green energy transition.

We have managed to create a unique opportunity for experts from the energy sector and the general public to share their experiences. In Košice we perceive that the EU’s Energy Union policy means safer, more affordable and more sustainable energy.
Juraj Ďorko, Director of the Office of the Košice region

Košice, Slovakia – Can we be energy smart?

Energy efficiency is a key part of achieving Europe’s vision for a carbon-free economy by 2050, but how can people and organisations implement practical solutions that will help them save energy? In Košice, workshops took place to spread awareness and boost knowledge on smart ways to save energy.

Toruń, Poland - Financing sustainable energy projects

In Toruń, the Regional Development Agency held a key meeting on financing the sustainable energy transition. During the conference, the participants, including representatives from the heating and cooling sector, learnt which sources of financing for innovation and investments in sustainable energy are available to them.