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 2 @EUSEW

With the policy conference in full-swing, high-level decision makers including European Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Günther Oettinger took part in a stimulating session on energy efficiency in buildings. Further thought-provoking sessions of the day included opportunities in the digitalisation of the energy sector, financing smarter buildings, empowering consumers and turning them into energy producers, and gender equality in the energy transition.

Coming up: Day 3 @EUSEW

On the final day of the EUSEW Policy Conference don’t miss the closing session chaired by Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission, featuring Julien Guerrier, Director of Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union and Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament.

Before that, choose from a packed agenda covering sessions from power systems with very high shares of renewables to 100% electric transport systems.

Be sure not to miss the second appointment with the Energy Lab to watch 8 presenters pitch their projects to a panel of clean energy experts (11.00, Residence Palace). While, at a side event, speakers will debate the hot topic of digital security in the energy sector (17.30-19.30 CEPS, Place du Congrès 1, Brussels).

Please remember to 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.


Talking Energy

We can be proud of having the most ambitious energy policy framework ever proposed by the Commission. It will be an important stimulus for economic growth, high quality employment and new investments all while putting the consumer at the centre of this energy transition.
Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy (Session: Policy meets property: a combined perspective on energy efficiency in buildings)

Buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy use and for 36% of our greenhouse gas emissions - they are not at the level of energy performance we would like to see. The renovation rate in the EU lies between 0.4% and 1.2% and this is far too low. We have to create initiatives to ensure that renovation of buildings is a real part of our energy efficiency strategy.
Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources (Session: Policy meets property: a combined perspective on energy efficiency in buildings)

Energy efficiency is absolutely essential for the whole sustainable energy transition, hand-in-hand with renewables. But progress is slowing down. Now, there are plenty of opportunities to make the digitalisation of energy an enabler of much more energy savings.
Almut Bonhage, Coalition for Energy Savings (Session: How will digitalisation transform the energy system?)

The clean energy transition means that there’s a potential future for my children. It’s really important that we take action. I also think that there’s a great potential for jobs outside of large urban centres within renewable energy and sustainable technologies - it’s really key to a fair transition.
Anna Douglas, Innovation Process Leader at Region Gävleborg, (EUSEW participant)

View from the Networking Village

The most important thing is the energy efficiency first principle, because our motto is the best energy is the one you don’t use. We want to get our message across because scientists say we have around 20 years to act.
Laura Jimenez Bole, European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) (Energy fair: Energy efficiency: a success story)

We want to connect people who are passionate about sustainable energy. We are looking forward to connecting with young people and professionals because it is a win-win situation if you bring them together to improve knowledge. The main goal is not to leave anyone behind.
Federico Barbieri, InnoEnergy (Energy fair: CommUnity by InnoEnergy: empowering the next generation of energy leaders)

It’s great that EUSEW has such a high profile and that the profile is growing every year, especially in the context of the climate emergency. It’s a great place to showcase our innovative technology, as climate change is a massive challenge, so we need to develop new sources of clean energy and the tide is one of the most powerful forces on the planet – it’s clean, predictable and sustainable.
John Meagher, Director of Nova Innovation (Energy Lab participant)

EUSEW 2019 ambassadors

If we want to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, businesses, governments and citizens must work together by putting efficiency first principle at the heart of the transition.

Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE)


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 E=0 and Transition Zero: Create a mass market for net zero energy buildings retrofitting, winners of the Innovation category. E=0 is a project based in Paris with an innovative scheme to upgrade energy efficiency in social housing.

The idea is to create a product which is much cheaper, much easier for people to buy, much easier for people to have installed in their houses, more affordable, and most of all, more desirable. We used the social housing sector as a launching market to create that industry, but once the product is there it’s easier to start selling to private consumers. The idea is that everybody can benefit from it.
Sébastien Delpont, Manager Market, Transition Zero

A village in Spain, Avià, also won the EUSEW awards in the Leadership and Citizens’ Award categories for its innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency plans which have seen it meet 2030 climate targets in the space of just 3 years.

Happening today #energydays

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

Sabadell, Spain – waste-water treatment plant open day

Visitors to the RIS3CAT Energy Community project took part in a guided tour of the water treatment plant and learnt about its innovative strategies for converting waste from water into biogas.

At a time when the real question is how do we accelerate the energy renovation of buildings in the EU, it is great to see a project like EuroPACE preparing the ground for an easier, more attractive means of financing that can motivate home owners to get on with the job!
Adrian Joyce, Campaign Director, Renovate Europe

Brussels, Belgium – financing home renovation in regions across Europe

Renovating homes was the topic of the EuroPACE conference. Focusing on the public sector, participants showcased best practices and shared expertise on how to roll-out effective home renovation schemes and provide access to both affordable financing and customer-focused technical assistance.

Lappeenranta, Finland – Visions for 100% renewable energy

At the University of Technology (LUT) in Finland, researchers, company representatives and policy makers took part in international workshops on topics including visions for a 100% renewable energy future, and how to produce ammonia (widely used in fertilisers for agriculture) without fossil fuels.