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 3 @EUSEW

On the final day of the EUSEW Policy Conference, participants chose from sessions covering the green revolution at home, energy storage solutions, the shipping sector, eco labels and eco design and many more. The event was brought to an end at the closing session with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President and European Commissioner for Energy Union, Julien Guerrier, Director of Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission who offered their insights on the state of play of the sustainable energy transition and the future direction of Europe’s energy system.

The EUSEW Policy Conference is now over until its 2020 edition, but the momentum continues as #EnergyDays are still happening across Europe! Find out about the events taking place near you.

We would like to thank all organisers and participants for making this year’s EUSEW a great knowledge-harvesting and networking experience. We hope that the event has filled you with excitement for our sustainable energy future and inspired you with new ideas. We look forward to seeing you next year!


Talking Energy

We see clear progress on some of the key topics such as buildings, transport, renewables and consumers. But we see also some emerging topics and new trends that take more and more importance, in particular, digitalisation and sustainable finance.
Julien Guerrier, Director, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) (Closing session)

If we want to be the climate leaders, we have to also be technology leaders, we have to be the best in system integration, in smart grids. We have to be the best in battery development, in sustainability, in making sure that all the products we produce in this way would have zero carbon footprint and would be reused or recycled.
Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President and European Commissioner for Energy Union (Closing session)

We would like to make our European Union suitable to people from 40 regions, coal regions … A just transition is needed. With additional money found in our budget, fresh money, and a subheading in our European budget for the next 7 years. It's absolutely necessary to give such a signal to 50 million citizens of such regions in Europe from Spain to Poland, from Romania to Germany.
Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) (Closing session)

Implementation will be key for the following years, it will require the contribution and the mobilisation of all. Working together will be key at all levels, but the ball is also in [the public’s] camp because in the new context each citizen, each person will and should contribute to the clean energy transition and for a better life for everybody.
Dominique Ristori, Director-General for energy, European Commission (Closing session)

View from the Networking Village

The most interesting thing that I’ve seen so far [at EUSEW] is the creativity and the zeal that people are putting into the energy sector in coming up with solutions to mitigate current challenges, mainly using innovative technologies that did not exist years before. I’m very optimistic about the future of the energy sector and climate change.
Marthe Uwintonze, The European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration (COGEN), (conference participant)

I’m on the panel of this year’s Energy Lab. I’m excited to see how new decentralised, citizen-based business models are crossing the barriers [in energy markets] that exist in reality.
Pavel Podruh, Founder of Czech Self-Sufficient Houses (Energy Lab judge and EUSEW Digital Ambassador

The key message that I’m trying to get across to the investors is what we’re doing in the business, the progress that we’ve made, where we want to go in the future and what we need in order to accomplish that. I gained really good feedback. You see which aspects of your business may not be clear in your presentation. And if it’s not clear, maybe you need to go back and think about it and add some of your own strategy and clarity.
Stephanie Santayana, Product and Marketing Lead at Orxa Grid (Energy Lab participant)

EUSEW 2019 ambassadors

You have to empower consumers. It’s really important to make it possible for consumers to make choices that are the more sustainable ones, and then they will drive the market towards more energy efficiency.

Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC


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 Bardzour in La Réunion, winner of the Engagement category and the Georgian Vine and Wine Company – winner of the Eastern Partnership award.

We started installing energy efficient equipment in 2016 and since then we have reduced our energy use by 60%. Factories all over the world should know about energy efficient measures and the cost savings it brings. The lower the energy cost, the lower the cost of a bottle of wine!
Natia Chkhartishmili, winner of the Eastern Partnership Award

The Bardzour solar energy project in La Réunion won the EUSEW Award in the Engagement category. The project converted waste land surrounding a prison into a solar power farm with agriculture taking place underneath the panels and jobs provided for inmates. It creates enough renewable energy to meet one-third of nearby city Le Port’s electricity needs, reducing carbon emissions by nearly 9,000 tonnes each year.

We are proud to win a EUSEW Award, and specifically in the Engagement category. As a private company, we want to show that it is possible to put business at the service of a more sustainable future, both in environmental and social terms with a strong territorial engagement. We hope that this highlight can inspire other project holders to dare invent solutions for their own territory!
Eric Scotto, winner of the Engagement category

Happening today #energydays

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

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain – Reaching zero carbon tourism

Making tourism more sustainable is a key topic in Spain. At the Tenerife Energy Agency, participants at the Sosturmac open day visited examples of zero-energy accommodation including renewable energy, sustainable energy and bioclimatic buildings (architecture built in harmony with the surrounding natural environment).

Wakefield, UK - Practical energy saving tips

Local residents in Wakefield, a city in the north of England, UK, learnt about how the local council is working to make the city a better, more sustainable place to live. At a conference held in the central library, participants learnt about how the authority is improving air quality and aiming to become carbon-neutral by 2030. They also saw how they can reduce their own energy bills and what they can do to help improve quality of life in their city.

Riga, Latvia – Saving energy with energy management

At the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, Riga Technical University in Latvia, participants gathered to debate the key questions of the energy transition including: how can we integrate renewable energy into existing systems? And, how can we reduce energy consumption? Expert speakers focussed on how to reduce energy consumption by up to 15% with good energy management practices and better integration of existing local renewable energy sources.