The sustainable energy transition is the key for an EU energy sector carbon neutral and a competitive, flexible, integrated market, responsive to consumer demands.
‘Lead the clean energy transition’ has been the topic of EUSEW2018: the annual flagship event organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), has united policy makers, authorities, industry, stakeholders, NGOs, researchers and academia in the European sustainable energy sector: over 2500 participants gathered in Brussels for the main event, the Policy Conference.
Throughout the 3 days, over 60 sessions took place under a programme facing all the subjects related to clean energy, such as buildings renovation strategies, transports and e-mobility, inclusion and job creation in developing countries, financing instruments, efficiency for industry.
Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the welcome speech has underlined the crucial moment in the talks on Energy Efficiency, Renewables, and Governance: “For the first time we will have an Energy Union Governance, fixed in the European Union regulatory framework, covering all the dimensions of the Energy Union, encompassing all sectors of the energy policy and integrating climate policy”. “Our ambition level, for energy efficiency or for renewables, should enable us to achieve our commitments under the Paris Agreements, it should reflect the most recent developments for renewables technologies and it should reflect the message that investing in clean energy transition brings benefits for our economy in terms of growth and jobs, for the competitiveness of our industries and for individual consumers. Our stakeholders' community wants and needs to see ambition, certainty and predictability provided by the regulatory framework. It will give a crucial signal and will help drive the necessary investment in the years to come”.
The replay of all the sessions are available at https://www.eusew.eu/replay-sessions-2018.
Networking Village has been the accompaniment to the Policy Conference, running from the afternoon of 5 June to 7 June 2018: participants have visited the Energy Fair, with 40 organisations hosting interactive stands; during the 27 Energy Talks visitors have discussed topics related to the clean energy transition; in the Energy Lab 9 innovative projects have been presented in front of an expert panel of judges; fellow participants with similar interests have shared ideas during Energy One2One meetings.
Another high-level event of the week was the EU Sustainable Energy Awards: 12 finalists represented a range of outstanding projects and, during the Awards Ceremony on 5 June, 4 of them have been awarded for the categories Consumers, Public Sector, Businesses, Young Energy Leaders.
The Consumers award went to Bio.Energy.Parc (Saerbeck, Germany); in 2008, the 7,200 inhabitants of Saerbeck decided to become self-sufficient in renewable energy by 2030 implementing over 150 actions based on an approach to link people and profits and transforming an old army munitions site into a sustainable energy park.
PEACE Alps (Turin, Italy) has been awarded for The Public Sector, which supports Alpine authorities in making the transition to a low-carbon area. Involving more than 200 municipalities across 6 countries, PEACE_Alps focuses on energy management, building renovation and public lighting. It also helps authorities overcome barriers in implementing their strategic action plans.
The Businesses award went to WiseGRID (Valencia, Spain), which is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. WiseGRID has developed a set of 9 solutions to improve the electricity grid and empower customers, by making the grid smarter, open and more consumer orientated.
New this year is the Young Energy Leaders award, won by Czech Sustainable Houses (Český Krumlov, Czech Republic). What began as an online hub providing information on sustainability, developed into an annual architectural competition inspiring young architects to lead the way in energy transition with their innovative, energy-saving designs.
EUSEW18 extends beyond the week: in May and June throughout the 28 EU member states Energy Days promote clean energy transition: about 400 events - conferences, guided tour, exhibitions, open air events and many other - take place across all the states. Any example?
In Bucharest (Romania) on 7 June the international Charter Forum on energy efficiency has brought together ministers and representatives of national and local governments, regulatory agencies, the International Energy Charter, international and financial institutions, the European Commission, consumer and business associations, NGOs and other relevant organisations to discuss best practices in targeting energy poverty through improved energy efficiency, particularly through renovating buildings.
Isle of Eigg (UK) celebrated the 10th anniversary of its award winning green grid, which provided the islanders with renewable energy from sun, water and wind 24/7 for the first time in 2008.
In Treviso (Italy) students and teachers of the schools involved in the European project EduFootprint calculated the ecological footprint of their School and presented the Energy Action Plan to limit energy and water consumption and waste, with an approach based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
The Tenerife Energy Agency, organized guided tours to the Renewable Energies Walkway combined with a practical workshop to show how the sustainable tourism can be an opportunity for socioeconomic improvement and environmental protection, promoting sustainable actions on the natural and architectural heritage.
At Parets del Vallès (Spain) on 21 June, people will ride static bikes to produce energy for a popcorn paper to eat.
Look for a 2018 Energy Day in the interactive map, find out what’s happening near you and join the clean energy transition!