By Karin-Liis Lahtmäe, EASME
EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 offers a platform to not only engage in the energy transition debate and share best practices between stakeholders, but also to take part in an interactive Networking Village where old alliances are rekindled and new ones formed. This article provides an overview of the activities that BUILD UP, its Partners and other building related organisations will be leading in the framework of EUSEW 2017.
BUILD UP and its Partners will be present at the 12th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2017). This year, the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe focuses on ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’, drawing inspiration from the Commission’s Clean Energy proposals of the same name.
Tuesday, 20 June
The Policy Conference kicks off with an Opening Session hosted by Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete.
After a Debate of Ambassadors with prominent energy influencers, policy sessions will commence with the Commission introducing the first focal points in the energy efficiency discourse.
DG NEAR will be bringing together experts and financiers to identify policy black holes and stellar successes in delivering energy efficiency in buildings during their session Residential energy efficiency in South East Europe – challenges and opportunities.
EASME and INEA in conjunction with the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) will host the session New ways of empowering consumers for the energy transition in order to introduce creative solutions (e.g. digital tools) from H2020 projects that could transform the housing markets in the upcoming years.
On the first day of the Policy Conference, you can also participate in two local events held in Brussels. Brussels Environment invites you on their study tour of exemplary buildings in the Brussels-Capital Region. The Enerselves project welcomes you to a discussion between regional politicians and key actors on the best tools for implementation of RES for self-consumption.
The day will end with an Awards Ceremony. This year's 12 finalists include a Romanian project aiming to improve energy efficiency in buildings in Bucharest; the Danish island of Bornholm focusing, among other things, on household energy transformation; the Bright programme working to save energy in department stores; the CELSIUS project focusing on developing energy-efficient district heating and cooling systems; and Codema in Dublin introducing a home energy saving kit for household users.
Wednesday, 21 June
The second day of the Policy Conference starts off with DG ENER's session EU voluntary initiatives to achieve a sustainable building stock, presenting three different initiatives being developed by the European Commission that all contribute to generating reliable sustainability data for buildings.
DG JUST will feature an in-depth residential prosumer study in their session The rise of residential prosumers in Europe post-2020 with the aim of identifying the main drivers and obstacles of consumer choice.
In their session Smart specialisation in energy, driving societal challenges, JRC will outline the local action of bottom-up organisations contributing to bioenergy, sustainable buildings and solar and smart grid use.
Climate Alliance will host their session Accelerating the clean energy transition — financing energy efficiency at the local level, presenting a local actor view on the three pillars of the Smart Finance for Smart Buildings initiative.
The session of the European Builders’ Confederation (EBC) –The role of standardisation towards higher energy performance of buildings– will focus on the recent publication of the international standard ISO 52000-1 on Energy Performance of Buildings.
The EU initiatives Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) and Covenant of Mayors, the City of Prague, the Horizon 2020 Lighthouse Projects network and the EU smart cities projects SMARTER TOGETHER and City-zen will present an interesting mix of perspectives sharing real case studies, inspiring practices, recommendations and creative solutions to challenges during their session Sharing smart solutions and experiences — scale-up and replication in European cities.
The session Innovation in the renewable heating and cooling sector led by the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC) focuses on the following areas of technology: biomass, district heating and cooling, geothermal, heat pumps, hybrid systems, geothermal and solar thermal energy (and storage).
Thursday, 22 June
On the final day of the conference, DG ENER with the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) will focus on the risks and benefits of investing in energy efficiency in their session Financing energy efficiency investments — reaping the benefits and addressing the associated risks.
The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) and the Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK) are organising the panel discussion Architecture — towards a step change in building performance. In the afternoon, ACE and BAK will organise a workshop in the framework of EUSEW Energy Days to complement their session. The workshop, Architecture: Towards a Step-Change in Building Performance, will take place from 14h00 to 17h00 at the Architects' House.
The European Association of Energy Service Companies (eu.esco), the European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services (EFIEES) and the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) will join forces in Boosting energy-efficiency services markets for building renovation and system efficiency.
Throughout the Policy Conference on 20-22 June, the permanent exhibition and Networking Village will be operating in the Charlemagne building and Residence Palace, respectively. BUILD UP's PR Desk looks forward to welcoming you from 20 to 22 June at the Charlemagne building. Further to this, BUILD UP will be present at the Networking Village in Residence Palace on 22 June from 9:00 to 12:30, where stakeholders will get the opportunity to test their knowledge in the framework of a quiz on energy efficiency in buildings. We also suggest you head over to the Speakers' Corner of the Networking Village on 22 June at 16h00 to listen to the President of the European Heating Oil Association (Eurofuel), Dr Ernst Moritz Bellingen, give a speech on innovative liquid fuel systems for decarbonised heating.
Registration for this year's Policy Conference is open until 15 June.
NOTE: You can find even more events at the following link: http://www.buildup.eu/en/free-tags/eusew2017