The thirteenth edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission took place from 5 to 8 June 2018 in Brussels. The main theme of the event was Clean Energy Transition and how the EU can lead the process in the 21st century.
The EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels covered the Policy Conference with over 60 sessions, and a chance to share ideas and good practices in the Networking Village . The EUSEW was attended by some 2,500 participants: policy makers, public authorities, private companies, NGOs other stakeholders, innovators and consumers.
In his opening speech Commissioner Arias Cañete highlighted the three aspects of the clean energy transition from a policy perspective: the ongoing negotiations of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package, the debate on the Long-Term Strategy for Decarbonisation by the middle of the century and the proposals for the future EU budget from 2021 to 2027. He stressed that “spending will be increased on the clean energy transition, and climate action will be mainstreamed across all EU programmes, with a target of one quarter of all European
Union expenditure contributing to climate objectives.”
Innovative EU projects – great source for further inspiration – were granted EU Sustainable Energy Awards in five categories. Namely:
- the Business award and the Citizen’s Award went to WiseGrid from Valencia, a Spanish project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme , which developed a set of 9 solutions aiming at increasing the smartness, stability and security of an open, consumer-centric European energy grid.
- the Public Sector award were given to Italian PEACE Alps, a project that supports Alpine authorities in making the transition to a low-carbon alpine area.
- the Consumers award went to Bio.Energy.Parc from Saerbeck, a German town in which the 7,200 inhabitants decided in 2008 to become self-sufficient in renewable energy by 2030.
- the Young Energy Leaders award - new this year - went to Czech Sustainable Houses from Český Krumlov, an annual architectural competition inspiring young architects to lead the way in energy transition with their innovative, energy-saving designs.
The high-level event in Brussels was accompanied by Energy Days taking place all over Europe in May and June 2018, that gave us a chance to discover the latest developments in sustainable energy.