24th - 28th June 2012, Brussels, Belgium
From 24th to 28th June, Brussels will host the 8th year of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels, Belgium. This initiative is coordinated by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, in conjunction with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy.
A High Level Policy Conference (HLPC) and Energy Days are included in the EU Sustainable Energy Week programme, not only with the objective of spreading best practice and inspiring new ideas among the participants, but also to build alliances to help meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. One highlight of the programme is the Sustainable Energy Europe & Manage Energy Awards Ceremony, a glittering event in Brussels which recognises the best and brightest projects of the past year in five categories covering Communicating, Consuming, Learning, Living and Travelling. The 2012 Award Ceremony presented awards to five projects out of more than 250 that entered the competition.
The High Level Policy Conference will take place between 25th and 27th June 2013 at the Charlemagne and Committee of the Regions’ buildings. The three day event, which has scheduled around 40 high-level debates and conferences on the topics energy efficiency and renewable energy, will bring together up to 5.000 participants, including industry representatives, scientists and decision-makers and offer an ideal networking opportunity. These meetings will be accompanied by an exhibition and a variety of side events. For further details on the conferences please click here.
Simultaneously, not only in Brussels but throughout Europe, schools, associations, companies, public authorities and many more will hold their own Energy Days. Deadline for events registration is 10th June. More details can be found here.
Last year, over 1.000 events took place in 43 countries during EU Sustainable Energy Week, which was launched in 2005 and is the key event of the Sustainable Energy Europe campaign. The aim is to form a bigger picture out of multiple individual efforts to motivate change through a varied programme of events.
Energy consumption is one of the 12 key environmental indicators that those applying for the European Green Capital Award are assessed on. Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country and European Green Capital 2012, has demonstrated a number of priorities in terms of energy performance, including saving power in new buildings and restoration projects, the urban generation of renewable energy from infrastructure and buildings and reducing consumption by rationalizing energy use and implementing more eco-efficient technologies such as district heating.
For more information on the Award click here.