EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) returned to Brussels for its 12th edition, with a Policy Conference taking place on 20-22 June 2017. The event is held annually by the European Commission and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to discuss clean, secure and efficient energy. The year focus was on how to create a clean energy Europe, and how to implement a true Energy Union.
Climate Action and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said:
The modernisation of the European Union economy and the transition to a low-carbon era are happening: in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy, Europe is on track to reach its 2020 targets. Despite a fast-changing environment, Europe is forging ahead with the clean energy transition. A successful Energy Union is crucial to providing Europe with clean energy for all Europeans.
Commissioner Arias Cañete opened the event on Tuesday, 20 June and discussed the latest developments regarding the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, as well as how Europe will shape a sustainable, energy-secure and climate-resilient growth; the session was moderated by Dominique Ristori, European Commission Director-General for Energy. In the evening, a ceremony took place to reward the best European success stories in clean, secure and efficient energy in the categories of businesses, the public sector, consumers, and the new category of energy islands. A prize voted on by European citizens was also awarded. On 22 June Vice President in charge of Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič discussed financing energy efficiency investments.
The Policy Conference also included the Sparkshow, a debate on sustainable entrepreneurship. At the Networking Village, conference attendees were able to hear about successful sustainable energy initiatives and speak to representatives of the European institutions working in this area. There were also short talks on a range of topics, including communicating about energy efficiency in industry, constructing buildings that save and even generate energy, and using sustainable biofuels.
EUSEW Energy Days were a chance to spread the word about local efforts to use clean energy. They included a demonstration of solar cooking (which uses direct sunlight to heat food) in Pesaro, Italy, a solar-powered concert and exhibition of green technologies in Chisinau, Moldova, and a day promoting electromobility in Prešov, Slovakia.