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EUSEW 2017 – what a week!

2290 participants, 422 speakers, organisers of 50 networking activities – and not forgetting an impressive 22 749 Award voters … thanks to everyone who helped make the 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Week policy conference such a success!

The 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) policy conference brought together leaders and innovators to accelerate the transition to clean energy for all Europeans. Along with side events, participants enjoyed a week of debate, idea-sharing and discovery to inspire new initiatives to promote energy-saving and renewables.

EUSEW 2017: two tonnes of CO2 offset

EU Sustainable Energy Week’s carbon-compensation programme supports the transition to a sustainable global economy. This year, funding allocated by the programme to renewables projects will offset 2260 kg of CO2 created by the event.

Last seven dates for 2017 Energy Union tour

EUSEW 2017 is over, but European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič is still meeting stakeholders on his European tour for the Energy Union. Find out when he is visiting the final seven countries.

EUSEW Awards 2017: and the winners are …

The winners of the 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Awards have been announced at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels. Which projects swayed the judges and the public vote?

Twelve projects made it to the Awards shortlist this year, three in each of the categories: Consumers, Public Sector, Energy Islands, and Businesses. A further Award was decided by a public online vote in the weeks leading up to EUSEW 2017.

Driving innovation

Travel restrictions in Schuman area 22-23 June

A safety zone from the Schuman roundabout to rue Juste Lipse will be closed to traffic and pedestrians from 22 to 23 June. Public transport will also be disrupted. The Charlemagne Building and Residence Palace are still accessible but delegates must avoid the safety zone.

On Thursday 22 June and Friday 23 June, a European Summit of EU heads of state and government will be held in Brussels in the Council of the European Union building in rue de la Loi. A safety zone will be set up around this area, which will be closed off to all non-authorised persons.

EUSEW workshop – Youth on Energy

The Youth on Energy workshop is under way, bringing together 20 young people from across Europe to share and inspire ideas for Europe’s energy transformation.

EUSEW 2017 competition – it’s in the bag!

Enter this year’s competition at the EUSEW policy conference and you could win one of 60 cycle bags made from upcycled policy conference banners.


A new open source assessment framework for sustainable buildings, Level(s), has been developed by the European Commission in close collaboration with stakeholders including Skanska, Saint-Gobain, Sustainable Building Alliance and Green Building Councils. It will be presented on 21 June during the 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) policy conference at the session ‘EU voluntary initiatives to achieve a sustainable building stock’.

Ready for EUSEW 2017?

EUSEW 2017 kicks off next week. Here is how to collect your conference badge, register at the last minute and use the matchmaking app to make the most of your time there.

This year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week policy conference programme includes more activities than ever. Follow these tips to maximise your time on policy debate, new projects and your sustainable energy network. We are looking forward to seeing you in Brussels on 20 June.

Collecting your conference badge


Daniël Termont is Mayor of the Belgian port city of Ghent. In 2016, he became President of EUROCITIES, a network of major European cities, where he has represented Ghent since he became Mayor in 2007. He is also a board member of the EU’s Covenant of Mayors.