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Three questions about Pokupsko municipality

Pokupsko municipality in Croatia won the 2016 Public Sector EU Sustainable Energy Award.

The municipality has led the way on sustainable energy in Croatia for over a decade — through energy-efficient street lighting, heat pumps in kindergartens and schools, photovoltaic installations and energy retrofitting of municipality buildings. It also has Croatia’s only communal biomass heating plant, which fuels a local district heating system.

Three questions to Alexander Duleba

Alexander Duleba is the director of the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, an independent foreign-policy think tank based in Bratislava (Slovakia).

The Centre has organised an annual energy conference since 2007. Originally a national forum, this has evolved into the Central European Energy Conference (CEEC), which focuses on energy cooperation within this region. In 2016, CEEC also took place jointly with the SET Plan 2016 conference, as part of the official programme of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council.   


Maroš Šefčovič is the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. Here, he explains why he has started a second Energy Union tour around Europe and how it ties in with EU Sustainable Energy Week.

What is the Energy Union tour? Could you also tell us about its origins and its impact from previous years?

It is extremely important that the debate around EU policies does not remain in Brussels ─ that it reaches the Member States, cities, civil society and citizens.

Three questions to Commissioner Cañete

Miguel Arias Cañete is the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action. Here, he explains why the Clean Energy for All Europeans package is important and why it is the theme of this year’s EUSEW Policy Conference.

What is the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package and how does it promote the Energy Union?


The Green Brewery Göss won the 2016 Business and Ctizens’ EU Sustainable Energy Awards.

Driven by consumers’ demand for “green” beer, it is a pioneer in sustainable brewing. The brewery uses electricity from hydropower, biomass district heating, solar thermal energy and a newly-built beer grain fermentation plant.  It aims to become the first major brewery in the world to produce beer using only renewable energy and reduce its fossil fuel CO2 emissions from the process to nearly zero.

Deadline extension for EUSEW 2017

You still have a chance until 10 March to propose a session for the policy conference or nominate a project for an EU Sustainable Energy Award.

Are you running late with your proposal for session at this year’s policy conference or for an EU Sustainable Energy Award? We’re extending the deadline until 10 March. That gives you an extra week to tell us about your brightest ideas in energy efficiency or renewables.