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Today is the day! EUSEW Policy Conference kicks off

Information-sharing, debates, networking, entertainment… there is something for everyone at EUSEW!

Today is the official start to the 2016 EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference (14-16 June) taking place in two venues – the Charlemagne building and Residence Palace – located near Brussels’ Schuman district.

Thousands of you have registered already and no doubt have your tailored programme at hand. But we want to share a few tips and highlights of the day.

Fancy test driving a hydrogen fuel cell powered electric vehicle?

The lucky winner of our #Power2Consumers photo competition will be handed the keys for a free one-day test drive of the latest in zero-emission motoring.

To be in the running for this prize, all you have to do is answer the question ‘What’s your wish for a sustainable future?’ and have your photo taken by our media partners REVOLVE who will be roaming the two conference venues; around the DG Energy stand (Charlemagne building) and in the Networking Village (Residence Palace).

636 kg of CO2 offset: EUSEW carbon-compensation programme

EU Sustainable Energy Week leads by example with its carbon-offsetting programme, which includes funding for projects focused on renewable resources.

Six months after the Paris climate agreement, attention is now focused on concrete actions to cut carbon emissions to sustainable levels. That includes the transition to renewable energy.

The timing is perfect for EUSEW. It is a proven platform for sharing ideas and knowhow while forging alliances to bring about a fundamental transition focused on energy efficiency and efforts to decarbonise the economy.

Power to the consumer to accelerate the energy transition

This year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) focuses on the power of the consumer to accelerate Europe’s transition to a clean, secure and efficient energy system. Its Power2Consumers theme highlights support for citizens and local authorities setting up power installations and invest in renewables, including both groups more directly in a smart, sustainable economy.

Power2Consumers rests on three elements: shared investment; citizen engagement; and innovative markets and finance.

EUSEW Bulletin: opening ceremony and match-making

Vice-President Jyrki Katainen is scheduled to give a keynote address during the EUSEW Policy Conference opening ceremony, registered participants have been invited to join the onsite match-making through the dedicated app, and other developments leading up to the kick-off on 14 June

Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President and Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness will be joined on stage by Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete during the opening ceremony of EUSEW 2016.

Five ways you can accelerate the energy revolution

As a consumer, you have more power than you think to drive Europe’s energy revolution.

Your choices in buying and using energy can make our power system cleaner, less reliant on imports and more efficient. That makes the planet healthier and our economy stronger.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Pitch up for the SME ‘innovation in energy efficiency’ session!

During EUSEW 2016, several Horizon 2020-funded projects will pitch to assembled press and delegates in a dedicated Speakers’ Corner session. This aims to raise awareness of how innovative SMEs are shaping Europe’s sustainable and efficient energy future.

Wind, a growing energy source for Europe’s consumers

New wind installations increased Europe’s power generation capacity by 12.8 MW in 2015, adding more new capacity that year – 44 % – than any other power source.

Wind can now provide 11.4 % of Europe’s energy demand, or 142 GW, according to Wind Europe. New installations were up by 6.3 % compared to 2014, with 9.766 MW of the extra capacity onshore and 3.034 MW offshore.

Almost half of the new installations were in Germany, followed by Poland (1.3 GW new capacity), then France (1 GW). Investment in wind increased by 40 % in the same year.