In early 2020 the COVID-19 crisis emerged with devastating effects, including a huge financial impact on EU countries. To respond to this unprecedented situation, the European Commission is working on recovery measures that are consistent with the European Green Deal. This ‘green recovery’ will bring more and smarter investment to get European economies working again in a sustainable way, and ensure people’s livelihoods are preserved, with the aim of delivering a modern, clean and healthy economy.
In the energy sector, priorities will include boosting investment in the planned wave of building renovation to accelerate the decarbonisaton of Europe’s building stock. More investment is also planned to speed up the development of renewables as alternative energy sources, while greater promotion of innovative clean energy technologies will encourage their wider take-up in the energy market. This focus on clean energy has the potential to create jobs at the same time as reducing greenhouse gas emissions – creating a win-win situation for all Europeans.
Today, more than ever, it’s important that energy stakeholders come together to discuss these new developments and work together as a sector to contribute to Europe’s green recovery. Every year the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the largest energy policy event in Europe, provides such a forum for stakeholders. Taking place on 22-26 June, EUSEW 2020 will be an online, interactive event experience, giving participants the opportunity to debate the latest developments under its theme ‘Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth’. Some 30 thematic sessions will be organised by the European Commission and other energy stakeholders, covering a range of topics and featuring diverse speakers including EU and national policymakers, industry, academia and NGOs.
The sessions of EUSEW 2020 can be divided into four broad pillars:
- Renovation Wave – including energy efficiency in buildings and the related energy savings for consumers
- Finance – including new investment opportunities and how to access funding, both for renewables and to support the uptake of clean energy technologies
- Sector integration – including renewables, energy use in industrial sectors, the need for integrated, flexible energy systems, and energy sufficiency
- Strategy – namely the engagement of local authorities, industry, energy communities for a just energy transition
For more information on the individual sessions and speakers, take a look at the session programme
Complementing the thematic sessions, highlights during the Week will also include:
- An Opening session featuring high level keynote speakers exploring the 2020 theme ‘Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth’
- A debate with the EUSEW Ambassadors on the different ways the energy sector can drive forward green recovery and growth
- The EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2020 where outstanding projects from across the EU will compete in 3 award categories - Engagement, Innovation and Youth- with additional prizes recognising projects in the Eastern Partnership countries and the achievements of Women in Energy also presented
- Matchmaking activities and virtual stands to enhance the experience for participants
- A European Youth Energy Day bringing together young people aged 18 and 30 years old to share their ideas on how to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent
- Energy Days, digital events engaging local communities, taking place over Europe in May and June
For more details of the range of activities and side events available, check out the extended programme.
EUSEW 2020 promises to be the biggest and most innovative energy event yet. With green energy essential to the green recovery, it is more urgent than ever for stakeholders to come together to drive forward the transition to clean energy and sustainable growth.
Visit the registration website now to book your place at this unmissable event!