EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the largest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe, bringing together energy stakeholders to drive forward the clean energy transition. EUSEW 2020 will feature over 30 interactive online sessions on the theme ‘Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth’, as well as networking activities and a varied programme of side events for participants.


Day 2 of EUSEW 2020 saw 4,000 participants in total joining us for a day of stimulating discussions. The session ‘Energy system integration: powering a climate-neutral economy’ proved the most popular session with 505 participants, also inspiring the most interaction with 57 questions asked by participants to the speakers.

The day’s activities started with a lively session on energy poverty, exploring the findings of a new pan-European report from the EU Energy Poverty Observatory and the potential of new measures in the Recovery Plan for Europe and European Green Deal, including the Just Transition Fund, to bring sustainable, effective change. Speakers including energy poverty experts, EU policymakers, and national practitioners also looked at practical solutions taken in different Member States – Ireland, Greece and Czechia – to tackle this issue which could be replicated in other countries.

Also on today’s agenda was an examination of hydrogen as a potential solution to the unique energy challenges of Europe’s islands. Changing climates, fluctuating tourism levels and specific geographical environments have traditionally led to difficulties in generating, storing, and distributing renewable energy among the 17.5 million people living in EU island communities, however hydrogen could provide an answer. This morning’s debate focused on the successes of island-based bankable hydrogen projects and assessed hydrogen’s potential help island communities provide jobs, create growth and decarbonise their economies.

Bringing the discussion down to a very local level, the ‘Empowering consumers through energy communities’ session debated how individual homes, buildings, cars and businesses can become active parts of the energy transition. Speakers noted how virtual energy communities allow people to harness the collective potential of locally produced renewables, energy storage and other technologies to become active players in the energy market.

With key speakers from Energy Norway and the EIB, Day 2’s Electric break debated why and how greater sector integration will unlock savings. Look out for more hot topics in the wide-ranging programme of upcoming events and don’t forget to visit EUSEW’s virtual stands for more information and contact details of event participants including DG Energy and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

Coming up: DAY3@EUSEW

DAY3@EUSEW will throw the spotlight on women in the energy transition and how the sector can achieve gender equality. While, the global hydrogen economy and the importance of international cooperation is the focus of another session. Don’t miss the closing session of this year’s digital EUSEW event which will highlight the major clean energy milestones for a green recovery and draw out the key findings of the Policy Conference.

Have your say at EUSEW 2020

  • What do you think about the role of Building Renovation Passports as part of an effective renovation wave?
  • What are currently the biggest challenges when it comes to hydrogen storage?
  • What concrete links can be made between the Green Deal and addressing energy poverty?
  • Is there support for developing small-scale batteries, considering the future environmental impact of e-waste created from the upsurge of Internet-of-Things devices?
  • What role do smart home appliances play in the energy system digitalisation process?
  • In a scenario where everyone has solar panels and batteries, is there a plan for the recycling and deposition of waste?

These are just a few of the thought-provoking questions asked by you, the EUSEW 2020 participants, today.

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Talking Energy

  I really believe in the connection between everyone staying at home and having a much higher awareness of the need to improve the quality of our housing and the capacity of the renovation wave to implement [this].

Monica Frassoni, President, European Alliance to Save Energy

  [Due to the COVID-19 crisis] our home became our shelter, but it also became our school and our office. So, it became more than just a bed and a kitchen and [we realise] that there are so many links with health and housing. It’s now impossible to separate these topics and to see them in silos...we need more integrated answers.

Marine Cornelis, Director and Founder, Next Energy Consumer

  What we’re looking at here is an immense opportunity in the EU. Previously consumer empowerment was about informing consumers about their energy bill and now we’re talking about the possibilities of being able to take ownership and responsibility for meeting your own energy needs as a citizen and as a community.

Josh Roberts, Advocacy Officer,

  The EIB is now Europe’s climate bank, and we have a policy objective to become Paris-aligned by the end of this year. By 2025, 50% of all of our financing has to be related to climate action and environmental sustainability, and that’s up from 30%.

Louise White, Senior Engineer, EIB

  Financial institutions need to take action on energy efficiency because of their power and influence. In the last year we have seen a great surge in interest in climate and energy efficiency by financial institutions.

Remco Fischer, Climate Change Team Lead, UNEP FI

  I want to put islands in context… Islands and people living on islands are an important part of the European Union. We have 17.5 million people living on islands – how many Member States is that bigger than? And because of their situation, they face unique challenges in the area of energy.

Tadhg O’Briain, Deputy Head of Unit Retail Markets, Consumers and Local Initiatives, DG Energy

Powering the green recovery

The integration of systems in the energy sector refers to linking the various energy carriers - electricity, heat, cold, gas, solid and liquid fuels - with each other and with the end-use sectors, such as buildings, transport or industry.

It’s important as this linking strengthens the energy system as a whole, rather than decarbonising and making separate efficiency gains in each sector independently and is more cost-effective. Better integration aims to build a more flexible, more decentralised and digital energy system, in which consumers are empowered to make their energy choices.

Several sessions on this topic are included in the EUSEW 2020 programme.

At the ‘Energy system integration: powering a climate-neutral economy' session today, speakers discussed the regulations that will allow better system integration to become a reality. While over in the Clean.Competitive.Connected: how to successfully design smart sector integration in the twin climate and digital transition' session, debate centred on the concrete ideas that new, ‘frontier’ technologies, combining digital and physical infrastructures, can offer.

The ‘Smart sector integration of gas and electricity infrastructure – opportunities and challenges in the context of the EU Green Deal’ session held yesterday looked at the challenges and opportunities that the integration of the European gas and electricity sectors is bringing – a shift that is crucial to meeting the 2030 and 2050 climate targets.

Missed one of these sessions? Recordings will be available tomorrow on

A new EU strategy will be released in July that will set out how such an integration can be put in place using various existing and emerging technologies, processes and business models, such as ICT and digitalisation, smart grids and meters and flexibility markets.

Interested in finding out more? EU strategy on energy system integration


EUSEW Award Winners 2020

Three ground-breaking sustainable energy projects from Belgium, Italy and Croatia won prizes at this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Awards. The Awards honour outstanding individuals and projects for their innovation in the sustainable energy sector. 9 projects competed in 3 categories – Engagement, Innovation and Youth – as well as for the 2020 Citizens’ Award, which was decided by voters across Europe.

A new category this year recognised the contribution of Women in Energy with prizes given to 3 outstanding individuals. In addition, a prize was also awarded to an inspiring sustainable energy initiative in an Eastern Partnership country.

Today we focus on Fair (FER), winners in the Youth category. The Fair (FER) solutions for better community project, started in Zagreb, Croatia, it teaches electrical engineering students how to carry out household audits and identify energy-saving solutions. Helping them understand energy poverty and how to tackle it, while also helping the communities around them. Students gained new communication and surveying skills, helping society’s most vulnerable people and showing change through simple measures.

  We really wanted them to develop new communication skills (…) Many of the people they are dealing with are elderly or have disabilities, but unless they visit real houses, they won’t really know what living in energy poverty is like.

Ivana Rogulj, FER project manager and representative of the Croatian NGO Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR)

We also recognise Women in Energy winner Katharina Habersbrunner. With over 20 years’ experience in the energy field, Katharina Habersbrunner is currently project manager and board member of NGO Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF). She coordinates EU-funded projects designed to help lift women out of energy poverty, making sure they have access to essential services such as warmth, cooling, lighting and the energy to power appliances. She also runs several projects that involve women at all stages of the process of generating, transmitting and distributing energy. These include mini-grid projects, which help set up off-grid small-scale networks to distribute electricity to communities in Ethiopia, Uganda and Eastern Europe.

  Just energy transitions need to include everyone and be addressed to everyone.

Katharina Habersbrunner, project manager and board member of NGO Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)

Webinars were organised in June to give the 9 finalists the chance to present their projects

A webinar with the 3 Women in Energy winners also took place to hear more about their inspiring work

#ENERGYDAYS around Europe...

Taking place throughout Europe, #EnergyDays are digital events engaging and inspiring local communities to help drive forward the clean energy transition.

At the ‘Climate Talks: Carbon Management – Nature-based Solutions’ online lunchtime conversation, speakers discussed cutting-edge climate solutions like carbon farming and afforestation.

  We won’t reach climate neutrality without carbon management solutions. It’s a topic which deserves stronger attention so we brought together Europe’s experts to share their experience.

François-Régis Mouton, Regional Director Europe, IOGP

At the virtual event hosted in Bucharest, Romania on ‘Opportunities for a circular economy for SMEs in the Black Sea region’ speakers highlighted the benefits of a transition to a circular economy, such as boosting competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship.

  Without the active involvement of entrepreneurs, the EU's ambitious goals cannot be achieved. In addition, the European Union has to make sure that its goals are also echoed globally.

Mihai Daraban, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania