- HAVE YOUR SAY AT EUSEW 2020
- TALKING ENERGY
- POWERING THE GREEN RECOVERY
- AWARD WINNERS 2020
- #ENERGYDAYS AROUND EUROPE...
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 3 of EUSEW saw over 3,500 participants taking part in the conclusion of the Policy Conference. The session ‘Hydrogen: fuelling Europe’s energy revolution’ attracted the most attention, with 498 participants tuning in. The session also inspired the largest debate, with 68 questions asked to the speakers by participants.
The final day started with a wide-ranging and inspiring discussion on women in the energy transition, and the role everyone can play in ensuring that Europe’s energy transition results in a more inclusive energy sector. A range of speakers, including the European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson and other EU policymakers, as well as experts in the field, enthusiastically answered the many questions posed by participants in this stimulating session. Speakers identified potential solutions, including the importance of transparency, legislation, the sharing of best practices and visible role models, to encourage more women to bring their talents to this fast-evolving sector.
At the afternoon session on international cooperation in the hydrogen sector, debate focused on the need to work together to overcome the barriers to growth in the sector. Cooperation is important both between EU countries – through programmes such as Interreg North West Europe – and with countries outside of the EU, for example the EU cooperates with the region of Quebec in Canada. Speakers welcomed the proposed EU hydrogen strategy as a good step towards delivering the hydrogen economy, while they also called for more to be done to connect hydrogen regions.
Another engaging and thought-provoking session focused on the process of decarbonisation that industrial sectors across Europe will need to undertake to meet the aims of the European Green Deal. ‘Towards carbon neutrality in a thriving EU industrial sector – markets, investment and financing’ brought together academics and key figures in the public sector to discuss the path towards a fossil-free Europe. The debate emphasised the importance of financial strategy and industry-policy collaboration in the context of delivering on the targets of the Paris Agreement.
Bringing the very first digital edition of EUSEW to a close, Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General for Energy at the European Commission, highlighted the key topics of the Policy Conference including the power of youth in shaping a climate-neutral Europe and crucial technologies like hydrogen and offshore wind. Reflecting a concern that has been raised throughout the event, she warned of the dangers of slipping back into business as usual during Europe’s recovery from the crisis.
This year’s innovative event format attracted over 6,000 participants – twice the number compared to the physical event – from 120 different countries. It also sparked a high level of interaction with more than 4,000 users viewing the sessions and engaging with speakers via Slido.
Hungry for more sustainable energy discussion?
Join a special event on Friday 26 June at 10.00 on the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology (SET) plan. Expect lively debate on how research and investment in clean energy technologies is contributing to recovery plans at national and Europe-wide level.
What’s more, Euronews is teaming up with the Copernicus Climate Change Service and Atmosphere Monitoring Service for a YouTube Live event on the forecast for renewables in Europe tomorrow. Join leading minds to get the inside story on the rollout of renewable energies across the continent.
The EUSEW 2020 extended programme continues until 8 July. Don’t miss out on a wide range of hot energy topics!
#EnergyDays are also happening across Europe this summer. Check out the agenda.
See you next year for the very latest sustainable energy trends at EUSEW2021!
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Have your say at EUSEW 2020
- How can the EU be a leader in solar, if the industry mostly depends on cheap components and installations out of Europe?
- New disruptive technology is available – will industry and policymakers consider new innovations?
- How can the EU be a global leader and exporter in RE technologies in 2030 and compete with Chinese products? What is the role of cooperation with African countries?
- The European Green Deal and other initiatives aim to create more jobs in the green sector. How do we make sure that women also benefit from them?
- The assumptions of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) are now outdated due to the COVID-19 crisis. Wouldn’t it be better to face the situation and have them reviewed?
These are just a few of the thought-provoking questions asked by you, the EUSEW 2020 participants, today.
This year’s event may be over, but we’d still love to hear from you on which was your favourite session, Award winner or side event, or all about a great new contact you’ve made...
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Powering the green recovery
Hydrogen currently accounts for less than 1% of Europe’s energy consumption. What’s more, the majority of the hydrogen produced today is ‘grey’ hydrogen generated through high carbon-emitting methods. However, clean hydrogen – generated with renewable electricity – has a huge potential as a low-carbon energy source which can be stored in large quantities and over a long time period. These attributes are particularly useful in helping to manage the electricity grid effectively and in or isolated regions of the EU where maintaining an adequate electricity supply can be problematic.
The term "hydrogen economy" refers to the forward-looking idea of using hydrogen as part of the decarbonisation of the energy sector – replacing, for example, gasoline as a transport fuel or natural gas as a heating fuel.
There have been several sessions on this topic in the EUSEW 2020 programme.
- In the session ‘Hydrogen for a green recovery of European Islands’ held yesterday, speakers explored the specific energy challenges of islands, including geographical, climate and economic, and the potential of hydrogen to provide solutions, as well as to generate new economic growth.
- The enormous potential of hydrogen was also in the spotlight at today’s session ‘Hydrogen: fuelling Europe’s energy revolution’ which looked at how, in the context of the post-COVID-19 recovery, smart investment in clean hydrogen innovative technologies and infrastructure can help drive the energy transition.
Missed a session? Recordings for all sessions will be available soon on the EUSEW website and YouTube channel.
Hydrogen will be an important element of the forthcoming EU strategy for energy system integration and its future use will also be explored in an EU hydrogen strategy due to be released in July.
Interested in finding out more? EU hydrogen strategy
Proud to open the #EUSEW2020 event „Women in the energy transition”. I truly hope that today’s discussions and the focus we have put on women throughout this Sustainable Energy Week will also contribute to making our sector a more equal place. #genderequality #WomenInEnergy pic.twitter.com/JmBu18Dwe8— Kadri Simson (@KadriSimson) June 25, 2020
The #ModernisationFund is a new funding programme to help in #CleanEnergy transition.— EU Climate Action (@EUClimateAction) June 25, 2020
It can play a key role in the #RenovationWave in Eastern Europe as it will help improve #energyefficiency & make energy systems greener.@claraeugenia27 at #EUSEW2020 pic.twitter.com/WzEEYvymrh
At the closing ceremony at the first ever digital #EUSEW2020, @DitteJorgensen @Energy4Europe is summarising key takeaways and highlighting the many suggestions by participants on how to #decarbonise Europe pic.twitter.com/uukdBPbfvg— Sofia Mohlin (@sofiamoh) June 25, 2020
Great to follow the #EUSEW2020 virtual and interactive this week. #EUGreenDeal at the heart of #covid19 recovery: #Interconnect, #carbonprice, #renewable, #civilSociety. @Roundtable_REEF Thanks @Energy4Europe https://t.co/AWTglqDs0s— Tor Eigil Hodne (@toreigil) June 25, 2020
As the biggest transition of #energy advances, gender equality continues to deliver important benefits.— Augusto Bonzi (@ABonzi) June 25, 2020
Inspiring speech @KadriSimson at #EUSEW2020 EU Sustainable Energy Week’s session on Women in Energy Transition and making sector a more equal placehttps://t.co/gbjZ5CJO85
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 REMOTE, winners in the Innovation category. Started in Italy, Greece and Norway, the REMOTE project (Remote area Energy supply with Multiple Options for integrated hydrogen-based Technologies) supports isolated communities becoming self-sufficient in energy, thanks to a system built by the project team which helps store locally produced renewable energy and even allows excess green energy to be stored. This storage technology works with any source of renewables, from wind to biomass.
Another project helping communities move towards energy self-sufficiency also took home a prize at the Awards. The cVPP project based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, won the Citizens’ Award, voted for by the general public across Europe. The project has helped local communities to take charge of their renewable energy generation through developing 3 community-based Virtual Power Plants (cVPPs) in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland.
We also recognise Women in Energy winner Sophie Attali. Dedicated to reducing energy consumption, Sophie works as Director of Guide Topten in France to provide detailed, impartial information on the energy efficiency of different electrical appliances, which is accessible to all online. Thanks to this information sharing, consumers are able to navigate more easily the wide range of products on the market and make sustainable purchasing decisions. As well as working with manufacturers, public authorities and policy makers, Sophie also coordinates the international network of Topten sites, directly reaching 1.5 million people – an audience that, with the right information, she is convinced can bring about real change to how electrical appliances are designed, manufactured and used.
#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 round table on clean, sustainable and accessible energy organised by The Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, experts discussed energy supply, batteries, transport infrastructure, the circular economy and waste-to-energy in the context of the EU’s Green Deal.
The webinar ‘How can BIMplement be implemented in other European countries? Methodology and tools for BIM and nZEB implementation in the construction site’ presented practical solutions on building airtightness and ventilation.
At the 'El Pacto Verd' event, the Head of European Commission in Barcelona, Ferran Tarradellas, outlined the main points of the European Green Deal to 50 companies in the energy efficiency sector. He also discussed the energy transition in Cataluña, the circular economy and how enterprise collaboration can improve competitiveness.
Coming up on 26 June, the #EnergyDays event ‘Decarbonising Orkney’s Lifeline Services using hydrogen’ will explore the latest R&D work being carried out in Orkney with green hydrogen.
On 29 June, join the ‘Integration of renewables in the EU energy system: yesterday, today and tomorrow’ webinar where energy experts will present the latest studies on integrating renewables. They’ll also offer insights into current projects and discuss policy priorities and challenges for the sector.
Look out for the ‘Open education for SDG7: affordable and clean energy’ on 30 June. This virtual event will discuss the importance of open education in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goal number 7. Join to learn more about open energy courses and the role of citizen engagement.