“Sustainable technologies for a better life” is the guiding theme of the second edition of EUREKA, an innovative and participatory conference organised by EPEE and EVIA, two leading associations headquartered in Brussels and representing the HVACR industry in Europe.
EUREKA 2017 will take place on December 11 & 12 in Berlin and will once again represent a unique opportunity to engage with professionals from across the HVACR value chain and help shape the future of this sector.
Discussions from the industry last year resulted in a Visionary Paper which aims to help adapt HVACR products and services to the requirements and demands of future consumers, namely so-called “Generation Z” - those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s.
“EUREKA 2017 will take last year’s findings one step further by actively engaging with Generation Z in a unique, cross-generation debate,” said Andrea Voigt, Director General of EPEE. “We will also discuss the different trends that can be found in the Visionary Paper and debate whether our sector can take up the challenges listed therein.”
What does this mean for the HVACR industry? What sort of products will satisfy future generations? And what policies will be needed to help create the right conditions for industry to develop and market these products?
These are just some of the questions that will be discussed during the interactive brainstorming sessions at EUREKA 2017 following interventions by high-level keynote speeches from representatives of the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Institute of Economic Research. Other speakers include international organisations such as the United Nations, European and international associations, governments, NGOs, industry, and academia.
“It is clear that maintaining the status quo is not an option and that industry will need to transform itself in order to be truly resilient and sustainable. This is why EUREKA 2017 is an important opportunity for professionals that should not be missed” concludes Andrea Voigt.
“Future customers will want the industry to provide solutions which empower them while maximising their comfort and well-being,” adds Russell Patten, Secretary General of EVIA. “Being thus prepared, the sector can turn challenges into opportunities and continue to provide heating, cooling and ventilation every day across the world.”
More information about EUREKA 2016 and 2017, and on the 2016 Visionary Paper, can be found on www.eureka-hvacr.eu. Professionals who want to be part of the discussions and actively shape the future – there’s not a moment to lose! Register for EUREKA 2017 on 11 & 12 December in Berlin. EPEE and EVIA look forward to welcoming you!
The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the interests of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of 47 member companies, national and international associations from Europe, the USA and Asia, employing more than 200,000 people in Europe and realising a turnover of over 30 billion Euro.
The European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) was established in Brussels in July 2010. EVIA’s mission is to represent the views and interests of the ventilation industry and serve as a platform between all the relevant European stakeholders involved in the ventilation sector, such as decision-makers at the EU level as well as our partners in EU Member States. Our membership is composed of more than 35 member companies and 6 national associations across Europe, realising an annual turnover of over 7 billion euros and employing more than 45,000 people in Europe.