The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013 (EUSEW 2013) will take place 24-28 June 2013. Organised by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission's DG Energy, EUSEW has become the leading event in the field of sustainable energy. It brings together energy stakeholders and the general public and provides a European stage to showcase successful projects, innovative technologies and best practices.
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EUSEW 2013 and the buildings sector
The buildings sector plays a key role in achieving the European Union targets on energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable sources of energy. EUSEW 2013 will address policy, technology and successful examples of how innovation in buildings contributes to achieving the 2020 targets.
High Level Policy Conference
The core of EUSEW 2013 will be the High Level Policy Conference (HLPC), which will take place 25-27 June 2013 in Brussels. The conference will stage events hosted by the European Commission and other stakeholders.
The 2012 edition featured three events that were dedicated entirely to the building sector.
- The European Commission’s DG Energy organised the session ‘Energy Efficiency: Challenges and Opportunities in Homes and Businesses’ which covered legislation, renovation and ecodesign.
- The conference ‘Innovate to Renovate’ on retrofitting was organised by CECODHAS Housing Europe, a BUILD UP Partner.
- EuroAce and the Institute for Building Efficiency, two BUILD UP Partners, held an interactive live polling session on the myths of energy efficiency in buildings during the session ‘Energy efficiency in Buildings – Quizzing the stakeholders’.
Sustainable Energy Europe Awards
Another high-level event of the week is the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Ceremony on 25 June 2013 in Brussels, with the category ‘Living’ rewarding excellent practices in the building sector. In 2012 the nominees in this category represented a range of outstanding projects.
- The Energy Performance Contract in the Prague National Theatre (ENESA) showcased energy efficiency achievements in a historical building.
- The Carbon Neutral Fire Fighters Station of the Dublin Fire Brigade highlighted energy efficiency measures integrated with a community project.
- Model Home 2020 by VELUX displayed houses with a zero energy balance.
- The winner of the award, Brussels Institute for the Environment (Brussels Environment), developed affordable passive housing units which were highlighted during a study visit . BUILD UP co-organised this event during EUSEW 2012.
The third pillar of EUSEW, the Energy Days, are held in Brussels and across Europe. These are not-for-profit events, activities, projects, exhibitions or displays that will be held between 24 and 28 June 2013 and the weekends before and after. Energy Days are open to all organisations that would like to highlight their engagement in sustainable energy. In the 2012 edition of the Energy Days, the BUILD UP initiative organised the session Have your say: what can IEE do for the building sector? held in cooperation with the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI).
If you are you keen on promoting your achievements to citizens, potential investors or policy makers, then you might want to organise your own local Energy Day. It will give you the opportunity to raise your profile, share your expertise and draw the attention to your successful sustainable energy projects. A package of ready-to-use communication tools will be available to all organisers. The deadline for submitting your event is 10 June 2013.
EUSEW is pleased to announce that the first Energy Days 2013 have been confirmed, including several that highlight the role of the building sector.
- Prague (CZ): the Central Europe towards Sustainable Building Prague (CESB13) will deal with amongst others integrated building design, nearly zero-energy buildings, passive buildings and the application of renewable energy.
- Maastricht and Heerlen (NL): the IDES-EDU project will focus on the training of building professionals during the session ‘Towards NZEBs and renovation: the role of education’.
- Malaga (ES): ELIH-Med will discuss ‘Energy Efficiency in Low Income Housing in the Mediterranean area’.
More Energy Days will be published on the EUSEW website in the weeks and months to come.
See you at EUSEW 2013!