The 9th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014 (EUSEW 2014) will take place in June. Launched in 2006 as a European Commission initiative, EUSEW has become Europe’s leading event on sustainable energy. It brings together energy stakeholders and the general public and provides a prominent platform to showcase successful projects, innovative technologies and best practices.
EUSEW welcomes public authorities, energy agencies, big businesses, SMEs, NGOs, industry associations and academic institutions working towards the EU’s energy and climate goals. Do you wish to share your expertise, raise awareness or showcase your successful technology? Then we invite you to become part of EUSEW 2014!
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EUSEW and the building sector
The building sector plays a key role in achieving the European Union targets on energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable sources of energy. EUSEW 2014 will again address policy, technology and successful examples of how innovation in buildings contributes to achieving these targets.
Sustainable Energy Europe Awards – it’s your turn!
A highlight of EUSEW is the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards ceremony. With the LIVING category, the Awards competition rewards best-in-class practices in the building sector. The 2013 winners and nominees represent a range of outstanding examples of energy efficient construction and renovation and nearly-zero energy buildings from across Europe:
- The winning project Sustainable Ålidhem received the 2013 Award for the refurbishment of 500 apartments aiming at reducing energy consumption by 50%;
- The Bold New Face of Koprivnica set new standards for energy efficiency in public buildings (residential neighbourhood and a university campus);
- The IDOM office in Madrid showed how low levels of energy consumption can provide a comfortable working environment at minimum cost;
- The Latvian project Financing and realising the modernisation of mass housing stock through energy conservation presented an innovative business model to refurbish old, energy inefficient apartment blocks;
- Renewable energy sources turned the Vienna-based Boutique Hotel Stadthalle into the first city hotel with a zero-energy balance.
The 2014 winners will be announced during EUSEW in a session hosted by Commissioner for Energy Günther H. Oettinger. Does your project also deserve a nomination? We invite you to submit your project before 28 March 2014 on the EUSEW website.
Every year, hundreds of organisations become part of EUSEW with their own Energy Day. Energy Days are not-for-profit events and activities that promote energy efficiency or renewable energy. Activities such as exhibitions, conferences, online events, performances, guided tours, open door days, workshops, media campaigns and concerts are all eligible. Are you keen in promoting your achievements in making buildings more sustainable to citizens, potential investors or policy makers? Would you like to showcase your projects, products or installations? EUSEW invites you to register your Energy Day. Energy Days can take place during the whole month of June 2014.
In 2013, numerous Energy Days focused on the building sector, including the following:
- In Malaga, ELIH-MED discussed energy efficiency in low income housing in the Mediterranean area;
- In the Dutch cities of Maastricht and Heerlen, the IDES-EDU project focused on the training of building professionals during Towards NZEBs and renovation: the role of education;
- In Munich, the DIRECTION project organised a guided tour through the NuOffice buildings.
High Level Policy Conference
The core of EUSEW 2014 will be the High Level Policy Conference (HLPC) on 24-26 June 2014 in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building in Brussels. The conference will stage 18 events hosted by the European Commission and other stakeholders. The 2013 edition of the HLPC featured five events dedicated entirely to the building sector:
- EuroACE’s session Quizzing the stakeholders addressed the financing of sustainable buildings;
- A conference of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) discussed the implementation of building sector policies;
- The Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA) held a session on innovation in energy efficiency buildings and districts for smart built environment;
- Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz (DENEFF) organised the conference What Europe can learn from Europe on the mobilisation of private capital for energy efficiency;
- Empirica held a meeting on the use of ICT tools for buildings and social housing.
The programme of the High Level Policy Conference 2014 will be available in April.
Engage with the community of energy professionals!
Another way to become engaged in EUSEW is through social media: an ideal opportunity to make your initiatives known to a large community. We invite you to post on EUSEW’s Facebook page, start or join a discussion on our LinkedIn group or send a tweet using #EUSEW14.