From 16 to 18 June a High-Level Conference attended by Climate and Energy Commissioner Arias Cañete will be the centrepiece for a week long series of sustainable energy events across Europe, aiming to beat last year's record of 900 events and 100,000 participants.
During the Conference, the Sustainable Energy Awards ceremony will recognise projects helping to achieve EU energy goals, while hundreds of Energy Days will take place across Europe throughout June. These public events promote secure, clean and efficient energy at the local level through exhibitions, workshops, educational events and more.
The event highlights the central role of consumers in the energy system, as stressed by the newly-launched Energy Union Strategy: the European Commission's top priority aiming at ensuring secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy. In Europe household energy consumption has increased by 13% in the 20 years to 2010, and households generate some 25% of greenhouse gas emissions: consumers therefore become crucial to improve the environment and encourage energy efficiency.
What is the EU Sustainable Energy Week?
Now in its tenth year, the EU Sustainable Energy Week is the premier event for public authorities, energy agencies, private companies, NGOs and industry associations engaged in helping to meet the EU's energy and climate goals. It features activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions all over Europe. First launched by the European Commission in 2006, the event is organised with the support of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).