18/06/2012 - 22/06/2012
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Energy and natural resources
Organiser: European Commission
Sustainable energy is at the heart of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. To underline the importance of moving towards more energy efficiency and renewables, the European Commission - DG Energy with the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) - will organise the seventh edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels from 18 to 22 June 2012.
This year's main theme is the recently adopted Communication on the Renewable Energy Strategy which explores the policy options for the integration of renewables into the European system post 2020. In addition, the European Commission will present practical examples of available financing opportunities.
On 19 June, EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger will open the three-day conference taking place in the Charlemagne, the Committee of the Regions, and the Borschette Conference Centre (Brussels). In the evening of the same day at the Théatre du Vaudeville, the Commissioner and MEP Sartori will award two prizes: one to the winner of the ManagEnergy Award, recognising the best practice in local and regional energy action, and one to the winners of the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards (categories: Communicating, Consuming, Learning, Living and Travelling).
In parallel, during the whole week, hundreds of sustainable energy-themed events and activities will take place in over forty countries in Europe and beyond, not only in capitals but also in smaller cities and villages. These will include interesting exhibitions and workshops and will show how small businesses and households can contribute to the collective energy efficiency effort.