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Brussels, 21 June 2013

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013: FAQ and main features

What is the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)?

Now in its eighth edition, the EU Sustainable Energy Week - 24 to 28 June 2013 features activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. It aims to demonstrate to businesses, decision-makers and the wider public that sustainable energy technologies are viable, cost-effective and good for the environment and our economy. Through a series of events across the EU, this year's EUSEW 2013 puts the emphasis on how to best mobilise and use the financing needed to deliver sustainable energy systems and services.

A milestone of the Week is the Sustainable Energy Europe & ManagEnergy Awards Ceremony taking place in Brussels on 24 June. Out of 224 applications, 25 projects in five categories – communicating, consuming, learning, living and travelling – have been shortlisted for the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards. One project from each category will take home one of the coveted awards.

In addition, the winner of the ManagEnergy Award, which is given to a local or regional authority or energy agency for demonstrating best practice in its local or regional energy actions, will be chosen from 82 applicants.

All six winners will be showcased as examples of sustainable energy excellence to inspire others in their efforts to achieve similar results.

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Why does the EUSEW focus on Energy Efficiency and Renewables?

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are of key importance to address the major energy challenges facing the European Union today. They help tackle climate change and pave the way towards a secure and competitive decarbonised economy.

Sustainable energy is also at the heart of the EU’s Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources are a significant generator of employment in the EU and hence contribute to economic prosperity.

The EUSEW aims to demonstrate the necessity and benefits of using energy intelligently to the EU citizens and advise on how individuals and businesses can contribute and benefit by investing collectively in energy efficient solutions.

How does the EUSEW promote the EU's sustainability agenda?

The Week gives the EU the opportunity to present its sustainable energy agenda and share it with relevant stakeholders and interested parties. It is also an opportunity to collect input from a range of participating experts in the sustainable energy field who will share their views and opinions and provide the EU with valuable ideas and advice. Thus, the Week is an important platform for exchange of information and best practices.

Who is involved?

The EUSEW encourages a bottom-up approach with over 1,000 organisations and 10,000 individuals active in the week. Associations, companies, public authorities, schools as well as national, regional or local players will hold their own Energy Days during the EUSEW all across the EU.

More than 800 events with around 80,000 participants are expected this year in all EU Member States and elsewhere: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States.

Brussels alone will be hosting some 130 events.

This year's main theme: 'Financing and sustainable energy'

At the core of the Week is a high-level policy conference in Brussels. Over three days, more than 40 different sessions in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and in the Committee of the Regions will be open to an expected audience of around 4,000 people.

This year there will be a special focus on ‘Financing and Sustainable Energy’. Due to the present economic situation, investors tend to be more prudent when making decisions on investing in all economic sectors, including energy. There is room for more investment, both public and private.

The conference will look at the role of the private sector as an important source of financing, and at how public funds available at the national and European level can be used in the best possible way. The relevant sessions will include presentations on best private and public financing practices and how to improve regulatory frameworks. Speakers and participants will share and debate their perspectives, identify difficulties and how to address them.

Some presentations will focus on bottom-up schemes and new funds for facilitating investment by households and small businesses, whilst others will highlight the rapidly growing number of cooperative funding schemes emerging across the EU.

The European Commission will devote a full day session exclusively to Financing and Sustainable energy - Wednesday 26 June in the Charlemagne building / De Gasperi room

How does the EUSEW relate to the EU's energy policy?

It is generally recognised that new and more cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions are needed to meet the ambitious EU 2020 targets in an affordable way. Setting the pace for the rest of the world, the 20-20-20 targets to be achieved by 2020 define energy goals for Europe, requiring:

  1. A reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions of at least 20% below 1990 levels;

  2. 20% of EU energy consumption to come from renewable resources;

  3. A 20% reduction in primary energy use to be achieved by improving energy efficiency.

At a time of slow global economic recovery and ever more costly energy supplies, the EU acknowledges that tackling the energy challenge head-on is vital for Europe's economic development and prosperity. This year's EUSEW message is that increased investment in sustainable energy solutions, energy efficiency and renewable technologies are crucial.

EUSEW 2013 Media highlights in Brussels

The Commissioner for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger, will participate in the following events:

  1. Sustainable Energy Europe & ManagEnergy Award Ceremony (Monday, 24 June, 19:30 at the VIAGE Theatre, Galerie Anspach, entrance Place de la Monnaie, 1000 Brussels). The Commissioner and Member of European Parliament Maria Da Graça Carvalho will award six prizes: five to the winners of the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards and one to the winner of the ManagEnergy Award.

  2. European Eco-Driving Contest (Wednesday, 26 June, 13:15 on the Berlaymont esplanade located opposite the Charlemagne Building). Energy Commissioner Oettinger will be driving a short track to test a new money-saving driving app. Open Car Data is a smartphone application that helps driving energy-efficiently and save money and fuel. He will also hand out a prize to the winner of the eco-driving contest organised among EUSEW participants the day before and in the morning of Wednesday.

  3. High-level policy conference session on "Financing and sustainable energy: the message to the market." (Wednesday, 26 June, 14:30, Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, Room Alcide de Gasperi).In his speech, the Commissioner will focus on current experience in financing sustainable energy and lessons to be drawn for the future.

  4. The session on "Renewable energy: progress towards the 2020 targets" (Thursday, 27 June, 9:00Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Room Alcide de Gasperi. Commissioner Oettinger will open this session.

Media contact

Kristina Kiefer, EUSEW Media Relations Desk:

The complete Media highlight Programme: will soon be online in the press corner of the EUSEW website and available on site at the media desk/press point in the CoR entrance hall:

The conference as well as the Award Ceremony and the Media Event will be covered by Europe by Satellite

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