Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, will officially welcome policy makers, authorities, industry, media, NGOs and academia to debate Europe’s energy future at the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). This annual flagship event is organised by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy in cooperation with EASME – Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises).

EUSEW will gather more than 3,000 stakeholders, 350 speakers and policy makers from all around Europe to debate key trends and policy advancements. Policy Conference, Awards Ceremony, Energy Days, Networking Village and Ambassadors Debate, all these activities that are taking place in Brussels and around EU highlight the successes and the challenges of the clean energy transition.

Driving EU energy policy debate

At the 3-day EUSEW Policy Conference (18-20 June) in Brussels, public authorities, private companies, NGOs and others will meet to widen their expertise and exchange ideas on topics including digitalisation, energy poverty, smart cities, transport, finance and many others.

High-level sessions include keynote speeches from Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger and a closing session with Vice-President of the Commission for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.

Supporting the energy transition: EUSEW Awards & Ambassadors Debate

At the EUSEW Awards Ceremony on 18 June, 5 of the year’s most outstanding national and pan-European initiatives in the energy sector will be rewarded. The awards will be given out for Engagement, Leadership, Innovation and Youth. These will be selected from a shortlist of 12 projects that contributed to renewables and cleaner energy use and production, as well as benefitting citizens and local communities. This year’s Awards Ceremony, which can be followed online, will also feature a special category for Eastern Partnership countries and the final award – Citizens’ Award – chosen by voters across Europe.

In the Debate with the EUSEW Ambassadors, energy influencers will discuss their commitment in shaping Europe’s energy future and provide their point of view on how to lead the way to a climate neutral economy by 2050.

Building a common vision and sharing best practices

Complementing the Policy Conference, the Networking Village provides an open forum with more than 100 unique networking opportunities. The Energy Fair features interactive stands where organisations can showcase their achievements, projects and networks. The Energy Lab gives the floor to entrepreneurs to pitch innovative ideas to a panel of experts, while Energy Talks discuss opportunities to drive forward the clean energy transition.

Energy Days: energy transition at local level

Organised by local public and private organisations, the EUSEW Energy Days are activities and events bringing sustainable energy closer to your community, empowering citizens and local stakeholders to embrace the change towards a greener future. More than 300 events including workshops, competitions, and guided tours, are taking place all around Europe during June. Take a look at the Energy Days map to find activities near you.