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       Energy and Environment 11/04/2011
EU Sustainable Energy Week

EU Sustainable Energy Week - 'Smart energy for a sustainable future'


The EU Sustainable Energy Week is the key annual event of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, which contributes to achieving the EU 2020 climate and energy targets with regard to greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The EU Sustainable Energy Week takes place from 11 to 15 April 2011.


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           European leaders recognise that sustainable and renewable energy solutions will make the difference in safely reaching the ambitious EU 2020 targets. Now setting the pace for the rest of the world, the 20-20-20 binding targets define climate and energy goals for Europe, requiring:

−a reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions of at least 20% below 1990 levels

−20% of EU energy consumption to come from renewable resources

−a 20% reduction in primary energy use compared with projected levels, to be achieved by improving energy efficiency.


           EUSEW gets bigger every year. Beginning in 2005 with a single sustainable energy debate in Brussels, last year’s EUSEW consisted of more than 300 sustainable energy events across Europe. This year, the Week will include more than 500 events in Brussels and throughout Europe with an estimated 30 000 participants.


           EUSEW 2011 – a series of events and initiatives that put a spotlight on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Brussels will be host to more than 100 events, while nearly 400 Energy Days will take place in 26 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) plus 17 European and African countries (Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Macedonia, Martinique, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Réunion, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine).


           The Week brings together decision makers and academics, as well as public and private organisations from global corporations to local NGOs, under the slogan ‘Smart energy for a sustainable future’.


           EU Sustainable Energy Week, with its focus on showcasing new approaches to the production and consumption of energy, is the only event of this kind in the world.


           The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Ceremony is the high point of the Week. Six winners will be chosen from among 303 projects submitted by public authorities, private companies, European associations, universities and NGOs committed to the promotion of energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy education and clean transport across Europe.


EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy.


For more information about EU Sustainable Energy Week:

Media contact: Raffaele Ferrando, Media Desk


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