The Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign is host to a major annual event, the EU Sustainable Energy Week – EUSEW (www.eusew.eu). The EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate- General for Energy.
The activities of EUSEW are dedicated to bringing together representatives from the many private and public sectors interested in – and dedicated to – improving sustainable energy development. Sustainable Energy Week takes place 22-26 March 2010.
FACTS AND FIGURES
• European leaders have recognised that local actions must be orchestrated at EU level if we are to reach the ambitious 2020 EU targets. Now a worldwide reference, the 20-20-20 binding targets define climate and energy goals for Europe:
− 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.
• In just four years, the growth of this event has been virtually exponential. The event originated in 2005 with a single sustainable energy debate in Brussels; this year’s edition will consist of more than 300 sustainable energy events across Europe. In 2009, an estimated 35 500 individuals participated in the 148 events co-ordinated in the framework of Sustainable Energy Week.
• In the framework of this year’s Week, in Brussels alone more than 80 events will take place in addition to another 200 events in 23 EU countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom) plus 7 European countries (Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, Iceland, Norway, Serbia and Turkey).
• The Week brings together a wide variety of public and private organisations from global corporations to local NGOs under the motto ‘Take a week to change tomorrow’.
• Sustainable Energy Week, with its focus on showcasing new approaches to the production and consumption of energy, is the only event of this kind and this magnitude in the world.
• The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Ceremony is the high point of the Week. The 5 winners were chosen from among 272 projects submitted by public authorities, private companies, European associations and NGOs committed to the promotion of energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transport across Europe.