Our sessions at EUSEW


Jun 22

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe and comprises a series of activities aimed at building a secure energy future for Europe.

‘’RES-skilling’’: How to address the renewable energy skills challenge?


20 June 2023
14:30 - 16:30 CEST


The European Parliament and the Council have recently reached a provisional agreement to reinforce the Renewable Energy Directive, including by raising the general renewables target to 42.5% by 2030 with an indicative top up of 2.5%. A sufficient and adequately skilled workforce will be critical to ensure this accelerated deployment of renewable energy solutions. The number of people employed in the EU’s renewable energy sector that will have to grow massively to meet the targets of the Renewable Energy Directive. Lack of skills and an insufficient number of workers in the various segments of renewable energy value chains is already perceived as a barrier to investments and is becoming one of the most serious concerns by the industry.

On 21 March 2023, the relevant trade associations and representatives of installers of clean technologies involved in the work of the Clean Energy Industrial Forum responded to this call, with the support of the European Commission, by launching a partnership which aims to provide workers with the skills needed for the manufacturing, installation and management of renewable energy technologies to achieve the EU's energy and climate objectives.

It is against this background that this session is being organised. It will serve as a platform to present the skills partnership and attract new members to it; to discuss skills needs in the EU renewable energy sector; and actions needed to ensure that adequate and sufficiently trained professionals are available for a fast, steady and equitable deployment of clean energy solutions. The session will focus on the risks associated with skills shortages in the renewable energy sectors and the impact that this could have for the energy transition, highlighting what the industry is doing to address this challenge and calling on public authorities to adopt the necessary policies to avoid skills shortages.

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Renewables and energy efficiency: finding the right mix to reduce fossil fuel dependency


21 June 2023

9:30 - 11:00 CEST


This session addresses the ongoing debate about the optimal mix of renewables and energy efficiency to attain climate neutrality mid-century, considering multiple impacts on ecological, social, and economic sustainability.

In order to capitalise on these different perspectives, the session will start with a keynote from MEP Ciarán Cuffe and six 5-minute interactive presentations deep-diving into different aspects of the trade-offs between renewables and energy efficiency. The speakers will then be invited on stage to debate the trade-offs in greater depth, discussing the optimal mix of renewables and energy efficiency to reach climate neutrality as well as central hurdles to its achievement are discussed, such as split incentives, lacking skilled workers for the transition, etc.

Finally, participants will be able to directly address the speakers in a Q&A round.

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How to engage more consumers in the energy transition


21 June 2023

16:30 - 18:00 CEST


The energy price crisis pushes consumers to renewables. But many cannot invest because of being tenants or living in a multi-family home. This session illustrates business models allowing all consumers to benefit from renewables.

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Did someone say energy storage? Ensuring reliable, clean and low-cosy energy supply for Europe


22 June 2023

9:30 - 11:00


Join us to discuss how renewable energy, coupled with energy storage, can be the solution for achieving energy independence, lowering energy prices, and meeting the key deadlines of 45% renewables by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050, as set by the EU.

Policymakers and industry representatives will discuss the role of renewables and energy storage in replacing fossil fuels as backup power generators, and how this transition can contribute to a sustainable energy landscape in Europe.

Furthermore, we will explore ways to address the shortage of skills relevant for green jobs, and how actors in the renewables and energy storage sectors can play a pivotal role in building a skilled workforce for the energy transition.

Empowering civil society to make conscious decisions about energy consumption and production will also be a topic of discussion. We will highlight the importance of creating awareness and engaging citizens in the energy transition process, and how they can contribute to a greener future for Europe.

Join us to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of the EU's energy transition agenda, and how renewable energy and energy storage can pave the way for a reliable, clean, and low-cost energy supply for Europe.

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Next steps for Europe's Green Deal Industrial Plan: perspectives from the clean tech industry


22 June 2023 

11:30 - 13:00 CEST

Room Jenkins - European Commission’s Charlemagne building 


The European Sustainable Energy Week 2023 will be 'Accelerating the clean energy transition – towards lower bills and greater skills'. It is the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe, comprising a series of activities aimed at building a secure energy future for Europe.

The recent announcements of the European Commission on the Green Deal Industry Plan (GDIP) and its four-pillar action (Net-Zero Industry Act, financing clean tech production, skills and trade), illustrate the relevance of developing a defined manufacturing policy in Europe. The Net-Zero Industry Act (Pillar I) is one of the tools put in place and gathering the main energies (solar, wind, heat pumps, electrolyzers, and storage), for EU manufacturing capacities and industrial value chains. Skills, included under the third Pillar action for the GDIP, is also a common point of interest for such main energies and it is therefore part of the ongoing debate. 

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Making a success of accelerated renewable areas: best practices for site identification


22 June 2023
11:30 - 13:00 CEST

Room Quartz - Martin's Brussels EU Hotel 


Co-organised by The Nature Conservancy, the Energy Community secretariat, EDP Generation and SolarPower Europe, this session will focus on the challenge posed by the need for rapid deployment of renewable energy with identifying suitable land for renewables developments while protecting habitats and biodiversity and with inclusivity of local communities in mind.  The session will draw on existing examples to explore how best practices in renewable energy siting could be strengthened and scaled up in Europe to make RePowerEU a success. The session will also tackle how to ensure that there is consistency across Europe in the methodologies used for identifying areas for accelerated development of renewable energy projects, as well as the policy levers for ensuring their adoption. Speakers will provide perspectives from the renewable energy industry, public institutions and nature conservation organisations.

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