The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) are one of Europe’s largest annual conferences in this field. The 2020 conference will take place from 04 – 06 March 2020 in Wels/Austria.
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FEDARENE participated in the 2020s edition of the World Sustainable Energy Days. The 3-days conference gathered more than 600 participants, from business stakeholders engaged in the energy transition to representatives of local and regional governments.
The policy focus of WSED this year was, of course, the new Green Deal adopted by the European Commission, and the commitment of the European Union to be the first Climate-neutral continent by 2050. “Energy Efficiency First”, and “Global leadership in renewables” were at the centre of the discussion, allowing various stakeholders involved in the energy sector to demonstrate what steps are taken toward this path. The European Energy Efficiency Conference provided attendees with a comprehensive package of conferences, workshops, networking events and on-site visits. It also showcased an exhibition on building efficiency and renewable energy.
Energy Efficiency is a central topic when it comes to the industry and its role in the Energy transition. With that regard, the Industrial Energy efficiency conference presented strategies implementing Artificial intelligence, International collaboration and R&D solutions to work towards decarbonisation. This conference was of particular interest for business actors willing to showcase the steps they are taking in building the “Industry 5.0”. It was also the occasion for Francisco Puente, representative of ESCAN, to address the question of Decarbonisation with Industrial heat and cold in an inspiring presentation.
Two workshops were of particular interest to FEDARENE members during the conference.
The Energy Efficiency Policy Conference gave space for “Young Voices for the energy transition” during an interactive exchange to provide inputs on what are the priorities according to young people in research and industry. Vlasta Kremlj, director of ENERGAP and FEDARENE Vice-President for Financing and Investment, gave an insight on her own experience, from an engineer and energy agency director to becoming a mayor of the Selnica ob Dravi Municipality. Her inspiring talk developed on the central role of Energy efficiency on her career path, but also the creation of a better community image in this field. This conference was organised in the context of the Energy Efficiency Watch 4 project, funded under the Horizon2020 budget. This project aims at developing narratives for a better understanding of energy efficiency at both national, regional and local levels.
Other events and conferences took place during the week, such as the European Pellet conference underlying the role of Biomass in the clean energy transition, and presenting Pellets as an important solution of climate policy; The Young Energy Researchers Conference; the E-mobility Conference, presenting for example how the energy transition in the mobility sector is progressing. This conference is related to circular economy objectives, especially stressing the importance of life cycle assessments and possibilities for the reuse of car batteries.
The 2021 edition of the World Sustainable Energy Days has already been announced. It will take place in Wels, February 24 – 26 2021. The call for the 2021 editions’ speakers and papers has also been launched and will remain open until October 12th 2020. Further information will be available on WSED2021’s website later on.