The first-ever digital edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) drew more than 6000 participants from 120 countries across the world.
On the first day of EUSEW policy conference, discussions followed the first ever European Youth Energy Day that was organised digitally on 22 June as part of EUSEW 2020.
The opening session focused on Europe’s post crisis recovery and how we can ensure that the EU remains fully faithful to its climate-neutral vision for 2050.
This was followed by the much anticipated EUSEW Awards Ceremony and a thought-provoking debate with the EUSEW Ambassadors. The H2020 Energy Efficiency project CLEAR 2.0 won the Engagement category award.
As well as the policy sessions, many events took place in the digital sidelines of EUSEW 2020, including the EUSEWElectric series where topics included climate neutrality and how electrification is driving innovation in a range of sectors including transport and digitalisation.
On the second day of EUSEW, sessions took a closer look at energy poverty and solutions from across the EU. Connecting Europe’s myriad of islands – currently largely dependent on fossil fuels – to the energy transition with the latest in hydrogen and energy storage technologies and, presenting the future funding opportunities under the LIFE Clean Energy Transition sub-programme, were among the key topics of the day.
On the third day, EUSEW saw over 3,500 participants taking part in the last day of the Policy Conference. One of the day’s highlights was a wide-ranging and inspiring discussion on women in the energy transition, and the role everyone can play in ensuring that Europe’s energy transition results in a more inclusive energy sector.
Overall, the innovative event format successfully attracted over 6,000 participants to the digital event platform to network, organise 1:1 meetings, explore the virtual energy stands, with 4,600 participants also following the policy sessions live. Due to popular demand, the networking section of the digital event platform will remain open until 10 July to bring together sustainable energy professionals and enthusiasts alike. A number of side events will also take place until 8 July 2020.