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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 a great success for ENEP

As Europe’s largest event showcasing activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, EUSEW is designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help the EU meet its energy and climate goals. And the 2015 edition has exceeded all expectations. ENEP was lucky enough to be represented in the first ever networking village at this year's EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). ENEP was fortunate to be joined by a number of key business partners FEDEC (NL), STEAM UP (NL), i4REAL ESTATE (B), NANOGRID (B) and@SabellaTidal (FR) who it thanks for their kind support.

Over 2700 attended the high-level conference in Brussels to exchange experiences and debate key issues concerning the EU’s Energy Union. EUSEW 2015 took place at a critical juncture in climate change negotiations and as energy policy matures, the importance of developing sustainable sources of energy is increasingly clear to all. For example, the EU is investing over EUR 33 billion in sustainable energy from 2014 until 2020. Using those funds, it is estimated that the EU can create 4.4 million jobs in the renewable sector, cut 371 million tonnes of oil imports and generate EUR 9.6 billion of savings in gas imports. The EUSEW programme in Brussels (15-19 June) featured a range of debates tackling key issues, such as energy efficiency, investments in renewables, smart cities, decentralised energy and smart-energy solutions. During the conference, Commissioner Cañete singled out energy-efficient buildings, appliances and transport as having the greatest potential for savings – on energy and energy bills. His confirmation that the A+, A++ and A+++ grades would be removed from appliance energy labels was greeted with applause. This move was also welcomed by BEUC’s Sylvie Maurer who called for better planning and consumer advice to reduce energy footprints. MEP Claude Turmes described EUSEW 2015 as ‘an opportunity to reach out to citizens’. However, he also said that the Commission’s 27 % target for energy efficiency and renewables is not ambitious enough, describing it as an effective ‘cap on renewables’. More highlights on the EUSEW website in the 'News and views' section and more photos from EUSEW and ENEP can be viewed on our Twttter pages @ENEP_NETWORK

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