The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) consists of a series of activities across Europe promoting secure, clean and efficient energy. It brings together policymakers, stakeholders and citizens to achieve climate and energy goals for the Energy Union. Launched in 2007 by the European Commission, EUSEW was organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) for several editions, and as of 1 April 2021 is organised by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Energy.
No, everyone is welcome! The EUSEW Policy Conference in Brussels and Sustainable Energy Days around the world attract energy experts and agencies, policymakers, private companies, NGOs, industry associations and the media. Each edition has a different overall theme or focus, but broadly, the goal is to engage everyone with a stake and interest in helping the EU meet its energy and climate goals, including energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.
The EUSEW 2024 Policy Conference will be hosted in a hybrid format, with speakers and attendees in Brussels and online from 11 to 13 June 2024.
Registrations for the hybrid Policy Conference will open in April 2024.
The call to organise a policy session is now open until 19 January 2024.
There are no eligibility criteria for participating in the EUSEW Policy Conference as an attendee. The event is open to everyone with an interest in sustainable energy.
The main of focus of the EUSEW 2024 edition is on ‘Net zero energy solutions for competitive Europe’. This includes policy sessions, for example, on low-carbon solutions.
Five main thematic areas for this year:
Net-zero technologies (e.g., net zero technologies and solutions, raw materials, competitiveness, SMEs, etc.)
Cities and citizens (e.g., local leaderships, SECAPs, energy affordability, inclusion, energy communities, behavioural change, etc.)
Renewables (e.g., permitting, tendering, community participation, technologies, RES in transport, RES in industry, etc.)
Energy efficiency (e.g., reduction of energy demand, energy performance of buildings, products, industry, transport, financing, heating and cooling, heat pumps, etc.)
International cooperation and decarbonisation (e.g., Green Deal measures, NECPs, COP29, Emissions Trading System)
Only two organisations can partner to apply to host a policy session. We highly recommend that both organisations are independent of each other because EUSEW targets plurality of views in the policy debate, not only among the speakers but also amongst the applicants of a policy session. EUSEW policy sessions bring together different perspectives, expertise, and organisational backgrounds in order to enable discussions during the Policy Conference.
Whilst you can apply with two organisations from your project consortium / association, it is recommended that a project consortium / association applies as one organiser, which allows to bring in another organisation with additional perspectives that can potentially enrich the debate and demonstrate synergies between actors engaged in the clean energy transition.
It is better if the entire consortium is under one organiser, demonstrating synergies with other actors/organisations.
An EU-funded project can apply either as the organisation or the coordinator or as the EU-funded project. However, it is crucial that the two organisers are not from the same project, to ensure diversity. If you are applying as the organisation of the coordinator, it has to be clarified in the session description that the organiser is from the EU-funded project, and it has to be mentioned that some speakers may represent the project.
Yes, one of the categories of organisation types eligible to apply is ‘national, regional/local authorities, agencies, or other public bodies (including their networks)’. In addition, one of the thematic areas for this edition of EUSEW is related to cities and citizens.
EUSEW aims to have all sessions onsite; however, there will be a small number of policy sessions that can be hosted only online.
Yes, a membership association is eligible as policy session organiser, as long as it meets the following two criteria:
they work as multipliers, using a widespread network of contacts across Europe;
they contribute to the development and implementation of sustainable energy policy.
Yes, a university is definitely eligible to be a policy session organiser. Universities can play a significant role in shaping discussions and contributing expertise. Representatives of universities are also eligible to participate as speakers.
Yes, organisations from the Western Balkans are eligible to apply. However, they need to apply in collaboration with another organisation.
It is better that speakers are present onsite to facilitate effective networking with the audience in the room. However, in exceptional cases, we may allow a speaker to join remotely. If one of your speakers is having difficulties to be onsite, s/he can join please indicate so in the Agenda section of the application form.
The conference facilities allow for a maximum of six speakers/panellists + one moderator per room. You may divide your session into two parts with more than six speakers in total, allowing for a change of speakers if needed.
It is recommend a maximum of six speakers, which is manageable logistically and is ensuring a dynamic discussion.
Yes, you may provide speakers from your organisation in more than two policy session applications. EUSEW is about a plurality of views and opinions, therefore we will ensure a maximum of diversity of organisations and speakers presenting at the Policy Conference.
The chances of success increases by ensuring that your application is clear. The evaluation team reviews many applications and clarity in the objectives, agenda and speakers improves the application's quality. It is also very important that you ensure a plurality of opinions from different speakers/organisations. Moreover, maintaining a gender balance in your panel, promoting interactivity with the audience, and finally full alignment with the current policy debate on the clean energy transition are key winning factors.
We encourage applicants to read careful the section Preparing your application that is in the policy session guidelines as it includes relevant guidance.
In the policy sessions hosted in the EUSEW venues (Charlemagne Building and Martin’s Hotel), only EUSEW branding is allowed. Organisers are not allowed to bring personal roll-ups. However, session organisers are welcome to feature their branding alongside EUSEW in the promotion of the session on social media and in newsletters.
The EUSEW Secretariat issues a call for submissions several months before the annual EUSEW Policy Conference. After the call has closed, the submissions are checked against the eligibility criteria and assessed by European Commission staff and an external technical committee, comprising experts from different fields of sustainable energy.
The final nominees in each category are selected by a high-level jury, with the winners decided via an online public vote and announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place in Brussels on 11 June 2024.
A wide range of profiles and initiatives can apply for a EUSEW Award. Over the years, the EUSEW Awards have attracted public figures and activists, citizen-led sustainable energy-awareness programmes, public schemes promoting energy-saving buildings and private firms leading the way in green tech, carbon-neutral manufacturing, and much more.
Please note that EU-funded projects are not eligible for the Woman in Energy category because this is a category rewarding individual persons and not a project. EU-funded projects can apply to the Innovation and Local Energy Action categories.
EUSEW awards are prestigious recognition prizes for the contributions organisations/individuals make to the clean energy transition in Europe. While there is no monetary reward, recipients receive a trophy, become part of the community, and benefit from promotion and increased visibility. EUSEW covers the trip and hotel of the finalists invited to come to Brussels and produce a video of their projects, which will be disseminated across Europe.
Yes, if the organisation has different projects, it can submit multiple applications for different categories. However, the organisation cannot apply multiple times with the same project.
Yes. Please note that, in this category, the achievements of the woman are rewarded, not those of a company.
Yes, if you can demonstrate that the art exhibition has delivered tangible impacts on clean energy. In the application form, you will need to provide evidence of these impacts to be eligible for the awards.
The online public vote for the Awards will open in April 2024 and close in June 2024. Winners of the three categories will be announced at the EUSEW Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 11 June 2024.
The call to compete for the Awards is now open until 1 February 2024.
The finalists for the three different Awards categories will be announced in April 2024.
The winners of each Awards category will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on 11 June, during the EUSEW Policy Conference.
Registrations open in April 2024.
The hybrid Policy Conference will host an Energy Fair, which offers opportunities for onsite participants to connect with fellow professionals and energy enthusiasts.
The call to host a stand at EUSEW opens on 16 January 2024.
Registrations to the conference open in April 2024.
The Energy Fair is a special feature of the European Sustainable Energy Week. It gives participants the chance to foster social connections and share information by bringing together key players in the field of sustainable energy.
The Fair is composed of interactive stands presenting initiatives in renewable energy, where stand organisers can also run brief pitches presenting innovative solutions or demonstrating a project. There will be a website announcing the organisations present at the venue, but all interaction will happen onsite.
The Energy Fair takes place in Brussels throughout the European Sustainable Energy Week on 11-13 June 2024.
No, you have to cover your own travel/accommodation costs to be present at the venue.
EUSEW will provide you with the essential elements for your stand, including a table, highchairs, a screen, and a Wi-Fi connection. However, you are responsible for bringing your own roll-ups and additional materials. EUSEW does not cover the costs associated with these supplementary items. EUSEW is a paperless event.
Sustainable Energy Days take place anywhere around the world from March to June 2024.
The call to become part of the Sustainable Energy Days opens on 13 February 2024.
The added value is having the visibility of the side event as part of EUSEW. These events are put on a map on our website, as well as promoting the concept of Sustainable Energy Days on our social media accounts and in our newsletter and providing the different organisers a toolkit to promote the Sustainable Energy Days.
Yes. An event occurring at the end of June is eligible for inclusion in the Sustainable Energy Days provided that the application is sent before the call closes.
The overarching goal is for Young Energy Ambassadors to serve as representatives of the young generation, bridging the gap between policymakers and young people and providing valuable input on the debate of the clean energy transition and decarbonising Europe by 2050.
Responsibilities include acting as amplifiers of the clean energy transition. While individuals may engage in various activities, it is crucial that Young Energy Ambassadors disseminate information to audiences not typically reached.
This involves outreach at local level and connecting with those more disconnected from EU policy making. In terms of tasks we expect an ambassador to sharing event-related material, promoting calls, and ensuring the discovery of impactful projects and applicants.
The call for applications opens on 30 January 2024. We strongly encourage you to subscribe to the EUSEW newsletter to receive updates about the call.
If you are a participant, there are no specific requirements; you simply need to register once registration opens in mid-April 2024. However, if you aspire to become a Young Energy Ambassador, you should complete an application form. This form should include information about yourself, detailing your impact, whether you are an activist or an academic, and explaining why you are passionate about the energy transition. Additionally, provide relevant links and any other information that adds value to your application.