EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016 – Meeting 2020 and 2030 goals in South East Europe: The business case and job opportunities in energy efficiency

EUSEW 2016 posterIt gives us great pleasure to invite you to the policy session South East Europe – Business and Job Opportunities from EU goalsto be held as a part of the Policy Conference of EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016. The event is part of the 4-year-long South East Europe Sustainable Energy Policy (SEE SEP) project, supported by DG NEAR. It will be held on Wednesday, June 15 2016, in Brussels, Belgium, at Residence Palace (Rue de la Loi 155, Block C), from 16:00 to 17:30 at Salle Polak.

Meeting EU standards in the energy sector will certainly impact the consumers of South East Europe. In helping consumers meet these goals there are enormous employment and business opportunities in the private sector amongst companies who provide services and products that increase energy efficiency and savings. But there are challenges too.

The session Meeting 2020 and 2030 goals in South East Europe: The business case and job opportunities in energy efficiency will bring together business, government, civil society and EC representatives who will discuss energy efficiency, and how to advance its implementation in South East Europe with a common goal to increase employment, be in line with EU goals but also benefit the general goal of reducing unnecessary waste of energy.

The recent report by SEE Change Net and SEE SEP network shows that energy efficiency is a much under-developed policy area that needs to be addressed in terms of meeting 2020 and 2030 goals. In the foreword of this publication, Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič pointed out that “the better use of energy while fighting climate change is both a spur for new jobs and growth and an investment in our collective future”. When it comes to energy efficiency the consumer is a triple beneficiary in terms of job creation, cleaner environment and lower energy bills. A key partner in this drive is obviously the private sector and it is high time to include their voice in this discussion to try to kick start development in this sector.

Claude Turmes, Member of European Parliament

Luka Komazec, Managing Director of GGE
Tihomir Civkaroski, General Manager for Balkan countries, Cyprus and Malta, Knauf Insulation
Nigel Jollands, Associate Director, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director and Legal Counsel of the Energy Community Secretariat
Dr. Daniel Kammen, Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), University of California, Berkeley

Garret Tankosić-Kelly, Principal of SEE Change Net

Davor Kunc, Programme Manager, Energy and Transport, DG NEAR

Registration is now OPEN and you can register your presence at the event here. Please note that all attendees must register previously through the EUSEW web site in order to attend the event! Deadline for registering is Wednesday, June 8 2016!

For more information, please contact Masha Durkalić, Communication Officer of SEE Change Net via e-mail or mobile 00387 63 999 827.

Invitation with full agenda is available below, and see more information about the event here.