The European Business Council for Africa

European Sustainable Energy Week 2024

Brussels, 11-13 June 2024

More than 2,200 delegates attended the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels this week, with a further 8,000 participants following events online – making it one of the most successful EUSEW sessions ever. These figures reconfirm its position as the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. 

Based on this year’s theme of 'net-zero energy solutions for a competitive Europe', the 3-day event had a range of guest speakers and different sessions on Europe’s clean energy transition and competitiveness, showcasing climate-neutral solutions. This discussion was supported by a fair of stands and presentations just outside the meeting rooms. 

As ever, one of the highlights of the week were the EUSEW awards, which were divided into 3 categories this year, with 3 impressive finalists under each heading. In the 'Innovation' category, the winner was PHOTORAMA with its proposal for circular solutions to solar panel recycling in Austria. Centrales Villageoises won the award in the 'Local Energy Action' category for creating a network of local communities to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in France. For the award in the category 'Women in Energy', the winner was Rita Gomes, chief executive of Seenergy in Portugal, an award-winning start-up that pioneers the use of renewable energy solutions integrated into household objects. 

A further highlight was the involvement of the Young Energy Ambassadors, following the successful launch of the concept last year. This entails a group of 30 young professionals working in the energy sector, chosen in April for a 12-month period from May 2024, who are included in outreach activities during and after EUSEW. The Young Ambassadors had a closed-door session to co-create recommendations on the future of clean energy for the next Commissioner in charge of energy. 

Source: European Commission