The upcoming European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will continue the event’s promotion of sustainable energy policies, practices and initiatives across the continent while also seeking solutions that will contribute to its competitiveness.

The 18th edition of the event, titled Net-zero energy solutions for a competitive Europe, runs from 11 to 13 June in the Belgian capital of Brussels, with activity also streamed online.

It will comprise a high-level Policy Conference, the EUSEW Awards, and the fifth European Youth Energy Day and “opportunities to forge connections with the EUSEW community” at the Energy Fair.

EUSEW 2024 will be held against a backdrop of net-zero progress in Europe, with this year’s edition of the European Electricity Review from independent energy think tank Ember having found a drop in fossil fuel use across the continent of 19% during 2023 and the rise of renewables to a 44% share of its energy mix – surpassing 40% for the first time.

In revealing those figures in February, Sarah Brown, Europe programme director at Ember, said: “Coal is nearing phase-out, and as wind and solar grow, gas will be next to enter terminal decline. However, it is not time to get complacent. The EU needs a laser focus on rapidly deploying wind, solar and flexibility to create a system free of fossil fuels.”

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The 2024 edition of EUSEW will seek to help continue the momentum Europe has as it pursues a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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In this respect, the main focus of the event will be its Policy Conference – which event organiser the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) touts as the biggest conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe.

Of the conference, CINEA says: “Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders will focus on sustainable energy issues and debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas.”

It adds: “The annual event is an opportunity to meet stakeholders promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies, learn about successful actions and policies, and inspire innovation towards meeting the EU’s energy and climate goals.”

The conference is supported by the European Sustainable Energy Awards, which recognise outstanding individuals and projects for their innovation and efforts in energy efficiency and renewables. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of Innovation, Local Energy Action, and Woman in Energy, with the winners to be announced during the Awards Ceremony on 11 June.

Elsewhere, the fifth European Youth Energy Day will give young people aged 18-34 the opportunity to share their vision for Europe’s energy future, while the Energy Fair provides a chance for participants and stakeholders more broadly to exchange ideas on policies and best practices.

Sustainable Energy Days will also take place around the world “to engage with local communities and other green changemakers throughout Europe and beyond.