The Energy Cities annual conference will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, on 26-28 April 2017. Stuttgart is a destination historically renowned for its industrial activity and more recently for its progressive climate and energy policy. Considering the transition undertaken in Stuttgart, it will be an ideal location to learn about societal, economic, technological and cultural changes that occur simultaneously with energy transition.
The conference will examine policy choices which influence stakeholder involvement in energy democracy, funding of local and low-carbon energy projects and transfer of powers to local levels.
Taking place over the 3 days are 50 interactive Q&A and debates sessions, keynote talks, a plenary debate, a mayors information session and knowledge transfer from Stuttgart through on site tours and lessons learnt from Lord Mayor Fritz Kuhn.
Three site visits include a tour of a school acting as a pilot project to transform into an energy-plus building, the redevelopment of surplus land in the city centre due to the Stuttgart 21 train station upgrade and a visit to the Alfred Kiess GmbH factory, a sustainable and carbon neutral business. The tours are grouped under Buildings, Urbanism and Sustainable Business.
More details on the conference can be found here.
Registration for the conference opens on 15 February and details of how to register will be found here.
The Electricity Regulatory Forum (Florence Forum) was set up to discuss the creation of the internal electricity market. It is currently addressing cross-border trade of electricity, in particular the tarification of cross-border electricity exchanges and the management of scarce interconnection capacity. Participants include national regulatory authorities, Member State governments, the European Commission, TSOs, electricity traders, consumers, network users, and power exchanges. Since 1998 the Forum has meet once or twice a year.
During the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week, public authorities, energy agencies, research organisations, NGOs, businesses, and private consumers will have the chance to exchange ideas about providing secure, clean and efficient energy. Events organised as part of the week will include the annual Policy Conference on sustainable energy as well as networking opportunities and an awards ceremony for energy-saving initiatives.
EU Green Week is your annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe.
EU Green Week 2017 will take place from 29 May to 2 June with the theme of ‘Green jobs for a greener future’. It will focus on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially responsible growth in the EU. It will also highlight the demand for new types of green skills in many professional sectors.
In addition to a high level conference in Brussels, the programme will also feature a series of partner events and actions taking place across Europe. As well as being invited to take part in person, stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to become ‘virtually’ involved by participating in a wide range of on-line and social media activities.