With the current discussions on the implementation of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) within the United Kingdom and in its local variations from the Directive across the European Union, it is important to reflect on the key opportunities to reduce energy usage and, hence, costs.
Later this year, the European Union will celebrate EU Sustainable Energy Week over the period: 15-19 June 2015.
The European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), an initiative of the European Commission, first took place in 2006. Today, it is coordinated by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), in close cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy.
The EU Sustainable Energy Week showcases activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. It is designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help meet the EU’s energy and climate goals & aims to form a bigger picture out of multiple individual efforts to motivate change through a varied programme of events.
This year, the Sustainable Energy Week 2015 will take place 15-19 June 2015 & will continue with the theme of greater public and organisational involvement through the opportunity to organise Energy Days, which can be used during the whole month of June.
An Energy Day is defined as a not-for-profit event, activity, project, exhibition or display that promotes secure, clean and efficient energy. Activities such as exhibitions, conferences, online events, performances, guided tours, open door days, workshops, media campaigns and concerts are all eligible.
Previous Energy Days organisers have included:
- Local and regional public authorities;
- Private companies, business organisations, chambers of commerce;
- Associations, citizen groups and NGOs
- Schools, educational and research centres and think tanks.
An archive of the Energy Days 2014 held in Europe can be found at http://www.eusew.eu/energy-days/europe & those held outside Europe can be found at http://www.eusew.eu/energy-days-2/outside-europe
Five good reasons to get involved in the EU Sustainable Energy Week are:
- Raise the profile and improve the image of your organisation, town, city or region
- Be part of a European movement
- Spread your sustainable energy technologies and practices
- Attract media attention and make headlines
- Receive additional visibility and support for your event from the EUSEW Secretariat.
If you are looking to organise an Energy Day, registration is open. Please go to http://www.eusew.eu/about/about-eusew