20 August 2019 | Reading 3 mins.

Leading the energy transition

Haitze Siemers
Head of Unit for \"New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal\", Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit for \"New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal\", Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

A Call to the EUSEW Community

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2019, taking place in Brussels and marked by Energy Days across Europe. Organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, in close cooperation with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), this fourteenth edition of EUSEW is the flagship annual event for those working to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and others, to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power.

Through the many activities in EUSEW, including the Energy Days, the Sustainable Energy Awards, the Networking Village and the policy conference, we highlight the successes and the challenges of the energy transition that is taking place across Europe. This transition to low-carbon energy systems is essential for reducing carbon emissions, limiting global warming and ensuring our common future.

There are many reasons to hope and continue working for a better world. Europe now has the most advanced climate and energy legislation in the world, as exemplified by the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. At the global level we are seeing a major shift in investment flows. This shift is supported in Europe and accelerated by initiatives such as the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums, which is bringing bankers, businesses and local authorities together to boost large-scale investment and financing.

These investments pay dividends at many levels: in our homes, our neighborhoods and our cities.

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