eceee policy seminar - Sustainability or competitiveness? Energy efficiency can bring us both

Start/Stop Date:
13 Nov 2013
European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISI, Germany
The Representation of the German state Baden-Württemberg, Rue Belliard 60 – 62, Brussels.
Focus Areas:
Energy policy
Type of Event:

an eceee annual policy seminar

Time and date: 13 November, 15.00–18.30 (Presentations: 15.00–17.00, discussion 17.00–18.30 approx.  including a closing statement by Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate.

Participants are invited for drinks and hors d'oeuvres after the seminar.

Venue: The Representation of the German state Baden-Württemberg, Rue Belliard 60 – 62, Brussels.

Registration: See below


Competiveness is the buzzword in Brussels and national capitals around Europe. However, the EU debate often wrongly focuses on high energy prices rather than looking at strategies for getting the energy costs down.  Energy efficiency and associated demand reductions are the most powerful and quickest way to cut the energy costs of European businesses, and thereby boosting their competitiveness.

Even so, competitiveness and sustainability are often presented as if in contradiction, and incompatible with one another. In eceee’s view, this is a misconception. By focusing policies on powerful energy efficiency measures, our energy consumption can be brought down, and continue to show a strong economic performance and growth in jobs.

The seminar aims at highlighting the links between energy efficiency, sustainability, competitiveness and stable employment. The EU’s current discussion to establish a 2030 framework for climate and energy policy is an important factor in any discussion looking into improving competitiveness and sustainability.

The seminar will cover important policy aspects while providing insights into some of the complex technical and methodological issues involved in this discussion.


Note: The seminar will be filmed and posted on-line for the benefit of those of eceee’s members and interested parties who have no possibility to travel to Brussels.

The seminar is arranged by eceee in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISI, Germany


Will be announced shortly.


Register by e-mail to Ms Anne Bengtson at, writing “policy seminar registration” in the subject line. The registration is binding and no-shows without prior cancellation will be invoiced by 75 euro. The number of seats are limited so first come first serve will apply.

The seminar follows upon eceee’s General Assembly to be held at the same venue 13.30-14-30.