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International Sustainable Energy Conference 2018

The International Sustainable Energy Conference, organized by AEE Intec, a EUREC member, took place from 3rd to 5th October 2018 in Graz (AT). The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP), whose secretariat is coordinated by EUREC, was also co-organiser.

Photo by Miriam Raneburger. From left to right: Prof. Dr. Reinhold W. Lang, JKU Linz, AT; Theresia Vogel, Director, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund, AT; Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Director Fraunhofer ISE, DE; Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit for New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG Energy, European Commission, BE; Sabine Mitter, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, AT; Josef Plank, Secretary General, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, AT; Werner Weiss, CEO, AEE INTEC, AT

The event attracted more than 300 participants worldwide. Twenty sessions and several workshops addressed topics such as: innovations for the decarbonisation of buildings and quarters, renewable cooling in a future energy system, urban district heating and cooling technologies, renewables in industrial processes, and geothermal technologies.

One session was dedicated to the presentation of the RHC-ETIP’s goals and activities, with the participation of Eva Hoos, Policy Officer from DG Energy at the European Commission.

The keynote speeches featured a presentation from Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit at DG Energy, on the “European Energy Future”. He highlighted the importance of the SET-Plan (Strategic Energy Technology Plan) process, where several stakeholders look for the most promising technology solutions to move towards a sustainable, efficient and cost-competitive energy system. 75 to 80% of innovation at European level comes from the private sector. It is, therefore, important to foster their involvement in the SET-Plan process.

Hans-Martin Henning, Director at Fraunhofer-Ise, presented “Design of future energy systems towards 100% renewables”, which analyses four scenarios with the objective to reduce CO2 emissions by 85% in 2050 with respect to 1990 values.

The transformation of the energy system with less greenhouse gas emissions is technically feasible. The measures to support this transformation include: energy efficiency and reduction of energy use; direct use of renewable energy sources; sector coupling (both direct and indirect use of electricity).

To achieve this goal, some framework conditions need to be ensured: effective pricing mechanism for greenhouse gas emissions; reliable and trustable conditions to sustain investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies; introduction of support policies for key technologies; variable electricity tariff system to stimulate load management and storage applications.

More information about the event is available here