Review: The World Sustainable Energy Days 2008

The international conference World Sustainable Energy Days was held from 4 to 7 March 2008 in Wels/Austria, a great success with over 950 participants from 61 countries! The World Sustainable Energy Days 2008 offered a unique combination of events:

  • Renewable Heating & Cooling
  • Pellets Forum
  • European Energy Efficiency Conference
  • Seminar "Energy Efficient Procurement"
  • Electricity Efficiency Conference
  • Efficient Lighting Conference
  • Seminar "Future Energy Technologies"
  • PAVE Trademeeting
  • Site Visits

Continuing a long tradition of successful international conferences and exhibitions already held in Wels/Austria, the World Sustainable Energy Days 2008 showcased the globe's most outstanding sustainable energy projects and initiatives and provided information on major European and international policy developments. The international conference provided a key forum for presenting sustainable energy solutions, for planning political initiatives, and for launching projects and starting partnerships. It aimed at presenting new impulses to the participating experts and decision makers as they meet the challenge of transforming the world's energy systems towards sustainability.

Tuesday,
04.03

Wednesday,

05.03

Thursday,

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Friday,

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Technical-site visits

Heating & Cooling

PAVE-Trademeeting

Energiespar-
messe

Efficiency 08

Heating & Cooling

Pellets Forum

PAVE-Trademeeting

Energiesparmesse

Efficiency 08

Efficient Lighting

Solar energy for camping sites

Energiesparmesse

Technical-site visits

Heating & Cooling

Pellets Forum

Efficiency 08

Procurement

PAVE-Trademeeting

Energiespar-
messe

Efficiency 08

Electricity Efficiency

Heating & Cooling
Pellets Forum

Future Energy

Technologies

PAVE-Trademeeting

Energiesparmesse

Energiesparmesse

Site Visits

The first day was dedicated to technical site-visits which met with very high interest. Especially conference participants from outside Europe welcomed the opportunity to visit a number of interesting sites, including low energy office/service buildings with pellet heating systems, biomass CHP plants, producers of solar collectors and PV components and low energy homes with pellet heating system and thermal solar installation.

Conference Renewable Heating & Cooling

The World Sustainable Energy Days 2008 started with the Renewable Heating & Cooling Conference which took place on 5 and 6 March. At this conference, international experts discussed current and future market trends and technical innovations in the field of renewable heat. Furthermore future technologies and trends in pellet markets were presented.

The conference was opened by Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Environment & Energy in Upper Austria and the Energy Commissioner of Upper Austria and Managing Director of O.Ö. Energiesparverband Gerhard Dell.

The first part of the conference was dedicated to current market situations as well as their future developments. To start with, Hans van Steen from the European Commission presented the new draft European Directive for Renewables. This was followed by Runqing Hu from China with "The largest solar thermal market in the world" and Gerhard Dell who showcased "100% renewable heating for Upper Austria".

Representatives from public bodies, industry and associations discussed "Renewable heating & cooling: How to wake the sleeping giant?" on a round-table.

Pellets Forum

The Pellets Forum, which started in the afternoon, offered a wide rangeof interesting topics like innovative production methods,intercontinental trade with pellets and pellets markets.

ThePellets Forum continued on 6. March with a Pellets-workshop. Expertsfrom Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Spaingave an overview of current developments on European markets.

Inthe afternoon, special sessions were held on innovative pellet andsolar technologies from Austria. The participants welcomed theopportunity to discuss related issues with experts from all over theworld.

Conference "Energy Efficient Procurement"

The Conference "Energy Efficient Procurement", as part of the European Energy Efficiency Conference, started on 5 March in parallel to the Pellets-Forum. Topics of this conference were among others sustainable procurement at the example of transport, one of the ecodesign studies, green procurement and life cycle costs as well as procurement guidelines for office appliances and procurement examples.

European Energy Efficiency Conference

The European Energy Efficiency Conference was held from 5 to 7 March. The conference addressed economic, technical, political, legal and institutional questions related to energy efficiency. Kateri Callahan, president of the "Alliance to Save Energy" from the USA, Ralf Schüle from the Wuppertal Institut in Germany und Aleksandra Novikova from Hungary presented global aspects: the promotion of energy efficiency worldwide, national energy efficiency action plans and the results of the IPCC Assessment Report. The presentation of Prof. Reddy from India showed barriers and drivers of energy efficiency.

A special focus was on the issue energy efficiency in buildings. In the following round-table representatives from different stakeholder groups discussed how to "Make energy efficiency in buildings happen".

Electricity Efficiency Conference

In the afternoon, the conference continued with the "Electricity Efficiency Conference" starting with the presentation "Boosting electricity efficiency in European regions". The session "Technology trends & market overview" included topics like electricity consumption trends in Europe or efficient consumer electronics and office equipment.

Experts from France, Turkey, Germany and Great Britain discussed the topic "Electricity efficiency - focusing on the end consumer" in the following round-table.

Seminar Future Energy Technologies

The seminar "Future Energy Technologies" was held on Thursday afternoon in parallel to the Electricity Efficiency Conference. After the presentation "Energy Future 2030”, different technologies were presented. Topics like the integration of renewable energy into the mainstream and the way from research to market were followed by technology examples such as small polygeneration technologies, solar production of hydrogen or stirling engines as a technological challenge.

Energie Star 2008

Another highlight of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2007 was theaward ceremony of the "Energie Star 2008" - the Upper Austrian awardfor successful sustainable energy projects - in the evening of 6 March.An overview of the winning projects (in German) is available at www.energiestar.at


Conference "Efficient lighting"

On 7 March, the focus was on energy efficient lighting. This part of the conference offered different approaches like "Incandescent Phase-out" in Australia, a technology overview of the possibilities of office and street lighting and the lighting campaign of Upper Austria "Really bright". Following this, industry solutions were given as well as a discussion of the question "How to change the lighting markets in Europe?" Further examples of energy efficient lighting solutions were shown.


Voting

An interactive element, "the voting", was included in the conference procedure. During the sessions the audience was invited to answer questions on their opinions about the energy future.

Poster Presentation

During the World Sustainable Energy Days, the poster presentation offered companies and organisations the opportunity to display before a professional audience successful initiatives and projects concerning energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. About 70 companies and organisations have made use of this possibility.

Energiesparmesse

In parallel to the World Sustainable Energy Days, the Energiesparmesse, an exhibition and trade show dedicated to renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, was held. It attracted around 100,000 visitors and around 1,000 exhibiting companies. The O.Ö. Energiesparverband presented its services on a large exhibition stand and more than 100 energy advisers were available for any information on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Additionally guided tours were organised.


The positive feedback during and after the World Sustainable Energy Days 2008 showed that the conference was very well received both by the participants and the speakers. The audience was offered a multilateral event on renewable energy and energy efficiency with the possibility to meet experts from all over the world. It was an ideal platform for initiating new projects and establishing contacts for future co-operation.

WSED 09

The next World Sustainable Energy Days will be held from 25 to 27 February 2009 in Wels. The deadline for the "call for papers" is 1 October 2008. More Pictures