Energy Efficiency Policy Conference


Thursday, 7 April 2022


Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

and online


English, German

This conference is organised in the context of the H2020 "Energy Efficiency Watch 4" project:

What is it all about?

  • Fit for 55
  • New EU Directives
  • Energy Efficiency Markets
  • Energy Efficiency Watch

Energy efficiency - full speed ahead!

Find out more!

Conference Fees

  • 20 Euro (on-site and online) for the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference (7 April)
  • 70 Euro (on-site and online) for all WSED conferences (5 - 8 April)

All fees include an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT.


7 April

09.00 Fast tracking energy efficiency: Fit for 55

The new "Fit for 55" package aims to put the EU on track towards climate neutrality. Energy accounts for 75 % of GHG emissions. Speeding up the energy transition is critical! Gain insights into this new and far-reaching policy  framework and how it supports energy efficiency. We present how to increase acceptance, trigger investments and get things moving – full speed!

  • Opening and welcome
    Markus Achleitner, Regional Minister for Economy and Energy, Upper Austria
  • "Fit for 55" with energy efficiency
    Claudia Canevari, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Energy efficiency progress on the path to the Paris targets
    Kevin Lane, International Energy Agency
  • The Austrian renewable heat strategy – a key element of the energy transition
    Jürgen Schneider, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Narratives for the energy transition: a global perspective
    Miranda Schreurs, Technical University of Munich, Germany

11.00 Driving energy efficiency investments

Stepping up energy efficiency investments offers great opportunities for both the energy transition and a positive economic development. Well-designed Recovery Plans lead the way forward in using clean energy as an agent for economic revival. We present how to make clean energy investments happen at national and regional levels in Europe and beyond.

  • Sustainable energy investments in national Recovery Plans
    Nadine Müller, European Commission, Recovery and Resilience Task Force
  • Energy Leader Upper Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Business leadership for a climate neutral economy
    Martin Porter, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), United Kingdom
  • A spotlight on the energy transition in the Gulf countries
    Andrea Di Gregorio, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

12.00 Engaging and empowering citizens

Citizens are at the heart of the energy transition. They also show an increased interest in taking an active part in energy markets. We take a closer look at the key role they play and present the policy framework and opportunities for engaging and empowering them for energy efficiency.

  • Empowering consumers for the energy transition
    Charles Esser, Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)
  • Cooperatives enabling citizen-based energy investments
    Sem Oxenaar,, Belgium

Jan Geiss, Eufores

13.00 Lunch break

This conference is organised in the context of the H2020 "Energy Efficiency Watch 4" project:

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