European Energy Efficiency Conference


Wednesday, 23 June -
Friday, 25 June 2021


Stadthalle, Pollheimerstraße 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

and online


English, German

Energy efficiency ↔ Green recovery

What is it all about?

Europe has the ambitious goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. The Green Deal and the EU Climate Law are first concrete steps. The current economic challenges are also an opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation and to create a fairer society and a more competitive economy. In 2021, the conference - which attracts over 400 participants from over 50 countries each year - shows how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how energy efficiency as an investment engine can contribute to this deep transformation.

Hybrid Event:

  • Online participation from anywhere in the world
  • On-site participation: following COVID rules in place at the time of the event, registered participants will receive detailed guidance prior to the event. On-site conference days in Wels/Austria will be 23 - 24 June.

Find out more!

Conference Fees

  • 30 Euro (online and presence) for the European Energy Efficiency Conference (23 - 25 June)
  • 70 Euro (online and presence) for all WSED conferences (21 - 25 June)

All fees include conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT.


Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

23 June


09.00 Policy and Financing Session: A green recovery through the energy transition

Europe is aiming for a 55 % reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030 as a milestone on its way to climate neutrality by 2050. It is crucial that the investment decisions made in the next few years put us on the path of being "fit for 55" by the end of this decade. This session shows how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how energy efficiency can contribute as an investment engine. We present the policies and financing solutions.

  • Welcome and opening
    Markus Achleitner, Regional Minister for Economy and Energy, Upper Austria
  • Energy efficiency policies and programmes for a green recovery
    Carlos Sánchez Rivero, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Energy Efficiency 2020: a global update and outlook
    Brian Motherway, International Energy Agency
  • Best Young Energy Efficiency Researcher Award
  • Home renovation services: a boost for the green recovery
    Anette Jahn, European Commission, CINEA
  • The energy transition investment boom in Upper Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • The "Green Recovery Tracker": recovery packages under scrutiny
    Helena Mölter, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
  • Shifting the trillions: a finance system fit for the energy transition
    Karsten Löffler, Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster, Germany
  • Financing the Green Deal
    Ralf Goldmann, European Investment Bank


11.30 Best practices in energy efficiency policy - solutions for the post-pandemic era

The pandemic and resulting societal changes offer opportunities for new narratives for energy efficiency and the energy transition. This session presents how such narratives can be developed and how innovative policies make energy efficiency the new normal.

  • Energy Efficiency Watch: New narratives for energy efficiency
    • The missing WHY: insights from 1,270 energy efficiency experts
      Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
    • Case Studies for energy transition narratives
      Daniel Becker, Guidehouse, Germany
  • Energy efficiency and the digitisation of the economy
    Benoit Lebot, Ministère de la Transition Écologique, France
  • Better policies for better lighting
    Ourania Georgoutsakou, LightingEurope
  • Energy Efficiency First: What does it mean in practice?
    Jean-Sébastien Broc, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy, NL

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

Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

23 June


14.00 Competitive through the energy transition: A new paradigm for Europe's industry

As Europe moves towards becoming the first climate-neutral continent, industry is at the core of this transformation. A new paradigm is emerging from policy, finance and global supply chains: the industrial energy transition and independence from fossil fuels as a crucial factor for competitiveness. This session presents the new policy framework and key innovations for the industrial energy transition.

  • The new EU Industrial Strategy: competitiveness and climate neutrality
    Henning Ehrenstein, European Commission, DG GROW
  • The implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive in Austria
    Heidelinde Adensam, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • The industrial energy transition in practice
    Gerhard Dell/Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Energy flexibility - new opportunities for industrial decarbonisation
    Alexander Sauer, Institute of Energy Efficiency in Production at the University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Processes4Planet: the industrial net-zero challenge
    Àngels Orduña Cao, A.SPIRE, Belgium
  • Key technologies for a climate-neutral European industry
    Stefan Lechtenböhmer, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
  • The role of energy storage in the industrial energy transition
    Anneli Teelahk, European Association for Storage of Energy


16.00 Technology Session: Industrial heat and cold - renewable and energy-efficient

When addressing the net-zero challenge in industry, the decarbonisation of industrial heat and cold is crucial. This session presents innovative technologies and solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy in industrial processes from all over the world.

  • Renewable energy options for industrial process heat
    Keith Lovegrove, IPT Renewables, Australia
  • Renewable and efficient cold for industry
    Thomas Führer, STIWA, Austria
  • Best practice examples: biomass for industry
    Jaap Koppejan, Pro Biomass, NL


The industrial energy transition in practice

This session showcases best practice examples of how energy efficiency and renewable energy can be implemented in the daily reality of industrial companies and highlights key approaches.

  • Photovoltaics for companies - a success story
    Christoph Panhuber, Energie AG Oberösterreich Renewable Power, Austria
  • The world's first "Net Zero Carbon certified" apparel manufacturing facility
    Akila Fernando, Brandix Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Examples of successful energy management solutions
    Luis Marqués Almanza, GEN Europe Soluciones Energéticas, Spain

18.00 Conference end
19.00 Evening programme

Smart E-Mobility Conference

24 June


09.00 Trend Session: E-mobility boom despite the pandemic

While automotive markets around the world were heavily disrupted by the Corona pandemic, sales of electric vehicles rose sharply and e-mobility achieved a market breakthrough in many countries. In this session, learn about the status, trends and global prospects for e-mobility!

  • Opening and welcome
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Sufficient recharging infrastructure to boost electric vehicle take up
    Aleksandra Klenke, European Commission, DG MOVE
  • The IEA Global EV Outlook 2021: Entering the decade of electric drive
    Elizabeth Connelly, International Energy Agency
  • Booming e-mobility market China
    Jian Liu, Energy Research Institute, China
  • Turning European transport innovation into local action
    Gabriela Barrera, POLIS Network, Belgium


10.30 Innovation Session: Solutions for mainstreaming e-mobility

Mainstreaming e-mobility requires up-scaling across the value chain. This session presents technology solutions, business models and best practice examples that can act as game changers.

  • Market scale-up of batteries
    Egbert Figgemeier, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Smart rethinking of e-mobility
    Patrizia Ilda Valentini, Renault Austria
  • E-mobility in urban apartment buildings - the URCHARGE project
    Andreas Reinhardt, Linz AG, Austria
  • Success factors for electric vehicles in urban areas
    Amela Ajanovic, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Converting to an electric fleet
    Jürgen Rennar, SAP, Germany
  • Fleets go electric
    Axel Schäfer, Bundesverband Fuhrparkmanagement, Germany

12.30 Conference end

Innovation Workshops

25 June

Online only

Green Finance · Buildings · Technologies

Six workshops presenting the latest results from EU funded projects in the fields of green finance, sustainable buildings, renewable energy in industry and innovative technologies

(in English only)


09.00 - 11.00 Managing "active buildings" with Energy Performance Contracting

Organised in the context of the H2020 project AmBIENCe

  • Welcome and introduction
    Jesse Glicker, BPIE, Belgium
  • The Active Building Energy Performance Contract (AEPC) concept, methodology and tool
    Nilufar Neyestani, INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Value creation of the AEPC business model: actors and interactions
    Jean-François Marchand, ENERGINVEST, Belgium
  • Key lessons learned from pilot tests in Belgium and Portugal
    Ricardo Ramos, EDP CNET, Portugal
    Christophe Szpyt, Engie Solutions, Belgium

Chairperson: Jesse Glicker, BPIE, Belgium


09.00 - 11.00 Deep renovation of residential buildings made easy (4RinEU)

Organised in the context of the H2020 project 4RinEU

  • The 4RinEU building renovation approach
    Roberto Lollini, Eurac Research, Italy
  • Innovative solutions for deep energy renovation
    Riccardo Pinotti, Eurac Research, Italy
  • A rating tool to support decision making
    Adrian Werner, SINTEF, Norway
  • Interactive demonstration of the 4RinEU tool
    Adrian Werner, SINTEF, Norway
  • Discussion on further tool development
  • Examples of real-life applications:
    • Multi-family building in Norway
      Kari Thunshelle, SINTEF, Norway
    • Nursing home in the Netherlands
      Chiel Boonstra, Trecodome, NL

Chairperson: Roberto Lollini, Eurac Research, Italy


11.30 - 13.30 Public-backed financing schemes to leverage energy efficiency investments

Organised in the context of the H2020 project CitizEE

  • CitizEE and the implications of the EU Renovation Wave: a regulatory overview
    Maximilian Wimmer, SUER, Germany
  • CitizEE investment platforms and financing schemes
    • Using public financing instruments to leverage private finance
      Jean-François Marchand, ENERGINVEST, Belgium
    • Structured financial solutions using public and private funds
      Jean-François Marchand, ENERGINVEST, Belgium
  • Citizen financing schemes: status of pilot countries
    • Lithuania: lending arrangement & crowdfunding for PV
      Renata Adomaviciene / Asta Gladkauskiene, VIPA
    • Belgium: co-financing EPC for deep renovation in the education sector
      Barbara De Kezel, VEB, Belgium
    • Portugal: Loan Fund & crowdfunding for the community building sector
      Luis Couto, GO PARITY
    • Croatia: lending arrangement & crowdfunding for PV
      Velimir Segon, REGEA
  • Discussion and conclusions

Chairperson: Conny Weber, European Crowdfunding Network


11.30 - 13.30 Innovative "pay-for-performance" (P4P) business models for building renovation

Organised in the context of the H2020 project SENSEI

  • The SENSEI project
    Filippos Anagnostopoulos, IEECP, Belgium
  • Experience with P4P schemes from the US
    Marion Santini, RAP, Belgium
  • EU regulatory framework supporting P4P    
    Samuel David Lloyd Thomas, RAP, Belgium
  • Envisaged implementation of P4P in the EU
    Charles Bourgois, Factor4, Belgium
  • Quantifying the value of demand changes from energy efficiency
    Sotiris Papadelis, HEBES, Greece
  • Engaging with SENSEI – We need your expertise
    Emil Sigbrand, DBT, Denmark

Chairperson: Sotiris Papadelis, HEBES, Greece


14.00 - 16.30 Hybrid systems for industrial solar cooling

Organised in the context of the H2020 project HYCOOL

  • HYCOOL: project overview
    Silvia Jané, Veolia Serveis Catalunya, Spain
  • Hybrid heat pumps for industrial solar cooling applications
    Ursula Wittstadt, CSEM, Switzerland
  • Latent heat storage up to 400 °C for industrial applications
    Christoph Zauner, AIT, Austria
  • Solar steam generation for process heat & cooling
    Antoni Castells/Akshay Kumbhar, Ecotherm, Austria
  • Expert round table: industrial renewable heating & cooling programmes
    Pietro Menna, European Commission
    Pedro Dias, Solar Heat Europe
    Uli Jakob, Green Chiller, Germany
    Guglielmo Cioni, TVP Solar, Switzerland

Chairperson: Marco Calderoni, R2M Solution/RHC ETIP



14.00 - 17.00 Innovative renewable solutions for residential buildings

Organised in the context of the H2020 projects HYBUILD, SCORES and GEOFIT

  • Welcome and workshop overview
    Johann Emhofer, AIT, Austria
  • The HYBUILD project in a nutshell
    Miquel Morata Royes, COMSA, Spain
    Gabriel Zsembinszki, University of Lleida, Spain
  • HYBUILD: Key project results
    • DC bus controller solution for the heat pump market
      Nelson Koch, CSEM, Switzerland
    • Adsorption heat exchanger with high surface area
      André Große, Fahrenheit, Germany
  • The SCORES project in a nutshell
    Erwin Giling, TNO, The Netherlands
  • SCORES: Key project results
    • Heating with air heat pumps and PCM storage
      Luis Coelho, IPS, Portugal
    • PVT water-to-water heat pumps
      Clement Dumont, Heliopac, France
    • Chemical looping heat storage
      Pavol Bodis, TNO, The Netherlands
    • Building energy management system
      Hans Hennig, Siemens, The Netherlands
  • The GEOFIT project in a nutshell
    Thomas Messervey, R2M Solution, Italy
  • GEOFIT: Key project results
    • Designing geothermal heating and cooling projects
      Henk Witte, Groenholland, NL
    • Optimal heating and cooling technologies
      Qian Wang, Uponor, Finland
  • Discussion and conclusion

Chairperson: Johann Emhofer, AIT, Austria

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