European Energy Efficiency Conference


Thursday, 7 April -
Friday, 8 April 2022


Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

and online


English, German

What do we offer?

  • 5 dedicated conferences
  • a major energy efficiency tradeshow
  • networking with energy efficiency businesses, policy makers and researchers

Energy efficiency - full speed ahead!

What is it all about?

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 efficiency is critical!

In 2022, the European Energy Efficiency Conference presents the far-reaching transformation of policies, technologies and markets for achieving climate neutrality. Find out how to raise the pace of change, how we can increase acceptance, trigger investments, and get things moving – full speed! The event offers delegates a comprehensive package of 5 conferences.


Hybrid Event:

  • On-site participation: following COVID rules in place at the time of the event, registered participants will receive detailed guidance prior to the event.
  • Online participation from anywhere in the world

Find out more!

Conference Fees

  • 30 Euro (on-site and online) for the European Energy Efficiency Conference (7 - 8 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.


Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

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:

Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

7 April

14.00 Driving the industrial energy transition

A step change in the industrial energy transition is a key factor both for economic competitiveness and the overall energy transition. Sustainable energy solutions support industrial companies in doing "better business" instead of "business as usual". The session focuses on key developments in this sector.

  • Making the transformation of industrial regions happen
    Manfred Fischedick, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
  • The role of hydrogen in industry's transition
    Robert Szolak, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany
  • Accelerating the industrial energy transition
    Gerhard Dell / Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Climate neutral industrial processes: technology solutions
    Àngels Orduña Cao, A.SPIRE, Belgium

16.00 Energy flexibility for a clean and digital transformation

Increasing energy flexibility, digitalisation and innovations in storage technologies offer interesting new solutions for industry. They enable companies' participation in energy markets, support their decarbonisation ambitions and impact positively their overall competitiveness. We show how!

  • Digitalisation as a booster for energy flexible factories
    Alexander Sauer, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Best Young Energy Efficiency Researcher Award
  • Flexible energy markets – what is in it for industry?
    Alfons Haber, e-control, Austria
  • Industrial Microgrids: an innovative energy exchange platform
    Gerald Steinmaurer, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
  • The industrial energy transition needs storage solutions
    Dirk Uwe Sauer, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

17.00 Striving for climate neutrality: examples worth replicating

Ever more companies are tackling their energy transition full on with motivation and innovative solutions! Hear about success stories and best practice examples worth replicating.

  • The "Future Energy Plant" at Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf
    Günter Leitgeb, Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, Austria
  • Biomass and heat pumps – examples for process heat
    Thomas Führer, STIWA / Markus Brychta, Peneder Gruppe, Austria

18.00 Conference end

19.00 Evening programme

Smart E-Mobility Conference

8 April

09.00 Navigating electric mobility

This session presents the policy framework and markets that are powering up the e-mobility sector. It shows how they enable the establishment of the mobility solutions of the future, now! Leading experts offer updates on policies,  technologies and markets.

  • Opening and welcome
    Markus Achleitner, Regional Minister for Economy and Energy, Upper Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • European policies for e-mobility and charging infrastructure
    Kai Tullius, European Commission, DG Move
  • The uptake of e-mobility in Europe: status-quo and outlook
    Marie Rajon Bernard, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
  • Battery-electric vehicles for everyone by 2030
    Christian Hochfeld, Agora Transport Transformation, Germany
  • Electric vehicles and renewable energy: a perfect match
    Dolf Gielen, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Electric heavy duty trucks
    Harm Weken, FIER Automotive, The Netherlands

11.00 Innovation session: business models and charging solutions

Innovative business models and cutting-edge charging solutions are driving e-mobility forward. We show how these innovations enable the large-scale rollout of e-mobility.

  • 100 % fossil free Volvo Group vehicles
    Niklas Andersson, Volvo Group, Sweden
  • Long distance journeys: a field test for charging infrastructure
    Roel Swierenga, Hansa Green Tours, The Netherlands
  • Increasing deployment of Megawatt Charging Systems (MCS)
    Johan Peeters, ABB EV Charging Infrastructure, The Netherlands
  • Intelligent and climate neutral charging solutions
    Gerhard Wimmer, KEBA Energy Automation, Austria
  • Charging infrastructure for company fleets: use cases
    Christoph Leitinger, Energie AG Oberösterreich, Austria
  • Emil – smart charging solution for companies
    Michael Schubert, Fronius International, Austria
  • Shifting gears: fully emission-free SAP fleet by 2025
    Jürgen Rennar, SAP, Germany

13.00 Conference end

Innovation Workshops

8 April

Online only

Two workshops present latest results from EU funded projects in the fields of buildings and innovative technologies.

(in English only)

13.30 – 16.00 Renewable heating & cooling in the residential sector

Organised in the context of the H2020 project REPLACE

  • Welcome and introduction
    • Herbert Tretter, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria
    • Dominik Rutz, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
  • Decarbonising the heating and cooling sector
    Neven Duic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • REPLACE in a nutshell
    Gašper Stegnar, Jožef Stefan Institute - Energy Efficiency Centre, Slovenia
  • Renewable heating & cooling options: real-life stories
    Benedetta Di Costanzo, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
  • The REPLACE heating system calculator
    Herbert Tretter, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria
  • Roundtable: Challenges and drivers for renewable heating & cooling in South-Eastern and Central Europe
    • Samra Muratspahic, Enova Consultants and Engineers, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Dražen Balić, Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (EIHP), Croatia
    • Angel Nikolaev, Black Sea Energy Research Centre (BSERC), Bulgaria
    • Emilija Mihajloska, SDEWES Centre, North Macedonia
    • Herbert Tretter, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria
    • Ingo Ball, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
  • Wrap-up and recommendations
    Francisco Puente Salve, Escan Energy Consulting, Spain

Karina Knaus, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria

13.30 – 16.00 EnerMaps: Open-access energy data management

Organised in the context of the H2020 project EnerMaps

  • Welcome
    Jakob Rager, CREM, Switzerland
  • The EnerMaps project
    Jakob Rager, CREM, Switzerland
  • The EnerMaps Gateway
    Giulia Conforto, e-think, Austria
  • The EnerMaps Data Visualisation Tool and Calculation Modules
    • Marcus Hummel, e-think, Austria
    • Eric Wilczynski, EURAC, Italy
  • Conclusions
    Jakob Rager, CREM, Switzerland

Jakob Rager, CREM, Switzerland

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