European Energy Efficiency Conference


Tuesday, 28 February, morning &
Thursday, 2 March -
Friday, 3 March 2023


Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria


English, German

What do we offer?

  • 5 dedicated conferences
  • a major sustainable energy tradeshow (2022: 70,000 visitors)
  • networking with energy efficiency businesses, policy makers and researchers

2023: Energy Efficiency = Energy security!

What is it all about?

The price crisis, multiplying signs of climate change, and threats to energy security urge us to act like never before. REPowerEU reflects this urgency and provides new momentum for the energy transition.

In 2023, the European Energy Efficiency Conference shows the critical role of energy efficiency in securing our clean energy future, and concrete policies, technologies and markets to get us there.

Find out more!

Conference Fees

  • 330 Euro for the European Energy Efficiency Conference (includes the conferences: Energy Efficiency Policy, Innovation Workshops, Industrial Efficiency, E-Mobility, Young Energy Efficiency Researchers) (2 - 3 March)
  • 370 Euro for all WSED conferences (28 February - 3 March)

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


Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

2 March

09.00 Mastering the energy crisis, mastering the energy transition!

With the energy crisis, the energy world has taken a profound shift. Multiple new policies are emerging to fast-track the energy transition. This session presents how you can navigate these policies and support a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future.

  • Opening and welcome
    Markus Achleitner, Regional Minister for Economy and Energy, Upper Austria
  • Accelerating the energy transition globally
    Gauri Singh, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • The IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report 2022
    Emma Mooney, International Energy Agency
  • Energy Efficiency to repower the EU
    Carlos Sanchez Rivero, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Best Young Energy Efficiency Researcher Award
  • Energy efficiency policies in Austria
    Barbara Weichsel-Goby, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Electricity price dynamics impacting the energy transition
    Jan Kostevc, European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
  • From H2020 to LIFE: accelerating the energy transition
    Anette Jahn, European Commission, CINEA
  • The Energy Efficiency Watch Survey live
    Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

11.30 Power to the people: energy savings and Energy Communities

The current energy crisis poses major challenges for the population, SMEs and municipalities. This session shows how policies support and empower energy consumers by enabling energy efficiency and facilitating the energy sharing economy.

  • Supporting 20,000 energy consumers per year
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband/Energy Commissioner Upper Austria
  • 80 million citizens: Saving energy together!
    Steffen Joest, Dena, Germany
  • Energy Communities in Portugal and Spain
    Lurian Klein, Cleanwatts, Portugal

Jan Geiss, Eufores

13.00 Lunch break

This conference is organised in the context of the Life project "Energy Efficiency Watch 5":

Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

2 March

14.00 Accelerating the industrial transition

The energy crisis is putting industrial production under pressure. Transforming industry quickly is imperative for economic survival. We present policies that support the transition to net-zero industries.

  • EU policies for a climate neutral industry
    Eric Lecomte, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Programmes for the industrial energy transition
    Theodor Zillner, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria

15.00 Innovation platform for the industrial transition

The industrial energy transition needs innovation! This session presents pathways and technology options to fast-track the transformation.

  • Zero emissions by 2050 in emission-intensive industries
    Stefan Lechtenböhmer, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
  • Energy storage supporting the industrial transition
    Andreas Hauer, Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, Germany
  • No-regret hydrogen for industry
    Paul Münnich, Agora Industry, Germany
  • Industrial DC grids
    Timm Kuhlmann, Fraunhofer IPA, Germany

16.30 Inspiring examples from and for the industry

Industry insiders share success stories and show how companies are taking action and leading the way in the industrial energy transition.

  • New Energy for Industry: successful solutions from NEFI
    Thomas Kienberger, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
  • Climate neutrality at the world‘s largest producer of bricks
    Johannes Rath, Wienerberger, Austria
  • Energy efficiency first at BMW Steyr
    Mario Nussbaumer, BMW Steyr, Austria
  • Super-ESCO: unlocking energy efficiency potentials
    Faisal Ali Al Rashid, Supreme Council of Energy, United Arab Emirates
  • Energy innovations for industry from start-ups
    - Matthias Huber, OmegaLambdaTec, Germany
    - Angelina Bintoudi, Optimems, Greece

18.00 Conference end

19.00 Evening programme

Smart E-Mobility Conference

3 March

09.00 E-Mobility: moving forward!

E-mobility is gaining ground worldwide as it has an important role to play in achieving climate targets. Leading experts offer an overview of policies supporting its expansion and up-to-date information on e-mobility markets around the globe.

  • Opening and welcome
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • European policies supporting e-mobility
    Kai Tullius, European Commission, DG MOVE
  • Global EV Outlook 2022 - Analysis
    Elizabeth Connelly, International Energy Agency
  • Analysis and forecast of EU e-car market
    Marc Odinius, Dataforce, Germany

10.15 Game changers for e-mobility

Propelling e-mobility to the next level! Innovative solutions for e-mobility are in high demand. This session highlights cutting-edge developments and practical examples in the fields of batteries, flexible grids, PV for EVs, AI and more. Start-ups present their products and solutions for the future of e-mobility.

  • Recent breakthroughs in battery development  
    Maximilian Fichtner, Helmholtz Institute, Germany
  • Nanolayers: next generation battery production
    Peter Visser, SALD, The Netherlands
  • Flexpower Amsterdam: getting ready for the EV ramp-up
    Marisca Zweistra, Elaad, The Netherlands
  • Vehicle-integrated photovoltaics
    Harry Wirth, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
  • Trends in public charging: the perspective of an OEM charging service
    Paul Köhler, Volkswagen Group Charging, Germany
  • Artificial intelligence for EV charging
    Pedro Moura, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Harmonising EVs and renewables with AI
    David Knight, Terbine, USA
  • Full speed towards the e-mobility future
    Ronald Lausch, Smatrics, Austria
  • Photovoltaic carports
    Paul Ablinger, WKA Ökostrom, Austria
  • E-mobility for employees
    Bernhard Obermayr, Weber Hydraulik, Austria
  • E-Mobility innovations from Start-ups
    - Simon Seres, Nymea, Austria
    - Andraž Kladnik, Kovina, Slovenia
    - Jesús Huete Cubillo, Bettergy, Spain

13.00 Conference end

Innovation Workshops

3 March

Three workshops present latest results from EU and national funded projects in the fields of buildings, renewable heating, financing and energy technologies.

(in English only)

9.00 – 11.30 Tackling the energy crisis through data sharing

Panel discussion and workshop organised in the context of the H2020 project BuiltHub

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Panel discussion: "Perspectives on the Energy Crisis Mosaic" 
    -    Energy poverty: Florin Vondung, Wuppertal Institute, Germany 
    -    Renovation planning: Hans-Martin Neumann, Magistrate of Linz, Austria

  • Interactive workshop: "Data sharing and the Energy Crisis"  
    Ulrich Filippi Oberegger, Eurac Research, Italy 

  • Conclusions

​​​​​​​Chairperson: Andreas Jäger, ICLEI Europe, Germany

12.00 – 14.30 Supporting EPC and energy efficiency service (EES) providers in decarbonising buildings

Roundtable organised in the context of the H2020 projects REFINE and FinEERGO-Dom

  • Welcome and opening
    - Paweł Mirowski, NFOSiGW, Poland
    - Klemens Leutgöb, e7, Austria
    - Céline Tougeron, European Commission, CINEA
    - Karolina Loth-Babut, KAPE, Poland
  • The EPC+ priority programme for deep renovation
    Marta Babicz, NFOSiGW, Poland
  • Multi-source financing to boost deep renovation using EES
    Jana Szomolányiová and Jaroslav Maroušek, SEVEn, Czech Republic
  • Attitudes, expectations and possibilities of service providers
    Marek Tobiacelli, KAPE, Poland
  • Lessons learnt for boosting EPC markets
    Nicholas Stancioff, KAPE, Poland
  • Up-scaling private investments in residential buildings
    Anna Gazda, BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Poland
  • Panel discussion: investors’ perspective on increasing capital in deep renovation
    Chairperson: Klemens Leutgöb, e7, Austria

14.30 - 16.30 Heat Highway: Using decarbonised heat sources via supra-regional heat networks

Workshop organised in the context of the NEFI project Heat Highway, online only

The use of industrial waste heat is essential for the decarbonisation of heat supply. Interregional heat transmission networks connect urban consumption centres and waste-heat-intensive industrial sites and, in doing so, traverse areas with further heat sources and sinks. The workshop is dedicated to the exchange of experiences with interregional heating networks in Europe.

  • Welcome and introduction
    Christine Öhlinger, OÖ Energiesparverband/NEFI, Austria
  • Heat Highway: supra-regional district heating networks connecting multiple actors
    Simon Moser, Energieinstitut, Austria
  • Update on research and innovation in district heating and cooling (DHC+ Platform)
    Aksana Krasatsenka, Euroheat and Power
  • EU definition of waste heat: Is it really efficiency-first?
    Marie-Theres Holzleitner, Energieinstitut, Austria
  • Copenhagen - an example for interregional heat exchange
    Lars Gullev, VEKS, Denmark
  • Lessons learnt from European examples
    Nicolas Marx, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Austria

16.30 Discussion, end of workshop

Christine Öhlinger, OÖ Energiesparverband/NEFI

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