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Experience the Future of Energy – EFEX Conference 2019

Experience the Future of Energy – EFEX Conference 2019

24 September 2019
Join EFEX in Brussels on 24 September for a conference celebrating and strengthening transatlantic cooperation for building a clean energy future.

On 24 September, from 10-17:30, leading voices from European Union and United States civil society converge on the Square in Brussels to share ideas and experiences to move the transatlantic energy transition forward in pursuit of a clean, climate-friendly energy future. Up-to-date information about conference programming can be found on the conference website. Participation is free of charge. Register now to reserve your spot at https://efex2019.eventbrite.com.

The conference is hosted by the Energy Future Exchange (EFEX) Program, a joint initiative of ACEEE, the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, and the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, and is made possible through the financial support of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States through its transatlantic civil society dialogue grant program. The two-year EFEX program has included nearly two dozen events and conversations on both sides of the Atlantic, from Denver to Edinburgh, Rotterdam to Houston.

The goal of the EFEX2019 Brussels conference is to showcase innovative approaches from the private sector, NGOs, community organizations, research institutes, and the creative arts in addressing the environmental and sustainability challenges of energy systems.

Moderated by Monika Zimmermann, a leading figure in international sustainability cooperation and former Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI, the conference is divided into three successive segments: Discover, Engage, and Act. Up-to-date information about conference programming can be found here.

The DISCOVER block features two inspiring perspectives on questions of energy consumption and generation. First, a keynote address from Jan Rosenow of the Regulatory Assistance Project speaks to the potential of energy efficiency to achieve broader goals in the energy transition. Second, the premiere of a new documentary film from Think Film Impact Production, The Future is Shit / The New Black Gold, sparks new thinking regarding biomass and waste-to-energy possibilities, highlighting in particular efforts from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the work of a grassroots movement in Chicago.

These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Carolyn Snell from the University of York and Dries Acke, Director for the Energy Systems Initiative at the European Climate Foundation, to discuss socio-political and economic considerations.

The second block, ENGAGE, provides a stage for innovative initiatives from civil society to exhibit new solutions and approaches to the climate crisis. Exhibitors from the US and EU will demonstrate and discuss their approaches to addressing the challenges of the energy transition, including educators, SMEs, community organizations, start-ups, and NGOs. Exhibitor tables will provide a chance for presenters to connect with conference attendees, and on-stage interviews offer a platform to introduce new ideas to the conversation.
Among the confirmed exhibitors and interviewees are:

  • Steve McClain from Strategic Microgrid
  • Frank Adam from GICON
  • Carine Sebi from Ecole de Management Grenoble
  • Jessica Glicker from Buildings Performance Institute Europe
  • Anne Katherina Weidenbach from European Commission
  • Wendy Sanassee from EarthSpark International
  • Francisco Gonçalves from Energy Cities
  • Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Econnext

The final segment, ACT, serves as not only a call to action but also dives into questions of the role of finance in realizing our goals, followed by inspiring closing words in support of the continued strengthening of transatlantic ties to build a sustainable future.
This ACT segment features:

  • Irena Spazzapan, SYSTEMIQ;
  • Jason Morenikeji, Founder and Director, Urban Farming Company; and
  • Michael Schneider, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, econnext.eu.

Closing words from a special guest and a light reception will follow the final segment.

Join us in Brussels for this one-of-a-kind event to recharge the conversation on the transatlantic energy transition: https://efex2019.eventbrite.com.

More information about the EFEX project can be found at www.energyfuturex.org. For further inquiries, please contact Max Gruenig (max@energyfuturex.org) or Brendan O’Donnell (brendan@energyfuturex.org).

EFEX is a two-year endeavor financed in large part through the European Union Delegation to the United States Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogues program.

European Union, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Ecologic Institute US (EIUS), United States
24 September 2019
Brussels, Belgium
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energy, climate, transatlantic, mobility, future, energy efficiency, EU, European Union, Belgium, Netherlands, Europe, America, USA