Experience the Future of Energy – EFEX Conference 2019
On 24 September 2019, the Energy Future Exchange (EFEX) Program is hosting a dynamic, don't-miss conference in Brussels to explore the power and potential of the transatlantic relationship between the US and the European Union (EU) for jointly creating clean, climate-friendly economies. Participation is free of charge, but registration is requested to help us ensure adequate space and avoid waste.
There's never been a more crucial time for this dialogue. The European Union and United States represent the world's two largest economies, the largest trading partnership, and a commitment to opportunity and innovation. Leveraging these traits may be our best chance to address the climate crisis in our communities and around the world.
To facilitate this dialogue and motivate tangible progress, the conference is presented in three successive segments. The day begins with the DISCOVER block featuring visionary keynote addresses about our shared energy future. The second block, ENGAGE, provides a stage for innovative initiatives from civil society to exhibit new solutions and approaches to the climate crisis. The conference concludes with the ACT segment which 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.
EFEX 2019 speakers and exhibitors are expected to include the following:
- Jan Rosenow, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) / keynote-speaker /
- Dries Acke, European Climate Foundation
- Speaker to be confirmed, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
- Francisco Gonçalves, EnergyCities
- Jason Morenikeji, Founder and Director, Urban Farming Company
- Steve McClain, CEO at Strategic Microgrid
- Wendy Sanassee, EarthSpark International
- Michael Schneider, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, econnext.eu
- Carine Sebi, Energy Efficiency at Grenoble Ecole de Management
- Carolyn Snell, University of York
- Irena Spazzapan, SYSTEMIQ
- Cecilia Tam, Clean Energy Finance and Investment Mobilisation at OECD (TBC)
- Monika Zimmermann, former Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI / moderator /
The conference will premiere a documentary film on the energy transition. The documentary, soon to be released by Think Film Impact Production, will be followed by a discussion with the director.
A series of 15-minute interviews that include GICON, Strategic Microgrid, RAP, econnext, BPIE, EnergyCities, EarthSpark, and EM Grenoble will also take place during the exhibition and lunch.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is requested to help us ensure adequate space and avoid waste.
Coinciding with the European Parliament's new session and the selection of the new European Commission president, events that will play a vital role in shaping Europe's clean energy future, the EFEX 2019 conference takes place during a one-week study tour to explore how civil society – SMEs, large industry, high-tech innovators, policy researchers, community groups, trade organizations – is pushing for a more aspirational and inspiring energy policy. The 2019 tour will begin in the heart of European parliamentary democracy, Brussels. From there, tour participants will visit Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam to see the energy transition in motion and continue to build the transatlantic network that will move it forward.
The EFEX program is 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.
Over the past two years, the EFEX project has brought together leading thinkers and doers from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss and explore innovations in policy and practice that are creating our shared energy future. From Denver, Houston, and Pittsburgh to Edinburgh, Toulouse, and Zagreb, it has showcased how civil society is serving as a catalyst for the successful transition to a sustainable, affordable, and resilient energy system. It has focused particularly on the roles of energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, and renewable energy.