25 Oct 2023, 00:00
Brussels, Belgium

RE-energising Europe – Discussions, high-level panels, poster session and field visit organised by 7 EU-funded projects!

Taking place in Brussels (Atelier 29) on 24-25 October, the event is bringing together speakers from EU institutions, project representatives and key players of the energy market.

Key topics related to energy in Europe will be tackled including but not limited to:

  • community energy,
  • energy efficiency,
  • multiple benefits,
  • women-led initiatives,
  • energy behaviour and
  • new trends of energy consumption (digitalisation, circular economy and more).

This two-day event, organised by 7 EU-funded projects (Horizon2020) and over 100 organisations partnering in them, is a unique opportunity for many to meet, hear from the research developed in the past 3 years and openly discuss with panels of speakers from within and outside the projects.

Our initiatives will present best practices, tools and models, one stop shops, as well as results from awareness raising and nudging campaigns, hoping for the results to feed into EU policies and to brainstorm on the next steps.

Both days are expected to complement each other and offer a comprehensive overview of the current state of research and policy recommendations in the renewables and energy market uptake fields, with a poster session each day and a field visit on the 25th (Belgian energy community).

Please note that the event is not streamed but will be professionally recorded and be available in full and short versions.



Agenda of the 25/10 – Energy communities and renewable energy, accelerating Europe’s transition towards a climate neutral, inclusive future 

Organised by BECoop, NRG2PEERS, UP-STAIRS and W4RES

8.45 – 9.00 – Registration & welcome coffee

9.00 – 9.15 – Keynote 

9.15 – 9.25 – Skill up! RECs, RES, inclusivity: What are we talking about?

9.25 – 9.40 – About the projects – fire pitching the 4 projectsFor more information about the projects, posters about tools, pilots and more will be hung in the event room.

9.40 – 11.00 – Policy panel: Driving a clean energy transition through taping the biomass potential, boosting rescoops and empowering women as agents of change: discussing the projects’ recommendations

Our 4 projects will present their recommendations for policymakers, touching upon various aspects of their work, and inviting panellists to comment and discuss. The topics we will invite panellists to reflect upon are the role for energy communities and renewable energy in the energy crisis? How can gender aspects be tackled as they should, to make the energy sector more inclusive? What is the link with energy poverty? Questions from the audience will be gathered through an online tool.

11.00 – 11.15 – Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15 – Get inspired – Innovative Approaches, Success stories from the RES and RHC ecosystems

BeCoop, W4RES, UP-STAIRS and NRG2peers have tested different models and mechanisms in the deployment of RES and RHC systems across the EU. In this session, some of the pilot sites from all the projects will be introduced, presenting the most significant lessons learnt during these years, challenges and good practices. These innovative approaches and success stories will serve as inspirational examples for future projects in other regions willing to start community initiatives to foster the implementation of RES .  From the projects to reality! Followed by a Q&A.

12.15 – 13.30 – Lunch + poster session

13.30 – 14.30 – The legacy of our projects / Looking forward – Once our projects end: what comes next? How can we replicate our projects’ findings/work?

The BECoop, NRG2PEERS, UP-STAIRS and W4RES projects all aim to achieve a sustainable and just energy transition and future. After developing tools and resources, spreading the word and supporting initiatives, it is now time to look beyond the projects’ end. During this session, we will assess the results and identify the steps needed to reach inclusivity and sustainability in the (renewable) energy sector. What skills have been enhanced through our projects? Which tools, financial and technical support have we provided? What kind of financial and legal frameworks are needed to make the energy sector more inclusive and RE-energize Europe?  Followed by a Q&A.

14.30 – 15.30 – Networking session

Poster presentations, world café discussions, access to computers to play with our tools, etc. Sister projects to join.

15.30 -18.00 – Visit to an energy community