Energy efficiency is a major trend: the sharp price increases for fossil energy sources with wide economic and social implications, the longer-term issues of security of supply as well as the climate protection commitments draw the attention of many decision makers to energy efficiency right now.
Several important European initiatives, including the "European Green Paper on Energy Efficiency", the recently adopted directive on "End-Use?Efficiency and?Energy Services " and the up-coming "Energy Efficiency Action Plan" provide a framework for rapid market development as well as the requirement to act.
Therefore, in all member states, but also many regions and municipalities strategies and programmes are currently under preparation to help companies, private households and public bodies to decrease their energy costs. The emerging new markets for energy services offer enormous opportunities for employment, innovation and economic growth in Europe.
Following the success of the first "European Energy Efficiency Conference", held in March 2006 in Wels, the conference will address economic, technical, political, legal and institutional questions relating to energy efficiency, with a special focus on how public bodies, private households and businesses can reduce their energy costs and profit economically and at the same time protect the environment and the climate.
- energy efficiency programmes and strategies
innovative technologies and solutions for companies, private households and public bodies as well as for buildings, industry and transport
the implementation of the "Energy Efficiency and Energy Services Directive", the National Action Plans and the resulting market oppportunies
performance certificates for buildings
energy efficiency initiatives on local, regional, national, European and global levels
new energy services, products and markets
information, marketing, dissemination, awareness raising
financing models and solutions, e.g. Third Party Financing, PPPs
selected technology topics, e.g. lighting, HVAC, CHP, innovative insulation materials, engines, appliances?