Four separate conferences will be held from 2 – 4 March 2011 in Wels
(Austria), titled “World Sustainable Energy Days”. World Sustainable Energy Days is the largest annual conference on the topic of sustainable energy in Europe. The conference covers energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for buildings, industry and transport, and presents the latest technology trends, outstanding examples and European strategies on the issue.
The event is organised by the O.O. Energiesparverband
, an energy agency that promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. As well as raising awareness of green technologies and the need for sustainable energy, the conference also offers an ideal opportunity for participants to establish new partnerships. Last year the conference attracted more than 750 participants from 51 countries. A number of high profile speakers will address the conference, including LR Rudi Anschober, Austrian Regional Minister for Energy and Michaela Holl, DG Energy policy officer with the European Commission.
Topics such as solar heating, European wood pellets and energy efficient building renovation will be discussed at the event. A series of networking meetings will also take place, along with a trade show. The conference languages are English and German, with some events available in Italian.
Responding to Global Changes - Water in an Urbanising World is the title of this year’s annual Stockholm
World Water Week conference, taking place from 21 – 28 August 2011. Representatives from around the world will descend on the Swedish ICLEI member city to discuss the most pressing and important water-related issues. According to organisers this year’s conference is especially relevant for high-level decision makers.
Over 2,500 participants are expected to attend, including experts, practitioners, and business innovators. The conference is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute and aims to foster new ideas, encourage innovative thinking and develop practical solutions to water challenges.
ICLEI is also committed to addressing water problems, and the organisation’s water programme helps local governments manage their water supplies sustainably, ensuring that the water and sanitation requirements of citizens are met. ICLEI promotes integrated and cyclical approaches to water management in order to reduce consumption and significantly decrease pollution to water resources. The ICLEI European Secretariat is currently developing training materials on Integrated Urban Water Management as part of the global project SWITCH
– Managing Water for the City of the Future.