11. Event News
Local Renewables Conference 2014 only days away
Participants have only days left to register for the Local Renewables Conference 2014: Regional development through energy transition, taking place in Freiburg and Lörrach (Germany) from 22-24 October 2014. The conference will focus on the role of cities in Europe’s transition to more sustainable energy sources, exploring how this transition will help to address economic and social challenges.
More than 30 experts will come together in Freiburg and Lörrach to impart knowledge, discuss the latest developments in the field, and engage with participants to find new and innovative solutions to existing problems. Good practices will also be shared from ICLEI member cities worldwide, such as Malmö and Stockholm (Sweden), Almada (Portugal), Basel (Switzerland) and Madison (USA).
Policy-makers from various levels of government, professionals from energy utilities, business and research will discuss with cities and regions that have integrated sustainability in an economically viable way within their energy strategies and actions; analyse the political, legal and economic framework for the transition to sustainable energy; and learn how a transition to renewable energy can help cities move from consumption to energy production.
For more information, visit the Local Renewables website.
Sustainable Brands London brings business and local leaders together
The Sustainable Brands ’14 conference will take place in London (UK) from 3 – 5 November 2014. Sustainable Brands is the premier global community of brand innovators who realise the impact that business practices can have in shaping the future. Today, successful brands are expected to deliver deeper value to their customers – to move beyond the intent to be 'less bad' toward becoming a positive force for restoring healthy environments and communities. Through partnership with government, better business models, smarter product design and engaging stakeholders, brands will find success and ultimately help in creating the regenerative economy of tomorrow.
This year marks the 3rd time that the community is gathering in London. Dedicated business leaders from companies such as Unilever, Marks & Spencer, BASF, Heineken and others are planning to participate as well as speakers from Guardian Sustainable Business, Forum for the Future, and more. There is a conscious effort to bring unexpected participants together - large multinational corporations, local governments, NGOs, academia, and more - each bringing a unique perspective but shared passion for shifting the world to a sustainable economy.
For information on registering for the conference, visit the Sustainable Brands website.
Community energy takes centre stage at B@S meeting
The role of local and regional authorities in supporting community-led Renewable Energy projects will form the focus of the 16th Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) meeting, taking place in Brussels (Belgium) on 25 November 2014. Generously hosted by the Common Representation of the Alpeuregio (comprising the regions of Tyrol, South Tyrol, and Trentino), the half-day event will see speakers and participants discuss challenges and barriers, as well as share success stories, in the ongoing transition to renewably sourced energy at the local level.
The potential benefits of community energy in relation to energy security will be discussed. The EU internal energy market will also be addressed. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director of the Internal Energy Market unit, DG Energy, will deliver the keynote address, while Tom Jones, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, will provide insight into civil society’s increasingly important role in energy generation.
B@S are small, informal meetings that address topics of sustainable urban development from a local angle. Financing and implementation form core elements of the meetings. Registration is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, download the programme.