PEGASUS on the EUSEW 2018 Policy Conference

Representatives of MIEMA – Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency, partner in the PEGASUS project together with representatives of municipalities from Gozo joined the EUSEW 2018 Policy Conference, which took place between June 4th and 7th, in Brussels.

EUSEW 2018, EU Sustainable Energy Week is the annual flagship event organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and by EASME, the Executive Agency for small- and medium-sized enterprises. This year’s event, focused on the theme “CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION”, which gave policymakers a chance of reaching a wide range of stakeholders, researchers and innovators in the European sustainable energy sector, whilst also discussing the latest developments in the sustainable energy market and in research.

Representatives of MIEMA – Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency, partner in the PEGASUS project together with representatives of municipalities from Gozo joined the EUSEW 2018 Policy Conference, which took place between June 4th and 7th, in Brussels, and which comprised over 60 sessions and saw some 2,500 participants debating on energy policy, creating networking opportunities and taking stock of the ongoing clean energy transition.

During the Policy Conference, MIEMA delegation took part in the session “Smart Grids, renewables and storage – leading the transition towards a new European energy system” held on the 7th June at the Salle Polak of the Residence Palace, co-organised by the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE), InnoEnergy and the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN).

On the basis of the necessity of Energy Transition - imposed by climate change - the debate focused on the links between energy storage, renewables (wind and solar) and smart grids, and how these features will make the new energy system successful.

The transition to a smarter, decarbonised and flexible energy system in Europe passes through the steadfast increasing of the energy storage capacity and represents a potential occasion for Europe to be on the forefront of the industrial, scientific and political international scene to reach a carbon neutral economy by the end of the century.

The innovation in clean energy technologies can enable this transition and encourage new lighthouse projects; whilst the EU should play a global leading role in making all stakeholders joining their strengths towards a one-off opportunity to meet higher sustainability criteria with regard to mining, reuse, recycling, and energy return on investment while boosting the competiveness of European industry.

Experts from European institutions, energy storage, smart grids and renewables sectors also showcased the latest technologies in which Europe is uniquely competitive, as the up-to-date sustainable energy storage systems; smart concepts for storage co-located with renewables or innovative green battery technologies.