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IRI March 12, 2020 0 Comments

A top-level European conference on the role of cooling in a sustainable future, due to be held in Brussels this month, will now be held over the internet.

The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment’s (EPEE) event on March 24, which would herald the official launch of its Count on Cooling campaign, is the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus.

Top level speakers from government, associations and industry were originally booked to raise awareness on how cooling can contribute to carbon neutrality at the conference at the Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels.

EPEE has now decided to hold the event as free-to-access webinars.

“Unfortunately, in the light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to transform these events into webinars, still on 24 March,” the organiser said.

In the first webinar, Andrea Voigt, EPEE director general presents the European Green Deal (EDG) and the upcoming policy initiatives with relevance to the cooling sector. EPEE argues that involving the cooling sector is crucial for the EGD to be a success. Voigt explains what the EGD means for the air conditioning and refrigeration sector and the role of sustainable cooling in a carbon neutral Europe.

This 45-minute press briefing  will be held from 13.15-14.00 pm (CET). Register for the webinar here.

This will be followed at 14.30 (CET) by a 90-minute webinar on Sustainable Cooling as an Enabler for Decarbonisation. This will take a closer look at the political framework for sustainable cooling, with a focus on the European Green Deal and will also discuss the three key pillars to sustainable cooling: energy efficiency, renewables and infrastructure. Speakers include amongst others Jutta Paulus MEP; Mr Roland Roesch from the International Renewables Energy Agency as well as Olivier Biancarelli from Engie.

Register for the second webinar here.