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eseia 10 Successful Years Advancing European Sustainable Energy Systems

eseia 10 Year Anniversary 27.11.2019

The European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance eseia turned 10 years old the 19 November 2019 celebrating together with more than 40 guests at the eseia Brussels Hub in Belgium. On this special occasion, the eseia leadership welcomed distinguished members from the European Commission and from the European Parliament, as well as representatives from more than 20 member organizations in 15 European countries.


Participants of the eseia 10 Year Anniversary Event in Brussels, BE identified good practice, shared ideas for successful energy transition and extended their best wishes for the future of the Alliance in the eseia Strategy 2030 Tree (Credits: eseia)

eseia Achievements 2009 – 2019

eseia was founded by TU Graz staff in Graz, Austria, 19 November 2009 as a non-profit association of leading research and innovation organizations in sustainable energy innovation. Today the eseia umbrella covers the full value chain integrating research, academic, industry, and government. eseia initiates and manages European sustainable energy innovation projects, engages experts in four EU working groups, funds the eseia Education and Training Programme, a leading European entrepreneurial education program, fosters international cooperation, and promotes dialogue with European citizens. Currently, eseia is supported by more than 30 member organisations from higher education, research, and business. 64 organizations from 19 countries contributed a total of more than € 700,000 in membership fees of which one third came from business. From 2009-19 eseia submitted a total of 50 proposals of which 14 got funded. This represents a success rate of 28%, which was considerably higher than EU average. Total income from projects was more than € 7 Mio.

One Trillion Euro Investment for the New European Sustainable Plan

As climate change has become an urgency, the new European Commission must achieve its targets fast and needs to speed up clean energy transition. The European Climate Pact will play a fundamental role by supporting up to one trillion euro sustainable investment over the next decade. In all parts of the EU clean energy generation and storage, energy efficiency, and carbon capture will be strengthened. Particular attention will be placed on a sustainable built environment and smart mobility to reach the CO2 neutrality goal. Intense-emissions industries will be especially required to use renewable energy. To achieve these goals European partnerships like eseia play an essential role.

eseia Working Groups

In order to face these challenges, Coordinators of the eseia Working Groups (WGs) reviewed what they had achieved so far and set a complete strategy for 2030. Each of the five WGs defined objectives and next steps, including a selection of EU proposals for 2020. WG 1 looked carefully at the expected changes in governance and business models, as well as legal frameworks resulting from an interdisciplinary approach to energy transition. The main challenge for the WG is to develop an innovation ecosystem integrating all different actors and fields collaborating. WG 2 stressed the role of bioresources in the development of biobased products, the use and integration of bioenergy systems, and fuels such as those from wastes. WG 3 dealt with sustainable quality of life in urban regions concerning energy supplies. In particular, the WG looked at mobility systems, efficiency buildings, smart grids and the role of advanced computing in the new energy scenario. WG 4 addressed the role of education and training opportunities to achieve a real energy transformation. Cooperative learning formats linking industry, academy and public administration are particularly important. WG 5 explored new energy materials development including those applied to energy generation, storage and to the production of sustainable vehicles.

Finally, the eseia Director Brigitte Hasewend thanks the WG Coordinators for their great contributions, as well her Team for arranging eseia 10-year anniversary celebration event.

Long live eseia!


Contact Person

Marina Lopez Ortega, eseia Communication Manager – marina.lopezortega@eseia.eu