Myth : Nobody wants to live in rural areas

Rural depopulation is largely a thing of the past. In France, for example, the number of people living in rural areas grew three times more than the urban equivalent. Almost one third of Danes and over 80% of the Dutch dream of living in the country

Events

Rural Energy Day 2011

21 September 2011

The Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE)  invites you to the Rural Energy Day 2011

Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Brussels, Belgium

Experience Rural Europe
11:00 - 14:00 hours

Coco's, Place de Luxembourg, Brussels
Come and discover an oasis of rural Europe in Brussels in an informal atmosphere. A series of rural producers from across Europe will allow you to discover regional specialities and you can learn more on the energy challenges rural communities in Europe face today.

Launch of Report on Rural Energy in Europe and Conference
14:00 - 17:30 hours

Concert Noble, Brussels
Join us for the launch of a major new report on rural energy in the EU.  Learn more about rural energy patterns and emissions levels in key EU Member States and help shape the debate on the future of rural energy in Europe.

This year’s event will focus on the presentation of a first ever report on ‘Rural energy in the EU’, which analyses the energy profile of rural areas in Poland, Germany, the UK, France and Italy. The study also assesses the emissions footprint of rural areas and will provide a clearer picture of the existing energy situation in rural areas and its potential for improvement. The report will fill an important information gap and should help policymakers address the challenges identified.

The event will be attended by a variety of EU stakeholders, including representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, and the European Social and Economic Committee. The event will also be attended by representatives of regional authorities, companies and trade associations which support sustainable rural energy solutions, including energy efficiency solutions. The event will be moderated by Christophe Leclercq, Founder and Publisher of EurActiv.

Speakers include: MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij, Regional Development Committee, European Parliament; Gerhard Stahl, Secretary General, Committee of the Regions, Loïc Driebeek, Senior Vice-President SHV Energy; Ulla Sirkeinen, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee,Group I (Employers), Vice-President of TEN Bureau (Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society), Arnaud Duvielguerbigny, Head of Policy, COGEN Europe; Adrian Joyce, Campaign Director, Renovate Europe & Secretary General, EuroACE; Xavier Noyon, Secretary General, Global Solar-Thermal Energy Council (ESTIF); Samuel Maubanc, European LP Gas Association (AEGPL); Marie Guitton, EUROMONTANA; Jonathan Millins, European Policy Officer, East of England Brussels Office.

Networking Cocktail & Exhibition

17:30-19:00 hours

Concert Noble, Brussels

Exhibitors include: Euromontana, Glass for Europe, COGEN Europe, Podlaskie Regional Office, Regional Office of Silesia in Brussels, European LP Gas Association (AEGPL), Rural Investment Support for Europe (RISE) Foundation, European Network for Rural Development (ENRD), Polyurethanes.

To register for the 2011 Rural Energy Day, please complete the registration form.

Missed last year’s event?  Click here to watch the 2010 Rural Energy Day video.

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