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Shaping the Future of Energy: Highlights from European Sustainability Week's Panel Discussion
19 September 20222 Minutes

A pivotal panel discussion at the European Sustainability Week, titled “Energy Communities to Drive the Energy Transition: Solutions, Technologies, and Citizens,” brought together key figures in the energy sector. The panel featured esteemed experts who delved into the evolving role of energy communities in the sustainable energy landscape.

The panel boasted a diverse lineup of experts, including:

– Maria Benquerença, Energy Communities Director at Cleanwatts
– Achille Hannoset from the Directorate-General for Energy at the European Commission
– João Gonçalo Maciel, Managing Director at EDP Centre for New Energy
– Luisa Matos, Co-founder, CIO & CPO at Cleanwatts
– Gonçalo Mendes, Senior Researcher at LUT University
– Joana Mendonça, President at ANI

The theme of the discussion revolved around the critical role of energy communities in driving the energy transition. This includes their alignment with the digital transition in a decarbonized, decentralized, and democratized way, positioning the end-user as an active participant in the energy markets.

Key conclusions from the panel highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts among various sectors to achieve a sustainable energy future. The discussion underscored the need for innovative technologies, supportive policies, and active community engagement to facilitate this transition. Emphasis was placed on the power of decentralized energy solutions in empowering consumers and fostering a more sustainable and resilient energy ecosystem.

This enlightening panel at the European Sustainability Week not only provided valuable insights but also served as a call to action for all stakeholders in the energy sector to work together towards a more sustainable and equitable energy future.

For more information on the panel and the topics discussed, visit the official website of the European Sustainability Week.

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