370 experts from science, industry and energy policy from 51 countries took part in the International Sustainable Energy Conference (ISEC 2018) held in Graz from 3 to 5 October 2018 as part of the Austrian EU Presidency.
The conference focused on the heating sector and resource efficiency in a networked sustainable energy system. Results offer enormous opportunities for innovative research institutions and companies.
In the public discussion on the transition from a fossil to a sustainable energy system, the energy policy focus is very often only on the electricity sector, which accounts for only 20% of global final energy consumption. Implementation of the agreement reached at the UN climate protection conference in Paris in December 2015 to limit global warming below 2°C is only possible if the heat sector is also rapidly converted to renewable energy sources.
"This will not only be achieved through electrification of the heating sector and power to gas technologies," said Prof. Hans Martin Henning of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg in his Key-note speech.
In addition to the 5 Key-note speeches by representatives of the European Commission and the International Energy Agency, 76 experts presented and discussed strategies for the decarbonisation of cities and industrial processes as well as measures in energy spatial planning.
A UNIDO workshop, which also took place within the framework of ISEC 2018, offered the opportunity to network with seven energy centers in developing countries.
The conference was organized by AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies with the support of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund, the Province of Styria and the City of Graz.
Fotocredit: Miriam Raneburger. From left to right:
Prof. Dr. Reinhold W. Lang, JKU Linz, AT; Theresia Vogel, Director, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund, AT; Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Director Fraunhofer ISE, DE; Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit for New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG Energy, European Commission, BE; Sabine Mitter, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, AT; Josef Plank, Secretary General, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, AT; Werner Weiss, CEO, AEE INTEC, AT