This major event is jointly organised by UIC, SNCB and Infrabel
The next UIC Energy Efficiency Days conference (http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/), will be held in two weeks at the conference centre in the zoo of the historical city of Antwerp in Belgium.
The major stakeholders of the railway and transport sectors will come back to discuss Energy Efficiency during this three-day event.
Welcome speeches and the opening will be given by Mr Michel Jadot, General Director Europe, SNCB; Mr Richard Marcelis, Head of Power Engineering Department, Infrabel and Mr Jean Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC.
Day 1 of the conference, strategic and political day
To open the high-level panel session of Day 1 of the conference, Energy Vision and Trends for 2030 and Beyond, will be Mr Didier Houssein, Director of Sustainable Policy and Technology Directorate at the International Energy Agency with a speech highlighting the importance of energy efficiency as “first fuel value for sustainable mobility”.
Contributions of the World Resource Institute, UNEP, UIC, the European Commission with DG Move and DG Energy, CER and UNIFE will follow to address a wide range of topics concerning energy use within the transport and rail sector in particular: from prices to government policy, security of supply, future availability of renewable energy.
In the afternoon a high-level panel session “Let’s do more with less” will bring together top representatives of railway companies from Europe and from across the globe, to discuss the strategic role that energy efficiency might play in everyday railway business..
The debate will be followed by the session “the Voice of Members, best practice on Energy Efficiency from all over the world”, an important appointment where members will have the possibility to share with a large audience what they are doing or planning to do to improve energy efficiency in their companies.
Day 2, Technical issues
This year 12 technical workshops are planned, addressing a wide range of technical topics: from Tracking the electricity and carbon disclosure, Load Factor, Traffic Management System, Energy Efficient Rolling Stock to Non Traction Energy Consumption or Energy Efficiency in Electric Consumption. During the second part of the day, parallel session workshops such as Energy Efficient Diesel Traction, Ecodriving and DAS and Regulation and Standardisation of Energy Billing will be discussed.
The rail system is both a major energy consumer and also one of the most energy-efficient transport modes. It can represent the key solution to the challenge of meeting the increasing demand for transport with a sustainable solution. Investing in energy-efficiency is essential to fulfill this challenge.
Parallel Events: MERLIN Mid -Term Conference and Eress Forum
Two additional important parallel events will complete the comprehensive overview on
energy efficiency provided by the conference: the Mid-term conference of MERLIN
(http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/spip.php?article3), the EU co-funded project dealing with the investigation on the viability of an integrated management system to achieve an optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems and the 9th edition of the annual appointment of ERESS (http://www.eress.eu/), the European partnership between Infrastructure Managers that deals with metering, billing and energy data exchange.
Day 3, Cultural and technical visits of Antwerp
On the 19th,participants will get the opportunity to go on cultural and technical visits of Antwerp. The first proposal is the visit of Antwerpen-Centraal Station, which shows the railway cathedral and the amazing surroundings. They can also choose the bus tour to see the maintenance workshop for the rolling stock of SNCB, the major Belgian Railway Undertaking and to have a view of the other side of the river. Last but not least, a 30 km bicycle trip is proposed through the railway history of Antwerp, where cycling along
railway constructions and by the photovoltaic plant on the roof of the high speed line to the Netherlands is possible.
Do not miss these important meeting dates with Energy Efficiency:
If you have not yet done so, register at: http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/spip.php?article8
There is a limited number of places.