The Energy Evaluation Europe 2020 conference planning committee have been monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the impact across Europe and the globe.

With regret and disappointment, the organising committee have decided that the London conference will not go ahead as scheduled on 29 June to 1 July.

This difficult decision was made in an atmosphere of great uncertainty. While by June there may be greater certainty and the spread of COVID-19 may have been contained, we had to act now.

Even though we have made the decision not to go ahead as scheduled, we are at the very early stages of discussing alternatives. We plan to reschedule the conference for a time that we can be reasonably certain that the public health emergency has passed and that may be March/April 2021.

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The conference provides an opportunity for energy policy makers and program managers, evaluators, academics and energy professionals to come together to share their experience and work together to address common issues and concerns.

The Energy Evaluation community aims at exchanging new ideas, inputs for current and upcoming debates, experience, feedback, and lessons learnt about all the stages of evaluations.

Our theme for the 2020 London conference is Accelerating the energy transition for all: Evaluation’s role in effective policy making.

2020 is a major milestone of the European energy & climate policy framework. The latest trends in final energy consumption have shown that the main energy efficiency target of 20% overall energy efficiency improvement by 2020 could be missed.

By the end of 2019, the EU Member States will submit their final National Energy & Climate Plans, including targets for 2030 and strategies to achieve them. Meanwhile, in its 2018 Special Report about emission pathways in line with the Paris Agreement and the 1.5°C target, the IPCC has warned that “avoiding overshoot and reliance on future large-scale deployment of carbon dioxide removal can only be achieved if global CO2 emissions start to decline well before 2030”.

This background raises two challenges: a need to achieve more, and to achieve it faster. The conference will therefore explore how evaluation can help to take up these challenges, by avoiding doing the same mistakes as before, by identifying what works and what does not, by questioning what approaches can be the most (cost-)effective, by making possible to stand back and think differently to suggest new solutions.

The conference will also continue the discussions about non-energy impacts and the possible synergies between energy efficiency and other fields, especially in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We hope you can join us for the 2020 conference.