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Eureka 2019 continues cross-generational debate

BELGIUM: EPEE and EVIA will continue its cross-generational debate on ways to achieve UN sustainable development goals when the two bodies host their third Eureka conference in June.

At a time when citizens, and young people in particular, are taking their global warming concerns to the streets, for the third consecutive year, the forthcoming Eureka conference will include a cross-generation debate with young people to discuss how the HVACR sector can help achieve the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). Industry representatives and students from across Europe will get the chance to exchange views. In addition, it will explore wider HVACR sector challenges beyond sustainability, including skills, employment and gender participation. 

“Eureka 2019 will take place in Bruges, in the premises of the College of Europe, which prepares young people to live and work in an increasingly integrated Europe, making them tomorrow’s European and world leaders. Young people from universities such as the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the future leaders of our industry, will also be present,” explained EPEE director-general Andrea Voigt. “This will be the perfect opportunity for different generations to exchange views on how we can combine efforts and address global challenges.” 

Russell Patten, secretary general of EVIA, said: “We have to ensure that regulatory changes, as well as the development of new technologies and solutions, fully encompass the expectations and needs of future generations. Our industry is deeply committed to make the future sustainable and the world a better place for our children.” 

Eureka 2019’s programme will explore, among others, the need for sustainable technology and innovation for the SDGs, the transition towards smart and sustainable cities and territories, as well as the need for a reliable cold chain for healthy living and a skilled and gender-balanced workforce. 

Launched in 2016 by EPEE (European Partnership for Energy and the Environment) and EVIA (European Ventilation Industry Association) – two major European associations representing the heating, cooling and ventilation industry, Eureka 2019 takes place from June 11-12.

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