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What is the C4E Forum?

The story of the C4E Forum

Do we really need another energy efficiency conference?

We want the C4E Forum to be not your average conference. True, there are plenty of conferences focused on energy efficiency already. But we wanted to be different:

  • Most conferences are focused on advanced Western European countries, whose policies are not always relevant and applicable in the CEE context.
  • Some conferences tend to be too academic and produce only general conclusions. We wanted something very practical, which policy professional could really use in their daily work.
  • We wanted to help build and strengthen a vibrant Central and Eastern Europe’s energy efficiency community which continues working together beyond the event itself so we pay lot of attention to informal networking

So how did it go last time?

The first edition of C4E Forum 2016 took place in Balchik at the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria in an informal setting and attracted 180 participants. We welcomed a mix of participants from governments, the public sector, NGOs, civil society and business.

The participants were kind enough to give us overwhelmingly positive feedback: they enjoyed the focus on the CEE region, the diverse mix of sectors represented and made many valuable new contacts. It was clear to us that the need for such event was real and that we need to do it again in two years.

What you have for us this year?

The C4E Forum is back in 2018, this time in Serock, Poland on 13-16 June. More on the venue. We expect a great mix of people and are aiming at 200+ participants this time. 

The programme outline builds and improves on the proven 2016 format and includes:

  • High level plenary sessions on important topics of today including CEE Ministers, EU Commission or the International Energy Agency
  • 20+ parallel panel sessions where 60+ participants (energy efficiency practitioners) share experience and best practice from the region and beyond
  • Interactive workshops prepared by our sponsors and contributing partners 
  • Improvised DIY sessions prepared and advertised on the spot by participants themselves
  • Closing talk on Surviving without the truth by a renown journalist and war reporter Boyko Vassilev

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Six things that make C4E Forum special

  1. Focus on the CEE region
    Most events like this tend to be West-centric. C4E Forum 2016 had more than 70% of participants from the CEE region and the share will be similar in 2018.

  2. Policy-oriented
    Too often policies are being discussed without the policy-makers in the room. 22% of participants were from the governments and public sector in 2016.

  3. Informal network-building
    The informal atmosphere of C4E Forum helps you make lasting contacts. In 2016 participants made on average 10 new valuable contacts. And there is a live band at the closing party:-)

  4. Time-efficient
    Lot of knowledge and practical experience with ample room for networking condensed into half a week – just enough to immerse, but not taking all week.

  5. Gender-balanced
    The world of energy efficiency is moved forward by both genders and C4E Forum tries to reflect that. In 2016 we had 47% women and 53% men.

  6. Affordable
    A non-profit event at an affordable cost. The fee includes access to all sessions, accommodation and all meals during the event.