PRESS RELEASE: Sir David King to deliver keynote speech at EUREKA 2019

04 / 06 / 2019

Brussels, 3 June 2019: Sir David King will speak at the EUREKA 2019 Conference on June 11th in Bruges, Belgium.

The distinguished professor will deliver the keynote speech at EUREKA 2019 – a conference organised by the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) and the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA). EUREKA brings together policy makers, young people and experts from the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration sector (HVACR). This year, participants will engage in discussions on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as skills, employment and gender participation.

Professor Sir David King is a Partner of SYSTEMIQ and Senior Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda.  Prior to this, he was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser (2000-2007), the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change (2013-2017), working with 165 Climate Change Attaches in UK Embassies, and Chair of Future Cities Catapult (2012-2016). Sir David King travelled widely to persuade governments across the globe to take action on climate change, for example, he worked with Chinese and Indian authorities to initiate an in-depth risk analysis approach to climate change. In 2015, he initiated a collaborative programme known as Mission Innovation, credited for establishing a $25bn research fund involving 22 countries and the European Commission.

EPEE and EVIA now have the distinct pleasure of welcoming Sir David King to EUREKA 2019.  Russell Patten, Secretary General of EVIA, commented: “This is exactly why we started the EUREKA project – to bring together students and businesses with some of the world’s most influential climate experts. Sir David King is certainly one of those”. EPEE Director-General Andrea Voigt described Sir David King as “a truly inspirational advocate for meaningful climate action from governments and businesses alike”.

Alongside Sir David King, the EUREKA programme features other noteworthy speakers. Amongst others, Hans van der Loo, Chairman of the Institute for Integrated Economic Research, will provide a speech on the morning of Wednesday 12th June. Markus Trilling from Climate Action Network Europe, Lily Riahi from UN Environment and Ian Crosby from the International Finance Corporation will all contribute in a panel discussion on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Wim Boydens, CSTO of Boydens Engineering Group, will deliver the closing remarks.

This year marks the third edition of the EUREKA conference, with previous editions held in The Hague and Berlin. In parallel to the conferences, the EUREKA team have also organised HVACR Roadshow events in Italy and Romania.

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ABOUT EPEE:                                                                                                

The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of 48 member companies, national and international associations.

EPEE member companies realize a turnover of over 30 billion Euros, employ more than 200,000 people in Europe and also create indirect employment through a vast network of small and medium-sized enterprises such as contractors who install, service and maintain equipment.

EPEE member companies have manufacturing sites and research and development facilities across the EU, which innovate for the global market.

As an expert association, EPEE is supporting safe, environmentally and economically viable technologies with the objective of promoting a better understanding of the sector in the EU and contributing to the development of effective European policies.

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About EVIA:

The European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) was established in Brussels in July 2010. EVIA’s mission is to represent the views and interests of the ventilation industry and serve as platform between all the relevant European stakeholders involved in the ventilation sector, such as decision-makers at the EU level as well as our partners in EU Member States. Our membership is composed of more than 41 member companies and 6 national associations across Europe realising an annual turnover of over 7 Billion Euros and employing more than 45,000 people in Europe.  EVIA aims to promote highly energy efficient ventilation applications across Europe, with high consideration for health and comfort aspects. Fresh and good indoor air quality is a critical element of comfort and contributes to keeping people healthy in buildings. Check our website: