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On 22-25 September 2009, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will host its Energy Efficiency days in the award-winning ‘Pallet House’, a wooden construction built entirely out of used pallets, on Quai aux Briques/Sainte Catherine in Brussels. The launch event, with internationally acclaimed explorer Alain Hubert, will be followed by four days of activities centred around energy efficiency, culminating in the ‘Overshoot day’ on 25 September.
The Pallet House, a temporary sustainable building, has been erected on Quai aux Briques (Sainte Catherine) in the heart of Brussels. Designed by Austrian architecture students Andreas Claus Schnetzer and Gregor Pils, the building is made entirely of recycled wooden pallets used previously in commercial storage activities.
The Pallet House won the 2008 European Student competition on sustainable architecture organised by the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris within the frame of the European programme GAUDI, directed by the International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landscape (CIVA).
The EESC energy efficiency days will be opened on 22 September at 9 a.m. with the official launch event and speeches by Mario Sepi, EESC President, Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Energy, Freddy Thielemans, Mayor of Brussels, János Tóth, President of the EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society, Alain Hubert, President of the International Polar Foundation, Patrizia Toia, Member of the European Parliament, and Evelyne Huytebroeck, Environment minister of the Region of Brussels-Capital, among others.
Overshoot day marks the day when humanity starts using more natural resources than the planet can produce in a sustainable way every year. The EESC is organising a debate with János Tóth, Mario Sepi, Derek Osborn of the EESC, Geoffroy De Schutter, WWF Belgium, Prof. Farinelli, secretary-general of the Italian Association of Energy Economists (AIEE), Jöel Decaillon, Co-federal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation, and Caroline Jadoul, Bruxelles Environment, Division Energy, Air, Climate and Noise. The day will be closed with a vernissage ‘Le bal des lucioles’ by the artist Louise Harvey, opened by EESC Vice-President Irini Pari.