In November 2014, G20 leaders endorsed the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan (Action Plan) in order to address the need for greater international cooperation on energy efficiency. Since then, member countries have collaborated to further energy efficiency in six priority areas outlined in the Action Plan: networked devices, buildings, industrial energy management, electricity generation, transport and finance. In September 2016, G20 leaders adopted the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme (the Leading Programme), which is the G20’s first long-term plan for energy efficiency. Building on the Action Plan, which it incorporates, the Leading Programme provides the basis for a “comprehensive, flexible, and adequately-resourced” framework for strengthened voluntary collaboration on energy efficiency among G20 members and beyond. In addition to the six existing work areas, the Leading Programme expands G20 collaboration to include the following: top ten best available technologies and best practices (TOP TENs), super-efficient equipment and appliance deployment (SEAD), district energy systems, energy end-use data and energy efficiency metrics, and knowledge-sharing.
There are currently nine dedicated task groups (also referred to as work streams) that progress work on each of the G20’s priority areas for energy efficiency:
Their overarching aim is to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency policies. The task groups are run by officials from IPEEC member countries and other participating nations with the support of expert organisations, and are directly funded by participating members.
The IPEEC Secretariat also provides administrative services to IPEEC members by facilitating meetings of committees and task groups, providing strategic oversight, planning and coordinating events, and reporting to the G20 on progress and possible next steps. Throughout this process, the IPEEC Secretariat maintains a continuous dialogue with the G20 Secretariat and international organisations to avoid duplication of efforts.
Task groups have made considerable progress and achievements in the design, acceleration and enactment of energy efficiency policies and programmes under the G20. Sustained collaboration within the G20 has the potential to ensure that energy efficiency measures are implemented more widely, more quickly and more cost-effectively by countries, institutions and businesses.
As immediate next steps, IPEEC will continue to progress the work of its nine task groups under the Leading Programme and help develop the G20’s new work streams on district energy systems, energy end-use data and energy efficiency metrics, and knowledge-sharing.
Components of the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme (G20 EELP):