Paris, France, 13 September - Leaders of the world’s twenty largest economies gave strong support for energy efficiency early last week at the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China. In their communiqué, the heads of state stressed the need for countries to “significantly improve energy efficiency” and endorsed the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme (EELP), which is the first long-term framework for energy efficiency in the G20.
Building on the 2014 G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan (EEAP) coordinated by IPEEC, the EELP provides the basis for a ‘comprehensive, flexible, and adequately-resourced’ framework for strengthened voluntary collaboration on energy efficiency among G20 members and beyond. It includes the Voluntary Pillars for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, which encourage G20 cooperation on energy efficiency to be ‘mutually beneficial, innovative, inclusive, and sharing’; a ‘long-term aim’ for countries to improve energy efficiency through national programs, policies, and measures, according to their needs and priorities; and the addition of five new work streams to the six under the EEAP, which cover vehicles, finance, buildings, networked devices, industrial energy management, and electricity generation. The five new work areas include top ten best available technologies and best practices (Top Tens), super-efficient equipment and appliance deployment (SEAD), district energy systems, data and metrics, and knowledge-sharing.
In their statement G20 Leaders “reaffirm[ed] the importance of energy collaboration towards a cleaner energy future” and “welcome[d] the progress on the voluntary international collaboration on energy efficiency” led by IPEEC. Under the EELP, IPEEC has been designated the lead coordinating agency for the G20’s collaborative activities on energy efficiency.
“This is excellent news”, observed Mr. Benoit Lebot, Executive Director of IPEEC. “The recognition from G20 Leaders puts the spotlight on energy efficiency and shows how important it is for climate change action, sustainable growth, and economic prosperity. In addition, with the EELP energy efficiency now has the time it needs to develop and yield the best results. As a partnership dedicated solely to energy efficiency, IPEEC is ready to play its part and further international collaboration on this very important issue.”
His views were echoed by Dr. Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser on Energy at the European Commission and Chair of IPEEC’s Policy Committee. “Energy efficiency is key to implementing the Paris Agreement,” Dr. Constantinescu stated, adding “IPEEC will ensure a platform for major leading economies under the G20 to coordinate efforts and to promote successful energy efficiency initiatives and cooperation as broadly as possible.”
G20 Leaders made special mention in their Communiqué of the work on heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) conducted by IPEEC’s Transport Task Group (TTG), which is led by the United States. This work, along with the ten other work areas of the EELP, will continue under Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017.
IPEEC looks forward to collaborating closely with the German G20 presidency, and all other G20 countries and international organisations, in the successful implementation of the G20 EELP in the coming year.
IPEEC, established in 2009 at the Group of 8 (G8) Summit in L'Aquila, Italy, is an autonomous international forum that aims to provide global leadership in energy efficiency by identifying and facilitating the implementation of public policies and programmes in this area. The IPEEC Secretariat is hosted at the International Energy Agency (IEA).