World’s energy efficiency experts meet in Washington D.C.

10 May 2017

Energy efficiency experts from around the world convened on 8-9 May for the 10th edition of the Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global 2017) in Washington D.C. The forum, hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy, focused on how to drive forward the global implementation of energy efficiency and brought together participants from government, industry and academia.

The two day conference included sessions on ‘innovation, disruption and investment’ and ‘energy efficiency in rural communities’, and a series of ‘executive dialogues’ covering issues ranging from demand-side flexibility, the Montreal Protocol, electrification and funding to building labeling, automation policies, service performance contracts and infrastructure.

IPEEC’s Executive Committee Chairman, Mr. Robert Sandoli of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, introduced the work of the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG) during a session titled “Is Enough Energy Efficiency Flowing Where It’s Needed?”. The EEFTG has set out a three-pronged approach to mobilising funds for energy efficiency projects and increasing investments, which involves garnering commitments and support from government policymakers, managers of private sector capital, and managers of public funds. He presented the new G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit – which was officially launched at a G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, last week - to highlight examples of best practices in efforts to generate further investment. The Toolkit provides a set of voluntary and collaborative options for countries to scale-up energy efficiency investments and collects experiences from 15 G20 countries participating in the EEFTG.

The forum concluded with the announcement that next year’s EE Global will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark.