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2011 Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum partnership signed

31 March 2011
2011 Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum partnership signed

MONACO: Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and The Climate Group today officially signed the partnership agreement for the second edition of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum (EEF), to take place in Monaco on May 10 and 11, 2011.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at the International Conference & Exhibition on Ecologic Vehicles & Renewable Energies (EVER) 2011 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, builds on the success of the 2010 EEF event, which called for policy and decision makers to act on energy efficiency.

Speaking at EVER 2011, David Myers, President, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency, said: “We are delighted to be partnering once again with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and also welcoming The Climate Group as a new partner. The success of the EEF, and more broadly our fight against climate change, requires participation from all stakeholders in the energy efficiency debate – government at a European, national and sub-national level, NGOs, foundations, interest groups as well as public and private sector companies. With this partnership structure in place for 2011, the EEF once again will be insightful, productive, provocative and successful.”

As HE Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice-president and Chief Executive Officer, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, highlighted during his speech: “By hosting this event in the Principality for the second year, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is confirming its commitment, alongside its distinguished partners, to promoting the development of energy efficiency, which is one of the most important levers to curb energy demand and mitigate the impact of human activities on climate change.”

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “Energy efficiency is the most cost and time effective way to reduce emissions, and could save us the combined current emissions of the US and China by 2020 if we take decisive action now. The major barriers to unlocking energy efficiency are already being addressed around the world, but what is needed is rapid scale up. The EEF is the essential opportunity to make this happen.” The theme of this year’s event will focus on a 'smarter', more integrated approach that includes policy, funding, technology, business value and communication, to fully harness both the economic and environmental benefits of driving energy efficiency.”

Entitled “Energy Efficiency – Time to Get Smarter”, the 2011 EEF will address 'getting smarter about energy efficiency' in four areas: manufacturing, buildings, cities and the Mediterranean Basin.

Confirmed speakers at the 2011 EEF include:

  • Tony Malkin, owner of the Empire State Building, who will share his thoughts on his experience in taking on what is one of the most significant existing building energy efficiency retrofits in the world, as well as the broader need to engage the commercial building sector on the topic of energy efficiency
  • Éric Besson, French Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy
  • Markus Söder, State Minister, Environment and Public Health for the state of Bavaria in Germany
  • Alain Hubert, Chairman, International Polar Foundation
  • Michael Geissler, CEO, Berlin Energy Agency
  • Marc de Jong, CEO, Philips Professional Lighting
  • Paul Dujardin, CEO, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels

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