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2nd Euro-Med Energy Efficiency Forum: Time to get smarter

16 May 2011
2nd Euro-Med Energy Efficiency Forum: Time to get smarter

MONACO: “Energy Efficiency - Time to get smarter” was the theme of the second Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum, which was co-organized by Johnson Controls, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and The Climate Group on May 10 - 11 2011.

Around 200 high-level participants from business, governments and non-governmental organizations gathered in Monaco to discuss opportunities, challenges and best practices for large-scale energy efficiency improvements as a key component of the Clean Revolution.

Opening the conference, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Eric Besson, French Industry Minister, stressed the need for an ambitious policy framework to guide innovation and drive efficiency: "Increased energy efficiency, together with finding renewable and non-polluting energies, is for me an opportunity which should always be given priority..."

Time and time again speakers reiterated that improving energy productivity is not only good for the climate but that it makes good business sense, helps energy security and is socially progressive. And crucially, the technologies to make step change improvements are already available and comercially proven.

During four panels which focused on the potentials of energy efficiency in manufacturing, buildings and cities as well as for the Mediterranean Basin itself, these were the key messages that continually emerged.

Iain Campbell, Vice President and General Manager, Global Energy and Work Place Solutions, Johnson Controls, called for a combination of smart policy, technology, finance, business models and communications.

Industry leaders Melotte, Dow Chemicals and Vestas showed how companies can immensely increase their own and their client’s productivity, by rethinking manufacturing processes and reaping efficiency gains along the full production cycle.

Anthony Malkin, owner of the Empire State Building, provided an impressive example of how the comprehensive integration of energy efficiency measures throughout the building’s refurbishment reduced energy use by 38.4% while increasing return on investment for owner and tenants.

However, immense challenges remain in the scaling of such pioneering work to the mass market, particularly when it comes to the public and residential building sectors. Public private partnerships will play a key role in raising the necessary resources. Michael Geißler, CEO, Berlin Energy Agency, illustrated how public bodies can help align the relevant actors and expertise, and facilitate market development through standardization and public procurement.

Sub-national governments clearly play an equally crucial role in large-scale implementation. Hélène Gassin, Vice President of Ile-de-France in charge of environment and energy policy, presented the innovative work of her region in creating public-private financing models for social housing refurbishments.

Keynote speaker, Rudolf Anschober, Energy Minister of Upper Austria, provided an inspiring example of how his region is pursuing an ambitions vision of 65% emissions reduction and 100% renewables in electricity and heating by 2030 through community-level innovation and capacity-building.

Integrated management approaches took center stage as a theme in the “Getting smarter about Energy Efficiency in Cities” panel, which was moderated by Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group. Volker Buscher, Director, ARUP, Colin Calder, CEO, Passiv Systems, and Marc de Jong, General Manager Professional Luminaire and Member of Group Management Committee, Royal Philips Electronics, highlighted the potential of modern information and communications technology to provide targeted services that improve energy efficiency and user quality at the same time.

The final regional panel highlighted the opportunities for technology transfers and job creation in the Mediterranean Basin. Echoing the conclusions from the previous panels, Cécile Molinier, Director, UNDP Geneva, pointed out the immense potential of energy efficiency programs to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development goals, but also the need for new public-private financing options.

Finally, the organizers announced the creation of an “Energy Efficiency Innovator Award”  that will highlight groundbreaking efforts in finance, business, technology and policy, with the first winners to be announced at the next Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum in 2012.

Image credit: © Palais Princier

Image information: HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in presence of HE Michel Roger, Monaco’s Minister of State, Mr Eric Besson, French Minister in charge of Industry, Energy and Digital Economy, and, from the left to the right, Iain Campbell, Vice President & General Manager, Global Energy & WorkPlace Solutions of Johnson Controls Inc., Mark Kenber, Chief Executive Officer of The Climate Group, and Lionel Schutz, Development Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

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