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Monaco to Host Two Global Events Focused on Energy Efficiency

23 October 2012
Monaco to Host Two Global Events Focused on Energy Efficiency

MONACO: Energy and energy efficiency will take centre stage in the Principality the week of November 5th - 9th, as Monaco welcomes leaders from around the world attending two major energy events.

The third Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum (EEF), scheduled to take place on November 8th and 9th, will also serve to continue the meeting of the Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council (WEC) which will be held from 5th to 8th November, focused on world energy matters.

The conference launching the third edition of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum was held today at the Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel’s “Sea Club”. By organizing this event for the third consecutive year, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Johnson Controls Inc. and The Climate Group reaffirmed their commitment to promoting the development of renewable energies and improved energy efficiency.

This year, the opportunities that can be enjoyed by an economy with low energy consumption will be at the heart of the forum’s discussions. High level speakers from government, from specialist international organisations, and from leading global companies will present and exchange their ideas to make energy efficiency more central to helping countries and the world reduce costs and environmental impacts.

A dinner organised on Thursday November 8th at the Fairmont Hotel will bring together these two events, which share a common theme. During said dinner, Mr Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative, will address guests about the issues surrounding energy development.

The Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum aims to promote an energy-efficient ethic across the globe and to study the resulting impact on the environment, national security and economic growth.

As emphasized at the conference by H.E. Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice President and CEO of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation: "These two events in the Principality illustrate the will to create a veritable impetus in Europe and around the Mediterranean in order to encourage projects and initiatives which are geared towards reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions”.

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “The world is at a crucial moment; we need to significantly reduce our carbon emissions now, while simultaneously stimulating economic growth. By working together through initiatives like the Energy Efficiency Forum we will be able to do this and ensure that millions of families and businesses across Europe are financially better off. The Climate Group is proud to be a lead partner in the Energy Efficiency Forum 2012.”

“The European Union and the Mediterranean region need to consider energy efficiency as an investment and not as a cost. The gains for our society and the economy are multiple, from more healthy environments to creating jobs, saving money and boosting public finances. In this regard, The 2012 Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum plays an important role”, says Richard van Bergen, vice president and general manager, Energy Solutions Europe and Africa, Johnson Controls.

During this year’s edition, the first Energy Efficiency Innovator Awards will be attributed to recognize smart actions realized in different

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