Global energy leaders gather at COP22 for special EP100 event

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14 November 2016

MARRAKECH:  Last night, on the sidelines of COP22, The Climate Group convened a high-level dinner, Unlocking Energy Productivity, hosted by President of the Alliance to Save Energy, Kateri Callahan, which featured discussion and incisive policy commentary about the role of the private sector in achieving global climate goals through energy productivity.

Unlocking Energy Productivity was a key event for EP100, a campaign led by The Climate Group in partnership with the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity and an action of We Mean Business. EP100 showcases businesses that have made a commitment to doubling their energy productivity and are choosing smarter energy use to maximize business value. Last week during Energy Day at COP22, EP100 welcomed its eighth member, Swiss Re, who joins Dalmia Cement, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts, Johnson Controls, Chinese LED manufacturer Hongbo, Danfoss, Covestro, and Mahindra & Mahindra.

The dinner’s first keynote speaker, US Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, emphasized the importance of clean energy solutions, technological innovation and energy productivity in achieving global climate targets.

Commenting on the recent US presidential elections, the Secretary said the low-carbon direction is going to be a reality globally, and that it is important for the US to continue to be central to those activities.  

Additionally, the Secretary pointed out that besides electricity, the global community also needs to address other sectors such as transport, industry, and buildings and include energy productivity as a key element.

Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, delivered the second keynote address saying: “We need an energy transition that will drive the economic transformation we’ve called for […] Regardless of changes in leadership – the challenge and urgency remains just as strong as yesterday or last week or last year.

“Some of the world’s most influential companies are getting behind pioneering campaigns like EP100 to help lead the energy transition by doubling their energy productivity through smarter energy use. These actions make business sense. If a company doesn’t join EP100, they are leaving money on the table."

Dr. Bertrand Piccard, co-pilot and Chairman, Solar Impulse also provided key remarks to the 65-person audience. Piccard emphasized that without a focus on energy productivity technologies, the world’s first solar powered around the world flight could not have taken place. He added that making the clean energy transition will happen only if it is mandatory or profitable, companies will not do it because of climate alone.

The dinner also marked a deepening collaboration with SE4All’s Global Energy Efficiency Accelerators platform, which represent public-private partnerships through which countries and companies are contributing to the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity’s goal of doubling global energy productivity. EE Accelerator partners, the International Copper Association and FIA Foundation called on the audience to accelerate the adoption of appliance and fuel efficiency in their operations. Meanwhile, EE Accelerator partners Danfoss and Johnson Controls who are also EP100 members, highlighted the need to include buildings energy efficiency and district heating solutions as part of energy productivity efforts.

Jenny Chu, Head of Energy Productivity Initiatives, The Climate Group, said: “The urgency for increasing the adoption of energy efficiency and clean technology innovation has never been greater and the business case has never been clearer: doubling energy productivity is good for the climate, good for companies’ bottom lines and good for the global economy.

EP100 strives to be a platform that convenes key stakeholders that are critical for advancing energy productivity throughout the corporate sector.  I am thus extremely pleased that our dinner was attended by EP100 members, the US Department of Energy, the Minister of Environment of Alberta, the International Energy Agency, Tsinghua University, Tata Capital, Bank of America, our partners from the We Mean Business Coalition as well as other influential energy productivity thought leaders.”

by Jenny Chu

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