Highlights from the 2015 EE Global Forum

May 29, 2015

Energy efficiency’s role in changing utility models and how we can double global energy productivity were hot topics at this year’s EE Global Forum, which was held in Washington, DC on May 12-13.

Almost 500 energy experts from around the world came together for the Alliance to Save Energy forum to hear the latest thinking on energy efficiency.

Highlights from the forum included the launch of Alliance to Save Energy’s new calculator, which will help state air quality offices estimate emission savings from state adoption and enforcement of the most recent building codes; and the 2015 EE Visionary Awards, which were taken out by Hitachi, Whirlpool and Philips Lighting.

IIP were there to participate in two panels on industrial energy efficiency.

IIP’s Executive Director, Jigar V. Shah, chaired a panel on how can we improve the messaging of energy efficiency to industry, buildings, and government audiences. His view was that we need to paint pictures, tell stories, and provide hard yet engaging facts. Other panellists discussed how to drive action, using good data to reach key audiences, and putting an understanding of human behaviour at the heart of communications.

Bruce Hedman, IIP’s Technical Director, participated in a panel discussion on the importance of advancing effective energy efficiency policies at both the national and local levels. They talked about how partnering with the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC) is helping to work towards this objective. Bruce outlined IIP’s unique position of bridging the gap between policy and implementation in the field, and highlighted the importance of IIP’s partnership with CESC on communications activities to promote effective policy implementation.

For more information on the forum, and to view keynote presentations, see http://eeglobalforum.org/.

Almost 500 people attended the 2015 EE Global Forum.