Workshop provides platform for research on energy productivity

October 23, 2014
The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) is hosting a series of international workshops to present, discuss and collaborate on its research projects. IIP presented at a recent workshop in Paris, which looked at policy options for enhancing energy productivity.

The Energy Productivity workshop took place on September 17, 2014 and was attended by directors, bankers, policymakers and professors from a wide range of organisations and research institutions.

IIP’s Executive Director, Jigar V. Shah, presented on the impact of energy efficiency initiatives in supply chains.

“Smart companies and policymakers are increasingly targeting supply chains as part of their strategy for improving energy productivity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The potential is enormous. Around 40 to 60 percent of a manufacturing company’s carbon footprint comes from its supply chain, but this number can be as high as 80 percent. Improving energy management down the supply chain therefore translates into huge reductions in emissions,” said Mr Shah.

Other workshop sessions looked at the role of energy productivity in international negotiations, energy efficiency investments and the national context for energy productivity.

KAPSARC also recently held a workshop on Models of Bargaining and Behavior in Durham, North Carolina, and is hosting two workshops in October in Washington DC on Demography for Energy and Coal Modeling. The last two workshops scheduled for 2014 will be held in Riyadh in November, and will discuss Crude and Refined Products Markets and China’s Sustainable Fuel Strategies.