Spurring Energy Efficiency – Experts Discuss Solutions

May 29, 2015
Energy experts gathered in New York City this month to discuss progress on the SE4All Energy Efficiency Accelerator program.

How can we accelerate energy efficiency? That was the big question facing energy efficiency experts who came together on May 19 as part of a series of meetings on the Energy Efficiency Accelerator, a new public-private partnership program that aims to scale up energy efficiency policy, action and investment.

The Energy Efficiency Accelerator program is being run by Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), an initiative led by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank. Its objective is to help double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030.

The stakeholder sessions took place at the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, and were designed to update participants on progress across different sectors, including lighting, cities, buildings, appliances and manufacturing.

IIP’s Executive Director, Jigar V. Shah, spoke alongside Pradeep Monga, the Director of the Energy and Climate Change Branch at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), about the industrial energy efficiency stream of the project. Both organizations are serving as co-conveners, along with the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator will work by securing participation by governments, industrial corporations and associations, utilities, and financial institutions to drive the adoption of energy management systems (EnMS) in industry. It will serve as a knowledge platform for developing and sharing best practices and information on energy management in the industrial sector, including policies, tools and instruments. Further, it will provide analytical support at the regional, national and sub-national levels to evaluate the efficacy of various policy options. The accelerator will also analyse the tools and instruments best suited for promoting successful policies under local circumstances and conditions.

For more information on the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, read our factsheet.

The panel leading discussions on industrial energy efficiency (left to right): Josue Tanaka, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); Clay Nesler, Vice-President, Corporate Sustainability, Johnson Controls; Harry Verhaar, President, Global Off-Grid Lighting; Bruno Berthon, Vice-President for Sustainability, Accenture; Steven Kukoda, Vice-President, International Copper Alliance; Felming Voetmann, Danfoss; Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change Branch, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Sheila Watson, Executive Secretary, Global Fuel Economy Initiative; and Jigar Shah, Executive Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity.