IEA, Paris: 15 March 2012
Financing the level of investment needed in energy efficiency will demand a combination of public and private actors and programmes. Economic policy instruments in the form of tax incentives, grants, subsidies, financial mechanisms, market-based instruments, and public direct investments are used by many countries as tools to increase investment in energy efficiency in different sectors.
More analysis is needed of the effective use of economic instruments to drive energy efficiency investment across all sectors. The information base is still low and there is a lack of evaluation of effectiveness and efficiency of economic instruments in many cases. The IEA is thus working to deepen the knowledge base in this regard. The IEA project on energy efficiency economic instruments aims to evaluate the use of economic instruments in energy efficiency policy across different sectors and identify future financing mechanisms to scale-up investments in energy efficiency.
As part of energy efficiency week at the IEA, a workshop on the future of energy efficiency finance, with a particular focus on the buildings sector, will take place on March 15th. The objectives of this workshop are to assist in understanding and evaluating the use of economic instruments to improve energy efficiency, particularly in buildings. It should achieve the following aims:
The target audience of this workshop is energy and finance ministry officials, experts in energy efficiency finance, policy and technology. The workshop results will be published as a workshop report and will feed into a series of papers on the use of economic instruments in energy efficiency that will be published early summer.
Moderation: Philippe Benoit, IEA
Welcome: Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, IEA
Economic instruments for low energy buildings
Moderation: Robin Ried, WEF
Expert view: Low energy buildings - the challenge and goals: Yamina Saheb, IEA
Expert view: Economic instruments for low energy buildings: Ingrid Holmes, E3G
Country round table on grants and tax incentives
Moderation: Robin Ried, WEF
What have we learned from experiences with economic instruments so far in delivering low energy buildings?
Ireland: Josephine Maguire, SEAI
New Zealand: Christine Patterson, EECA
Denmark: Mikael Skou Andersen, EEA
US Appliances : Stephane de la Rue du Can, LBNL
Financial policy instruments
Moderation: Mikael Skou Andersen, EEA
- Germany: Gudrun Gumb, KfW
- France: Mélanie Barcet, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing
- US: Property taxes and utility bills: Catherine J. Bell, ACEEE
Energy performance contracting
- European experience with ESCO finance: Alexandra Langenheld, JRC
Innovative funding mechanisms for energy efficiency
Moderation: Dean Cooper, UNEP DTIE
Learning from clean energy funding mechanisms: Cecilia Tam, IEA
Investment funds: Ben Caldecott, Climate Change Capital
European Energy Efficiency Fund: Robert Nuij, DG Energy
Developing a way forward in energy efficiency finance
Lisa Ryan, IEA
Conclusions and next steps