25 Oct 2018 Paris Time Conference — Paris, France

3rd IEA Global Conference on Energy Efficiency


The IEA’s third Global Conference on Energy Efficiency took take place in Paris on 25-26 October, 2019 with ministers and high-level government officials, business leaders, financial institutions and civil society gathering from over 40 countries to advance the dialogue on energy efficiency, with a focus on action and delivery of scalable, impactful efficiency policies and programmes. 

Proceedings were informed by the most extensive analysis the IEA has ever conducted on energy efficiency. Energy Efficiency 2018, the latest in the IEA’s energy efficiency market report series, was released on 19 October. For the first time, it also features a World Energy Outlook Efficient World Scenario (EWS), which sheds light on how energy efficiency can reduce global energy demand by 2040 across all key economic sectors while delivering multiple non-energy benefits. 

For more information, contact energy.efficiency@iea.org, or join the conversation at #energyefficientworld

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Overview of the Programme

The first day of the conference was devoted to thematic panel discussions featuring global efficiency leaders, who explored in detail some of the most current and critical efficiency topics exploring: changes to energy systems, notably through decentralisation and digitalisation; economic and social challenges, and how efficiency can play a role in terms of delivering greater energy security, job creation and development opportunities in both developed and emerging economies; the role of cities and regions in enabling and delivering energy efficiency programmes and policies; and financing energy efficiency.

The second day of the conference was dedicated to ministers, CEOs, as well as the leaders of international organisations and NGOs, who shared their perspectives on the importance of energy efficiency for their countries and organisations. The day was structured into four sessions, as follows: Governmental Perspectives, featuring several Ministers and an African Union Commissioner; Business Perspectives, featuring Chief Executive Officers from leading global companies; Global Insights, with senior leaders from governments, international organisations and NGOs; and a Fireside Chat, with an esteemed panel of global dignitaries.  

Thursday, 25 October 

Thematic Discussions

08.00 – 09.00   Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.15   Opening Remarks

09.15 – 10.45  Energy Efficiency in a Changing World

Panellists will discuss the implications for energy efficiency resulting from changes to energy systems, notably through decentralisation and digitalisation.

  • Mr Said Mouline, Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency
  • Mr Clay Nesler, Vice-President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives, Johnson Controls
  • Ms Afra Al Owais, Chief Efficienology Officer, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, United Arab Emirates
  • Mr Matt Golden, Chief Executive Officer, OpenEE

10.45 – 11.15  Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.45  Growth and Prosperity through Efficiency

In this session, panellists will explore how energy efficiency can deliver economic and social results, through greater energy security, job creation and development opportunities in both developed and emerging economies.

  • Ms Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
  • Mr Paul Hodson, Head of Energy Efficiency Unit, European Commission
  • Mr Kofi Adu Agyarko, Director, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, Energy Commission, Ghana
  • Mr Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, Economic Community of West African States, Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Mr Durwood Zaelke, Founder and President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

12.45 – 14.00   Lunch

14.00 – 15.30   Cities and Regions Leading the Way on Efficiency

Cities and regions have established themselves as key focal points in global efforts to address climate change, and energy efficiency plays a key part in their efforts. Panellists will share insights based on international best practice.

  • Ms Jennifer Layke, Global Director, Energy Program, World Resources Institute
  • Mr Franck Bruel, Executive Vice President, Engie
  • Ms Zoe Sprigings, Programme Director, Energy and Buildings, C40 Cities
  • Mr Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Signify
  • Ms Jess Miller, Councillor, Sydney, Australia

15.30 – 16.00   Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30  Innovations in Financing Efficiency

Financing energy efficiency remains one of the most critical topics in the clean energy transitions. 

Our esteemed panellists will discuss recent innovations and share ideas on how to scale and replicate efficiency investments.

  • Mr Josué Tanaka, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Mr Paul Bienstock, Vice President, Asset Finance, Citibank
  • Ms Jessica Stromback, Senior Vice President & Chair, Joule Assets Europe
  • Mr Sabin Basnyat, Senior Energy Efficiency Specialist, Green Climate Fund
  • Mr Ming Yang, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Global Environment Facility

17.30 – 18.00  Wrap up and closing remarks

18.00  Reception and Innovation Showcase

Friday 26 October - 
Ministerial Day


08.00 – 09.30   Registration and welcome coffee

09.30 – 09.40   Welcome by Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

09.40 – 11.00  Governmental Perspectives, chaired by Dr Fatih Birol

  • Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland
  • Mr Rene Tammist, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Estonia
  • Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism, African Union
  • Special G20 Address: Mr Hirofumi Takinami, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • Mr Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

11.00 – 11.30  Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30  Business Perspectives, chaired by Mr Noe Van Hulst, IEA Governing Board Chair

  • Mr Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric
  • Mr Henrik Henriksson , Chief Executive Officer, Scania
  • Ms Took Gee Loo, Chair of the Board, Itramas International, Malaysia
  • Mr Andrew McDowell, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

12.30 – 13.45   Lunch

13.45 – 14.30   Global Insights, chaired by Mr Keisuke Sadamori, Director, Energy Markets and Security, IEA<

  • Mr Kenth Kaerhoeg, Senior Vice President, Danfoss
  • Mr Ahmed Al-Zahrani, Director General, Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Mr Carsten Staur, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD, Denmark
  • Ms Jing Sang, Executive Director, China Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

14.30 – 15.00  Coffee Break

15.00 – 15.45  Global Insights Part II

  • Mr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum
  • Ms Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, UN Ozone Secretariat
  • Mr Fabrice Boissier, Director General, ADEME

15.45 – 17.00   Strategic Reflections Fireside Chat, moderated by Dr Fatih Birol

  • Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, India
  • Mr Masakazu Toyoda, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
  • Ms Laurence Tubiana, Chief Executive Officer, European Climate Foundation
  • Ms Joyce Henry, Director General, Natural Resources Canada
  • Dr Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency

17.00               Closing

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