27 Mar 2018

Enhancing the Impact of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies - A joint workshop of the IEA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Parties



The International Energy Agency hosted a workshop on Enhancing the Impact of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies. Future energy systems will require high proportions of energy efficiency and renewable energy, yet policy is often developed and implemented separately, risking sub-optimal outcomes for government, consumers and business. This workshop brought together 200 senior energy efficiency and renewable energy policymakers from around the world to discuss how governments and business can support market-driven solutions that deliver integrated energy services to consumers and the built environment. 


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA 
Tom Bastin & Martin Schöpe, Chairs of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Working Parties

Session 1: Policies and Markets - How do we create the right market conditions for optimal results? 

Moderator: Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21

Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission
Approach to integrated energy efficiency and renewable energy policy

Andrea Heins, Undersecretary of Energy Efficiency and Savings, Strategic Energy Planning Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Argentina
An update from the Argentinian G20 Presidency on the recent Energy Efficiency and Renewables Forum

Kaare Sandholt, Chief Expert, Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, China
How is China adapting energy planning and policy with efficiency, renewable energy, markets and digitalisation?

Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
How is Germany beginning to operationalise its three pillars approach?

Thierry Lepercq, Executive Vice President, Head of Research & Technology and Innovation, Engie
An Energy Industry Perspective: How can policy and digitalisation help or hinder least-cost low-carbon energy services for consumers?

Henrik Lund, Professor at the Department of Planning, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Smart Energy System Approach to Heating, Cooling and Transport: How can decision-making tools help inform policy in a world with rapidly developing technology options?


Session 2: Buildings Systems 
Smart energy management tools, mobile communications and interconnected devices could enable greater integration of building energy services and greater engagement of consumers in managing energy and carbon. How can policy shape and incentivise building energy services in a world of rapidly evolving technology options?

Moderator: Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council

Panel 1: Emerging building policies which incorporate thermal performance, efficiency, renewables and smart energy management. 

How does buildings policy drive integrated building services?

Thiago Barral, Director of Energy Economics and Environmental Studies, EPE (Energy Research Company), Brazil

Santiago Creuheras Díaz, Director General for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ministry of Energy, Mexico

Kaili Levesque, Senior Director, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada


Panel 2: Business models that deliver integrated building energy services.

How does policy encourage / discourage integrated building services?
How can data and analytics help create optimal solutions for energy efficiency and renewables in buildings?

Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, Buildings Performance Institute Europe

Hitoshi Otsuka, Corporate Representative – EMEA, Toshiba Corporation; President & CEO Toshiba of Europe Limited

Günther Schneider, Managing Director, E.ON Connecting Energies SAS


Conclusions and next steps

Paolo Frankl & Brian Motherway, Heads of the IEA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Divisions