Webinar: Modernising Energy Efficiency through Digitalisation

Online: 15 July 2019 16:00 - 17:00


Energy efficiency is changing, with new digital technologies enabling greater control, optimisation and analytics. New policies and new business models will greatly enhance end-use and systems efficiency.

A topic of fast-growing interest to member countries and partners, the IEA has embarked on a cross-agency initiative – Modernising Energy Efficiency through Digitalisation – to explore the potential impacts of digitalisation on energy efficiency and the implications for policy makers. This topic was also a focus of our 4th Global Energy Efficiency Conference in June, where we launched our online digitalisation resource library. Our 2019 Energy Efficiency Market Report will include an examination of digitalisation trends, including industrial process automation and optimisation.

We are also presenting a series of webinars, examining digitalisation and energy efficiency. In the first webinar of this series we heard from David Nemtzow about the US DoE’s Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings Program. For the second webinar, DENEFF (the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency), will share insights and experiences from the German industry sector. You will hear about latest market trends and enabling policies, along with case studies illustrating the application and impact of digital technologies on industrial energy efficiency.

Brian Motherway, Head of the IEA’s Energy Efficiency Division, will give an update on the IEA’s work on digitalisation and energy efficiency and introduce our guest speakers Martin Bornholdt, Managing Director, and Claire Range, Head of industrial energy efficiency at DENEFF. In addition to the insights from our guest speakers, there will also be a question and answer session.

You can now access the webinar recording here.


German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF)

Digital technologies have been a component of industrial processes for an extended period. These technologies have helped improve process control, product quality, safety and overall productivity. Incremental improvements in digital technologies are continuing to benefit the industry sector, by reducing the time and cost associated with improving equipment performance and enhancing linkages along product supply and distribution chains.

Although it has not been the sole focus of investment in digital technologies, energy efficiency is also benefitting from digitalisation within the industry sector.

DENEFF, the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency, is the strong voice of the energy efficiency industry in Germany. An association with more than 170 members ranging from product manufacturers to service providers, from start-ups to large corporates, DENEFF unites frontrunner companies in the field of energy efficiency for buildings and industrial processes. DENEFF advocates for an effective and ambitious energy efficiency regulation in Germany and at EU level. A registered environmental non-profit, its non-partisan advisory board includes more than 20 internationally recognized scientific and policy experts and 10 members of the German and the European Parliaments.

In addition to its advocacy work, DENEFF’s second core activity is in furthering the energy efficiency market by finding market-based solutions to common barriers in projects involving all relevant stakeholder groups, and bringing together a diverse set of actors to foster innovation.


Martin Bornholdt is one of the co-founders and managing directors of DENEFF. With a degree in communications and business from Berlin’s University of Arts, he previously worked as a senior strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. Before that, he had engagements at Deutsche Börse Group, Siemens Croatia and Deutsche Telekom USA.

Claire Range is responsible for all topics of energy efficiency in industry at DENEFF. She holds a MA in Political Science from Free University (FU) Berlin and a BA in Social Science. Before joining DENEFF Claire was a researcher at FU Berlin where she worked in several projects for the German Ministry for the Environment.

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