IEA BEEP database is honoured with Energy Efficiency Innovator Award

8 November 2012

Yamina Saheb and Aurelien Saussay receiving the award on behalf of the IEA

The jury for the 2012 Energy Efficiency Innovator Awards has selected the International Energy Agency’s BEEP (Building Energy Efficiency Policies) database as the winner in its “Projects” category. The prize will be bestowed to Dr. Yamina Saheb at a ceremony on 9 November in Monaco during the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum.

Sponsored by the technology company Johnson Controls, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Climate Group, the annual Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum promotes energy efficiency in the region. This year, the hosts of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum decided to reinforce the message of the Forum by recognising individuals and organisations that have contributed to the goal of improving energy efficiency.

‘’We are delighted to award BEEP of the International Energy Agency as the best international energy efficiency project from 2012. BEEP database is an innovative tool for policy-makers and companies. BEEP is a first step to achieve cost and energy savings” said Richard van Bergen, Vice President & General Manager, Energy Solutions, Europe & Africa, Johnson Controls.

The IEA introduced the BEEP database in 2012 as part of its Sustainable Building Centre (SBC). SBC is the IEA’s international hub for buildings energy efficiency policies. SBC provides policy makers and industry with proven practices aiming to lowering energy demand of the buildings sector. BEEP offers analysis of more than 900 energy efficiency policy implemented in the IEA 28 member countries plus Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Tunisia.

“We are honoured to be picked for the award,” said Dr. Saheb who is the IEA senior analyst heading SBC.  “Buildings’ primary energy consumption is nearly 40% in most IEA countries.  We expect buildings’ energy consumption to continue to grow in the coming years as more than half of the 2050 building stock in developing countries is still to be built. SBC provides guidance to policy makers on how to design and effectively implement the policy package – buildings energy codes, labels and incentives – needed to lower buildings energy consumption worldwide.”

BEEP data are provided by governmental representatives, researchers and experts from the participating countries and analysed by the IEA Secretariat using the SBC’s methodology.