The Global Commission

The Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency

An independent high-level global commission has been established to examine how progress on energy efficiency can be rapidly accelerated through new and stronger policy action. The focus of the panel will be on key policy actions that can be taken by countries across the globe. It will produce a concise list of clear, actionable recommendations in summer 2020.

Read more about the Commission and its goals in our launch announcement.

Honorary Chair


Prime Minister, Ireland

Leo Varadkar became Prime Minister of Ireland in June 2017. He has been a member of Ireland’s parliament, the Dáil, since 2007 and previously held several ministerial positions, including Social Protection, Health, and Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Mr Varadkar recently led the Irish Government in the development of an ambitious new Climate Action Plan with strong targets for energy efficiency, renewables and emissions reduction.



Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Dr Amani Abou-Zeid has been the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism since January 2016. The African Union is a continental body consisting of 55 member states. Dr Abou-Zeid previously served in leadership roles at organisations such as the African Development Bank and United Nations Development Programme.

H.E. Mr Richard BRUTON

Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Ireland

Richard Bruton was appointed as Ireland’s Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in October 2018. His previous ministerial positions include Education and Skills, and Enterprise and Employment. He is a research economist by profession. Mr Bruton will chair the Commission's ongoing work.


Visiting Professor, King’s College London

Nick Butler is chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College. He spent 29 years at BP, five of them as Group Vice President for Policy and Strategy Development, and later served as a senior advisor to former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Mr Butler is also an energy commentator for the Financial Times.


Chief Executive Officer, Gas and Power, Siemens AG

Lisa Davis has been a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG since August 2014. She serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Gas and Power division and is responsible for the company’s Energy business globally. A chemical engineering graduate, she previously worked for Exxon Corp., Texaco and Royal Dutch Shell.


Former Commissioner for Climate Action, European Union

Connie Hedegaard was a European Commissioner between 2010 and 2014. During her career, she has also served as Denmark’s Minister for Environment and Minister for Climate and Energy. She currently chairs of a number of important institutions, including the KR Foundation and Aarhus University.


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Liebreich Associates

Michael Liebreich leads Liebreich Associates, through which he provides advisory services and speaks on clean energy and transportation, technology, climate finance and sustainable development. He founded New Energy Finance in 2004, which was bought by Bloomberg LP in 2009.


Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, India

Dr Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, and a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. He previously served as Director General of the Indian Government’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency from 2006 to 2016.


US Senator for Alaska and Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Lisa Murkowski has served as the US Senator for Alaska since 2002. She is a member of several Senate committees and chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Ms Murkowski is a strong advocate for action on energy efficiency, most recently through her bipartisan work to improve energy efficiency in US federal buildings.


Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco

Aziz Rabbah has been Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development since April 2017. He previously served as Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics for more than five years. Mr Rabbah is a trained engineer, specializing in new information technologies.


Minister for Ecological Transition, Spain

Teresa Ribera Rodríguez has served as Spain’s Minister for Ecological Transition since June 2018. Her previous government roles include State Secretary for Climate Change. Ms Ribera Rodríguez has also held senior roles at environment and sustainable development organisations around the world.


President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority

Gil Quiniones has led the New York Power Authority, the largest state-owned electric utility in the United States, since 2011. Mr Quiniones is also Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, and previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute.


President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Saudi Arabia

Adam Sieminski became head of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh in April 2018. Prior to his appointment, he held senior roles on energy issues at a range of leading policy and research organisations and also previously served as Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration.

Mr Masakazu TOYODA

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Masakazu Toyoda has led the Institute of Energy Economics in Japan since July 2010. He is also a board member of several global organisations and companies. Prior to joining the IEEJ, he held prominent government positions in Japan, including Vice Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.


Member of the Bundestag and Former Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Jürgen Trittin has been a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the German parliament since 2014 and is also a deputy member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy. He previously served as Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

H.E. Mr Claude TURMES

Minister for Energy and Minister for Spatial Planning, Luxembourg

Claude Turmes was appointed Luxembourg’s Minister for Energy and Minister for Spatial Planning in December 2018. He previously held the position of Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures. He was a member of the European Parliament for almost 20 years, serving as rapporteur for the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Renewable Energy Directive.

Mr Ben van BEURDEN

Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell

Ben van Beurden has led Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, since the start of 2014. Before becoming Chief Executive, he worked as Downstream Director and Executive Vice President Chemicals. He joined Shell in 1983 after studying chemical engineering.

H.E. Dr WAN Gang

Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Previous Minister of Science and Technology, China

Widely recognised as "the father of new energy vehicles" in China, Wan Gang served as the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology between 2007 and 2018. As well as his current role as Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, he is also President of the China Association for Science and Technology.

H.E. Dr Megan WOODS

Minister of Energy and Resources, New Zealand

Megan Woods took office as New Zealand’s Minister of Energy and Resources in June 2017. Her other ministerial portfolios include Research, Science and Innovation. Prior to becoming a member of New Zealand’s parliament in 2011, Dr Woods worked at Plant & Food Research, a New Zealand-based science company.


Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Kandeh Yumkella is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General who also served as Chair of UN-Energy between 2008 and 2015. He was the first Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, an initiative that he led. He is also a former Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises of Sierra Leone.


President, Georgia

Salomé Zourabichvili took office as President of Georgia in December 2018. Ms Zourabichvili served as Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2004-2005 and was elected to its parliament in 2016. She also previously worked in the French diplomatic service and for the UN Security Council, as well as teaching at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris.