Energy event France: IEA Energy Efficiency Training in Paris

Editor: Susanne Hertenberger

Over 100 participants from emerging and developing countries gathered in Paris for training and discussion on energy efficiency policies.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted its second Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Training Week in Paris
The International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted its second Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Training Week in Paris

Inaugurated in 2015, the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted its second Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Training Week from 6-10 June 2016 inclusive in Paris. This annual event is the only one in the world dedicated to sharing experiences and promoting best practices for planning, implementing and evaluating energy efficiency policies in emerging economies. This year’s edition brought together over 100 participants from more than 40 countries, representing more than over half of the world’s total final energy consumption.

Three days program

At the event opening, Executive Director, IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol reiterated the importance of the world’s ‘first fuel’ to manage the rising energy demand in a more cost-effective, sustainable and secure manner. He also stated the IEA’s commitment to become a global voice on energy efficiency.

The participants – energy efficiency professionals with expertise across a variety of sectors – spent three days following in-depth training on energy efficiency policies for different end-use sectors: 1) buildings, 2) lighting, appliances and equipment, 3) industry and 4) transport. The courses featured sessions on prioritization, toolkits for successful programs, and best resources for implementation, monitoring and modification. A special focus this year was on measuring the social and economic benefits of energy efficiency measures.

The first session on ‘The Global Opportunity for Energy Efficiency’ began with high-level interventions by Ambassadors to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) from the Netherlands, Australia and Canada, as well as Head of Energy Efficiency, IEA, Brian Motherway, Head of Energy, Climate and Technology, UNEP, Mark Radka and Nigel Jollands of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Over 2,000 participants from around the world

Site visits for each sector were also arranged. This provided participants the opportunity to see first-hand how energy efficiency measures were being implemented on the ground. The visits included trips to facilities of Bouygues Construction, Schneider Electric and Autolib.

The final day focused on the theme of ‘Making More Energy Efficiency Happen’, this included sessions on policy evaluation from ‘Strategy Development Solutions’ as well as interventions from the World Bank on the role of communication strategies in supporting energy efficiency goals.

Over the past six years, more than 2,000 people from around the world have taken part in the IEA Energy Training and Capacity Building Program events, all targeted at central government officials and key national stakeholders, such as governmental executive agencies and the private sector.

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