High-Impact Energy Efficiency

  • Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011

  • Improving energy efficiency is the best way to tackle growing energy demand, but making cross-sector gains remains tough. Rick Duke, deputy assistant secretary for climate change, spoke at CSIS about the U.S. Energy Department’s coordination efforts on energy efficiency within the G-20. Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, spoke about how public policy can improve energy efficiency, but warned that such pro-efficiency policies face critical hurdles in the current budget climate. CSIS senior fellow Sarah Ladislaw, with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, moderated the event.

    Following the presentations, Doug Arent from the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis moderated a panel discussion with Graham Pugh from the Department of Energy, Jennifer Layke from the Institute for Building Efficiency, and Russell Sturm from the International Finance Corporation. Pugh highlighted specific DoE initiatives in standards, awards, incentives, and procurement. Layke discussed the Institute for Building Efficiency’s Global Energy Efficiency Indicator study. Sturm presented IFC’s approach to investing in clean energy and underserved energy markets.

    Using energy more efficiently through improved technologies and processes has long been the clear winner when it comes to cost-effective ways to promote energy and emissions savings.  Despite the enormous potential of energy efficiency, progress is often hard to incent and underappreciated.  In the current environment of economic uncertainty, however, efficiency is once again an important near-term component of any strategy to save money while striving to meet energy security and climate change goals. This session will explore the potential for catalyzing major steps forward on energy efficiency gains through a variety of innovative initiatives that seek to harness public and sector collaboration to identify high impact energy efficiency gains. It will also be an opportunity to preview the upcoming Clean Energy Ministerial in early April, with a specific focus on the important energy efficiency work being done through that initiative.

    Welcome and Introduction
    Sarah O. Ladislaw, Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

    Keynote Speaker: Initiatives of the 2011 Clean Energy Ministerial
    Rick Duke, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change, Office of Policy and International Affairs

    Keynote Speaker: Status and Outlook of Energy Efficiency Gains
    Kateri Callahan, President, the Alliance to Save Energy

    Panel of Experts

    Moderator: Doug Arent, Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis

    Global Energy Efficiency Challenge Initiatives: Graham Pugh, Team Leader for International Activities, Office of Climate Change, DOE; Representative of the Clean Energy Ministerial

    Drivers and Barriers of Global Energy Efficiency Improvement: Jennifer Layke, Director of the Institute for Building Efficiency for Johnson Controls

    Innovative Mechanisms to Enhance Capacity Building: Russell Sturm, Head, Climate Change Advisory, International Finance Corporation

    Registration required. Please send your confirmation to energy@csis.org.

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