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Monday 12 September: Opening plenary

The climate challenge and global opportunities

Mojib Latif
  • Opening of conference, welcome by co-chairs and practical issues
  • Peter Bach, eceee President. Welcome address.
  • Prof. Mojib Latif, IFM-GEOMAR: The challenge of long-term climate change.
  • Thorsten Herdan, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: The role of energy efficiency in Germany’s Energiewende
  • Brian Motherway, International Energy Agency: Understanding the global role of the first fuel. See presentation here
  • Panel discussion

Speaker bio's

    Peter Bach is chief adviser on energy efficiency at the Danish Energy Agency, Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. He has worked with energy issues and policies for more then 30 years, with special focus on energy efficiency over the last 20 years.

    Peter Bach is strongly involved in formulation, implementation and evaluation of Danish energy efficiency policies and measures. He has been project manager for developing several new initiatives, actions plan on energy efficiency and new legislation. Over the last years he has especially been involved in the development and management of the Danish scheme for energy efficiency obligation for energy utilities, and in the development of models and strategies for a Danish energy system, which are independent of fossil fuel in 2050.

    Peter Bach has also been involved in international energy efficiency activities including negotiations of energy efficiency policies in EU as a representative for the Danish Government. Under the Danish EU Presidency in 2012 he was strongly involved in the negotiation of the new energy efficiency directive.

    Peter Bach is President of eceee – European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and he is the Danish member of IEA’s Energy Efficiency Working Party. He has a background as M.Sc.-engineer.

    Prof. Mojib Latif is a German meteorologist and oceanographer. Prof. Latif graduated with a Diploma in meteorology in 1983. He took a position as scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in 1985. In 1987 he earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Hamburg. In 2003 he became a Professor at IFM-GEOMAR, Germany. Prof. Latif is a regular guest at TV discussions about global warming. Visit Prof. Latif's web page here.

    Dipl. Ing.Thorsten Herdan was appointed Director-General for energy policy – heating and efficiency – in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as of June 2014.

    He previously held the positions of managing director of the professional association for producers of power systems and the professional association for producers of engines and systems (both members of the German Engineering Federation) (VDMA), of managing director of the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV), and of managing director of the German Engineering Federations’ Energy Forum, which is in charge of developing the Federation’s energy policy.

    Moreover, Mr Herdan served on the Board of the European Association of Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers (EUROMOT), on the Board and the Supervisory Board of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), and as Vice-President of the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie).

    Dr. Brian Motherway is Head of the Energy Efficiency Division at the International Energy Agency, overseeing a range of analytical and outreach programmes supporting energy efficiency globally. Prior to joining the IEA Brian was Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Brian holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering and a PhD in sociology.