Atlantic Energy Efficiency Workshop

Start/Stop Date:
23–24 Sep 2010
Atlantic Energy Efficiency Project
Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Belgium
Focus Areas:
Energy efficiency policy, technologies, roadmaps
Type of Event:

The Atlantic Energy Efficiency Project1 is funded by the European Commission (DG RELEX). This is one of the seven projects funded by DG RELEX under the Pilot Project ‘Transatlantic Methods for Handling Global Challenges in the European Union and the United States’.

Its primary objective is to develop mutual understanding about plans and performance in regard to energy efficiency in Europe and the US, and the opportunities for mutual learning and shared initiatives. A second objective is to relate these insights to global developments, and in particular in regard to developments in China, India and Japan.

The project is directed by the Earth Sciences Institute, University College Dublin (Frank J Convery, Director) in partnership with the University of California Berkeley (Michael Hanemann), the Centre for European Policy Studies (Christian Egenhofer) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (Owen Lewis), guided by a steering committee which includes the International Energy Agency (Lisa Ryan) and the Association for the Conservation of Energy (Andrew Warren).

The Workshop
This workshop will present the first wave of findings of the project in regard to energy efficiency plans and performance

  • Overall – a global overview, and transport
  • The European Union overall, and in two case study member states
  • The US overall, and in two case-study States

The emphasis will be on lessons learned, on what has worked, what can be learned from what has not worked, and what direction policy should take in the future in order to maximise progress. Performance will include collateral benefits, such as reduced air pollution.

A key objective for the workshop will be to get feedback with a view to improving the quality of the final output.

Structure and Audience.
For each area, an anchor paper will be presented, followed by feedback from panellists, followed in turn by input from the workshop participants.

This event will be of particular interest to those who have a role is shaping and implementing policy as regards energy efficiency, where policy embraces tax and related incentives (positive and negative), regulation, information, subsidies and research and development.

Next Stage
Following this workshop, the papers will be revised and made available on the web.

A second workshop will be hosted by UC Berkeley in January 2011, where the focus will be on China, Japan and India, and on the evolution of the energy efficiency dimensions of stimulus packages and funding mechanisms.

Attendance is by invitation only - please contact:

Workshop programme